The journey and the goal
We are not setting out to 'fix people' but we are setting out to make a difference. This is where hearts and minds meet to assess problems, set goals and then begin the journey.
The massage is an awareness of the connection between giver and receiver and having the mental clarity to be responsive to the recipients needs. Many clinicians simply see another body, another set of problems and follow a formula to assist healing. Those ideas still apply in holistic bodywork, but the person in the body is also important and as well as massaging the musculature, you are also massaging the person as the muscles don't relax and healing does not occur until the person is ready.
This is where massage represents something of a shared zen moment, a dance and like lomi lomi, a meaningful dialogue without words.