It Is a New Day

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Each day is a new day, a day that we have not seen before, and it is our gift to greet. How did you greet today? With love in your heart, or fear and anger at that which you cannot control?

I watch my adoptive Uncle as he faces his death. He is ready to move forward to see the next life. His body clings to life, and his mind says “Let Go, Please just let go!” I look at him and I am grateful for the moments that we have shared, and time we will share until that moment when Death opens its door. I am grateful that he hangs on moment to moment, for I wish him not to go. And yet I know that with his Death will come a peace for him that is unlike no other that he has experienced. I want him to rest and to be free of his pain. I want for the pain to let go. My Uncle’s pain puts my pain into perspective. His pain allows me to let go of my pettiness, of my selfish wants. When I am unable to sleep at night and I feel frustration and anger, I think of how lucky I am that I am not shitting out my belly into a bag from a body riddled with cancerous tumors!” Yes, His pain allows me to see a clearer path of living. His strength allows me to face all that is before me with a courage that had I not know him, I wonder if I would have. I cannot fault him for his desire to just ‘end it.’ And yet he continues to live each day. He continues to share his love with his family. Despite it all he musters the courage to face each day anew; as a day he has never seen before! Thank you Uncle Mark, Much love and Gratitude!

“Suicide is a Permanent solution to a Temporary problem.” A friend once said this to me many years ago when I was a young man. I find strength in its meaning, and in its clarity. This too shall Pass, is another phrase that I find brings great strength and will. As our lives unfold and the plans that we make crumble to dust in an instant, we face our fears and reach deep inside for the courage to continue moving forward. We put one foot in front of the other and make the best of moments. We unconsciously live our stories, and we seek for the evidence to back those stories up. It can be a vicious cycle that tears the soul of a person apart. DSC_0243

 

Breathe and Let Go

Life is without meaning. It is up to you to give the meaning.

 

 

 

A story to illustrate:

A young man was working in the fields many years ago. He had worked hard all day and was making his way home when he fell breaking his leg. He rolled upon the ground screaming in agony for many minutes. After a time, he slowly made his way home writhing in pain, all the way think how unfortunate it was he had damaged himself. Days later as he lay in his cool bed eating fresh bread and cheese, sipping cool water, and looking out over the scorching hot fields toward the men and women working. He thought of how glad he was to not be out in the heat, and how maybe breaking his leg had not been such a bad thing after all.

A few weeks past and the young man was rising from bed when he heard a great commotion outside his home. He reached for his crutches and slowly made his way out toward the noise. As he approached the crowd of towns folk, he saw the most magnificent sight. A man of great stature sat upon a white horse. The man was obviously a military sort with all the fanciness of his wardrobe the young man thought to himself. The General spoke, ” I demand, the service of all able bodied men in this village. We meet at the edge of town at sunset!” The General spurred his horse forward toward the young man. “You will not do!” The General pointed at the young man as he rode past. The young man bowed his head and turned returning to rest in his bed, thinking of how unfortunate it was that he had broken his leg.

A few weeks later a messenger appeared carrying news. The war was over. The messenger then spoke slow as he informed the remaining townspeople that most of the men of the village had been killed in battle, and only a hand full would be returning home. The young man was shocked. He looked at his nearly healed leg and thought how lucky he was that he had not been with the other men of the village.

He would be one of the few men tending the fields and this could lead to great fortune. How fortunate was he that he had not been called to war.

An obstacle to one, is a challenge to another, is unseen at all by a few. You get to give the meaning.

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Each of us laugh, cry, and celebrate the joy of life. each of us has the power to create our own experience and all of us need help. I was reminded of this fact earlier as I faced my recent past and felt the waves of emotions smash through me. Breaking the make shift walls, dams and barriers that I had erected in the last few years. Destroyed in a moment and I found myself reduced to my knees filled with a sadness that poured from my essence. I found myself depressed and alone. I felt the pain of loss, of being deceived, abandoned and betrayed. Chocking with sobs and pain, I did my best to not resist. I let the pain, the hurt, the sadness, and the raw anger burn and pour through me. I let it cleanse me. I let flow through me like a great river. I let it wash thrash me like a great wave beating upon my soul.

