I had the most amazing experience in 2015 as a massage therapist. Word got around at the chiropractor where I work that massage sessions have been successful in addressing people's issues, and a referral client approached me. She appeared to be an elderly lady with a pronounced stoop/kyphosis; her head was forced forward, and she craned her neck upward and said to me "I just want to be able to stand up straight". I shared some general insights about myofascial meridians, and how shortened front-of-body muscles and lengthened back-of-body muscles can be adjusted to create a greater feeling of openness, but cautioned that results may be limited, especially at first. She was game.
I trusted the process, and after one session addressing the front line and back line, as well as intercostals & pecs, this 70 year old woman stood up straight and smiling! I was amazed; she was amazed. Further sessions treated additional areas contributing to the problem. Now this regular client comes be-bopping into the office in her gym clothes, looking young, confident, and vibrant. She tells me often how her new posture has improved her self esteem, and that people comment about her "New You". I sent her this TEDtalk video about posture and how it affects self esteem. She loved it! It made all the sense in the world to her; when she couldn't stand tall, her self esteem suffered. Her new posture gives her a new outlook, partially because of her awareness of how she's perceived.
Gosh, I LOVE my career. And I'm so thankful for the excellent education I received from the Body Therapy Institute and Tom Meyers' Anatomy Trains. This client - her smile made my year.