Thursday, March 14, 2013

Try a Little Tenderness

The article Try a little Tenderness talks about Joanie Hart and her work with spinal cord injuries.
Yet as I read it I couldn't help but notice that there's a bigger message. It's a message about how massage doesn't have to be boisterous or deep or painful in order to bring about positive change in soft tissue. There is a place for more active techniques to be sure but they are not always the best way to proceed.

That's why it's important not to forget our warm-up strokes and more gentle techniques. They're like an introduction between our hands and the tissue we're working. They're quiet enough to allow our fingers to "hear" what the body wants to tell us and allow the body it its infinite wisdom to send us to the places that are snarled up. The snarls are sometimes only noticeable as a slight thickening or an all but imperceivable difference between two areas of tissue - easily missed if we start out with more boisterous techniques.

Life is like that too. If we are never quiet then we miss what our bodies are trying to tell us or in some cases what they are trying to ask for. With practice, listening becomes easier and then automatic.

My challenge to you is to find at least 1 minute, preferably 5 and sit quietly and just breathe and listen - nothing more. No music, as little noise as possible,  just you and your body. If you don't normally sit quietly you will be shocked at how long a minute lasts.

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