I now sit on the other side of a moment that I dreaded and new would be painful. I had spent years hiding from facing the pain. I had spent all matter of means to numb, mask and forget the pain. I lived in a self induced coma. A medicated bath of nothingness. I was willing to do most anything to escape facing the inevitable pain that returned time and again. I let go and I reached out to others and they gave support and much need affection. They gave me their stories, and their pain, and through their strength and courage I found mine. Like a solider being trained, I found those who would teach me to become a Peaceful Warrior, a man of action, and a man of compassion. Like all of us can, I found the strength to rise and face that which I feared from within. I found my inner courage and I turned the page to create a new chapter.

You have this inner power, and you have the power to help others. You have the power to help others find the courage to face this life with an open heart, and to be ready to receive all that it has offer. What is painful today may always be painful, may become a gift, or one day it may just BE. Take comfort in the knowledge that we all share this pain, this journey. None are immune and these scars help create the soul of you.

Know that there are people who love you out there! And there are people waiting to love you. It is our gift, love. There is no reason to hold back. We are all in this together.

As a Massage Therapist, I understand the value of Touch and of Listening. We are social creatures and we need to be touched and we need to be heard. Part of the power of Massage Therapy is Touch. A conscious MT can help to clear stuck, negative and excessive Energy. For many of us, being cleared is an important step in helping to heal our inner wounds. And though not often realized, the conscious MT listens. A conscious MT listens and then develops a treatment plan that may include manual manipulation and it may also include helping a client to see that they need a deeper more layered treatment plan with a variety of professionals!

Letting go can be very difficult and it can also be one of the most freeing and empowering moments in a person’s life. What is important to understand is that the Conscious Therapist approaches from a Neutral position and this allows them to be a powerful conduit of change. Creating change in Both the body and the mind.

photo 2 I think that for some of us its about being seen and having someone acknowledge that we do matter. That we are important to this world. I say to you now that you are important! You might be the one that saves me! So remember that even in the darkest night there is a light to be found. I ask that you Give freely of your love and I too will give, and together we all will create a beautiful life!

I say to those that I have yet to meet;

Gratitude

Peace

Love

Acceptance

Courage

Let yourself Flow Free

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Breathing in the River of Life

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Breathe!

I continue to find myself filled with judgement for myself and others. I continue to strive to find the ‘Right’ answer to my problems and obstacles. I search the layers of books, advice of experts and the universe to find what it is that is missing. Throughout this search one solution continues to present itself, and that is the act of being present. As I interact with others through the daily events and conversations, and absorb the energies of my phone, the television, music and the millions of humans and there single minded push to greatness. It is not until I step away from this ‘hum’ and observe the world around me with detached awareness that I find a welcomed sense of peace. Yesterday as I stepped away from ‘my life’ and all its ups and downs to simply breathe and watch the wind move through the trees, the river flow, the human progression of movement, and the suns descent toward the horizon. I found myself calm and at peace. A feeling of love and acceptance washed over me. I was grateful for the opportunity to just ‘BE.’ The simple of act of observing and letting go of my judgements and my quest for the ‘right’ answer allowed me to step fully into the present moment.

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Life is like a river. There are time we swim against the current and we fight and struggle to control our speed and direction. We see a path and we work diligently to make it to that path and then hold to the path. We navigate through the ups and downs, through the technical difficulties, and revel in the success of a clean pass through the channels. We praise the river for working with us and not against us. There are times when we cling to the bank, or the rocks in the middle of the river as life rushes by us. We close our eyes as the thundering river rages against us.

We are filled with fear, until we let go. We may be smashed and thrashed against the shallows of the river, dunked deep under the waves and hydraulics, and eventually we find a calm, slower current where we recollect ourselves, breathe, and prepare for the next challenge the river will present. When we float gently along, carried by the river with a gentleness that is unmatched, we are able to observe the beauty and greatness that is around us.

We each have the power to step out of the raging, uncontrolled river that can sometimes be our life. The answer? Breathe. Yes, it seems so simple and it is so powerful. The act of breathing is our birthright and a gift from the universe. When we harness our breath and simply focus out of the mind and our list of judgements, rights and wrongs. We find the gift of our lives. We find the present moment and that is our life.

Massage Therapy, Sports, Meditation, Dance, Exercise, are but a few ways to let go of the mind and the absorption of energies that do not serve. Taking time to find a state of presence is what we all search for in this life. Think about the moments you felt the most alive and I bank that they are time when you were fully present in the moment. You were not thinking of the past, nor the future, you were present and in the NOW! Image

Life is to short, Take a moment and breathe, let go of that which does not serve you and work in harmony with the River of Life!

