Friday, May 24, 2024

Working-Class Wisdom

People line up to hear from the likes of politicians and pundits, scholars and celebrities. But what about the average working men and women who patrol our streets, mow our lawns, cut our hair and pour our beers? We decided it was time to pick their brains and discover the pearls of wisdom they’ve gleaned from years of hard work.

Fay Pratt
Massage therapist, 36

When her mother transitioned from nursing to massage, Pratt caught the bug; the Bahamian has been working out the kinks ever since. The Tamarac resident says that her 13 years of experience—including 11 at her current post, Spa Palazzo at the Boca Raton Resort & Club (501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 888/543-1277)—has even taught her the patience to handle her 3-year-old son.

• The toughest thing for a lot of people to do is relax, to just let go.
• [Most people have] something they’re self-conscious about. With women, it’s mostly their stomach—they don’t want their stomachs touched, and a lot of them don’t want you to do their hair or face.
• Men are pretty easygoing. Whatever you do, they’re good.
• Usually people will talk for five to 10 minutes; they want to know something about you because you’re going to work on them naked.
• You never know what to expect when you go into a room.
• [Some] people will have emotional breakdowns; they start talking about a sick relative or family problems, and sometimes they have an emotional release [during the massage]. You have to be patient and listen to their story. Sometimes it goes over the time limit of the session, and they’re still crying. You can’t run them out of the room, so you let them clear their mind and gently wrap it up…

To continue reading, pick up the May/June issue of Boca Raton magazine.

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