Relaxation / Stress Release using Massage as Therapy (Dahanu, India)
"Relaxation is just being natural...to start
relaxing. Start from the circumference -- that's where we are, and
we can start only from where we are. Relax the circumference of your
being -- relax your body, relax your behavior, relax your acts. Walk
in a relaxed way, eat in a relaxed way, talk, listen in a relaxed
way. Slow down every process. Don't be in a hurry and don't be in
haste. Move as if all eternity is available to you...
Tension means hurry, fear, doubt. Tension means a
constant effort to protect, to be secure, to be safe. Tension means
preparing for the tomorrow now, or for the afterlife ...
The whole of existence is in a very relaxed
movement; movement there is, certainly, but it is utterly relaxed.
Trees are growing and birds are chirping and rivers are flowing,
stars are moving: everything is going in a very relaxed way. No
hurry, no haste, no worry, and no waste. Except man. Man has fallen
a victim of his mind... "
Relaxation & Awareness
after a long "relaxing" bath in the hot sulfur
springs in the temple at Vashist, Manali, I was
so happily dazed that I walked away leaving my
things behind. When I returned later, it was
predictably gone! As I complained about the lack
of morals of people stealing from a temple & how
I was so relaxed that I left my things behind to
Swamiji, my yoga teacher there, he made a very
interesting point. "If there is no awareness,
then you are not relaxed, your condition would
be better described as a drunken stupor. "
Relaxation goes hand in hand with awareness.
The more aware you are, the easier it is to
relax; this is experienced firsthand in a shav
asana or the dead body posture in yoga.
Relaxation & Healing
The human body has a tremendous capacity to
heal itself. In relaxation, the process of
healing will automatically start; all the
various systems in the body - the nervous
system, the digestive system, the lymphatic
system, etc. will start to function
efficiently. When you are relaxed, you breathe
deeper, you sleep well, you feel energetic and
happy, you eat only as much as you need to and you
are more loving and compassionate to people
around you. You spread this happiness and the
good vibration to everyone around you...the list carries on and on! : )
Relaxation / Stress Release & Massage
Massage works on releasing stress and tension
stored in the body. Commence your journey to
wellness from a starting point most of us relate
to. By releasing stress trapped in the muscles
and improving circulation of blood, lymph nodes
and energy, etc; This aids the
body to relax which leads to a positive
and peaceful state of mind.
In a relaxed and happy state of mind, you are
less likely to harbour negative thoughts,
feelings and emotions. These negative thoughts
are harmful and the first victim is you. The
body starts to become tense, breathing patterns
change, more energy is expended. Similarly the
reverse also holds true;
you will be the first person to benefit from
your positive thoughts, feelings and emotions.
Massage brings awareness to the areas in your
body where you store tension/ stress. Ever heard
of the expression "carrying the weight of the
world on one's shoulders "; any massage
therapist will tell you that is true! Most
people store tension in their shoulders.
Awareness will lead to simple changes like a
better posture- simple changes which give huge
Massage therapy works wonders when going
through emotional upheavals; it helps to provide
strength and comfort. During the massage, most
people start to breathe in a very natural,
rhythmic and relaxed manner. This breath works
wonders in allowing the body to heal itself,
allowing emotions to be released. A massage
therapist among other things also helps to
create a feeling of love and acceptance for
one's own body.
After a massage allow yourself to take it
easy, to stay in this relaxed state. Support the
elimination of toxins started by the massage by
drinking lots of water and eating fresh and raw
fruits and vegetables.
Massage is a healthy activity one can indulge
in to create relaxation, awareness and healing.
It can be one of the building blocks you
use to create a stress free and relaxed life!