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#20984 - 11/17/02 02:24 PM Time to Grow Up
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I must say that this post was inspired by MrDon and Wuame. I found MS about a month ago and have been a little unsure what to make of it and how to relate it to myself. But in this past month things have made sense to me for once so I think what happened to me was actually abuse. Now that I've identified it I hope I can move on with myself.

Here's an abridged version of what happened to me: When I was five my sister use to act out her sexual fantasies on me. I never thought anything of it. I enjoyed it for the most part. But as I grew up I found sex to be a unequivocally forbidden. I never knew why and I always thought that when I was older it would all work out. I always found myself attracted to women, no doubt about it. But when I was 21 my world came crashing down on me. Triggered by a pseudo-gay scene in a movie, I had a mental crisis. Anxiety attacks, lack of sleep and all that stuff. I knew that there was some big problem but I couldn't identify it. All I knew was that I couldn't have a relationship with a woman and what triggered me was homosexual in nature. I ended up having some uncontrolled thoughts about men. So I figured I was gay. I was a wreck. My last year in college I saw a therapist figuring that I need to come to terms with my new sexuality. After 6 months of that I was in no better shape. It didn't help. This past summer I went to Europe for a well needed vacation. I found myself in London for a few days by myself. I was miserable. I was lonely and sad. I couldn't relate to anyone and most importantly I couldn't relate to myself (Lloydy and all the other Brits—It's too bad that I didn't have a healthier mind set because London has a lot to experience. If I would have known you guys I would have tracked you down for a pint). I knew then that something had to change. So I went to some gay support groups figuring it was a start. My first time there I found myself attracted to the females. Talk about confusing!!! After that I started researching sexual abuse and found Male Survivor. It was the first thing I could actually relate to. I can't express myself enough how thankful I am to everyone here. Roy, Devon, Thad, Wuame, ABCD, Don-NY, all of you. Thanks!

So here I am. I'm 24 years old and I'm stuck. I've had trouble growing up. I've been trying to have a normal childhood for the past 19 years but it just didn't work. My experiences with my sister, my parents' puritanical concept of sex and other similar environmental factors have kept that five year old from growing up. Essentially I've been carrying around the sexuality of a five year old for 19 years. Unfortunately that five year old affects many other parts of my life. I've always been very dependant on my family. I think that when I couldn't relate to people sexually it made me dependant on my parents for the emotional support I need. It's horribly frustrating and it zaps your self-esteem.

So now I'm not concerned whether or not I'll be waking up next to a man or a woman. It doesn't really matter. I can be happy either way. What matters right now is that I live my life as a whole person. Being confused will hopefully sort itself out after I get this part of myself in order. I need that five year old kid to grow up and be 24. So here is a letter to that little kid still inside of me. This letter is for me. I'm not necessarily looking for feedback but comment if you wish.

Dear Mikey,
You seem like you're a big guy now that you're five. You've seen a lot, done a lot and you've started school. There's so much to learn and you feel like you're ready for everything. But Mikey, a five year old isn't ready to experience everything. Do you remember those moments with your sister? Your sister certainly loves you but did you ever consider her love may have been misplaced? What she did to you was not for a five year old to experience. She had her own problems and was acting them out on you. I know that you enjoyed it but don't get your confusion mixed up with pleasure. The two are not the same. I know you've seen similar things on the television and at the movies but those were grown ups and not five year olds. That does not make it right for you to engage in that type of activity. Those people in the movies did what they did because they were prepared for it. You were not because you do not fully understand the meaning of sex. Now that I know what your sister did to you she will be in a lot of trouble. If the two of you were ever caught you wouldn't have been in trouble. Just her, not you. You're a good kid Mikey. And don't let your parents' view of sex make you think that sex has to be sinful. It's not. It can be a beautiful thing. You have to understand that what happened has warped your view of yourself, your view of women, and your view of sex. Your sister was the one who initiated you to this strange world of sex and your parents only made you think it was shameful. You had no control over this and its not your fault.