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Massage Therapist Do Squeeze Differently!

Image    It is a human trait to resist change, and yet change is the one constant that can be counted upon in this universe. Everything must and will change. S. E. Hinton (Outsiders) wrote “Nothing gold can stay.” The truth behind this statement is simple and yet staggering. The tallest and most powerful will fall, it is the way of our world. 2013 brought many changes into my life, life altering changes. The universe provided the opportunity for accelerated growth. I have been bombarded with lesson after lesson. I have been able to experience some lessons, while others have passed through my conditioned subconsciousness and not until after the moment did I reflect and see the unconsciousness of my behavior.

As I navigate the waters of my life, I am aware that each of us travels similar waterways. I am not alone in my journey! When I reach out, I find others, who like me, have a story. It is the story of our lives and we search to find evidence that “our story” is valid; right. It is a constant battle for some and for others they appear to have risen above their circumstances. Many are ruled by their story and they are a victim to its circumstance unable to free themselves from its grasp. Others have reached a point where they are able to let the story be and flow effortlessly from moment to moment, grateful for the experience. It is the recognition that change is inevitable and to resist causes suffering and pain.

Our bodies are the physical vessel that holds the emotional traumas that inflict us daily. Massage Therapy has the ability to release much of the stored energy that over time can do damage. However, not all therapist have the same abilities. It is important for a client to understand that though the action of massage therapy is similar in most cases, the way the therapist applies the action is what is important. We can all squeeze each others shoulders and produce an effect. What is important is to realize that it is the technique of the application that change is inn-acted and an effect is created. Understanding the ‘grain’ of the muscle, where it originates and inserts, is a sign of a quality therapist. Understanding of the muscles actions, also allows a therapist to create even more educated and skilled movements during the seesion that produce lasting change. Everyone loves a squeeze, and they also love a long pressure stroke that runs the full length of the muscle that is proper pressure for maximum muscle fiber release in conjunction with mental relaxation. In other words, the therapist does not want to create a painful response from the client and disrupt the flow of the experience. Not to say this does not happen, it does and that is the goal of mastery is it not? To create as close to the ‘perfect’ experience as possible for the client.

ImageWe do our best and we learn. It is in these moments of growth that we are at our finest. When we accept the universal lessons, we accept the glory and greatness of this world, this existence. We have been given a gift. We choose the way we handle our gifts. As 2014 begins, I choose to create amazing, beautiful experiences for myself and those around me. I choose Peace, Love, Gratitude and Acceptance.

May the pains of your life be transmuted into the lessons of growth that bring forth the greatest self you have to offer!

Walking the Path- Confessions of Back Pain by a Massage Therapist

“There is a difference in knowing the path and walking the path,” Morpheus from The Matrix.

Image Many of us know what it is we should be doing to help our pain and yet we do not take the strides necessary to walk these paths. Why? Is it weakness, fear, lack of confidence, or maybe it is complacency. Maybe we do not really care to get the results we so desperately feel we need sometimes. Maybe we are content the way we are right here, right now and we accept the pain and the discomfort. It is after all familiar and most humans like the familiar and gravitate toward what they know.

I recently returned from a multi day river trip that spanned from Colorado into Utah. I was in a large group of rafts, kayaks and inflatables. I had chosen to whitewater kayak the bulk of the run. I had chosen a boat based on speed and length, and I had not paid close attention to the back support. While my back survived the trip, it has been very upset since the first day of paddling on the trip and has gone through varying stages of tension and pain over the last week. Image

The area where the pain and discomfort radiates from is an old injury from a decade ago. I continue to struggle with this area and keeping it healthy and happy! Stretching and drinking water are my main treatments for this area, along with strength training when appropriate.  The pain became debilitating after a few days and I finally relented and spent a few hrs focusing on the areas of my body that were speaking, no, yelling at me! It took experiencing a certain level of discomfort/ pain to begin ‘walking the path!’

I increased my input of water, I began to stretch and do yoga/ Qi Gong, and use Ice and Heat. Just laying supine on the floor was incredibly painful and began to deter me from my task at hand almost immediately. I was surprised to find my Mind searching through a myriad of ideas, thoughts, and “things” that “needed to get done right now! I was seeking something that would allow me an excuse to not stretch and focus on helping to heal my pain, but instead free me from the pain of stretching. When I stretch and do Yoga, I am reminded of my deformities and limitations. I am reminded of my Pain!

