Yesterday I had my regular bi-weekly full body massage. I knew it would feel good but knowing it would feel good and the experience of feeling good are two different things. It’s like, “Aaaaaaah that’s what I’ve been missing.”, but didn’t know it.
I often need massage because I have some injury from tennis, looking after my grandson or some other activity. But the best massages are when I’m fully fit and healthy. After several years my massage therapist knows my body better than I do. It’s nice having someone know your body so well. He knows where I carry my tension and works it out of my body when I didn’t even know it was there. He knows where I’ve had injuries and makes extra focus on those areas.
I enjoy deep tissue massage. Not everybody does. I like the strong pressure on my skin and muscles even when it sometimes hurts. The lighter massage feels pleasant but it does not impact me the way deep tissue does.
Yesterday, as my massage therapist was working on my lower leg, I was reminded of the experience of making passionate love in the past. I did not feel sexually aroused. The strong pressure on my skin and muscles made me feel – it is difficult to put into words – alive, present, impacted and loved. I did not feel loved by my massage therapist – of course we have a good report– it was the pressure he was applying that reminded me of feeling loved during passionate love-making in the past when I was touched that intensely. It felt good to remember.
During massage I find it difficult to stay focused on the part of my body being touched. I can do it for short times and then my mind goes off to the future or the past. Then I’m brought back to the present by the wonderful pressure on my skin and muscles. I stay with the sensations for awhile. It’s difficult to stay in the moment, but oh so satisfying when I do. I experience a pleasant kind of grogginess at the end of the session. I move slowly.
Humans need to touch and be touched. That’s why we love children and pets because they seek us out for touch and we get our need to touch and be touched by caring for them and playing with them. Couples frequently massage each others’ backs, feet and, of course, other parts. When my sons were teens, giving them occasional back rubs was a way I connected with them and expressed love without them thinking I was being soppy.
It is important to have regular massage treatments if you are not in a current relationship. Skin hunger can build up over time. Without intending to, people who are deprived often act out sexually (especially when alcohol and drugs are involved) and have regrets afterward.
In our current North American life style we often are too much in our heads – thinking thinking thinking – which disconnects us from our bodies. Massage helps us keep connected to our bodies and helps us remain balanced between mind and body in a healthy way.
With care and concern,