Sometimes, being able to deeply rest under the skilled hands of a massage therapist, then float off to home is just what we need.
I love to focus this kind massage for people who are ill and need long, deep rest in order to recover. And also for those who have not given in to the crushing weight of inertia; who know how to come up and reengage, and continue to actively work for social change. (Bringing home the paycheck to keep the family together can be social change. Only you can decide where you stand on this).
But massage is a double edged sword. It can also be used as a tool to underline the belief that life is too busy, too hard; that we have to fit into the world as it is instead of knowing that what we do consistently can make a difference. And so our only recourse is to receive caring and enclose ourselves with comfort, and in relative isolation.
Never fear! You get to have deeply restful, caring massage—guilt free!
With a little tweaking the end of a massage session can be empowering, refreshing and delightful! Think of it like water. Remember being in the pool and letting your body sink, sink, sink to the bottom, exhaling, knees bent; all your body weight as low as it can be. Then you push your feet into the bottom and shoot out of the water! O joy!
This push is what I think of as “milking the earth”. We push down, and the earth pushes back up. Sometimes, a little push is all we need.
After your next massage sit on the edge of the massage table or a chair. Exhale, relax and drop into gravity. As you inhale, push down with your feet; maybe feel your thighs pushing as well.
This is energy that completes the circle that gravity starts and it will rise up through your body, giving you back some juice. You get to use this juice. It’s yours!
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I'm Valerie Lyon, the Mojo Recovery Therapist.