Mikey, now is the time for you to grow up and enter adolescence. Don't be scared and withdrawn. Relax, let go and let yourself feel. Embrace yourself, embrace your sexuality and don't be too confused and scared to live the life you deserve. You certainly don't want to be five forever. You're starting over now and discovering many new things about yourself. Enjoy it and make the best of it! You're not going to be calling the shots anymore. I'm going to be the one in control. It's time for you to catch up to me because living the life as a whole person will be wonderful. Good luck!
Your elder ego,
Mike

Thanks guys,
Mike

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#20985 - 11/17/02 03:45 PM Re: Time to Grow Up
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Mike

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Youíre a good kid Mikey.
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#20986 - 11/17/02 06:27 PM Re: Time to Grow Up
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Mike,
Keep telling Mikey that you love him because he needs to continue to hear it. The letter that you wrote shows that.... and I hope you keep it up.

While I can understand the confusion of being gay or straight or bi or just trying to figure out if you are sexual.... it isn't easy. The thing to focus on is finding someone that respects you, cares for you and enjoys being with you.... and you the same with them. If "love" is a good concept, you could add that in there as well. I always thought I would be in the standard relationship of society and my relationship is anything but what I could have ever imagined. That's ok for me as I continue to learn to accept myself. I'm not saying the same will be true for you, but try to just take these things as they happen... they make life much more fun that way.

Don

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#20987 - 11/18/02 01:47 AM Re: Time to Grow Up
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Hey Mike!

Nice note, and it amazes me again how much we all have in common. I can't tell you how well I can relate to your feelings of stunted growth/maturity when it comes to sexual matters (straight/bi/whatever). Today, was a learning/transforming experience for me as well--and inspired by YOU, I write my own letter (I hope it's not too cheesy, but it's something and it's a thought process that is helping me get out of this slump I have written about of late [almost happy thread and our recent conversation]). Anyway, it's something that made me realize that I can still keep focused on my goal and succeed.
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Okay, so here I now stand in uncertainty. For the first time in my life, I've opened myself up to new thoughts, new feelings, and explored all aspects of my sexuality. I have done things that, in retrospect, were mistakes perhaps, and I have devoted so much time to these things (along with abuse issues) that my dream to become a physician and so much more has been put at risk.

Still, I will NOT give up--for my sake, for my family, and for my friends--for all these years that I have worked hard. I know that this is the path that I lead and where I want to head. There is a world out there where I know I can do so much good in many, many ways--yes, there are other paths, it's true, to "do good," but I know that I've been blessed to have talents to do this. It is with these talents, which perhaps have laid dormant these few months, that I know I can truly put all the pieces of my life together. There's a plan in all this, I know.

Just as before in college...even if the worst things were to happen now, I know that I will survive this as I have so many other things before. While I have and will heed more other people's counsel, I will listen to my conscience first and not be afraid to do what I truly feel is most important to me at this point in my life. I know it will be okay. There are people out there who are there to help, and I know that Someone is always watching--no matter what.

This is what is life is about--ups and downs. All the emotions and the issues were bound to come out--why not now? It's for the best anyway perhaps--while I am still "young" and have the "community" that I need AND before I make life-decisions about "love." Also, it sheds my dependency and standing on my own so-called "intellect" as a sign of self-worth.

Indeed, these past few months have taught me so much about the equality of persons--the value of their experiences and emotions over their so-called intellect or prestige of their schools or diplomas or looks. These months have also shown me that beauty is INDEED more than skin-deep, and that all our stereotypes about others--are exactly that stereotypes (forget that 20 or 30% of grain of truth--overall, these stereotypes make you picture one person as just that trait rather than who they are--that is wrong; they are persons first). Furthermore, I have learned how deep my scars truly are, and how more I still have to go. Still, I know that EVERYONE--abused or not--has their own scars and burdens. For so long, I had hoped to be "normal" ever since I realized I was abused, and now, I realized, that in a sense--that's exactly where I am. It is a humbling experience to be sure, but it is one that I need if I am to truly follow my desire to help others and to finally find real love. Another blessing in disguise perhaps?

So, here I stand--and perhaps this is where I have always stood--uncertainty...I mean, we all do right? What do we as human beings truly know about tomorrow or even about anything? Still, I have faith that this life is a good one, and I know I will survive.

After all, success is not never falling (never falling seems like a sign of never been brave enough to challenge one's self or a delusional mind), but rather success is truly the result of one's ability to pick one's self up, everytime one falls.

Thus, I hang on...I have faith. Indeed, so long as I have as much faith as a mustard seed, I can and will continue to move mountains. \:D


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#20988 - 11/18/02 07:56 AM Re: Time to Grow Up
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Mike/Mikey: \:\)

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#20989 - 11/18/02 10:34 AM Re: Time to Grow Up
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Mike,

I'm glad you have been able to make sense of all of this. It is time to let Mikey grow up, but don't be too hard on the little boy. I think Mikey is closer to 12 than 5, at least by Freud's reckoning.

