How much time do you devote to self care on a weekly basis? How about monthly? is "self care "even in your vocabulary?
If everyone in the world was required to start their day with a massage, would it lead to world peace???
I see an amazing transformation in clients that go from high stress energy to deep mellow calm energy in a mere hour everyday. I get to be a witness to this magic and it reaffirms that massage therapy is so incredibly important and has it's place in this world. Lots of people think that getting a massage is a luxury but with all the wonderful benefits it can offer it should be seen as a necessity.
Massage therapy has a strong effect on the autonomic nervous system. The ANS is divided in to two sections, The parasympathetic (rest and digest) and the sympathetic (fight or flight). Many times I have clients come in and it's very obvious that they are stuck in a sympathetic response. The way we live our lives, pushing ourselves constantly to be perfect at everything and thinking that resting is only for the weak is very dangerous (in my opinion).
I whole heartily believe that the insanity we see on the news and in our daily interactions are examples of this derangement. Excessive anger and unhealthy stress can be lessened with compassionate touch. So many people are walking wounded. They are damaged emotionally, physically, spiritually, (and/or) mentally and are suffering and in need of a moment of silence and time away from the craziness.
That's where massage comes in by creating an environment and a space where peace can happen and where people can reconnect to themselves and remember what is really important in their lives.
How much time do you devote to self care on a weekly basis? What about monthly? Is "Self Care" even in your vocabulary? It should be.
I'm always taking in mind the four pillars of health (mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual) and asking myself if there Is a way to create balance among them so I can live a fuller and happier life. Sometimes I'm really good at implementing my plan and other times...not so much. Discipline is really hard and I admire people who can keep it going.
How do you keep your mind, body, spirit, and emotions healthy?
What is your self care plan?
Let me know in the comments section!
Gaia Bodywork PLLC is the private massage practice of Hillary Arrieta and is located in Richardson, Tx. Visit gaiabodywork.com for more information.
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