Hospice Mid Canterbury
70 Havelock Street, Ashburton
Phone 03 307 8387
Mobile 027 227 8387
Recently I was able to experience and offer the most delicate, peaceful and soothing Massage to a very dear woman nearing her end of life and I wanted to share some of this experience with you.
Arriving to her apartment at the resthome I was warmly welcomed and sat down for a chat before I commenced the days session.
She shared her frustration at yet another day of pain, loneliness, lack of quality sleep, worries, boredom and then lightheartedly began sharing her complete acceptance towards leaving this world after being fortunate to have had a long and fulfilled life.
As she spoke, I realised that her being able to share these feelings with me held equal importance with the comforting touch which I was there to bring to her and so rather than interrupt and begin asking her how I could best help her today ... I decided to sit down on the floor infront of her whilst encouraging her to remain in her lazy boy chair and positioned myself comfortably to begin the session intuitively.
Gently I took hold of one of her hands marvelling at the thin, almost see through like quality of her skin - I offered her stillness through gentle compressions on her hands, knowing not only any harsh movements, but also movements with too much pace and pressure would likely tear her delicate skin.
She eased back into her chair and became silent, eyes closed and I knew we were now journeying deeply towards a place of acknowledgement and ease.
The session continued and it was beautiful to know that for atleast now, in that moment, this lady had some relief and a escape from the pain she was feeling on my arrival.
Sleeping soundly, I was able to pack up my gear, and leave quietly without disturbing her thinking and hoping, that leaving without a goodbye on this occasion would be acceptable, knowing that some rest was gained in exchange.
From my studies and training in Oncology and Palliative Care Massage Therapy I constantly reflect on this passage ....
"Bodywork is unique in it's ability to simultaneously provide healing in many areas of the patient's life. Skilled touch can increase quality of life, lend emotional support and decrease pain and other discomforts. Touch reminds them that they are still loveable and worthwhile"
In that moment, I knew that the above was true, that together we had raised her outlook on life momentarily whilst offering her support emotionally through touch and it was evident, that skilled, compassionate touch is very healing indeed.
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