Emily Robinson, RMT, CST, CR
Hello, friends and clients of the clinic! Thank you for your warm wishes regarding my recent trip to India, Thailand, and Laos. I had a very inspiring, refreshing, and satisfying trip. The memories will last a lifetime.
Some trip highlights include:
- A tour of a tea plantation in the Nilgiri Hills of India
- Cycling around the shore temples in Mamallapuram, India
- Staying at an elephant sanctuary in northern Thailand
- Exploring islands by longtail boat and marveling at the limestone karsts in southern Thailand, as well as watching daily life go by along the Mekong River in Laos.
It was exciting to explore that part of the world—to connect with the people, the customs, and the cuisine.
Another highlight included receiving a lot of massage while in Thailand. It was a luxury to be on the receiving end of treatments so frequently (every day, when I was able!). Most of the time, I had wonderful treatments. There was a language barrier, for sure, but I am always amazed at how easy it can be to communicate though the language of healing touch. Being so far from home, it was soothing to receive massage from such skilled, kind therapists. I did have a couple of awful treatments, however—so bad, in fact, that I was ready to walk off. The therapists were either unskilled or just didn’t care or both. I used these rare encounters as learning experiences for how NOT to treat people! I always learn what works and what doesn’t when I receive a treatment.
I was humbled when I received a massage from a sixteen-year-old blind girl at the Northern School for the Blind in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I was inspired by her sincerity and the sensitivity of her technique. I wish her well as she continues her studies in Thai massage.
Massage is a regular part of life in Asia. Like Shiatsu in Japan, it has roots as a folk remedy/manual medicine to help treat aches and pains, as well as calm the mind.
I am happy to know that more and more people in the West are incorporating massage into their lives on a regular basis (not just to use up the annual insurance funds in one go!). Regular treatments are a healthy, relaxing, and enjoyable way to help prevent as well as treat the accumulation of most aches, pains, and stressors. It can greatly improve quality of life.
With the arrival of spring, why not make a fresh beginning by making time for yourself? Try having regular treatments. As a general rule of thumb (no pun intended!), it is suggested that those experiencing acute pain have treatments twice a week; after that, anywhere between one and four times a month is sufficient, depending on the complaint.
I look forward to resuming my regular treatment schedule back here in Toronto.
Happy spring and summer to you all!
Emily Robinson, RMT, CST, CR offers customized Shiatsu, Massage Therapy, and Reflexology treatments, or a combination of all three techniques, at The Pacific Wellness Institute. To book an appointment with Emily, please call 416-929-6958.