She was eight months and still curled her feet inwards every time I tried to make her stand. A plethora of emotions engulfed me as I tried one more time to make her stand up on my lap. As I held her tiny hands and looked at her beautiful face, I could feel the tears burning at the corner of my eyes. ‘You have to be stronger than this’, I silently admonished myself as I laid her back down on my lap. Her innocent smile told me that she was more comfortable lying down than being forced to stand up which she obviously did not want to do.
Though I was not a first time mother, I felt inept at handling the situation. My first born had spared me to a large extent from the normal worries a mother goes through with a newborn. She had always been favored with great health – never having contracted even a cold – and an intelligence beyond her age. In fact, all she had ever appeared to need was to be fed after which she always seemed content to be left alone. My second born, on the other hand, was a parallel experience.
About three months earlier, I had started working for a company that offered therapeutic massage services for free as a way of demonstrating its products’ efficacy with the ultimate aim of making sales. As a rule, I had to learn about the principles behind the product that included massage, moxibustion, far infrared heat, etc. It was from this premise that I thought of putting to practice what I had learnt about massage and its benefits. I would make her lie down on her tummy and gently massage her back, concentrating on her lower back after every bath. In no time, she started straightening out her legs though at first, they were weak and would not hold her up and in under two months, she could stand by herself.
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My daughter turned five years this past June and has the most beautiful, strong legs ever. As a mother, seeing her always fills me with joy but every time I remember the early days, I am filled with gratitude. Her story could have unfolded in a million ways and I am sure I would have loved her no matter. Still, the fact that her problem was solved with a few sessions of massage, fills me with hope that there is more to this life than we can see with our eyes.
I have no doubt that there are so many riches just waiting to be discovered by the inquisitive mind and everyday I wake up in expectation of what the universe has in store for me.
- WebMD: “Massage Therapy Styles and Health Benefits” (mtlearningjournal.wordpress.com)