Soft is the new strong.

flowing waterNot many people know that I have been practicing martial arts for over 20 years because it is not as relevant for anyone else but me. It has, however, influenced the way I work as a massage therapist.
What I learned in the dojo is that a relaxed body, a body that can sense its surroundings and its inner state with awareness, a body that can harness focused attention and senses the intention of others, is a very responsive body, able to go with the flow no matter what you throw at it, creating a much higher tolerance for stress.
Does that mean we all have to practice martial arts?
Not necessarily, there are many other ways and arts to foster more awareness and access wellness, massage therapy being one of them.
Like in the martial arts, massage therapy doesn’t just involve the body. It involves the mind also. It involves bringing it out of the head into the body. Since our body is constantly and quietly relaying information about how it feels, it is important that we pay attention and learn to understand what it needs.
A distracted mind, however, is not able to hear the quiet whispers of the body. So my aim is to quieten the mind, have it listen.
I will get my clients to feel their own tension, to experience their own restrictions. When we sustain that felt body awareness for a time it allows the body to respond and those restrictions will shift and dissolve, gradually.

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