Your issues with dependency have more to do with Mikey than Mike. It's Mikey who has the dependency on his parents, and it's Mikey who has been in charge.

It is interesting to look back over some of our communication and see how often Mike has asserted that he is in control. I think you have been trying to wrest control from Mikey for some time. Maybe it's time to have a talk with Mikey about who is in charge.

Devon

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#20990 - 11/18/02 11:54 PM Re: Time to Grow Up
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Devon,
Sometimes you stun me with the accuracy of your words. But I guess when you've gone through this yourself you can relate all too well. For my whole life I've always known at some level that Mikey was in charge but I never put it in those exact words. For the most part I was content with it because it never caused me problems until recently. I think I'm going to edit my letter and tell Mikey that he's isn't in charge anymore. Maybe Mikey is 12 but he's at least a pre-adolescent youth. Thanks Devon.

MrDon,
When we imagin what our future will be it is never what we plan. I'm learning that the hard way. I always thought I would find myself in a nice marriage shortly after college. You know, the white picket fence and all of that. Well, I'm far from that and unfortunately I'm still trying to find where I am exactly. I'm slowly coming to the realization myslef that I need to "focus of finding someone that respects me, cares for me and enjoys being with me....and me the same with them." I think I've been waiting for some triggering event that will make everything right again much like my first trigger that made everything wrong. But as I accept myself that latter sentiment seems to fade away a little bit.

One last thing MrDon. I didn't mean to steer your last posting towards the topic of masturbation. What my mind was focused on was that I never let people physically near me and, for the most part, masturbation was a poor replaced for that physical touch we all need. I still want to try therapeutic massage. Maybe it could be helpful.

ABCD,
I'm going to print this thread out because it too amazes me how much we have in common. A lot of what you said could have been echoed by me. Especially the part concerning this being a life changing experience. I certainly don't look at people how I use to. I appreciate them, everyone. We'll be talking about this, I'm sure. By the way, it wasn't cheesy.

Thanks a lot Lloydy and Wuame. I appreciate it.
mike

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#20991 - 11/19/02 05:49 PM Re: Time to Grow Up
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Thoughts on the inner child:

I've been under the assumption that my inner child was the wide-eyed, innocent little boy like Mikey on the Life Cereal commercial. However, my inner child is really a manipulative, self centered, spoiled brat devoted to self-preservation. He's more like Chucky from "Child's Play".
We lament the loss of our innocence as children, yet we fail to realize the implication of that. Our inner children are not innocent. They will not comply without a fight. They will not give up control easily. Why else would we be having such problems with them?
Maybe it's time we recognized our inner children for the destructive little bastards that they really are. I thought about writting a letter to little Devon, but instead I think I'm going to go kick his but.
Big Devon

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#20992 - 11/19/02 11:18 PM Re: Time to Grow Up
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Hi Big Devon,

your post made me smile. I was trying to picture my inner child as chucky.
I think my inner child has been manipulative, self-centered and a spoiled brat too.

But I think it was for self preservation.
I wouldnt be alive, had he not been manipulative, self-centered and a spoiled brat.

I do believe that children are born innocent and naive and pure ...and then the world starts influencing their change in behaviour.

Take care of little Devon. He did a great job, even though he was/is just a little kid.

rax.


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#20993 - 11/19/02 11:21 PM Re: Time to Grow Up
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Devon,
I was a stubborn little brat as a kid, at least that is what my parents tell me. But when you're that type of kid you don't recognize that in yourself, certainly at that time you don't. You think that you're an angel and the world revolves around you. So your last post has really made me think a little. I think that I, too, have always been under the assumption that I was the innocent Life cereal Mikey. I never made the connection that I was truely a stubborn little brat. So maybe he too needs his butt kicked. Someone has got to tell him that his goals for self-preservation are not going to be my goals!

John,
Thanks for the words of encouragement. I appreciate knowing that I have friends here. Friends that understand me and friends that I can grow up with. That goes for everyone. I didn't really have any of those when I was a kid.

These past few days have really made me think a lot about myself. So much so that it has actually made my head hurt. Maybe that's just Mikey refusing to give up. So I'm going to bed right now 'cause I need my rest.
Mike

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#20994 - 11/20/02 12:03 AM Re: Time to Grow Up
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Sleepy (Mike),
I didn't take offense to you posting about masturbation on the thread. In fact that is kind of awesome that you connected those dots and I was learning from everyone as the thread progressed.