I began to breathe slowly and with control letting go of the tension in my mind and body. I focused on letting go of the tension within my body that I found as I lay supine on the yoga matt and scanned from head to toe.  I continued scanning and relaxing noticing that certain areas and muscles wanted to tense immediately after relaxing. Their natural state was tensed and they did not want to be relaxed. I was continuously returning my awareness to these areas and working to relax and let go. Image

I spent most of the afternoon breathing, moving muscles through ranges of motion, and stretching. I also used the therapies of Ice and Heat. Since I was past the acute stage of the injury and the area is known to be chronic, I worked to flush the areas that were ‘speaking to me.’  Using the vascular flush technique of Ice-heat-ice, I began to work the fluids of the area to increase blood flow and the amount of red and white blood cells being delivered to the area. The flush also helps to increase the removal of negative or harmful wastes that need to be cleared in order for healing to continue. In addition to all of this I massaged the area as best I could. The next step is to set a time for my massage therapist to work through the area and help the muscles and tendons realign.

The relief that I felt after spending a bit of time focusing on the pain in my back, and not continuing to ignoring it; acting like it was going to go away on its own, was, as to be expected, wonderful. I found relief for my body and a sense of satisfaction for walking my path! I knew in the undercurrents of my mind what I must do to help heal and promote healing of the pain and yet I did nothing except ‘deal’ with the pain. I handled the pain, I accepted the pain as part of my existence and accepted that it was a burden I must carry until ‘it’ heals itself. I was acting as though ‘I’ was separate from my body and that my body had to take care of itself, and while my body was healing ‘I’ had to just deal with it.

It seems like a farce and yet it is not it is how many of us operate. I have the power to help heal my body by taking the time to recognize its importance, function, and connection. It is up to me as an individual to show my body love, awareness and gratitude. It is up to you to do the same for your body. Become one with your body and let go of the duality. Embrace the oneness of all of life from the physical through the meta physical through to the spiritual energies of our universe. Only you can walk the path…..

Gratitude and love to my body, to its uniqueness, to its pain and to its joy. The greatest temple of the universe houses your heart!

Massage Therapy and Positive Energetic Movement

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Clear your mind and ground yourself. Take three deep slow breaths and connect. Allow the energy to flow

It is rare that we consciously connect with others. How often do we pause in the moment to join energetically with the person we are interacting with at the time. Most of us are wrapped up in the coming and goings of our lives. We speak and wish to be heard and understood and yet do we listen and return that same gift? It is clear that there is an awaking happening within the human experience and as more and more people become aware of living with gratitude, in the Now, that movement will only become stronger. Becoming more connected with those that dominate your interactions, will bring forward a stronger, deeper  relationship.

Included in this circle could be your massage therapist, or you yourself may practice the craft. Creating a connection with the client is imperative for creating change, and  promoting relaxation and healing as most therapist know. It is the foundation upon which the session is created and unfolds. While it is important for the therapist to connect, it is also important the client be brought into the moment as well. Taking the time at the beginning of the session to include the client in the release of current tension in mind and body through a few deep breaths and even a verbal release, goes a long way in creating a positive session for both client and therapist.

The use of breath during a massage is a sign of understanding how the body holds tension and of the relationship of the human systems. Holding the breath is a sign of tension and when clients and therapist use the breath to stay focused and relaxed there is a noticeable difference in the quality of the session. Breathing allows the energy to flow freely between client and therapist creating a bridge that allows for the energy to move and break any blocks or barriers that may have formed over time and thought. Similar in theory to getting the blood in the body moving through exercise, Positive Energetic Movement (PEM) has the same clearing effect. The more connected and aware of breath the client and therapist are the more change can be created.

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PEM is an idea that some may have difficulty understanding and accepting. However, all can benefit from the simple and natural act of breathing. Simply having the client focus on a few deep breaths through out the session creates change. Refocusing using the breath throughout the session brings a level of healing and relaxation that is not present when there is no guidance given during the massage. If the therapist is silent for most of the massage the experience is different (not good or bad, just different) than if the therapist guides the clients breathing at certain points through the session. This does not mean that the therapist is talking throughout the session, no, only that at certain points (with certain muscles, even) the therapist has the client breathe to release any tension build ups and also to allow for a smooth transition through muscle fibers as the stroke is applied. Having the client breathe as the therapist applies deep pressure can allow for much greater ease of muscle penetration. Slow and with breath.

