ahhh...so love yoga...the slow yoga...where I am so present in my body/mind awareness and breath that I feel every fiber of my being. Love feeling the release of the bliss filled energy as I move deeper into a stretch and feel my tight muscles let go. Sigh...so good and so god! Massage from the inside out and outside in....♥
Remember that there are many ways to receive massage therapy. One way to receive is through therapeutic touch, like what I do as a massage therapist. Another way is through using your breath to massage yourself from the inside out. Another way to receive massage is through your own mind in meditative states of heightened mind/body awareness. This happens through opening yourself to the flow of the universe, the flow that is you. This opening within you helps your whole body relax from the inside out. When you are open this way, blood flows easier, serotonin(happiness molecules) get released, and there is a decrease in pain in the body. This is the yoga way of understanding massage through all levels into your body/mind. Many Blessings. ♥
So so so love what I do...massage therapy and yoga therapy can sometimes be demanding, emotionally, physically and spiritually...and yet I am still amazed at the body/mind. The aliveness, organic pulsation of life flowing through people. We are a 3-d manifestation of our thoughts, our lives, the food we eat...how we think. Almost 12 years..and the insights and realizations just keep getting more beautiful. I am blessed to be allowed to flow into people's body/minds the way I do. The beauty, pain, love, sorrow, peace within people is divine. ♥
Good morning Redding. Wanted to let everyone know that the Quantum Healing Yoga Workshop is being moved to Saturday January 21st 6-8pm. I have a list started and there is even more growing interest. This is not a traditional yoga class in terms of learning to do poses, so please have a foundation in yoga practice. This is a class in raising your energetic vibration through using, yogic exercises, meditation, poses and travel into your heart space. The heart is a huge center for energetic resonance and vitality....check out my Hearticle on my website for that information We are amazing creations of vibrational energy, so this yoga workshop is the self massage therapy of your own vibration from the inside out....Love and many blessings to you...♥
Looking for gifts made in the USA? Cheri's massage therapy in Redding is lovingly made and produced right here in the US. Are you looking for special deals for the shopping flurry the day after Thanksgiving and want to shop local? Starting at 12:01 A.M. on Friday after Thanksgiving I will be offering blowout specials and gift certificates for massage. My operator's will be standing by to take your calls for buying massages gift certificates for your friends and loves. Not really since I am the operator and I will be asleep...but Massage Gift Certificates are a super gift to give your loved ones, all year round. What a way to help them relax, heal, de-stress and just feel good. Many Blessings to you...♥
As I graduated from massage school years ago the director of the school gave us some parting advice, “Some of you will continue on successfully in this industry and some of you won’t. If you are passionate about this and want to succeed, my recommendation is that you massage as many people as you can right away, more than what you have already massaged during your training.”
I smiled the other day as what he said popped into my head. This after massaging a couple of clients where deeper realizations were experienced on both our parts. These weren’t realizations that could be taught from a book or from a teacher in front of the room, it was these kind of realizations the massage director knew would come to us after years of dedicated massage practice.
Organic, raw realizations of being so present that you experience deeper universal truths of how amazing our mind/body truly is.
As I sunk my elbow deeper into my clients back muscles there was a point where my pressure could go no further. An internal resistance, which as a novice massage therapist years ago would have had me try harder and massage harder, many times hurting my own body. All while feeling how no difference had been made with my clients tight muscles.
When I met this resistance recently in a client, I do what I always do. I slowed down more and backed off in my pressure just a bit. This to give the muscles a little energetic message that it was ok to let go and relax. Sometimes in these cases the muscles are so wound up from internal stress, they do not let go and will not let go no matter how hard a massage therapist presses. I promise.
In this case as I let up in my pressure, then the client himself realized he was not letting go internally. He internally felt how it was his mind that was affecting his muscles being tight. I was so happy for him that I let out a happy giggle. A joy for me to witness. He could feel that deeply in himself and his own internal awareness/resistance. He knew his resistance to his own relaxation was why his muscles were deeply tight. A beautiful moment for both of us. He said he had never experienced his internal awareness like that before. Then I knew it would set the stage for him to really begin his healing process of awakening to deeper relaxation in himself.
The other amazing realization actually came when working on another client doing deep tissue massage as well. As I met his resistance I let up a little again. I asked him to be aware of what his breath was doing which is always a good thing to do with any type of massage. As I started to explain a little more about breath linking to internal resistance, I made the utter connection that if we can be aware of our breath as a conscious vibrating energy(and it is), that breath work can be like giving ourselves an internal deep tissue massage & deep inner yoga stretch at once. All from the inside out. Our energy gets bound up inside just like our muscles get bound up outside. Plus it is all connected as one. Breath is a bridge linking both. As I said it will not matter how deep I massage tight muscles. When we have inner bindings and stress in our soul and are not aware of it our muscles stay chronically tight and tense. We can learn to consciously let it go > If we don't we coil right back up to being tight.
