(I wrote this piece for a local medical journal, I thought I'd share it here too)
“To be known and understood is a basic human need. When we fulfill that need for students (or patients), they feel a sense of belonging and significance… “
“it is amazing how often you hear, "(S)he never touched me!" or, ". . . never laid a hand on me!" or "never looked at me" or "never listened" or "was too busy looking at the computer screen.""
Listening isn’t easy.
It is admittedly easier to get patients to stick to a massage regiment. Despite the expense, massage is pleasant, feels significant and specific when done properly, and gets quick short-term results. During that time, if I can convince them to dust off the PT’s orders, or follow the regiment their doctor recommended, the results only improve.