Stillpoint

After thousands of massage therapy sessions, I’ve noticed something. When the client’s breath is established, the mind gets quiet and the body relaxes. The breath is foundational.  A quiet mind and relaxed body appear in whatever order, after that. The body’s familiar breath cadence is the first thing to vanish in trauma. And because the core breath is disrupted, the three-dimensional union is shattered.

Some clients are embarrassed about “falling asleep” during the massage or complain about having “missed the massage” by dozing off. I suggest that the breath, mind and body found each other and that’s where the therapeutic work happened. My core practice, if a client reaches that stillpoint, is to “offer the weight of my body and absolute presence.” That phrase was an essential gift from my late teacher.

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About RJR Self-Care

Solopreneur at RJR Self-Care, LLC. Instructor at Diamond Light School of Massage and Healing Arts
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