As I made this realization during the massage, the client was also experiencing it internally while I was explaining it to him. In combination together he used his breath to give himself the internal unwinding while I was doing the external unwinding with my hands. During which I was realizing how much I love what I do and am truly blessed. Then I realized it was exactly those beautiful moments of synchronistic, conscious connection that my massage director was talking about. I smiled in deep gratitude for the gift of wisdom he gave us all.
Massage therapy and yoga for pain relief and stress reduction. This transformative healing from within is starting to become more accepted throughout the world. More and more people are experiencing how having regular therapeutic massage provides pain relief and stress reduction plus it increases the quality of peace in oneself as well. Receiving the benefits of a professional massage can help a person take their mind/body experience to a deeper level within themselves. Also having a regular yoga and meditation practice has almost similar effects on the body. The benefits of yoga and massage are a wonderful compliment to each other.
Therapeutic Massage for CouplesIn the Massage and Yoga Sanctuary in Redding where I have a massage office, both men and women come into buy massages for their significant others. The intent of these gifts are wonderful. The significant others are always grateful. However, there are times in massage sessions where a client will say, “I wish my husband or wife could massage me the way you do“ . They say, “you have this way of connecting to my body that my partner does not“. Those comments illustrate what is often times missing between many couples- a deeper, loving, physical connection.
Because they want that level of connection with each other, many couples are requesting that I teach them how to massage each other. There is a deeper message that is being communicated to me from couples, not just male and females couples either, all variation of couples, gay or straight. Women tend to receive massage more, so for their men I teach them that one of the greatest gifts they can give their woman is the magic of being a man who gives touch and massage with the intent of having her feel good, all without wanting sex after wards. This intent can apply to any variation of couple. It’s simply genuine intent and open heart space that people wish to feel, whether they are consciously aware of it or not. This is why professional massage feels so good. Many of us massage therapists have trained ourselves with that level of intention and presence. I teach clients that giving your partner loving, therapeutic touch is much less expensive(and more fun) than buying “things” like an expensive dinner or flowers, especially if funds are limited.
Lately, stress levels for so many are higher than ever. For couples though, during high stress times, the physical, intimate connection is what often times gets neglected first. Luckily now in society it is becoming widely accepted that therapeutic massage and touch are ways to decrease stress levels. Loving, therapeutic touch can always be available between two people. The benefits of massage are infinite; physiological, emotional, and physical. In addition the boundless loving energy that can be exchanged between two people is amazing. Everything is linked. The mind/body are one, when you affect one area, you always affect the others. Here are just a few of the benefits of massage; A physiological benefit is that touch releases serotonin in the body, and serotonin is the “feel good” chemical. This connects right to the emotional benefit of touch, it feels good, it brings happiness. The physical benefit when the body is touched, is that muscles will relax, thus decreasing tightness. This decreases pain in the body. It’s always a cyclical effect.
Clients will say to me, "I can’t massage my partner because I don’t have strong hands or my partner just doesn’t know how to get to those tight spots." There are ways to train oneself so those problems do not affect the level of connection between a couple. The real goal is staying connected with the intent of love and presence, because energy goes where thoughts(intent) flows. You can have tiny hands and still give an excellent massage.
Like I mentioned above, nothing beats getting a high quality therapeutic massage. You get presence, experience, plus the breadth of knowledge of a professional massage therapist. All this, without having to give back. You lay on the massage table and drift off into dream land, trusting that the massage therapist will attune to you, your body and give you the love and focus you need. If you have a truly skilled massage therapist, then he or she will know the power of giving massage from an open heart. You can sense in anyone’s touch what their intent is. The warmth of their heart will flow through their hands.
Imagine that you and your partner have all those qualities. It is possible. This is where intent comes into play. In your mind’s eye imagine how wonderful it feels receiving loving, therapeutic touch from a trusted partner. You can still drift into dream land. Trust that your partner is giving to you because they want to make you feel good and you don’t have to give back. Then practice giving touch to them the same way.
There are many skills and techniques one can learn to give excellent therapeutic touch for helping each other de-stress and relax. First though it really comes down to heart space with the ebb and flow of giving and receiving. Like I said, energy flows where intent goes. If you want to make your partner feel good, then your partner will feel good. This open heart space coupled with communication are keys for navigating the art of giving and receiving.
Especially during stressful times, staying lovingly connected is one of the most important things we can do for each other. This loving connection replaces material things. Plus that abundant energy is returned to us in profound ways. Next time you are stressed, maybe just let that stress go. Focus with your partner on giving and receiving therapeutic touch. You might be surprised at how it can relax both of you.Please check out my website for more information!