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What are your favorite quotes… the ones that helped you in your practice?

I am collecting a bank of quotes for a massage project and would love for you to share your favorite quotes.

While teaching, I use quotes all the time.

To encourage a student to participate, I’ll say, “He who feels it knows it more.” ~ Bob Marley

When a student groans about why they have to learn all this anatomy, I’ll say, “Massage is the study of anatomy in braille.” ~ Jack Meagher

Please share your favorite quotes.

Thanks in advance.

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I tend to go the humor route :)

Who's your fascia?" ~ Ryan Hoyme
Open a can of whoop elbow!" ~ Ryan Hoyme
Will massage for food." ~ Ryan Hoyme
Ask 10 massage therapists a question and you will get 100 answers." ~ Ryan Hoyme
Can you feel me now...goooooood!" ~ Ryan Hoyme
You just busted my last capillary!" ~ Ryan Hoyme
You are a pain in my glutes! ~ Ryan Hoyme
Tensor fascia lata...the coffee muscle. ~ Ryan Hoyme
Knead me massage therapy. ~ Ryan Hoyme
You are just a palpation away from success! ~ Ryan Hoyme
Your fascia called and it wants its good posture back. ~ Ryan Hoyme
Is your bolster better under the table or on the table. ~ Ryan Hoyme
That's going to leave a hematoma! ~ Ryan Hoyme
Who's your massage therapist? ~ Ryan Hoyme
Are you diving or massaging? ~ Ryan Hoyme
Can you hear me with your shoulders in your ears? ~ Ryan Hoyme
How do like your shoulderings (shoulders raised up th their ears)? ~ Ryan Hoyme
If you slip on a muscle, make sure you slip two more times to make it look like you did it on purpose. ~ Ryan Hoyme
That technique is only legal in 48 states. ~ Ryan Hoyme
You're going to need a massage after using that technique. ~ Ryan Hoyme
Do you want to see or feel the muscle more when your head keeps looking down? ~ Ryan Hoyme

Hopefully that's a good start for you :)
Ryan
www.MassageNerd.com

You are too funny!!! So Massage Nerd is your alias? I thought it was your real name.

massagenerd said:
I tend to go the humor route :)

Who's your fascia?" ~ Ryan Hoyme
Open a can of whoop elbow!" ~ Ryan Hoyme
Will massage for food." ~ Ryan Hoyme
Ask 10 massage therapists a question and you will get 100 answers." ~ Ryan Hoyme
Can you feel me now...goooooood!" ~ Ryan Hoyme
You just busted my last capillary!" ~ Ryan Hoyme
You are a pain in my glutes! ~ Ryan Hoyme
Tensor fascia lata...the coffee muscle. ~ Ryan Hoyme
Knead me massage therapy. ~ Ryan Hoyme
You are just a palpation away from success! ~ Ryan Hoyme
Your fascia called and it wants its good posture back. ~ Ryan Hoyme
Is your bolster better under the table or on the table. ~ Ryan Hoyme
That's going to leave a hematoma! ~ Ryan Hoyme
Who's your massage therapist? ~ Ryan Hoyme
Are you diving or massaging? ~ Ryan Hoyme
Can you hear me with your shoulders in your ears? ~ Ryan Hoyme
How do like your shoulderings (shoulders raised up th their ears)? ~ Ryan Hoyme
If you slip on a muscle, make sure you slip two more times to make it look like you did it on purpose. ~ Ryan Hoyme
That technique is only legal in 48 states. ~ Ryan Hoyme
You're going to need a massage after using that technique. ~ Ryan Hoyme
Do you want to see or feel the muscle more when your head keeps looking down? ~ Ryan Hoyme

Hopefully that's a good start for you :)
Ryan
www.MassageNerd.com

Here is more that are massage or health related that I've been collecting...