Devon,
My little boy always tried to be perfect and he got the shit beat out of him just because someone changed the rules in life and neglected to tell him. My little boy just needs to be loved and accepted and he needs to know he is ok.. he is alright,,,,, I wouldn't want to kick him because he is used to that... so maybe I'm missing your point or something, but this is a different view point for me.

Don

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#20995 - 11/20/02 11:46 AM Re: Time to Grow Up
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Don,
I think that I am at a different point in my journey, and I have a different attitude toward my inner child. I do understand where you are coming from. My childhood was very much like you describe yours.

I have catered to my inner child for too long. My inner child has had his every wish fulfilled. And that is the problem. Iíve nurtured the little beast for too long, and in doing so, I never acted like a grown--up.

Those of us who have delayed growing up, who have spent many years trying to have a childhood, all have well developed, loved and nurtured inner children. We also have let them take control. So for me it is not really a matter of growing up anymoreĖIím grown. I just have to take control.

I believe that I can be independent enough to make my inner child secure, for that seems to be what has motivated the little demon.

Iím not abandoning the inner child. Iím recognizing him for what he is and putting him in his proper place. To shower him with love and affection at this point seems about as productive as taking an alcoholic to the pub for a pint.

This is just another stage of recovery for me. The first was when I quit being a victim. I quit being a victim by refusing to let the abuse dictate my life. My life does not revolve around being a victim, being in therapy, bemoaning my situation or dwelling in the misery.

The second stage has become the process of acting like an adult. Iíve been a slave to the whims of my inner child for far too long. Think how ridiculous it seems for a 41 year old man to be virtually dysfunctional because his energy has been devoted to developing his inner child.

Big Devon needs nurturing. Big Devon needs to be loved and accepted for the man he has become. Ití time to put the little demon in his place and move on.

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#20996 - 11/20/02 12:03 PM Re: Time to Grow Up
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Mike,

I think that you understand how Mikey and the little demon have manipulated us. It is really hard to be objective about our own lives, and we often deceive ourselves. I think we both have made a big step forward by recognizing the destructive nature of our inner children.

Rax,

We agree on the self preservation, but I think it is an emotional not physical preservation. I think the conflicts that arose from my little demonís self-preservation almost cost me my life several times.

I still want to get in touch with my inner child, and if I ever catch him, Iíll kick his but for being such a bad little boy.

Big Mean Devon

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#20997 - 11/20/02 12:10 PM Re: Time to Grow Up
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I guess the way I see Little Wuame, he had to grow up too fast, now he needs to have a childhood, so that he can really grow up.

So I need to love & nurture him. This includes the proper discipline & guidance he never got in his childhood years. It also includes having the fun & learning the things he never got to before becuz he was given adult responsibilities thruout childhood & related to as adult not child.

I will be there with him thru all of this, for he is me & I am him. We need to enjoy childhood & grow up together, so that we can come together and be an integrated whole person.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

OK back to massage. :p

Don, I figured it out. Yesterday after my regular massage with my massage therapist I went as I have been to the chiropractor, whom by the way I really like & trust; he's excellent. But yesterday he did a little massage on particular places he wanted to loosen up to work on some more, that have been extremely tight. I noticed I was really having trouble relaxing as he touched massaged me. Could be becuz he's not my regular massage T, tho I have seen him for chiro several times now. I think in time I'll be able to relax; his massaging will be limited anyway. But I also feel certain that I tensed up becuz it was a man doing the massaging. Never did I have that kind of reaction with my massage T, tho I was of course nervous. I remembered we talked about that some Don so just thot I'd share it. Hope your training & massages are going well.

Take care all

Wuame

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#20998 - 11/20/02 05:49 PM Re: Time to Grow Up
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Interesting things about the inner child. I will have to see where my journey takes me on this one but I love to at least see what others are learning as well.

Wuame, Last night I had a massage (same guy that has done the past three). I relaxed more last night and let him have more control than I did in the previous two. HOwever, I still tried to control my neck and that is one of the areas that really needed a lot of work. But he noticed that I am more relaxed and letting him work which I noticed to. Usually when someone places their hands on me, all muscles tense up and I have to slowly start breathing life back into them. I don't think your reaction was strange as I often go through that. I would just write about what you felt as much as you can (if you haven't already) and see if at some point you can piece the other parts together. With this guy (or even in class) I usually get nervous and more and more, I am learning how to relax myself. But it isn't easy for myself either. And there are certain spots that people can touch which are more accepting to me than other areas.

