Massage & Bodywork

September/October 2009

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An MT's Legacy W What's Your Impact? BY ROBERT CHUTE hen a bricklayer builds a wall, his work may stand for generations for all to see. Not so for massage therapists. Even when our results are measured, it may be the therapist alone who sees the incremental changes. Of course, we can make major changes in people's bodies and lives. Some of the changes we facilitate are concrete, measurable, and objective, like changes in range of motion. More often the changes are subjective, felt by the client, but ephemeral, elusive, and transient. If someone feels less pain after a treatment, that is excellent and worthy of your work. Sometimes, though, the nature of our work makes us long for more demonstrable achievements. 76 massage & bodywork september/october 2009

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