The 'Thoughts' below are inspired by my personal experiences and by what I have observed and experienced with my clients over the years. I will be adding more and changing them periodically.
1. Dear Body and Mind. When you are tense, your muscles are literally squeezing you internally; inhibiting the free flow of energy. You can think of this energy as circulation; nerve impulses; ideas; openness; enthusiasm; a zest for life...a general sense of well being; the resilience of your immune system.
Easing of this tension, with the help of massage can assist in enhancing the energy you have for your daily activities, how you relate to the people in your life and of course, your general health.
Simple words written back in 2000 when I was relatively inexperienced which have proven over the years to be utterly true in numerous ways.
2. Allowing a rebalancing between negative and positive. Regarding your ‘bad’ your ‘sad’ emotions.
There are also many many good forgotten memories locked away in your body available to be recollected by you
3. Or for those of you with an average healthy body.
Regarding your perceived physical deficits and fitness and exercise attempts .. Do something you want to or would love and experience how ingenious your body is at responding to your heartfelt efforts. There are enough daily ought to, should do, have to do’s in our lives. I have witnessed some very impressive physical transformations over the years when clients have finally found the activity they love.
4. Accepting where you are right now physically, mentally or emotionally is the only place you can start from. Like orientating yourself on a map. If you don’t know where you are or don’t want to know then how can you plan how to get to where you want to be?! Physically you might have to develop awareness in order to train your muscles better, mentally you may need to relax and focus your mind allowing new ideas time and space to formulate, or emotionally to recognise the link between your body and your emotions.
(Needless to say skilled massage is a useful tool for such endeavours. Sorry for the self promotion, but in fairness I did say these ideas are inspired by my personal experience and observations as a massage therapist!)
5. What does it mean to be 'in the zone' ?
Our sense of 'The present moment' is by definition normally fleeting and passes unnoticed second by second obscured by our thoughts and reactions both physical and emotional to the past and plans for the future. Do you really often notice how when you are relaxed (mentally, emotionally, or physically) things just go better generally, Time 'distorts' -you get more tasks done in less time, you perform better, you react more calmly.
For myself as a massage therapist one of the things I love is that the years of hands on experience allows me to react in real time. I do not grasp mentally or quantify what I feel or have to try to figure out what to do during a massage.
I can be present moment by moment for you ('in the zone ') and if you become relaxed enough, along with whatever other reason you have come along for you will also let go into the present.