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.
Author Unknown

The greatest of all pleasures is the pleasure of learning.
Aristotle

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
Albert Einstein

"When the Body Gets Working Appropriately, the Force of Gravity Can Flow Through. Then,
Spontaneously, the Body Heals Itself."
Ida Rolf

To be kind, to be, to do, and to depart gracefully.
Ashley Montagu

Mother Nature gave us eyelids. She didn't give us ear-lids or body-lids.
Steven Halpern

We settle for so little! As long as we can get by, we let it go at that.
Moshe Feldenkrais

Carefully observe your activities of thinking, breathing, movement, diet, sex, and sleep, for
these are the six fundamentals of health. Within this realm lies success or failure in your
physical health and emotional happiness.
Shizuko Yamamota

All we have to do is preserve our personality, to live our own life,
be captain of our own ship, and all will be well.
Dr. Edward Bach

These feet which kick furiously, legs which bend in to protect a tender stomach. This flesh
which is but a mass of spasms, starts and shakes.
Frederick Leboyer

Trust the universe...accept its messages...and keep your motives clean. The client's body will
tell you which way to go.
John Upledger

I'm not a healer and I'm not a doctor, he would say, I'm just a mechanic.
Lauren Berry

If you understand the force of intelligence in the body, its mechanical operation and structure,
you can work on any part of the body you can reach with your hands.
Lauren Berry

When health is absent...Wisdom cannot reveal itself
Art cannot become manifest
Strength cannot be exerted
Wealth is useless and reason is powerless.
Heraphilies

The mind cannot forget what the hands have learned
Jon Zahourek

God didn't come down and tell me; I had to find it out through many years of experience. The
work came first; the inspiration came later.
Ida Rolf

Do all the good you can in all the ways you can, for all the people you can for long as ever you
can.
Vimala Schneider McClure

Massage is the study of anatomy in braille.
Jack Meagher

My vision is to make touch positive social value in our culture.
David Palmer

You may be walking on the solution to many of your health problems.
Dwight Byers

The body is movement. Breath is life. And the base of our being is the support of others.
Harold Dull

Nothing beats a really rough massage. I really hate a man who goes all limp when he's doing a
massage. Who needs a soft massage? Just get in there and rub me hard or don't bother.
Charisma Carpenter

To me luxury is to be at home with my daughter, and the occasional massage doesn't hurt.
Olivia Newton-John

The media is not just the message. The media is a massage. We're constantly being stroked,
manipulated, adjusted, realigned, and maneuvered.
Joey Skaggs

I don't fear death because I don't fear anything I don't understand. When I start to think about
it, I order a massage and it goes away.
Hedy Lamarr

We were all at wits' end. Eddie was walking around with a cane on painkillers because his hip
hurt so badly; Alex had a neck brace on.
A massage therapist comes to his house every day just so he can get out of bed.
Sammy Hagar

The principals in elegantly simple. We learn to love by being loved, we learn gentleness by
being gentled, we learn to be graceful by experiencing the feeling of grace.
Deane Juhan

Seeing ahead is fun. But pushing is very hard work.
Bonnie Prudden

Not until we experience it is it more that just words. After we experience it, there is no need
for words.
Milton Trager

The master therapist is real, calm, nonjudgemental, intelligent, sensitive, strong yet flexible,
supportive, compassionate, empathic, and joyful.
John Barnes

He could often be seen walking backwards along Lambeth Palace Road round to the bus stop
on Westminster Bridge 'so as to keep an eye on the oncoming buses.
James Henry Cyriax

Where all the growth is in this profession and in life is the line of most resistance. Oftentimes
we resist so much of what life wants to teach us and why we're here.
Paul St. John

The best pioneers are the ones actually out the doing massage. They get devotees just from
having put their hands on them. That's what keeps the field alive and moving.
Tiffany Fields

Love what you do. Enjoy listening to people. It can be hard work, but the potential for helping
people is tremendous.
Robert Tisserand

To get rich never risk your health. For it is the truth that health is the wealth of wealth.
Richard Baker

The healthy, the strong individual, is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he
has an abscess on his knee or in his soul.
Rona Barrett

If I'd known I was gonna live this long. I'd have taken better care of myself. [Eubie Blake At Age
100]
Eubie Blake

To become a thoroughly good man is the best prescription for keeping a sound mind and a
sound body.
Francis Bowen

Ill-health, of body or of mind, is defeat. Health alone is victory. Let all men, if they can manage
it, contrive to be healthy!
Thomas Carlyle

Never hurry. Take plenty of exercise. Always be cheerful. Take all the sleep you need. You
may expect to be well.
James Freeman Clarke

You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she
was 60. She's 97 today and we don't know where the hell she is.
Ellen Degeneres

Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone,
and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the
absence of disease or infirmity.
Heave

As we free our breath (through diaphragmatic breathing) we relax our emotions and let go
our body tensions.
Gay Hendricks

It is the false shame of fools to try to conceal wounds that have not healed.
Horace