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Getting the most out of bodywork takes allowing yourself to become present and energetically connected. Allowing yourself the moment to let go of that which does not serve you and become fully present within the experience. Stay connected with the breath and do not force it, simply guide it, and allow it to guide you. The therapist becomes a conduit for the universal energy to flow and create change, and through breath, connection and awareness the client is brought into the experience. The opportunity is there it only has to be brought into consciousness.

The soul of the universe flows. May it Flow Free through you and all that you create….

Gratitude and Love

Massage Therapy Meditation

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Meditation and Massage Therapy go hand in hand. Both modalities work to decrease stress and create a relaxed sense of being. Meditation can be still or, for some, moving.  The art of moving meditation is as viable as the art of sitting meditation. The practice of massage therapy lends itself to the practice of moving meditation. The focus of massage therapy is to tap into the energy and signs that a clients body gives in order to create change and promote relaxation. It is a skill that can be learned and clinically applied like a sterile bandage. Massage Therapy can also be an intuitive process for the practitioner. The practitioner that tunes out all that is around and focuses only on the signals, energies, and messages that the clients body sends creates a very different massage experience than simply ‘spreading lotion!’ The practitioner enters a meditative state and connects energetically and physically through the hands so that in essence the massage therapist becomes a conduit for energy. The therapist becomes a release for the energy of the client to flow through and out, as well as the reverse the therapist is conduit for fresh clean universal energy to flow through and into the client.

The therapist must stay present and focused to create an energetic connection that lasts for the full session. Often both client and therapist become lost in their minds creating stories about this, that, and the other, planning, arguing, judging, etc… It can be said and felt that these thoughts create energies and those energies can be transfered. Letting go and becoming fully present to the moment is the ultimate goal. When both the client and the therapist are present and energetically tuned, the results can be staggering.

One of the main ‘keys’ to this process is the act of breathing! Following the breath allows us to stay focused in the Now and let go of the intrusions that our minds and the environment throw our way. When both the therapist and client make a conscious effort to breathe, each are rewarded with a much more positive experience. The client creates a more relaxed state of presence and is able to release more tension. The therapist is able to create more change within the client by maintaining steady pressure and an intuitive response to energies and signals coming from the clients muscles.

The mediative state also allows the therapist to slow down their motions and slower means the client can take more pressure and create more change. The slower manipulations of the muscles and connective tissues creates an increase in blood and nutrient flow to the area and a greater release of wastes from the cells. Overall a happier body and a more relaxed body and mind.

It is important to note that with this type of slow, conscious, and awakened work more ‘stuff’ can be released. This ‘stuff’ includes toxins, wastes, and emotional bindings that create energy and is stored in the body. For some this concept of storing emotion in the body is a stretch, however I encourage you to think about these ideas. Think about the common expressions of ‘pain in the neck’, or ‘tight ass.’ Both of these expressions relate to the body, (I am sure you can think of many others!) and areas where tension can be held, or placed. Here is another one; the idea that a person who is angry or protective might stand with their arms across their chest. The are in a protecting and guarding stance, and this creates an energy. That energy / emotion tends to be stored in the Pectoralis Major and Minor muscles.  Image

Some clients have a strong emotional reaction/release after having the Pec Muscles worked. It is easy to make the connection of the physical stance, holding of the emotion and energy and the transference of that energy/ emotion into the body is the upper chest region. The term Meta Expression can be used here. There is a whole science of thought about these types of expression and the holding of tension that every human experiences. It takes an open mind and a willingness to learn and experiment with some of these techniques and tools. It takes both the therapist and the client working to together to create change.

Massage Therapy is becoming more and more legit as society begins to understand that maintaing the body and the mind keeps the Doctor away. Taking the time to drink plenty of water, stretch and exercise, and get regular bodywork increases the quality of life that can be lived. There are a number of massage therapist operating in the states currently , however not all are skilled in the art of meditation massage. Take the time to ask questions and be involved in your experience. A simple five minute conversation using specific questions can help the client find a quality energetic therapist that understands the art of massage meditation.

Peace, Love, Awareness and Gratidude

Massage Therapy, Meditation, and Healing Energies

There is a machine that runs constantly inside of our head. It creates, dreams, and fantasies and does a myriad of other things as well. It is the source of inspiration and the ability to learn. It works in concert with our bodies, and helps us to function within the designs of the natural world and society. For some the ‘machine’ is who they are, and for others the ‘machine’ is simply a part of a greater whole. I am, of course, speaking of the brain and its relentless creation of thought, image, and word. The brain is in constant motion and even when we are motionless and simply breathing the brain is part of this process and works to pull our focus into other areas. For many, the act of meditating is difficult to say the least. The act of being still, quiet, and focusing on the breath and allowing the brain, the mind to settle, is a learned art and skill.

