Anyone who has had a professional massage understands that having a relaxing atmosphere is key to a great massage experience. What a lot of people don’t understand is that the atmosphere is created not only for your body to relax, but also for your mind to relax. The important mind/body connection is integral to an effective massage. From scents to sounds to sights (or lack of), a proper mind state forms the foundation for an enjoyable and therapeutic experience and what better way than through meditation.
There are many different types of meditation including guided, silent, sitting, and walking. But the point is that you’re calming. Just as with massage where you calm the muscles, with meditation you calm the mind. In fact, meditative states have been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and alleviate anxiety. It doesn’t have to involve soul searching or praying or anything metaphysical. It can be as simple as an act of quiet awareness — no contemplation needed.
Massage therapists understand this crucial element of mediation. They also understand the ever-binding connection between the mind and the body. With tried and true techniques therapists can alleviate pain caused by an accident, an athletic injury, or simply the daily wear and tear on your body. No matter what the purpose of your massage sessions, your state of mind is an important element.
Advanced Massage Professionals, we aim to make all of our sessions a conducive environment to calming the mind as well as the body. The clients’ willingness to rest in mindful attention as the session evolves will make the session more impactful.