Don

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#20999 - 11/20/02 11:22 PM Re: Time to Grow Up
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I'm kind of glad that the conversation turned back to massage. I've been looking around and have found a few massage therapists, though I haven't called any of them yet. I see this as a step in taking back my life. In a lot of ways my catering to my inner child has kept everyone physically away even though I've always yearned for human warmth. I'm looking forward to this new experience. By the way, I'm not too familiar with massage therapy. What are some basic things to keep in mind? For example, how much background info should I tell them? Also, how much does it usually cost? I probably have more questions but I can't think of them right now. Thanks.
mike

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#21000 - 11/20/02 11:40 PM Re: Time to Grow Up
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Mike:

Don or others can maybe answer you better than I, but I can share my experience.

I've found massage to definitely be a way of taking my life back, ironically, by trusting someone else with it in a way. But its hard to have a life without trust.

Massage, for me at least, has a playful side, great for Little Wuame & for Big Wuame. It is very much a physical & a spiritual experience.

Interview a massage T before starting massages with them if you feel the need to, and find someone you feel you can be comfortable with.

Depending on your abuse & other issues, gender may be an important consideration.

The more comfortable you are and get to be with someone the more you're liable to share. Initially I said nothing about having been abused. After a few massages I was still tense physically but loosened up enuf emotionally to trust & tell my massage T that I needed help relaxing becuz I had been abused as a child. No specifics, none needed. She has been a big help.

What also helps is that I usually see her right after my T, who works in the same group. So I already had some built in trust there thru him too. If you have a T maybe he/she could recommend someone for massage? Or one of your doctors could?

Cost probably varies a lot from AZ to NC, or even office to office. Mine is $55, a bit cheaper than most around here.

Mike I pray you find someone who can provide therapeutic touch to your body & your soul.

Wuame

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#21001 - 11/21/02 12:59 AM Re: Time to Grow Up
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I have had several professional massages outside of my classes and so I will try to add to what Wuame told you which was very good.

The very first time I went to get a massage it was on a cruise ship. While I was very stressed out and it helped lower my stress a little, it was not that great of a massage. There was no connection with that person and they didn't ask me any questions, and I didn't give them any information. This time it was a female and it was long before I started down my recovery path and healing. I probably had other intentions on my mind and fortunately the lady didn't allow those things to happen.

The next time was in a fitness center and the guy doing it basically rubbed a few muscles and that was about it. Not that good of a massage but then I wasn't real comfortable about having anyone touch me. He didn't really ask me any questions about what I wanted from the massage or anything else.

The next time was in a "new age type center". I was seeing a therapist and I had talked to her about me going to a massage therapist. My primary reason was that I wanted to experience my body more and learn to enjoy healthy touch (and get rid of the memories of unhealthy touch that I had). So when I went to this lady, I told her briefly why I was there and briefly that I had a pretty rough child hood with a lot of physical abuse. The massages she gave me were good, very safe and took things very slow. If I was triggered, she encouraged me to bring it up. That was a very positive experience that I had.

Then I didn't get another massage until I started looking at going to school and since then, I've had several professional ones. Some of them have been excellent and some of them have been a massage. Even with the one person that I see regularly now, some massages are better than others.

What I've learned is that the more I relax and get to know myself, the more I get out of the massage .... but.... and iff..... the massage therapist knows what they are doing and really connects with you from the mind-body approach. I've also learned that certain movements like fast-deep work tend to trigger me easily so I often state up front that if they start doing deep work, to take it slow. There are a couple of parts on me that can sometimes be ticklish so I often bring this up. If my feet get cold, they start cramping and my feet get very cold when I get a massage (while the rest of me is sweating). So I make sure I tell the massage therapist this. I'm actually finding out that if I start face up, I relax more than if I start face down. This is just something I found out about myself in the last massage.

The person I regularly use knows that I had a rough childhood, but I haven't gone into the details with them and not sure if I am going to. I expressed to them last night that I wanted to connect touch more with my mind because while I can see someone touch me, I don't always feel it. So these things are things we are working on. Part of it is just getting me to relax and let him have control. While I am gettingg better about this, I still try and control my neck especially which doesn't help me in a massage.

