hen you hear the word massage, what
comes to mind? What happens to your body
and your breath? As you say to yourself,
“massage, massage, massage,” what images
arise? For many of us, the word itself is
enough to inspire a moment of tranquility
and ease. And if we take it a step further,
visualizing our own body being kneaded
and rubbed in a serene environment, what happens then?
Do your shoulders drop? Do you release an audible sigh?
Has your to-do list vanished for the moment and are you
now in connection to something deeper within?
Massage has the power to transform every single
person in the world, yet many of us are conditioned to
think that bodywork always has a price tag. The excuses
are never-ending: I can’t afford monthly bodywork. I don’t
have the time. I haven’t found the right practitioner. I don’t
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By Denmo Ibrahim, Earthbody and Omcali
A PATH TO HEALING
like being touched. This last one is my favorite—and it’s
often said by the person who needs bodywork the most.
It does make you wonder whether massage is really
necessary. Is it just a luxury to enjoy on vacation or
experience when you’ve been gifted a treatment for a
special occasion? Maybe.
But when it comes to therapeutic ways of working with
pain, discomfort, spiritual unrest and emotional distress,
massage therapy often becomes the most basic way of
returning to a sense of peace.
Why? Because touch is our first language. Before
sound or words or image, touch becomes the first
dialogue of life. It’s how we understand safety, love,
equanimity, frustration and hunger.
One of my teachers, Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen,
founder of Body-Mind Centering, teaches that touch
begins in utero through the mother’s womb, through her