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A Day to Remember

A little over a month ago I received a call from a woman looking to have a Massage Therapist at a retreat she was coordinating for her former crew teammates.  I was so happy to get the call and agreed immediately to work with them.  She said there  would be 6-7 massages.  I knew this would be daunting, but I assured her I could get it done in time to have them at their 830 dinner reservation.

The day came, I arrived, and the group was participating in an energy class.  I got to choose my room, and get set up.  From their greetings and the excitement in the room, I could tell this was a really great group of women, and was excited to get started. The day progressed, and every woman I worked on was so wonderful and appreciative.  Even though I was in the room for the better part of 7 hours, every time I made an appearance someone from the group asked what I needed-a longer break, food, water?

Among this group were teachers, firefighters, and all of them were also moms.   Every woman who entered the room was so grateful for my work, and  I could tell this was a very special day for them.  A day to reconnect to their friends and teammates.  A day to renew their spirit and their energy.  While it was a long day for me, I felt very lucky to be included with such a great group.  At the end of my day the first woman I worked with came up to pay me.  She was a beautiful woman who did appear a little older than the rest of the group.  She confirmed to me that she had gone to college later in life, and had crewed with this team.  A crew team she told me,  who had been the first Women’s Ohio State crew team to go the NCAAs.  A really amazing accomplishment and after spending the day with them I was not surprised at all to hear this news.

I don’t know how often I will receive requests to work in this kind of environment, but I am sure glad I was able to answer the call for this group.  As a fellow Buckeye it made me proud to work with such a strong, supportive, and successful group of women.