In the school I go to, we are taught how to view a person from the mind body approach, not just as someone to give a massage to. Kind of the whole body approach. There is a differance in massage therapists on this and you will have to feel your way through some of this. If someone doesn't ask you much or take much interest in you when you walk in the door, I would be a little leary about letting them give me a massage. Some people I connect with from the start and some I don't. The guy that regularly massages me was one I sort of connected with at first but it took a few times before I started to feel more safe (which is hard for me to do around anyone).

It depends upon the massage therapist but if I don't know them, I don't completely strip down (I will at least leave my boxers on). Depends on the situation, person, environment,,etc.. But you need to do whatever is comfortable and safe for you. I think the one massages I was getting from the lady at the center was where I basically kept most of my clothes on the first time. I was too scared to do it any way else. Now, I strip down.... of course the massage therapist should make sure you are fully draped and most states that is the law. They may move the drape to work on various body parts, but your genital area should never be exposed unless you and the massage therapist agree that there is a reason to do this.... And they should keep you covered (draped means covered) on your back down to your sacral area (but no lower than that).

I would take it slow into massage and see if you can't find someone that approaches it from the mind-body approach. Be brief about your past and let them know why you are there. If you are seeing a counseling therapist, let them know what you are doing so they can help you work through any issues that arise. Most of all if you go to get a massage do whatever you have to do to feel safe, whatever that requires. Take it slow and if it takes several sessions to fully get into things, that is ok. But do what is best for yourself as that is what the massage session is all about. At no time and I mean NO time should a massage therapist make any jokes or suggestions about sex. That is unethical, wrong and I would run like hell from a person that did that. Just something to be aware of.

Costs vary. I've paid $70 for an hour to $60, $45, $35 for an hour. It varies from person to person, place to place and what they are doing. Most of the time a person will get a Swedish Massage or Full Body Massage (kind of the same thing). It's just kind of the common accepted thing out there that everyone starts out with.

Make sure you address any concerns with someone you go to and you can do that up front in the phone conversation or when you get there. Keep a journal to record things you experience or learn about yourself.

Most of all, just relax,,, and relax some more and relax some more when you go to get one.... because the massage will be far more effective if you do.... and if you aren't sure what to do, just have your massage therapist guide you... that's what they are there for.

Don

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#21002 - 11/21/02 10:57 AM Re: Time to Grow Up
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Don:

Thanks! A lot of great insight & advice there for anyone interested in massage, whether for the 1st time or not. I found it very affirming becuz even tho I've been getting massage for about a year off & on, I realize I was fortunate & really hit the jackpot with my massage therapist.

Before/between times with her early on, I went twice to a woman who was closer, at the fitness center where I teach water aerobics. She was nice & gave a good general massage, but we just didn't click. She didn't seem that into the mind-body connection, or into the massage. She was just doing this on some evenings, and had another fulltime job during the day. OK for some but not for me.

So I've stayed with my current M.T., who works in a center for "complimentary healing arts," along with my T & chiro, and others who do massage, acupuncture, Pilates, aromatherapy, etc. She is very in tune with the mind/spirit-body connection as are all the workers there as far as I know.

I had the advantage of having already seen her around, and having my T recommend her, so I could trust some up front. Her openness & sensitivity helped, and were immediately apparent. So initially I sensed I needed to say little & I was right.

She could sense touches & places that were tender, sore, or sensitive, spiritually & physically, as it always seems to be both. She also seemed to be able to have some sense of what the source of the discomfort was, tho she said nothing. She let me say it when I was ready.

As I said earlier it took a few visits (over a good span of time) to mention being a survivor. I've not given much detail. I'll just mention a certain spot is sensitive becuz of abuse & leave it there, unless a bit more detail is helpful. Sometimes it is, but usually if I say "abuse area" she seems to know intuitively what kind of massaging to do in that area.

I have never shared any sexual details, or even mentioned the abuse was sexual. Don't think I'd ever share much in the way of detail, even (especially!) if she were a he.

Don, I had to chuckle, tho ironically, when you talked about your cruise ship massage & the "other ideas" you had. Tho I knew I couldn't be massaged by a man, this was my biggest fear about massage by a woman. The first one I saw twice was in all honesty no threat.

But my current M.T. is considerably younger than I and in all honesty rather attractive. Initially this scared me, but I did have that built-in trust, and immediately got good vibes from her.

