Last week was a rough one for me. I think a lot of it was the weather, but whatever was going on I had a difficult time staying present outside my massage room.* I wasn’t even aware of how much I was struggling until I received a massage.
For the past couple of months I have been practicing mindfulness while receiving massage. In my experience, the two enhance each other in this wonderful, organic way, and I would encourage anyone who wants to to give it a try. During this particular massage, I could not be mindful. My mind would shy away each time I invited it back. I decided to try practicing passive relaxation during the session, which eventually calmed me down enough to be mindful again.
What struck me at the time was how valuable it was to have that hour for myself already scheduled into my week. I remember wondering if I would have had the discipline to reset my mind/body connection with that slow passive relaxation if I weren’t already in a situation where there was nothing else that needed my attention.
That’s another benefit of massage, isn’t it? You already have that hour (or 90 minutes, or however long) set aside as you time. You are already engaging in an activity that enhances the mind/body connection.
The massage I received last week ended up being one of the most powerful massage experiences I’ve ever had. I was able to embrace and then release some emotional stuff that I probably wouldn’t have been able to do on my own.* I started to feel like myself again almost as soon as I got off that table.
Your massage is a time for you. Embrace and enjoy that.
* I very rarely have trouble staying present when I’m giving a massage. The very fact that I’m maintaining presence for someone else is what makes it easier.
* For people dealing with trauma, please seek assistance from a qualified mental health professional. Massage can be very helpful in dealing with emotions, but massage therapists are not qualified or empowered by law to do anything beyond listen to what our clients choose to share with us about their emotional experiences. This blog assumes no liability for how this post is used.