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.
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.
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