I LOOOVE Massage and Healing Touch!

Massage and healing touch has always been in my life. My fondest childhood memories are of my aunts paying me to scratch, grease and massage their scalps. A high intense woman would quickly turn into the sweetest, carefree lady you could ever meet. As I got older, my mother, whom worked two jobs, would ask me to massage her feet after she got out of the tub. And unbeknownst to me, that is where I learned the power of loving hands. As a teen, I began to volunteer in a postpartum hospital unit and later in labor and delivery where massage and healing touch was very much appreciated.

So when ten years later I graduated from massage school and received Reiki 1 & 2 attunement, it was not a surprise to me. Massage school was one of the best times of my life. We practiced massage techniques on each other every evening. Can you imagine giving and receiving a massage 4 nights a week! Paradise is what is was. And to top it off, one of my teachers was a Reiki master and periodically gave us Reiki sessions. Heaven I tell you.

With all that touch I learned two things, muscles hold onto emotions I never knew I had and North Americans are probably the least touchy people. Suppression of emotions is a betrayal of true self in order to avoid conflict or disappointing others. This leads to muscle tension, which can lead to pain (your body's way of getting your attention so you can make a change). Having a skillful practitioner who creates a safe space is a great way to release and relearn how to listen to your body and never again betray yourself.

Since I have not manifested daily massages from a professional, I take time out in the evening to self massage and/or perform Reiki on myself. It is my way of checking in with myself and saying I appreciate myself, I care about myself and I love myself.

***Looking for a safe space to release and renew? Sista4Peace Wellness has a sale on the Wellness Massage Package, 3, 1-hour massages for $195 (normally $240) until December 25, 2016.

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