Friday, July 31, 2015

Happy Endings Aren't Exactly What They Seem

July is finally coming to an end, and so is my time back in school. Weird to think that a year ago I was looking forward a year thinking, “My God, it’s so long! It’s going to take forever.” Hardly.

Last year marked the first year I really got everything I wanted. I got back to school, and after eight years of actively looking to get published, I finally did it at Siren with the Club Aries series. That book series just kinda fell out of my head, the first five anyway, and I truly put a lot of myself into the characters. One especially - Mallory Benson. She is the lead in Once in a Lifetime (Book 4), though she does make an appearance in All The Difference (Book 1).

She worked for Bristol Carter, a lawyer that sank his law firm into the ground, and was getting the hell out of dodge when Jamie did. She went to school for Massage Therapy, just like I’m doing. I was going through edits for that book at this time last year and I remember talking to my anatomy instructor and making tweaks and edits to make certain I was doing my new chosen profession justice.

It’s really an underestimated profession, most people think: “How hard can it be to give someone a back rub?”.

Hmm, don't think this is what they had in mind... 

I’ve even had someone online say “Oh I see you’re going to school to be a massage therapist, you know what I’m going to ask!”

 Uh, wink...

A year ago, I probably would have laughed both comments off, and responded good naturedly because I understood only what most people know about Massage Therapists. Now? Not so much. Comments like those make me want to tear my hair out. No one understands what LMTs (Licensed Massage Therapist) go through in order to get that license, though I hope once you’re through reading this, you can understand what I’ve been toiling away so hard at.

LMTs have to have extensive knowledge of the human body, that includes knowing medical terms, joint names, name/location/nerve innervations of muscles, an in depth knowledge of each system of the body, planes of movement, assessment skills, knowledge of how to massage someone properly, and even business sense!

We are trained hardcore to know the ins and outs of the human body, what makes it tick, and why when you have a headache, that something in the back of the leg can actually be affecting it. There’s a scene in Once in a Lifetime where Mallory is giving a massage to her intended love interest, Vincent. She’s doing it at home, in her bedroom, on her bed. Is that ethical? Sure, he’s not paying her for the massage, so forget body mechanics, she’s working on a friend at that point in the book. Yes, she has very sexual thoughts about him, but forces herself to stay focused on what she’s doing by listing all 206 bones in the body in alphabetical order. It’s possible to do it. Could I do it? Hell no, but I had the sense of Mallory studying for her state certification by going over everything, and giving it an order. She might be a little OCD.

Okay, not THAT bad... 

Wait, wait wait… I’m sure you’re ready to click away and be like all right, she’s just babbling on. No, stick with me here, there’s a point to this!

Have you ever used the word Masseuse?

What images does that conjure up in your head?

Wanna know what it puts into my head?

Go you YouPorn, RedTube, hell pick your poison and type in massage. That’s what the terms Masseuse and Masseur are linked to. Those terms are linked to those that give my new profession a bad name. that give “Happy Endings” for an extra fifty bucks.

Just... no. 

There’s been quite a few articles lately that I’ve looked at and been so offended that I couldn’t read all the way through it! One was titled 10 things your masseuse doesn’t want you to know. And then went on to be like these were licensed people commenting. It sickened me. These women that commented couldn’t have had their license at all.

But hold on, they’re actually cheap though, right? I can’t afford $55 for a massage!

Guess what? If you want to leave feeling like there’s been a difference made, $55 is a deal for an hour long massage. We normally get paid a dollar a minute for our work, and if you’ve ever seen or been to a professional you can see and feel how much work we actually do. We’re sweating by the end of your massage.

Uhh yup that's about it. 

It’s also probably one of the most versatile professions I’ve ever heard of. There is so much you can do with it, from physical therapy, rehab centers, calming work on ADHD kids, prenatal massage, infants, oncology massage, geriatric, ANIMAL massage! 

Somethin' like that. 

Yes, animal massage is a thing! I know, shocked the hell out of me too! You name it, we can probably do it with massage. Many partner with a chiropractor.

I myself, I’m opening a business right here in tourist-attraction-hell, Ohio with two of my classmates. Besides being published, I don’t think I’ve wanted anything more - professionally speaking that is.

If you’ve never had a massage before, find an LMT near you and treat yourself. You’ll thank yourself for it. It used to be thought of as a luxury, but let me tell you, it really should be considered one of the primary ways to take action on preventative care!

I’m just gonna drop this here: http://www.massagetherapy.com/learnmore/benefits.php  Just take a peek at the long list of benefits! LMTs can even help fibromyalgia patients with their symptoms. It’s an incredible field I’ve gotten myself into, and to me a happy ending is one where my patient walks out of my room pain free, or with lessened pain, better range of motion, or just feels GOOD!

One year! One year is all it’s taken me to be ready and confident in my ability to help people. that’s incredibly empowering.

So, Jordan, what’s that got to do with your books? This is the first we’ve seen from you and you’re going to lecture us?

Hold yer horses, I’m getting to the point!

Mallory ran into some trouble at the end of her book, and in No More games, (Book 5) you see her helping out Jason Lawrence with his bar. Mallory will still have a bigger part to play later on in the series. And those that read me will be pleased to know that I’m working on finishing revisions on my paranormal series so I can resubmit, and with only two weeks left in school… TWO WEEKS!!!  

Sorry, spazzed for a minute there… anyway, with only two more weeks of school left, I’ll be able to dedicate more time to my writing, help to set up a author/reader get together in Columbus, Ohio for March 2016, open my business, AND plan my wedding! Yeah I’ll have a lot going on still, but you know what? It’s totally worth it. I’m completely enjoying my life right now, and I’m so happy and so incredibly honored to be included on this blog. Looking forward to next month on the 31st when I’ll come back with some insights on my books, some ‘behind the scenes’ knowledge on the Aries series.

Now that y’all have gotten a little taste of me, got any questions? I’m actually at a conference in Columbus right now, but once I get home tonight, I’ll check in and answer anything I can!


Chris Ramion said...

Awesome blog post!

I'm glad someone talked about the difference between masseur's and LMT's. I was surprised when I myself learned about that so I'm glad that whenever I go to get a massage, I won't accidentally insult and offend anyone.

I can't wait to read the Paranormal series, I've been waiting for that for a long long time!!! So exciting!!!



Tina Donahue said...

What a great post, Jordan. Loved the cats especially - so damn cute!

Welcome aboard as SNSD's newest Diva.

Congrats on reaching so many wonderful goals this year!

Jordan Watson said...

Thank you Tina! I'm very proud of myself, and rightfully so, I think.

I"m looking forward to August's blog entry :)

Fiona McGier said...

I have a cousin who is a massage therapist, so I know it's actually a medical necessity for some, and truly beneficial for all of us. According to Anthropologist Desmond Morris, it's another career that supplies for us the touching that our bodies all crave, but that civilized society so rarely allows us to experience. So we pay people to touch us, because it feels good, and that lowers tension levels, along with relaxing muscles that are always tensed. Good on you for choosing such an interesting career. Good luck!