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How are you meeting the sensations in your body?
When we receive massage, we have the rare opportunity to experience many sensations in the body, uninterrupted. Pleasure, expansion, release, intensity, discomfort, fluttering, joy, sadness - these are just a few of the sensations that can arise within us during bodywork. For most of us, it's rare to have dedicated time to explore our experience of being in these bodies. How can you make the most of this time?
- Honor silence. It takes attention and curiosity to feel and follow the sensations in your body. Allowing yourself to treat your massage time as sacred quiet space (even on occasion!) can evoke an entirely different experience from a massage filled with conversation. If you tend to talk your way through a massage, consider spending one session, or even half a session (or 20 minutes!) in silent observation of what's happening in your system.
- Breathe, breathe, breathe! When we encounter something foreign or uncomfortable in our experience, our tendency is to hold our breath, to guard, to steel ourselves. By doing this, we can lock muscular tension and difficult emotional states into our bodies. We cannot go wrong by breathing more fully, breathing more freely, or breathing in a focused way. Breath moves our stagnant places, opens our clenched places, and allows our emotions to flow and shift in healthy ways. Also? It's okay to breathe loudly, sigh, and even make noise on your exhale when getting a massage, if it helps you to release tension. Don't be shy! Breathe, and let your breath work for you.
- Ask for what you need. Need a change of music in order to relax? Wishing for cooler temperatures, or prefer a heater on your table? Would a sip of water help? Just ask! My goal is to create a space of comfort and peace so that you can fully enter your own experience. Help me help you by asking for what you need.
- Allow time to transition. After your massage, do you immediately check your emails, voice messages, the news - before you even drive off? Consider giving yourself a little time - even just the time it takes to return home - to enjoy the peaceful, timeless state that your massage placed you in. Not only will all of your messages be waiting for you when you're ready for them, you'll be the one calm driver on the road! Make the most of your bliss, dear clients.
- Stay hydrated. I know. EVERY massage therapist says this, every time. But that's because most of us are not adequately hydrated much of the time, and because it's so important! You'll feel your best physically if you're hydrated before and after your massage, and some of you might notice that both your energy levels and emotions remain in better balance when you're soaked. If none of that motivates you, just remember that hydrated skin = younger looking skin. Drink up!
Be well and breathe well, dear clients!
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