Wednesday, November 17 2010
"You are not a helpless victim of your body," has been the theme recently with my massage therapy and coaching clients.
Time and time again clients appear with muscle tension running down their necks, across the tops of their shoulders and into the middle of their backs. If they don't find relief from that tension, they also suffer from headaches.
While some therapists use deep tissue massage to work out the knots, I prefer to use a combination of both massage and mind/body therapy to help relieve muscle tension. While I manually, mechanically work on the muscle from the outside, the client focuses mentally to relax the muscle from the inside.
There are people who immediately grasp the idea. There are those who reject it entirely.
I teach that it doesn't take all that much effort to mentally relax a muscle. It takes focus and thought. The thought could be as simple as, "I'm relaxing my shoulder." I have actually felt the muscle twitch or relax beneath my hand when the client begins thinking about relaxing! Not only does that internal thought and focus enhance the effect of the massage, it also gives the client a feeling of empowerment, being in control of her body - if she wants it.
Believe it or not, there are those who don't want.