I had my first massage today. It wasn't at all what I expected. I was directed to a massage therapist who specializes in treating women who have had breast cancer, among other things.
Most of the session was spent on my shoulders. They're both "frozen" in case you missed that bit of miserable news. I was surprised how much of the time the therapist focused on firm pressure ... feeling the tightness and where the pain resides. Her hands got so warm ... hot, actually ... and that felt good, too. She would put firm pressure on a shoulder with one hand and then, with the other, very slowly make guided movements with my arm ... little changes and turns ... gentle stretches. She had to remind me to breathe a lot. I know I forget to breathe when I'm concentrating. I attribute it to years of playing clarinet. It's kind of like "phrasing" your way through life.
A short bit of time was spent massaging the rest of my "chestal area" ... don't get all goofy ... and my lymphatic system, mostly through the centre of my chest and under my left arm, in particular. Massage around and over my incisions hurt a bit, but the pain hasn't lasted and I think it was good for it. I half expected my shoulders to feel worse as the day progressed, but that hasn't been the case so far. Neither has there been any swelling under my arm since the massage. Yeah!
After working my shoulders, I could feel a bit of "space" made inside them. Like they'd been opened up a bit. I'll bet my range of motion improved a bit, too. I went to work afterward and felt good. I was able to work the whole afternoon without getting worn down by fatigue or pain. So ... all's good. Could things be better? Absa-bloomin-lutely!! But, for the time being, I'll celebrate all the little improvements ... or even non-backwards steps ... I can get.
I have another massage next Friday. I'm looking forward to it.
Happy weekend, everyone! Enjoy what is supposed to be gorgeous weather! I want to get my bike out and see how I do on a mini-trip around the block.
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