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  • Writer's pictureVikki


In Japan, they have a word for your purpose in life; the reason you get out of bed in the morning, your "why?" - IKIGAI

Ikigai is the intersection of 4 areas:

  • What the world needs

  • What you're good at

  • What you love

  • What you can get paid for

I often get asked about how I got into doing massage, and working for myself - the honest answer is that I just wanted to give it a go. I've always had an interest in the human body and how it works, and I've always wanted to work in a field where I can help people. I started the training with the intention of making it through the course (and passing it!), and along the way, I realised that this is my "thing". My ikigai.

I love what I do for work. I love meeting new people, and finding out how the way they live affects their body. I love making a difference to people, and I love seeing their smile as they realise how much better they feel after a treatment. It's a privilege to be able to facilitate relaxation for somebody, and allow them to feel as awesome as possible in their own skin.

At the weekend I saw a client whose left shoulder was visibly higher and more tense when she lay on the table - by the end of the session they were both level with each other and she could feel a definite improvement. I had helped her (what the world needs) by easing her achy back and shoulders (what I'm good at), using massage (something I love doing) and getting paid for it! Pure ikigai right there.

One thing I don't love, however, is all the laundry...

Vikki xx

PS tell me about your "why?" in the comments!

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