I graduated from Massage School at Ivy Tech this year. I easily passed my MBLEX at the end of September, and just last week was issued my license number. November 1st, I took a job as a Licensed Massage Therapist at Tristate Functional Wellness, a chiropractic clinic.
I’ve been telling people for several years that many modern chiropractors are now utilizing massage therapists to soften their client’s tissues so the adjustment will be much easier for both the doctor and the client.
Another purpose of massage therapy is to teach and train the muscles to accept the adjustment so the muscles, which have often become accustomed to their ‘out of alignment’ position, may now support the new alignment offered by the doctor. This prevents the muscles from trying to pull the vertebrae out of alignment again as they have been accustomed to doing.
To facilitate adjustments, chiropractors employ a movement called HVLA, or high velocity / low amplitude thrust. It is a technique which encourages the vertebrae to move into their correct position. Using the neck as an example, the doctor will move the neck to its furthest position in a direction determined to release a bound vertebral joint. Once the end of range is reached, the neck can move no further. He then provides a quick movement (high velocity) for a very short distance (low amplitude) to achieve cavitation (that pop or crunch we all know and love).
Think of it this way. We have all popped our knuckles. Try to pop your knuckles. Push against the movement of the joint. The joint will get tighter and tighter. You will reach the end of movement. Pain will intensify. Discomfort will increase and increase until pop, the knuckle releases, movement goes further than before. The discomfort dissipates, relief flows. The knuckle feels free and can move more easily.
Such is life.
The universe will test you, press upon you, demand that you learn and grow.
Eventually you will reach the end of movement. You can’t take much more. Pressure increases, things are becoming more and more uncomfortable.
Suddenly, the universe gives a quick, short nudge.
Things in your life break free. You make changes you didn’t plan or even think you could make. The changes hurt. They aren’t comfortable. Just like a joint releases synovial fluid, making that pop sound, you lose aspects of your life. Jobs, relationships, possessions, directions in life.
But after these changes occur, there is a moment where time stands still. Pain is gone. Movement is easier. Things fall in line as they should have all along, despite your insistence that things go exactly as you planned.
Our paths in life are a meandering, never a straight line. I keep thinking of Billy going home from school in the Family Circle Sunday comic strip. He could’ve gone straight to the house. But he took detours, bends, got distracted, doubled back, got lost, found his position, continued. He eventually finds himself at home. But he has accomplished things. He has learned a few things.
In high school I was supposed to go to college for electrical engineering so I could design computers. Nope. Failed out of college. I took a job at a factory just to make bills. Hated it.
Tore my back up three times.
Went to school for architectural design technology. Passed with straight As. Worked a low paying job in that field until the police job called me.
Got on the police department. Then retired.
Was going to run my business, Tri State Holistic Wellness. Covid shut us all down. Got cancer and diabetes. Healed them both.
Was going to sell my house and move to the house I just renovated. Nope. New house burned down. New house isn’t big enough for all of us. Let the kids live in the old house and pay us rent.
Took some security jobs. Made no money.
IUPD called, they want me to work IUPD at the medical school. But I’m finishing massage school. I completed police refresher training while finishing massage school.
Thought I was going to work police job for 10 years. Nope. Was offered a job at a chiropractic office. So now I am working both.
I’m like Billy.
The universe has cracked my back a few times. Like the release of synovial fluid, I’ve lost a few things. But I’ve grown. I am still growing.
Let life take you on the journey you were supposed to travel. Sometimes, that journey requires you to shed skin and grow. Sometimes that growth is like a chiropractic adjustment. There is tension, discomfort, lack of movement, then … pop.
Once the adjustment is made, things settle down. Growth takes effect.
Over time, you will find yourself on the path you were meant to take. And you will be home.
Joe “Weeg” Weigant is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner, Herbalist, Metaphysician, and Empowerment Coach. He combines bodywork, energy work, and coaching to improve quality of life by healing from the outside in and from the inside out. Weeg coaches his clients to drop the white flag of victimhood and pick up the banner of empowerment, inspiring them to stop riding in life’s trunk and take the wheel of their lives.
Weeg sells Nature’s Sunshine Products, Pure Herbs Ltd., doTERRA, and Juice Plus+. Weeg suggests lifestyle changes and provides herbal remedies to his clients build new habits for long life and vibrant health. He teaches Karate and Tai Chi, Reiki Certification, as well as seminars and workshops in metaphysical and spiritual matters. Weeg is available for sessions at Tri State Holistic Wellness by appointment only.
Contact by text 812.568.5356, or Facebook Messenger to set an appointment.