You are in charge of how you feel.
Our society often promotes an unhealthy expectation that as you age, you naturally become uncomfortable. One of the most powerful messages basic relaxation massage can give to the world is you don't have to feel bad.
David Palmer, TouchPro Institute
Recently, after a long interval without massage, I got a brief chair treatment. Such relief! After 18 years of study, I still don't understand why massage is such an intense sensory experience -- only that it is, and that it matters.
Paul Ingraham, Vancouver, Canada, PainScience.com
You Can Get Swedish Massage Anywhere. Although my initial massage training was in Swedish for relaxation and very uncomplicated working out of stiffness, I no longer offer Swedish massage sessions as a relaxation style.
Head Hands & Feet: Balance and Serenity
Instead I offer a 60 minute session on the table which focuses on the head, hands and feet. These are the areas with the greatest nervous system innervation. Your relaxation is not interrupted to roll over, and you only need to take your shoes off.
DIY - Meditation and Movement
Massage is not the only way to relax, of course. Sitting meditation and gentle movement practices (such as Taiji or Yoga) are highly recommended as methods of integrating body, mind and spirit. I think it's important to have a balanced diet of touch, stillness and movement to stay resilient in the face of stress.
Visit my CU DIY Wellness site for videos and tips on meditation and movement.
Quiet contemplation, where feeling and awareness of being replace the incessant thought stream produced by the ego...
- Master Yang Yang