Mar 26, 2013 - 1:24 pm
Yesterday I went to get a massage, and it included something I'd never tried before (or even heard of)...a therapy called Reiki. I'm still not sure what it is exaclty, as the therapist was telling me about it while I was lying down on a heated table and my ability to concentrate had melted ("Reiki blah blah channels of energy blah something something..."). It was actually pretty great (the Reiki part seems to mostly involve pressing on parts of the body that feel tense, sort of "massage lite"), but the conversation with the therapist afterwards was kind of funny.
I had told her about the colon cancer, and the many surgeries (always have to warn people before they get a glimpse of my bisected torso), but apparently, like many people, as soon as she heard the words "colon cancer", her brain shut down too, and she really wasn't thinking about what this all meant for my health. Because when I mentioned that I have a lot of digestive problems, she replied:
"Problems that bother you on a regular basis are usually due to your holding things in in that area (gestures to my abdomen), things that happened in the past, even as far back as childhood."
She was such a nice lady I didn't have the heart to correct her, but I suspect my ongoing digestive problems are due mostly to the fact that I was ritually disemboweled every 6 months for three years in a row, leaving me with about 50% of my intestines.
Although it is possible that my childhood fear of clowns is a contributing factor...
Anyway, it felt good, and my joints felt a little better when I was done, so I would recommend it even though I feel compelled to make fun of it a little bit as well. AA