As summer’s fullness gives way to the changing colors and the fall leaves, fall is a great time for taking a look at what our priorities are, to express gratefulness for all that we have, and also have the willingness to let go of anything that isn’t useful any longer. Bodywork’s focus may include attention to your breathing’s natural rhythms of exhalation and inhalation. Massage therapy is a great time for letting go of your emotional stress and physical tension as you become open to new forms of inspiration.
Bodywork during this season may vary. It will depend on what your preferences and needs are. Pay attention to the specific body position that enables you to breathe the easiest, whether you are seated in a chair or on a massage table for your massage therapy. As an example, a majority of individuals have an easier time breathing when they are in a supine (face up) position or side-lying position as opposed to a prone (face down) position. Ask that more time be spent in the position that you find most comfortable so that your therapist can make adaptions according to what your needs are.
Another option that can be very helpful with facilitating effortless breathing is having a shoulder massage while sitting in a regular chair. Stimulating the acupressure points of the large intestine and lung meridians, which appear on the feet, arms and hands, can also support easy breathing, along with the elimination process.
Winter, with its extended hours of darkness, is naturally a time for stillness and resting. Deeply relaxing bodywork is characteristic of this season’s energy. It stimulates your body’s parasympathetic nervous system, which enables your body to make use of its own restorative and healing processes. It involves lowering blood pressure and heart rate. Relaxation massage therapy enables you to experience an altered state of mind that is blissful as you surrender yourself to comforting touch.
Any relaxing massage modality can be effective. As an example, effleurage has slow, gliding strokes. For many people this is one of the most pleasant of all the Swedish massage techniques. You can be transported into a place of serenity and peacefulness, providing you with a small vacation away from your busy life’s stresses. Other modalities that might be relaxing include various energy-related therapies, nurturing acupressure and manual lymph drainage.
With nurturing touch, quite often a soothing massage oil or lotion gets applied. This can help with hydrating dry winter skin. Another thing that can contribute to the session’s ambiance is relaxing music, which can help you experience the season’s quietness.
With all of the suggestions for bodywork and massage therapy for all four seasons, you can recognize what your own preferences and needs are any time and let your therapist know. As an example, before the session state what your intention is. Say, “Today I feel emotionally and physically exhausted. I just need to relax right now.” Or, “This week I have ridden my bike every day. My leg muscles need some extra attention today.” You might be feeling over committed in your social or personal life or maybe it is very stressful at work right now. Use your bodywork sessions as times for focusing on nurturing yourself. Reclaim your sense of feeling whole and allow your mind and body to be integrated. Perhaps you have experienced a personal challenge or loss that is significant in your life and you need to have a place that is safe where you can process and feel your emotions. It can be helpful sometimes to talk during your massage session. Then at other times the best thing to do is to experience things deeply without having any distractions from conversation.
No matter what your preferences and needs are, be sure to communicate them clearly to your massage therapist. Also, just be aware that you can enjoy all of the benefits that bodywork and massage therapy can provide you with during all four seasons of the year.
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