A thought or two on Massage….

I was talking to some friends recently about massage and its benefits. Apart from the physical benefits of which they are many and are hugely supportive for well-being. I found myself emphasising more about the responsibility of the therapist. Getting a massage can be a big deal! For me, when I am in the role of client I am acutely aware of my body and my (past and present) relationship with my body. This can sometimes be an emotional process as I acknowledge what hurts (physically and emotionally) and begin to let go. Although this is not the same reality for everyone I decided to treat all my clients the way I wish to be treated.

I believe a therapist must work on themselves to a level where their intuition is strong, where they can hold someone tenderly who is healing. Massage has a huge capacity to create transformation once the client wants to do this, a client who wishes to let go, really let go needs a therapist who holds the same vision. For this healing to take place they need a therapist who can support that person strongly as they go into the bits that hurt and as they breathe deeply new life into those areas of stuckness.

I do feel that the power of massage can be sometimes overlooked, seen only as a tool for relaxation and nothing more. Relaxation is incredibly healing don’t get me wrong, and big positive shifts can take place through a relaxed body and mind. But often to get to that place of true relaxation we have to shift some old ‘stuff’ and this is a good thing! Lying on the massage couch with a tense body and busy mind can be just what we need to see what we need to let go of.

I always set an intention before receiving a massage, sometimes I will verbalise this to my therapist and sometimes I will internally do this. As a Buddhist Master, Lama Yeshe once said ‘everything exists on the tip of a wish’. A wish is an intention. So taking a moment to think ‘how would I like to feel during and after this massage’ or ‘I wish to let go of ……. easily and gracefully’ is a great way to begin your treatment. If you are comfortable saying this to your therapist then great! They can then get on board with your vision and massage that positive intention into you!

I love being a massage therapist. To know that I may have made even a small positive difference to anyone I work with really makes me so very happy. I also love being a client, not just because I love bodywork but lying on the couch reminds me of how important it is to be the best therapist for my clients.

I wish you all a happy healing that supports you in your life x

Want to fall in love..? Get a massage!!

I have been thinking, listening and talking a lot about how we create.

So what on earth does creating a pleasing external environment have to do with healing work ??!!! Well, if we are indeed in a constant state of creation but not creating what we want, i.e. a fulfilling job, partner, friendships, financial security, well then how do get these things that we wish for ?

Get a massage!!

Ok, I’m being playful, a massage or any other pleasurable situation is not a magic trick for your true love, that meaningful job, happy home or more money! But what these healing practices do is create ‘high vibrations’. Usually during and after a massage or other healing work you feel good right? You usually feel relaxed, less stressed out, peaceful, optimistic, or you simply couldn’t care less about the worries you had before because that massage was AWESOME!! Simply put, these good feelings create situations that hold the same good feelings!! It’s just ‘like with like’!

I have been contemplating how when we ‘should’ be doing all the things we ‘should’ be doing but feeling exhausted and stressed what could we create by  stopping and asking ourselves, ‘What do I WANT to do right now’ and then doing just that that. How beneficial would it actually be to leave the office and have lunch in the park when you feel over worked and have a desk stacked with things to do? How beneficial would it be to turn off the laptop when you have emails to send because you are exhausted? What if we incorporated enjoyable ‘high vibration’ things into our daily to do list? If we give ourselves the medicine it makes sense we would become well. So the question for today may be ‘What’s my medicine’?

I have noticed recently that the more I engage in enjoyable things the more circumstances for enjoyment naturally come to me.  When I go for a massage or other healing work I am filled with positive feeling or energy which acts like a magnet for experiences or creations with the same feeling and energy to come my way. I believe these experiences can be different but the base or tone is the same!

Recently I have been manifesting a new home, my criteria was a safe and happy neighbourhood, and a peaceful quiet space. As the search progressed I had periods of stress, worry and concern about its lack of manifestation which of course created more stress, worry and concern! So I began to tell myself to relax but the feeling of that sentence was still worry, what the feeling was actually saying was ‘ you better start relaxing or it’ll never happen’! See what I mean? So I stopped, stopped the pushing and the telling myself off for being worried. Instead I made joyful patience important and I started to do more cool fun stuff. I went for more massages, met with friends more, slept more, I listened to more beautiful music, I meditated more and I watch more good movies. And soon I got a lovely home!

The harder your life seems the easier you should be with yourself!!

If this seems far out, or a load of nonsense that’s ok, but maybe give it a go anyway. Even if you don’t manifest your hearts desires (but I reckon you will!) you will certainly have a great time!

As The Buddha said…

‘You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection’

Heres to all beings easy and joyful manifestation ! xx