Advanced Self Care Practices
Last week, we talked about little activities that can improve your meditation practice. Now, let’s turn to massage as one of those supporting practices that can significantly improve the changes taking place in your life. One of the most important aspects of meditation is the time you spend with yourself. Even if it is only six conscious breaths a day, it is time you turn towards yourself instead away from yourself. The practice of reflection can feel like returning home, or it can trigger feelings that you have actively avoided for most of your life. A lot can come up with this simple practice. This is ultimately the goal of meditation, a journey inward, to allow long held feelings a good pathway to be expressed and felt. For this to happen in a way that feels supportive and not overwhelming though we must consider our self-care practices a necessity for sustaining a practice of meditation and inward discovery.
Massage – My first steps in healing my body, mind, and spirit were through massage. At first, it was uncomfortable for me to re-establish this connection with my body. I had disconnected from my body when the discomfort of my life felt unsafe. What I came to understand was that there was no ability to heal my body, and ultimately my life, if I wasn’t IN my body. Massage helped me reacquaint myself with physical sensations. I started to welcome the discomfort as an opportunity to heal my body.
Massage therapy is an essential component of a wellness treatment. Your body stores stress, heartbreak, and negativity, when issue have not been resolved, even years after the event. Over time, this can cause energetic blockages that restrict a healthy flow for healing. Massage supports you in releasing the discomfort, letting the affected areas heal. If working with a massage therapist is not affordable or realistic for your schedule, practice self massage. One of the most soothing self care practices I have in my life is self massage. Regularly after a shower or bath, I will sit down with my organic coconut oil and massage my feet and lower legs. I will spend 5 -10 mins. With this practice of reflexology. There is a significant shift in how I feel after the practice. Massaging the feet releases all parts of the body, reference the reflexology practice for more details on this. It is an efficient way to get many of the benefits of massage in a short amount of time. When your meditation practice brings up challenging information, encourage yourself towards self care and particularly massage therapy and watch your restrictions and concerns take a back seat to relaxation. AHHH!