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Wednesday, June 27 2012
After a massage session today, my client commented that she had never had a therapist help her become aware of the tension in her body or how to use her breathing to relax. 

My response was, "really?"

Maybe a session with me is not your typical massage therapy session.  I start out by gently running my hand up your arm to get you comfortable with my touch.  From there we chat a little bit while I begin the massage.  Sometimes we chat a lot if that's what you need.

Usually at some point during the session - it might be right away; it might be later - I suggest a breathing pattern that will take you into deeper relaxation.  If I can still feel your mind racing, I will have you silently recite a mantra while you breathe.

Body Awareness

Almost every client with whom I work cannot tell the difference between relaxation and tension.  I begin teaching you what it feels like to have a relaxed arm, shoulder, leg . . .  In today's session, my client had no idea her arm was tense and her shoulder was up by her ear!  She was used to it! 

Probably the most useful thing I teach during a session is to have an awareness of the tension in your jaw and TMJ area.  It is the first place in your body where mental stress will appear.  If you jawline is tense, your thoughts are tense.  Tension then runs down into your neck, across your shoulders and down into the middle of your back. 

The homework after a massage therapy session with me is usually the same:  1) make big arm movements frequently to get oxygen rich blood pumping through your shoulder girdle to relieve and prevent tension; and 2) B-R-E-A-T-H-E.
Wednesday, June 13 2012
I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.
Mahatma Gandhi

The topic of more than one conversation before 8:00 a.m. was about C-O-N-T-R-O-L.   Most people I work with are under the false belief that if they could just get organized, get things under control, everything would be alright.  They work hard; they use their anger and their energy to get things under control. 

But what they're really talking about is controlling others.  Those very same people do not want to control their own thoughts and emotions - the very things, the only things over which they can have control.  Why control thoughts and feelings when others are so wrong? 

In that state of mind, it is those others that have control.  Most of the time, they live in a state of reaction to the events around them.  It is not external events they need to control but internal responses. 

Control your thoughts.  Control your feelings.   Change your world.

Photo on Flickr.com by AGeekMom.
Tuesday, June 05 2012
Saturday, June 02 2012

We are never lost.  We are always just where we belong by right of consciousness.

Can you trust your internal GPS?  Do you have the courage to return to the highlighted route?  What if you can't find your way?  Do you stop and ask for help or do you just drive faster, cursing the gods for getting you lost?







Photo by Kevygee on Flickr.com.



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PIXIE STEVENSON, LMP 
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Pixie Stevenson, LMP - Enigma Wellness

Locations in Kahala and near Kapiolani Park
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96816
Phone:  808-859-8088
Email:  info@enigmawellness.com