Incredibly, at least for me, I have no sexual interest in her whatsoever (and I know that is mutual). She is another one of my therapists. While we are very open & honest with each other there are also clear boundaries, that really haven't even had to be spoken.

For instance, I don't completely undress. What I do is wear a loose & thin bathing suit, easy to massage thru or under if necessary. Sometimes it is, as a lot of my trouble is very lower back & buttocks, due to the auto accident & degenerative arthritis. In other words sometimes I need to be loosened up becuz I'm such a tightass! :rolleyes:

My M.T. still always asks me what kind of massage I want & what areas I want to focus on before each session, and continues to question thru sessions. Tho more & more once she starts she seems to sense & do just what I need.

Having someone who knows such a variety of massages (she also uses hot towels & rocks, aromatherapy, oils, music, whatever helps) is so helpful in making very specific mind-body connections & healing touches.

Her therapeutic touches to my spirit as well as my body are helping me know, love & take better care of my body. She has even given me stretches, exercises, & relaxation/breathing exercises to do at home, during the week & before coming to sessions (especially as it is a long drive).

All of this is helping me to finally be able to be truly intimate with my wife. Also to in general trust & build friendships. Slowly but surely.

Sorry about the ramble. I'm just really realizing & appreciating what a good M.T. I have & how fortunate I am.

Mike, I hope you or anyone else looking for an M.T. can find one as good as her.

Don, I am convinced you will be that good, in your own special way of course!

Also, journaling about my sessions, and in general, is a good idea. Thanks.

Take care

Wuame

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#21003 - 11/21/02 05:03 PM Re: Time to Grow Up
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Hi!

I know what you mean about being a five year old and having a five year old's sexuality.
I am really a very young person, now being 30, but deep down no more than five or six.
This person is only attracted to girls and really a lot. I think he is like any other boy except that he has sexual feelings. This boy is also very very afraid of men, all men and also teenagers cause to him they are older than him and could be perpetrators.
In order to survive and feel safe he finds himself sometimes making other men or teenagers his sexual objects.When he does so he is in control, however always after a few minutes he becomes anxious and his heart starts beating like a drum. Why?
He is dead scared of the ones he sometimes have to objectify.
This is the person i am, i recognize him. Otherwise if i sexualize other men i sort of go numb, into a shell and i am no longer present, not being myself.
I am tired of being scared, but for me there is nothing to do but push on and trust that the boy some day will become a man.
If i relax really much he is there, but i am so scared someone could see that i have been a victim and that some guy would make a move, it would be disastrous for me, totally devastating. I try to build up trust.

I think you ought to trust the little boy and his feelings. What is he scared of? What does he want, need?

I don't need sex from men, but i need confirmation, a hug, a pat on the shoulder. The little boy is confused.
Perhaps this goes for you too?

/ Erik

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#21004 - 11/21/02 11:37 PM Re: Time to Grow Up
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Registered: 10/08/02
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Loc: Arizona, USA
Erik,
I can relate to much of what you say. I'm 24 but really no older than 5 or 6. Although I'm not too sure I should trust his feelings or give in to them. I think I've been doing that for the last decade and a half and it's only gotten me to this confused state. And I think trusting those feelings has made me uncomfortably dependant on my parents for support, support that a 5 year old needs (emotional, physical, financial, etc.). My parents support is the only thing that is safe and I keep retreating back to it. However I agree with you that if I can at least listen to the little boy and figure out what he is scared of and what he wants/needs then I may be able to grow up and move on. But he's not the boss anymore. I need to take control.

I've certainly ran the senario that I may only need confirmation from a man--like a hug or a pat on the shoulder--a million times through my head and I certainly can't discount it. It makes a lot of sense to me. But many things make sense to me as well. Some questions come to mind right now. My little boy certainly is attracted to females but is does that mean I am attracted to females? Has that little boy controlled me so much so that he's made me think I like girls? I don't know and maybe I'm going too deep into this.

By the way, my best friend lives in Eskilstuna. I was suppose to go see her this summer but it fell through and I only made it to Malmo. It was after then that I had to go back to London.

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I'm going to see my therapist tomorrow. Much like Angry_youth_86_Keith's post I'm going through an emotional roller-coaster. Everything seems amplified and it is making me sick. I got the dry heaves when I took the dogs for a walk. I just want this to come to an end. It's like I'm biding my time until the lights go out (that's not a cry for help just my pessimism showing through).

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