What are the core components that make a good remedial or deep tissue massage? There are the obvious things such as good technique, sound knowledge of anatomy, physiology and trigger point therapy is essential along with an understanding of how to assess the body both through observation, palpation and discussion pre and post massage is vital in order to know what your massage plan is going to be. However, have you ever thought of the quality of how a therapist delivers a massage as being an equal ingredient in the recipe of what makes for a good massage?
This is a 9 minute recording of The Gentle Breath Meditation™. This meditation is a simple meditation to support you to reconnect back to a gentle quality within your body through choosing to breath gently. It is a very simple meditation that is great for beginners as well as experienced meditators.
The focus of this meditation is to connect to a quality of gentleness and then when you get up from this meditation and head back into your daily activities, there is the invitation to take this quality with you into your next movements.
The words deep tissue are commonly known and used in the massage industry but how many people in truth understand what this means? I would suggest that when a person hears or speaks of a deep tissue massage they are expecting a harder, stronger or firmer massage compared to the average. However, this does not necessarily correspond to the true offering of what a deep tissue massage treatment offers and I would like to share in this article why this is so and what deep tissue massage actually means.
There is the common perception that Remedial and Deep Tissue Massage needs to hurt to be of benefit. However, gone are the days of the football locker room where you could pummel a corkie and think that was good for the body. The Massage industry has changed and continues to evolve as there is now a far greater understanding of the body and how the muscles and fascia work together. The way massage is taught has changed as more and more people are experiencing the benefits of not adhering to the old saying of “no pain no gain”. In this article we will explore why this is and the benefits that come from pain free massage.
Have you ever had an injury such as a sore lower back, shoulder, digestive issue etc that has hung around for a while? You may have had conventional treatment but it just doesn’t seem to heal. The reason why often an injury will not heal long term is because we haven’t dealt with the underlying root cause of why the ill has happened in the first place. Until the root cause is addressed the condition will never truly heal.
It is becoming increasingly recognised in our society today that we are so much more than just our physical body – there is a direct connection between our physical body and our mental and emotional states of the mind. The ancient practices and Eastern philosophies and their bodywork therapies have recognised this for aeons and now modern science is slowly catching up as more and more research is proving that indeed the mind and body are intertwined.
As human beings we are multidimensional. What constitutes our make up is the physical body; the energetic body; our mental state of being; and our essence. So we need to really understand both the “human” and the “being” aspects of who we are and how we are.
In yoga there is a term that is referred to in Pantjali’s Yoga Sutras (the ancient teachings of yoga that date back to over 2,000 years old) called samskaras – which are the habitual patterns of our mind that make up our conditioning.
What I have been reflecting on within myself of late is just how many of these there are and how can I go about in my day-to-day life shifting some of these.
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About Donna Nolan
Donna Nolan has a love of supporting people to reconnect with their body through yoga, meditation, massage and the Esoteric Therapies. With over 17 years experience as a practitioner, she is dedicated to true health and wellbeing.
About Alexandra Plane
As a complementary health practitioner, yoga and meditation instructor Alexandra Plane is known for her gentle nature, love for people and deep integrity. Alexandra’s love and dedication is towards bringing deep care back into people’s life and the community.