As I have said for years, my sister Marina got all of the grace. The gawky, loose-limbed adolescent gait that most people outgrow has stuck with me. As a result, I'm a bit of a klutz. After years of ridiculous injuries, I found a positive aspect to being accident prone. It makes me a better massage therapist.
How does that work?
Many of the injuries my clients come in with are things that I have actually experienced, which means I can empathize better. It also means that I have a better idea which muscles were involved and where the pain is located. My clients often comment on how quickly I find their problem areas. This is not intuition; this is experience.
From top to bottom, here a list of injuries/conditions that I have personal experience with:
---Dislocated shoulder (from an unfortunate incident involving a roast beef)
---Tendonitis (both wrists)
---Arthritis (lower back)
---Rotated sacrum (from martial arts)
---Broken pelvic bone & femur (from a car accident)
---Torn miniscus (cartilage in the knee; from falling down stairs but thankfully only a minor tear)
---Sprained ankle (both, multiple times from school sports, trampoline, high heels, falling in general)
---Fractured ankle (with bone chip! from martial arts)