Massage Brain. Massage Daze. Spa Stupor. We jokingly call it many things, but the contented, blissed-out state that our clients emerge from their sessions in are an important opportunity to soak up all the amazing benefits of massage.
A great massage reorganizes your senses and brings you into touch with your body. It's not unusual during the course of a massage to be surprised by how tight or stressed certain parts of your body really are... Likewise, you may suddenly feel neural sensations or energetic connections from one part of your body to another, leading you to feel a brand new sense of wholeness. As overworked muscles and knots are unwound, your entire body will shift to accommodate this newfound sense of freedom and ease of movement. Once your focus shifts from the processing, thinking, analytical mind and deepens into the physical, intuitive, heart-centered realm of the body, you will experience what it means to really be "in your body." At times and for some, this sensation can occasionally be a disconcerting feeling.
Touch, more than any other sensation, holds the key to bringing us into greater physical awareness and wholeness. It's that head-to-toe warm fuzzy feeling you feel when holding a brand new baby, snuggling your beloved pet, or while in the embrace of an amazing kiss. Most of us dwell in our minds most of our waking hours - thoughts of the past, present and future flow together in an unending stream. Touch can lead us deeper, beyond the plane of mental chatter, and open us physically, mentally and spiritually.
All of the positive effects of massage - enhanced mobility and range of motion, freedom in your joints and tissues, a spacious and peaceful mind, a calm, contented heart - will be prolonged if you can create space following your session.
Whenever possible, schedule special free time to follow your massage where you may continue to feel and experience these shifts and changes. Give yourself space, freedom and time to absorb and integrate the transition. Here are some tips from our team of therapists:
1. If you live near the coast or a body of water, plan a gentle stroll nearby. Natural elements - water, soil, sand - soothe and calm the spirit. Being outdoors in nature, catching some natural sunlight and fresh air will nurture your massage's effects.
2. Don't. Do. Anything. The best thing you can do is just, well, be. Take a few minutes to sit and remain in a state of non-thinking. Listen to your breath. View the clouds, the trees, the landscape and just feel.
3. Ground yourself. The sensation of truly being in your body and feeling at a deeper level can leave you feeling out of sorts, confused and unable to think clearly. It's a great time to kick off your shoes and ground yourself to the earth, perhaps in your garden or a nearby park.
4. Schedule at least an hour of nothing after your massage. No phone calls, no meetings, no tv or reading. Just let your mind remain in the "off" position a little longer.
5. Embrace silence. Feeling fully in your body will make you feel whole and complete in a way you may have never felt before. The more you're grounded within yourself, the less outside stimulus you will need to feel fully - colors will be more vibrant, tones will be richer, feelings will be deeper. Enjoy the new level of internal sensitivity that comes with quieting your external surroundings.