I was in dire need of a massage when I scheduled one with Tom Weber, the newest edition to CNY Healing Arts Center on East Avenue in Rochester, NY. After I talked with him about my “problem muscles,” Weber told me that I was about to embark on a journey that would be different than anything I had experienced thus far. He was right.
Weber is a Licensed Massage Therapist, with over 10 years of experience. Within the first ten minutes of my hour-long massage with Weber, I realized that his approach to body work was different than other LMTs I had seen before. I was so relaxed that I almost dozed off to the rhythmic drums in Byron Metcalf’s music, which synchronized with Tom’s varying massage techniques throughout the treatment. Weber notes that, “Drums have a very powerful de-stressing effect,” which I quickly learned to be true.
He later shared that, “Bodywork functions as a powerful gateway to access and nurture profound states of well-being.” Here he implies that not only does the art of massage therapy serve to heal and ease bodily discomfort and injuries, but its benefits extend beyond our physiology. Weber emphasizes that, “[Massage] can function as a gateway or catalyst to access and nurture states of well being.” He believes that well being is something that cannot be taught.
Many of us go through life thinking that our well being comes from money, material goods, intellect, work, or any of a number of things that are connected with our identities. Weber disagrees. He ponders, “My role is like that of a midwife: I ‘give birth’ to well-being.” He admits that the goal of his bodywork is to aid people in “accessing a deep sensation [or] dimension that has nothing to do with what we think, or who we think we are…a state of well-being precedes that.”
Needless to say, Weber helped me to disconnect from the present, and explore the mystery of–in his words–what it is like to just “be”.
CNY Healing Arts Center, Rochester, NY