I was at work today and had just finished a massage when the
receptionist told me that we had a walk-in that I needed to get to right away.
I asked the woman what she wanted worked on and how deep she liked, but
that was pretty much the end of our conversation. I figured she was one
of the silent processors who doesn't talk during massage so that she can
concentrate on the work.
So I did fairly deep work, occasionally asking how she was. Each time
she responded with a giggle and "I'm OK." I thought she must
just really be enjoying her massage. But when she got up, as I handed
her her water, I noticed she looked a bit wobbly. So I advised her to
sit for a moment before going out to drive. "Oh no", she
replied. "I've got to go. I'm getting married in two
You could have knocked me over with a feather. It turns out that
everyone around her was freaking out and she decided it was far too stressful a
way to begin her marriage. So she left everything and came to get a
By now, she's Mrs. Somebody-or-other. And I have a feeling she'll have a
great marriage. After all, she already knows how to get take care of her
needs while calmly getting what she wants out of life.