In my 14 years as a massage therapist I have had the pleasure of being apart of many peoples spiritual journeys. I would not consider myself to be an empath but I have most definitely shared energy with clients before. In the beginning of my massage therapy career I remember having moments during a session where all of a sudden I became so tired I could hardly stand.
It was a good friend of mine who is also a massage therapist and yoga instructor talked to me about guarding my energy and protecting myself against people that were steel it. When I say clients was steeling my energy this was not intentional, these were people who were suffering and their souls were reaching out for help.
As a massage therapist this will happen often and it is a beautiful thing to be able to help someone not only physically but emotionally and spiritually as well. Helping others is why we became massage therapist in the first place, but we need to arm ourselves so that while helping others we do not deplete our energy in the process.
Another deep issues massage therapist and empaths work with on a regular basis is working closely with those who are cancer patients or are in remission. Cancer affects 1 in 3 people in the world and that number will rise to 1 in 2 before modern medical institution find a cure for this disease.
Several of the books I am recommending cover a better understand of what cancer is in today’s world and how to combat it. It is likely in your massage therapy career that you will encounter a client who has had or currently has cancer. For that reason I recommend you pick up one of these books to get a better understanding of the disease so you can serve your clients best.
The list of books I am about ready to share with you is intended not only for massage therapist but for Empaths as well. I paired the two together because I have seen over the years that many empaths are massage therapists, RN’s, counselors, and so forth. This is not a coincidence, as a empath you have a need to help others on a deeper level.
Empaths need to be apart of others lives and connect, this is a beautiful thing and I wish more humans felt the need to love and nurture as empaths do. I believe the world would be a better place if people cared as an empath does. However, with this love and compassion you MUST PROTECT yourself, otherwise your quality of life could be negatively impacted.
How I gathered my must read books list:
I asked a group of massage therapist and empaths what books have inspired them? Our group has grown to over 11 thousand like minded men and women who want to help each other succeed. As a group we bounce ideas off one and another, we help each other when we can, and most importantly, we support each other, it truly is an amazing network.
I posed the question, how do you protect yourself (your energy) from other? I also asked what books have you have read in your massage therapy careers that keeps you inspired and to keep helping others? The response was over whelming but I narrowed it down to the top 10 picks that were listed over and over. So, without further ado…
Must read book list for massage therapist and empaths:
- Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing, by Caroline Myss
Anything by Caroline Myss is sure to inspire you on an emotional and spiritual level and the Anatomy of the Spirit is no exception. Caroline Myss is a reiki master with 15 years of knowledge in the energy medicine field. The Anatomy of the Spirit is a illustration of how every illness is connected to an emotional point in your life.
The Anatomy of the Spirit shares the teachings of Hindu chakras, the christian sacraments, and the Kabbalah’s Tree of life. This book will help guide your spiritual journey to a higher consciousness and enlightenment. This book will help guide you have a higher sense of awareness to help you on your life journey and help those around you with theirs.
2. Ayurveda: A Life of Balance, by Maya Tiwari
A life of Balance is not a well know book but I can’t figure out why. Maya Tiwari is a cancer survivor who wanted to share her message about the ancient form of medicine know as Ayurveda. Maya Tiwari also points out the connection between modern living and it’s association with cancer. A Life of Balance includes uncomplicated recipes to help you live a healthier well balanced life both in the kitchen and in everyday life.
Working with those who are currently receiving cancer treatments, those who are in remission, or someone who has recently been touched by cancer through a family member would benefit from reading this book. It would be a nice gift for someone you know who is suffering from this terrible disease.
3. Cancer Secrets by Jonathan Stegall, MD
Cancer Secrets by Jonathan Stegall is a tell all book about what cancer is and is not in the world today. Dr. Stegall has a successful integrative oncology practice in Atlanta, GA, who after years of working in the trenches, breaks though the BS of what mainstream medical institution tells you about cancer.
Cancer Secrets is a step by step guide that will help anyone who has been touched by this disease make sense of their new reality. Sadly cancer affects 1 in 3 people in the world and that number will likely rise to 1 in 2 shortly. Medical science is no closer to finding a cure for this plague so it is up to the individual to find answers on their own. If you or someone you know that has cancer this would be a great resource for that person.
4. The Four Agreement by Don Miguel Ruiz
Oh boy, how much time do you have? The Four Agreement is sincerely the best words ever put on paper next to the Bible! The Four Agreement was a New York Times best seller for over 8 years, with 6 million copies sold, and translated into 40 languages worldwide. The Four Agreement teaches you how to live a life of endless possibilities; free of envy, free of guilt, and free of doubt.
