Mindfulness and Massage
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience...now.
To maximize your massage experience, practice mindfulness. Before the massage begins, breathe deeply, let go, and sink into the massage table. Keep your mind focused on how your body reacts to the touch, pressure and sensation from the palpations of massage therapist. This is one way to keep your mind in the present moment.
When discomfort arises, be aware of the sensation. Relax into it, take a few deep, calming breaths and imagine that you’re breathing directly into the painful spot.
Breathe out, imagine and visualize the pain being dissipated and push it out of your body with each breath. You can teach your body to release the tension and pain.
As you attempt to focus on the "now" you will undoubtedly encounter a multitude of thoughts, ideas, internal dialogue and distractions.
Let these spontaneous distractions pass like a piece of wood floating down a river and right on past.
Return your focus to your breath and/or the physical sensations of the massage. Think and feel how your body responds to each aspect of the massage from the soles of your feet to the top of your head. Completely let go and allow yourself to become aborbed in the experience.
After practice and time the mind will eventually slow down providing a deeply restorative experience.
Massage naturally calms the body and mind. By intentionally helping to slow down your mind with some simple mindfulness exercises, you can significantly enhance the positive effects of massage on stress, anxiety, depression and physical well being.
*Portions of this article were taken from MassageBook; professional massage therapists and bodyworkers who help their clients feel better and be healthier.
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