We live in a stimulated society! Coffee, Energy drinks, small concentrated ‘shots’ of energy, the layers and layers of sweet treats, power bars of granola, nuts, etc… The way that we entertain ourselves, and craft our entertainment is meant to stimulate and capture attention. Bright lights, fast choppy cuts on video and TV, Smart phone movements, etc…. We have even changed and altered the way we communicate. Many prefer texting to voice calling. There is a disconnect created from texting, a quickness, and a wall. A distance can be kept that voice calling and speaking to the person does not allow. It is no wonder that it is difficult to slow down for the true benefit of Massage and Meditation.

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The fact that many of us enjoy our daily routine distracts us from creating the ideal condition for our massage therapy session, and for a meditation session. By bringing awareness to our daily lives and actions, it is possible to make conscious decisions regarding what we do the day of our session. Simple details make it easy to create the best conditions possible for the upcoming session. Take a stand and do not drink you ‘booster’ drink before the session. Do your best to get a good night sleep, and do not watch any television before the session. Become aware of how you respond to certain music, and then translate these feelings to other activities and how you feel when doing and after. By doing the transference exercises you can start to learn more about your body and mind reactions that may have been unconscious to you. You may learn, for example, that fast, heavy, metal music causes you anxiety and the feeling is similar to when you watch a certain television show, or feel guilty for doing something wrong or poor.

Taking the time to become aware of how you respond to life can allow a person to focus in and create the best set of circumstance for their session. By not stimulating before a session, it is likely that the person will have a much more productive experience. Massage Therapy and Meditation require the ability to still and quiet the mind for the experience and healing work to be done at its highest level. Everyone benefits from both forms of healing even if the mind is in full gear, relaxation does happen and a calming sense of being prevails. Though the level of relaxation can be affected by the way we arrive to the session, once in, we can benefit greatly from the moment to be silent and focus on something that creates healing energies.

Healing Energies come from within and from others into us. When you smile at someone and they smile back that is an exchange of energy. We are affected by each other and we feel each others energies. We all have the capabilities to work and manipulate energies. Again we are a stimulated people and until we learn to calm ourselves, focus and harness our power, we stand to continue forward unaware of our inner potential. During Meditation, slowing the mind and concentrating, focusing allows for greater control of energy. While in Massage Therapy, slowing the mind allows the client to become more present with the energy being presented from the practitioner, and the client is able to release more of the tension that is being held in relation to the process of the mind. In both MT and Meditation, healing energies are being created and either absorbed in to the process or lost do to lack of unconsciousness.

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When we are mindful and conscious, we are able to slow the mind, the brain and enter into a state of deep consciousness and awareness. We do not fall asleep. We allow ourselves to let go and become fully present with that which we are at the moment. Whether it be our breath, a flower, a song, music, or the roar of the river as each paddle stroke is placed and the field of vision is surveyed and calculated, the bend of the road and the gauge of high speed, the calculations. Meditation and MT are designed to decrease the stimulation of the body and create a deep level of relaxation and letting go. Whitewater, Racing, and Sports are forms of moving meditations for some, however their very nature stimulates and creates a ‘different’ experience than the art of being still. I respect both. Each has their own set of challenges and levels of understanding and mastery.

While Meditation and Massage Therapy are different in nature, they have common elements that can be shared and used to enhance. Both the client and the therapist can benefit from the act of meditation. During the Massage session the practitioner can help the client focus on relaxing and entering a conscious state of awareness. A level that allows the client to work with the practitioner to release areas of pain and tension. Ultimately creating a more relaxed body, mind and spirit. The practitioner can guide the client with reminding and/or coaching them to breathe at certain points of pressure. The more release a client can give, the better the session was at creating change, and for me that is what is important. It is the act of helping creating change for a client.

Meditation and Massage Therapy work, and when combined they only enhance. Both forms of healing are becoming much more widely used and practitioners can be found easily with todays technology. Take the time to still the mind and focus on breathing during the next Massage Therapy session and be witness to the response of the body.

Give to your body in Mind, Health, Gratitude and Love and it will return in favor….