I had plans for a creative spin on the Charlie Brown character for this blog, but it’s going to be short’n sweet. I haven’t time for much else right now. I axed my massage table last month.
Why? It was a crutch, a security blanket, a remnant from my student poking days when I thought that shu points were more relevant and necessary than they are. When I opened the clinic, I couldn’t imagine treating low back pain or sciatica strictly in a chair, hence the table.
When a patient didn’t respond to my chair treatments in the first year, I would often try a table treatment to access the points that I couldn’t get at in a chair. Know what I learned? If someone wasn’t responding to a distal therapy protocol, they didn’t do any better on the table. Either acupuncture works for them, or it doesn’t. Using a table treatment didn’t improve *anyone’s* outcome.
Over the course of the first year, my table began storing extra blankets, pillows, odds’n ends…’till I took a look at that space and realized I could fit two chairs in place of the one (unused) table. And that’s exactly what I did.
Could I have started-off without a table? Probably not…I didn’t have the confidence (then) in distal treatments that I do now. When a patient asks me about back points, I can now answer with heartfelt conviction that nobody, NOBODY, *NOBODY* is being shortchanged in a chair treatment. That’s the purpose my table served for 15 months: teaching me that I can treat anything in a chair.