Mel hears the word ‘awesome’ a lot, because it’s so often directed at her.
A delightful young woman, she is someone who is simply loved by the clients she works with.
Please tell everyone who you are.
Hi, my name is Mel Lindenthal, I’m a remedial massage as well as shiatsu therapist, martial artist and mum (in no particular order – Ed)
Is Corporate Massage ‘it’ for you or do you apply your skills in private practice? If yes, how and where?
My work is a mix of mobile massage, private shiatsu clients, and Corporate Massage.
I like the diversity and that it allows me to connect with a wide range of people and spaces, a bit like traveling into different worlds. And I find it more sustainable for my body as well.
It takes a special kind of person to work as a touch practitioner. Why do you do it?
Probably because I grew up in a touch averse environment 😉
In my twenties, I discovered contact improvisation dance, martial arts and bodywork, and what an important aspect of life touch in its various forms is, and I simply really enjoy it.
When I work, a very clear, connected, centered and meditative space opens up. I find it a bonus that it’s not a high-stress job at all, it connects me with my own body and movement as well, and generally, people are quite happy to see me 🙂 (Ah … ‘quite happy’ is a major understatement, Mel – Ed)
How does what you do every day contribute to the greater good of your community, or thinking big, the planet!?
Hard to tell how far-reaching the effects of massage are generally, I’d say providing touch in this way leaves people feeling happier, freer, more relaxed and a bit more connected with their bodies. And that’s never a bad thing.
It definitely makes me more centered and present, which has a positive effect on the people in my life.
And importantly, because you’re a normal (super) human, what is the most normal thing about you?
Still trying to make it to fully human, I’ll save up the super-human for next life 😉 That aside, I do rather like chocolate, and staying up way too late (like right now for example…).