In 1990, when I came to study massage at the Department of Physical Therapy of Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital, little did I know that for me massage would become more than a simple hobby, even more than a trade. It have become something bigger - my vocation.
"Your skillful hands will serve you well!" Such a farewell I got from my first massage instructor, the ace of manual therapy Dr. Vladimir Manukhin. He used to repeat that massage is an art which is better done with God's blessing.
"The art of massage is your gift," said my first spiritual teacher Jānis Aglonietis. At that time, in 1993, I was studying at the Institute of Theology, seriously considering the vocation of a religion teacher. "Your way to help people is through massage. Say “yes” to life!"
I am glad that my teachers did not make a mistake. I am glad that in addition to integrity, professionalism, self-restraint and compassion - the qualities required of any self-respecting masseuse - I have received the God's gifts of a strong biofield and extremely sensitive hands that help me go deeper with my clients.
Every body, like every personality, is unique. Therefore, every massage - both prophylactic and therapeutic - must be customized, i.e. all the individual characteristics of the patient has to be taken into account.
Wherever I’ve worked for my 27 professional years - in Latvian beauty salons, Cyprian Spa resorts or Indian Ayurvedic Hospital - each of the hundreds of clients and patients who have gone through my hands remains UNIQUE to me, and our meetings have filled my life with a sense of purpose and given me the joy of personal fulfillment.
Gintaras Vitkus SJ (Priest, Project curator)