We couldn’t be happier to have the incredibly lovely and talented Laura partnering with us once again!
Even superlatives don’t do her justice. Laura is simply an awesome woman.
Please tell everyone who you are.
My name is Laura Matthew, and I’ve been a massage therapist for 17 years. Wow. That sounds like a lot! When did I become an elder??
I’m also a photographer, writer, and designer. I’ve found I’m happiest when I have several outlets for my focus and energy. I’m also a proud Inner-Westie (Melbournian).
Is Corporate Massage ‘it’ for you or do you apply your skills in private practice? If yes, how and where?
I’ve recently returned after a break from massage, and it feels exciting and fresh; enriched by all the learning in the interim (including parenthood!).
I’m doing some mobile jobs, and some table massage at home. My emerging passion is working with clients who are experiencing periods of significant transition in their lives, whether that is puberty, pregnancy, post-birth, menopause, trauma recovery etc.
It takes a special kind of person to work as a touch practitioner. Why do you do it?
I’m an introvert, and it brings me a lot of joy and energy to connect with people one-on-one.
I really like the challenge of attuning to each client, even when we have as little as 5 minutes together.
I like working out just what they need to relax and let go, and that could be talking about their beautiful garden at home, or companionable silence with a firm and grounding touch, and so much more.
How does what you do every day contribute to the greater good of your community, or thinking big, the planet!?
Everyone, including myself (!) tends to be so much in our heads, and our burdens can lead to a feeling of overwhelm and narrowed perspective. Stripping everything back to the simple act of giving and receiving can lead to a pretty profound lightening of spirit, and broadening of focus.
Of course there’s the significant difference to physical well-being, but there are other levels of healing and connection that can result. I’ve worked with refugees and survivors of torture, and massage can be such a powerful way to help traumatised people start to see touch as a warm and beneficial thing.
It helped me realise that respect around boundaries is so important, even in a corporate setting, because there is an intimacy to what we do. People won’t open up to all the good that can come from touch if that touch is distracted or careless, or inappropriate.
I think a good massage therapist hones their skills in empathy and attunement.
Thinking big, the planet needs humans to be relating and connecting, rather than putting up walls!