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organs, and through the amniotic
fluid. This touch continues into birth
and into life. Returning to touch
in any facet of life, but particularly
through the precision of massage
therapy, is a return to our origin. Yet
many of us think of massage as a
service instead of a practice. We see
it as a thing we do when in pain, as a
way to work with injury, at times of
stress or as a way to pamper.
The dialogue of touch through
massage is a way to fully connect to
yourself in the same way that you
connect with the beloved or the divine,
with children or nature, with what you
While receiving any kind of
massage can be healing and
restorative, frequency plays a big part
in its efficacy. If you could choose
between a two-hour luxury spa
treatment once a year and a monthly
session for a year, which do you think
would have a more lasting impact on
Exactly. Regular bodywork gives
you way more bang for your buck. It
allows you to review your alignment
regularly (is your right side always
tighter than the left?) and gives you
a good sense of how you favor (or
ignore) parts of your body. Plus,
regular massage gives you a dedicated
space to unwind, receive and breathe.
Bodywork with a trained
professional can almost always be
helpful but I believe it serves best
when it’s routine. And what’s more
routine than daily massage?
Perhaps you’re thinking, “Who
can afford daily massage?” Well,
you. Daily massage can be a
reality when you become both
giver and receiver with the art of
self-massage—a daily ritual of
kneading and tending to the body
with touch, oil, herbs and intention.
Performing self-massage can
create unlimited benefits, is accessible
for everyone, and offers direct
intimacy with your body. But perhaps
one of the best reasons to begin daily
self-massage is that the simple act of
touch can be a path in healing.
The idea of healing can mean
different things for different people.
Many of us consider healing as an
eraser for the pain. If my knee no
longer hurts, that nagging ache
gone, then I’ve been healed. That’s
But more often than not, healing
isn’t necessarily about eliminating
discomfort or pain, healing is about
being in relationship. It’s a process of
wholeness, inclusion, consciousness
and love. To heal is to enter into
conversation with the body.
Touch is our first language.
Touch carries the present moment.
No matter what you’re thinking or
doing, when someone pats your
shoulder, brushes your arm or
reaches out to hold your hand, you
arrive in the present. You turn your
head. You stop typing.
The language of touch moves us.
The deeper we develop our ability
to sense physical touch, the more
we are able to perceive non-physical
touch. A look becomes an embrace.
A grounded presence is an invitation
to relax. Even our environment can
massage us into well-being, much like
The classic Vedic texts say the
secret to longevity and health is
daily massage. In between your
regular massage sessions, explore
the enjoyment and practice of
self-massage as soon as you get out of
the shower or bath.
An oil massage soothes the nervous
system, strengthens circulation and
removes toxins from the body. The
Ayurvedic texts explain that the
use of oil in massage brings about
a soft, flexible and strong body. It is
extremely beneficial for the skin and
therefore should be done regularly.
Massage therapy has numerous
benefits for health and maintenance
THE SECRET OF SELF-MASSAGE
To heal is to enter conversation
with the body.