Bodywork and Living by one’s own authority as I have experienced it, is linked and obvious. Why define it? Defend it?
Sometimes when I see massage listed as a method of healing, I shrink from it while admiring the other methods. And yet for me, touch has been integral to living a change, embodying a change, getting change on its feet.
So why the adverse reaction to the word?
In an earlier life I was a 7th & 8th grade teacher. Teachers are also undervalued in our culture for their contribution to a making of a life.
The notion of massage in our consumer culture doesn’t do it justice either. It seems inconsequential, a feel-good frill, a form of personal hygiene or maintenance – like getting a haircut or a manicure. It isn’t even regarded as necessary upkeep of our physical vehicle which we drive relentlessly every day. I want to defend conscious, intelligent, compassionate touch as crucial and indispensable to the human body & soul as words of wisdom, as clear thinking and communication, as good meetings about problem solving and even as integral to our well-being as the practices of good nutrition, movement and meditation.
Body held tension and pain originates from thought and emotion held tension… with conscious touch you can let go of it all! Live more freely, lightly, comfortably in your skin, in your relationships, in your job, in your life.
To be continued….