My education in Massage Therapy was based in systems that I no longer used or thought much about: Detailed assessments, specific treatment approaches, techniques, and protocols… much of it felt unnecessary. I combine my training and experience with my instincts and intuition.
This new community run features run kits, placing medals, fundraising prizes, a 5km timed run and a 2km hero-themed family fun run.
Cheer on participants along the way
Proceeds from this event support the Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation’s 3.5 million dollar Cancer Care Campaign. This campaign will help fund the expansion and upgrades to the Chemotherapy and Medical Daycare Unit at PRH. For more information visit www.prhfoundation.com/cancercare
Robin is leading Earth Moves, an EcoSpirit workshop: “Join us for a transformational journey to explore our care for the world and strengthen our resilience, motivation, solidarity and vision to act for life on earth.”
For more information, contact email@example.com or visit www.griefintogrowth.com to register before May 10. Spots are limited.
Enjoy your weekend, and I hope to see you at the Expo!
Here are a few of the ways I am mindful when giving a massage.
Intention: what are we trying to achieve – what is my intention?
I intentionally prepare myself, and our space, to resonate with the energies of peace, calm, acceptance, flow, willingness, satisfaction, trust, openness, love, care, enjoyment, clarity, and others along the same vein. I do my best to hold these energies throughout our time together.
Boundaries: firm boundaries ensure appropriate conduct and safety and allow for comfort, clarity, enjoyment, openness, vulnerability, and transformation.
Comfort: it is prioritized. Massage is not always glamorous. Sometimes I am guided to areas that might, at first, feel uncomfortable to the person on the table. Like your armpits! Sweaty, hairy, smelly? Others have hang-ups about their tummy, or their feet… This work is grounded in compassion, and it is my strong desire that you feel wholly accepted and comfortable. Which brings us to…
Communication: if you are feeling uncomfortable I want to know so I can respond. If I am not responding to your discomfort, I need an overt message. Verbal messages are most clear.
Centring: I actively attempt to shift into a place of deep peace and stillness. When I tune into this place there is a sense of unity, timelessness, quietude, alertness, flow, clarity and mystery. It is also a space for gentle inquiry, as well as profound and transformative compassion. Centring is a skill and a practice, that still requires mental effort, and thus, mindfulness.
Thank you for reading about some of the ways I connect to the concept of Mindfulness.
Please leave your comments below – I would love to hear about your experience of Mindfulness when you receive bodywork and energy work!
Jennifer Schumann is a resident of Pembroke, Ontario. Jennifer is not an RMT and her massages are not covered by extended health care insurance plans.
“My education in Massage Therapy was based in systems that I no longer used or thought much about: Detailed assessments, specific treatment approaches, techniques, and protocols… much of it felt unnecessary. I combine my training and experience with my instincts and intuition.”
It’s often a nap. Sometimes there’s snoring. And drooling.
Often there is a primary physical area that a client will point out that needs extra attention. Necks and shoulders get a lot of attention. Low back also.
Sometimes the work is a non-physical area, more of a general comfort and soothing that a person is needing. Or they are looking to shift the energy in an area of their lives. Mindful Massage can assist in getting energy flowing and balanced.
“I think that body-contact has the function of confirming one’s bodily being. We live in an age of ‘unembodiment,’ or ‘disembodiment,’ and I believe that the experience of being touched enlivens our bodies and brings us back into them.” – Sidney Jourard
“Every human being comes into this world needing to be touched, and the need for skin contact persists until death… Persistent denial of skin-hunger needs frequently results in excessive smoking, drinking too much, or more or less constant depression. People who have their skin-hunger needs satisfactorily met are demonstrably far healthier.” – Sidney Simon
It’s meant to be enjoyable and relaxing. And it’s a benefit to your health.
Drink plenty of water after your appointment, and plan for some extra time to yourself after your massage as well. It’s also common to have an extra deep and nourishing sleep the night following relaxation massage.
If it has been awhile since you’ve had a massage, or if you want to try relaxation massage, please call 613-585-1082 to set-up an appointment.