The other day a client innocently asked me if I worked Saturdays?
I said no. Not anymore.
I recalled that I used to work Saturdays when I lived in Scotland and some of those Saturdays were spent working within an NHS setting at a Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation centre.
Sounding surprised, shocked and a little doubtful the client asked:
What? Massage can help with that? Can it?
Oh Yes. Massage can help people recovering from addiction.
Really?– The client’s facial expression displayed clearly that they were still shocked by the whole idea.
Yes, absolutely in quite a number of ways. I gently gave a few brief examples and we continued our conversation. However that encounter got me thinking about what an unusual part of my massage career this was and I decided to share my rehab experience with you, so here it is.
For me rehab was a sobering experience it challenged my preconceived notions about who an addict is. It brought up interesting questions about how comfortable or otherwise was I getting paid to massage them? Suddenly addiction was on my radar - why does it happen, what is it and how do we as a society handle it?
I learnt a lot about myself, massage, addiction and people across the years I worked there as a Massage Therapist.
In that particular program in Edinburgh, Scotland the patients were not allowed have any money including bus fares and therefore had to walk to get to and from their AA meetings to the residential buildings and then to the hospital.