The Four Agreement is a step by step guide showing you how to live in peace with the teachings of the ancient art of Toltec Wisdom. When I posed the question to my fellow massage therapist and empaths as to which book or books were a must read, The Four Agreement came up 42 times! Followed right behind that was The Fifth Agreement which is an expatiation on the fundamentals of The Fourth Agreement.
Since both books were highly recommend I asked if someone could skip The Fourth Agreement and just buy the Fifth Agreement; would they have the same experience and the answer was no. You should read the books in order as both share different experiences and it would be doing yourself an injustice by not reading both. Therefore I believe both would be a great addition to your book collection.
5. The Art of Being Brilliant by Andy Cope & Andy Whittaker
If you are looking for a short easy to read, help fill your positive cup up then this is the book for you. This compact book is full of positive thoughts, great ideas, funny and inspiring quotes, it’s a make you feel good book! This is a great book to read in between classes or clients, great for lunch breaks and bus rides, it’s a positive dose of happiness in the morning.
Sometimes you just need a small boost to pump you up for the day and get your energy flowing. This book will help you accomplish that and more with it’s helpful tips on how to stay positive when it feels like the world is coming down on you.
I love quick easy to read feel good books. For many of us we don’t have time to invest in long in depth subjects, we just want a simple feel good read and the Art of Being Brilliant will do that for you! This is a lovely book and it would make for a great stocking stuffier idea.
6. Sumo (Shut up, Move on) by Paul McGee
Sumo was first published 10 years ago and has helped thousands of people just like you reach your potential! I am a sucker for self help books, life is full of haters and naysayers, for every person that is trying to lift you up it seems like their are 2 more trying to tear you down.
The news tells you that you are a generation of lazy slackers that don’t want work or to try to be successful. Social media has trolls hanging on ever comment just waiting to bash you with a below the belt one liner they think is clever and hilarious.
Face it, the world can really suck sometimes and it’s sad. I am an emotional person; comments hurt, peoples actions hurt. This is why I read self help books, this is why I listen to people like Paul McGee. Their words speak to me on a higher level and they remind me that I am strong and I am capable of whatever I set my mind to.
Book like Sumo give me hope and encourage me to be the best version of myself, not for others but for myself and my family. My family deserves the best version of me and I deserve the best version of me.
7. Get Your Shit Together by Sarah Knight
The title pretty much sums it up, you need to Get Your Shit Together! It’s easy in life to get a rut or have that complacence feeling. At time you can feel uninspired and unmotivated for life, I have been there so I get it. You can tell Sarah is a pistol just by how she writes, she tells you what’s up and to stop feeling sorry yourself!
Get your Shit Together is based on three simple tools for getting your act together. She covers how to get your fiances in order and how to be more organized at work and at home. Again this is another short, straight to the point FABULOUS book that can help you in your personal life and your professional life as well.
8. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelno
Alchemist is a fictional story about a young boy searching for treasure and wisdom, throughout his adventures he learns to trust his instincts and to believe in himself. This is the 25th anniversary edition, international bestseller. The journey’s of this young boy teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.
This could be a great bedtime story for your children with it’s magic, mystery, and wisdom their is something for the whole family, this is a make you think book. It reminds us to forge our own path in pursuit of our dreams.
9. The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama
The premise of this inspiring book is based around one question: How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering? WOW is all I can say, well that’s not all I can say here is a bit more insight. The Dalai Lama is a monk who some would call a saint but he is a modest man who only wants to share love and enlightenment with others.
The Book of Joy teaches you how to be free of fear, stress, anger or grief, illness, and finally death. This is a tale of two friends, Laureates his Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu who meet for a week long visit and we the readers get to follow along as two friends share a lifetime of spiritual awakening and enlightenment. This book will leave you with peace in your heart and a sense of calmness you have never felt before!
10. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
This is a hot book, No.1 best seller internationally. It has been described as a book that comes along once in a lifetime to change lives forever! The story tells a gripping adventure and discovery, but it is also a guidebook that has the power to crystallize your perceptions of why you are where you are in life and to direct your steps with a new energy and optimism as you head into tomorrow.
James Redfield is an award winning author that has a writing style that draws you in. The Celestine Prophecy is a book that once you start it you will not be able to put it down. If you agree with what the book says or not it is definitely thought provoking and is time well spent to gain insight and make you think.
Life is work for all of us and it most certainly is a journey not a destination. I am so grateful for my career as a massage therapist and the love and connections I have with others. It is books like this that help give me guidance and keep me on track in my massage therapy career and personal life.
I hope this list gives you some ideas for your next read, of course there are many spiritual journey books to choose from. Again, this list was based off of a large panel of massage therapist and Empaths I speak with often who found these books to be quality and worth your time.
I hope with one of these books it will help bring enlightenment to you and your life journey. Thanks for reading and if you have any questions please leave a comment below and if you think I missed a great book that should be on this list, please let me know as well. Thanks again…