The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best.
Thomas Jefferson

The human body has been designed to resist an infinite number of changes and attacks
brought about by its environment. The secret of god health lies in successful adjustment to
changing stresses on the body.
Harry J. Johnson

Drinking freshly made juices and eating enough whole foods to provide adequate fiber is a
sensible approach to a healthful diet.
Jay Kordich

The building of a perfect body crowned by a perfect brain, is at once the greatest earthly
problem and grandest hope of the race.
Dio Lewis

To insure good health: Eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and
maintain an interest in life.
William Londen

Cheerfulness, sir, is the principle ingredient in the composition of health.
Arthur Murphy

He who enjoys good health is rich, though he knows it not.
Italian Proverb

The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the
better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.
Anthony Robbins

To be or not to be isn't the question. The question is how to prolong being.
Tom Robbins

If you need medical advice, let these three things be your physicians; a cheerful mind,
relaxation from business, and a moderate diet.
Schola Salern

The ingredients of health and long life, are great temperance, open air, easy labour, and little
care.
Sir Philip Sidney

The preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as
physical morality.
Herbert Spencer

Must be out-of-doors enough to get experience of wholesome reality, as a ballast to thought
and sentiment. Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life.
Henry David Thoreau

Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when
the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings,
emotions, goals, and values are in balance.
Brian Tracy

A man's health can be judged by which he takes two at a time -- pills or stairs
Joan Welsh

Money is the most envied, but the least enjoyed. Health is the most enjoyed, but the least
envied.
Charles Caleb Colton

No rest is worth anything except the rest that is earned.
Jean Paul

Old people have fewer diseases than the young, but their diseases never leave them.
Hippocrates

Older people shouldn't eat health food, they need all the preservatives they can get.
Robert Orben

Our health always seems much more valuable after we lose it.
Unknown Author

Rest is a good thing, but boredom is its brother.
Voltaire

Rest is the sweet sauce of labor.
Plutarch

Sometimes the most urgent and vital thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest.
Ashleigh Brilliant

Tactics, fitness, stroke ability, adaptability, experience, and sportsmanship are all necessary
for winning.
Fred Perry

Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity.
Goethe

The sound body is the product of the sound mind.
George Bernard Shaw

It's the mind that makes the body rich.
Shakespeare

Perfect health means no weakness anywhere, that is no weakness should remain in the
body, or in the mind, or in the relationship between the body and the mind.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

He whose doshas [laws of nature at work in the body] are in balance, whose appetite is good,
whose tissues are functioning normally, whose wastes are in balance, and whose Self, mind,
and senses remain full of bliss, is called a healthy person.
Sushruta Samhita

The human body is made up of some four hundred muscles; evolved through centuries of
physical activity. Unless these are used, they will deteriorate.
Eugene Lyman Fisk

The human body was designed to walk, run or stop; it wasn't built for coasting.
Cullen Hightower.

We sit at breakfast, we sit on the train on the way to work, we sit at work, we sit at lunch, we
sit all afternoon, a hodgepodge of sagging livers, sinking gall bladders, drooping stomachs,
compressed intestines, and squashed pelvic organs.
John Button, Jr.

Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.
Earl of Derby

It is remarkable how ones wits are sharpened by physical exercise.
Pliny the Younger

True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are united.
Alexander von Humboldt

Fitness - It it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body.
Cher

The preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as
physical morality.
Herbert Spencer

A sound mind in a sound body is a thing to be prayed for.
Juvenal

The body of man is a machine which winds its own springs.
J. O. De La Mettrie

A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than
all the medicine and psychology in the world.
Paul Dudley White

After dinner, rest awhile, after supper, walk a mile.
Arabic Proverb

Walking is the best possible exercise.
Thomas Jefferson

Common sense is in medicine the master workman.
Peter Latham

Symptoms, then, are in reality nothing but a cry from suffering organs.
Jean-Martin Charcot

There are some remedies worse than the disease.
Publilius Syrus

Body: A thing of shreds and patches, borrowed unequally from good and bad ancestors and a
misfit from the start.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most diseases are the result of medication which has been prescribed to relieve and take
away a beneficiant and warning symptom on the part of Nature.
Elbert Hubbard

Health and intellect are the two blessings of life.
Menander

Happiness lies, first of all, in health.
George William Curtis

I am convinced digestion is the great secret to life.
Sydney Smith

Nature, time and patience are three great physicians.
H.G. Bohn

The King who cannot rule his diet, will hardly rule his realm in peace and quiet.
Author unknown

Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it
orders which make no sense.
Henry Miller

Time is the great physician.
Benjamin Disraeli

He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.
Arabian Proverb

A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.
Spanish Proverb

Better to hunt in fields for health unbought
Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught.
The wise for cure on exercise me depend;
God never made his work for man to mend.
John Dryden

Health and intellect are the two blessings of life.
Menander

I am dying with the help of too many physicians.
Alexander the Great

God heals, and the doctor takes the fee.
Benjamin Franklin

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and
do what you's rather not.
Mark Twain

Wisdom is to the mind what health is to the body.
Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Quit worrying about your health. It'll go away.
Robert Orben

America's health care system is second only to Japan ... Canada, Sweden, Great Britain ...
well, all of Europe. But you can thank your lucky stars we don't live in Paraguay!
Homer Simpson

Our doctor would never really operate unless it was necessary. He was just that way. If he
didn't need the money, he wouldn't lay a hand on you.
Herb Shriner

These are fantastic. Many thanks!

If you run across other, pass 'em on...
I'm thinking about legally changing it :)

Susan G. Salvo said:
You are too funny!!! So Massage Nerd is your alias? I thought it was your real name.

massagenerd said:
I tend to go the humor route :)

Who's your fascia?" ~ Ryan Hoyme
Open a can of whoop elbow!" ~ Ryan Hoyme
Will massage for food." ~ Ryan Hoyme
Ask 10 massage therapists a question and you will get 100 answers." ~ Ryan Hoyme
Can you feel me now...goooooood!" ~ Ryan Hoyme
You just busted my last capillary!" ~ Ryan Hoyme
You are a pain in my glutes! ~ Ryan Hoyme
Tensor fascia lata...the coffee muscle. ~ Ryan Hoyme
Knead me massage therapy. ~ Ryan Hoyme
You are just a palpation away from success! ~ Ryan Hoyme
Your fascia called and it wants its good posture back. ~ Ryan Hoyme
Is your bolster better under the table or on the table. ~ Ryan Hoyme
That's going to leave a hematoma! ~ Ryan Hoyme
Who's your massage therapist? ~ Ryan Hoyme
Are you diving or massaging? ~ Ryan Hoyme
Can you hear me with your shoulders in your ears? ~ Ryan Hoyme
How do like your shoulderings (shoulders raised up th their ears)? ~ Ryan Hoyme
If you slip on a muscle, make sure you slip two more times to make it look like you did it on purpose. ~ Ryan Hoyme
That technique is only legal in 48 states. ~ Ryan Hoyme
You're going to need a massage after using that technique. ~ Ryan Hoyme
Do you want to see or feel the muscle more when your head keeps looking down? ~ Ryan Hoyme

Hopefully that's a good start for you :)
Ryan
www.MassageNerd.com

"Health is not simply the absence of sickness." ~Hannah Green
Thanks. That's a great quote!

Mitzie Ladd, RMT LMT RM said:
"Health is not simply the absence of sickness." ~Hannah Green
In my early teens, I read this poem and have tried to make it my life philosophy and credo. It grounds and centers me, so I can focus on why I am here.
THE BRIDGE BUILDER

An old man, going a lone highway,
Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To chasm, vast and deep and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.

"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim near,
"You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again must pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide --
Why build you the bridge at the eventide?"

The builder lifted his old gray head:
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"There followeth after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pit-fall be,
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him."

Will Allen Dromgoole
This gave me chills - Thanks so much!

Mike Hinkle said:
In my early teens, I read this poem and have tried to make it my life philosophy and credo. It grounds and centers me, so I can focus on why I am here.
THE BRIDGE BUILDER

An old man, going a lone highway,
Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To chasm, vast and deep and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.

"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim near,
"You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again must pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide --
Why build you the bridge at the eventide?"

The builder lifted his old gray head:
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"There followeth after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pit-fall be,
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him."

Will Allen Dromgoole
"When the student is ready the teacher appears".

This quote has been a reality in my life over the years and continues on in many aspects of my life, not just massage.
I love this one - I can use it for the instructors manual. Thanks!

Darcy Neibaur BS LMT NCBTMB said:
"When the student is ready the teacher appears".

This quote has been a reality in my life over the years and continues on in many aspects of my life, not just massage.
"Life is like a sewer, you get out of it what you put into it" -Thomas Leher

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