What Are You Bringing to the Table?

I was late to my last massage. I thought I’d left the garage door open and had to head back home to shut it. Of course it was closed, and I was 20 minutes late to my massage. I ran in, jumped on the table and spent the first 30 minutes of massage worried about being late, berating myself, and figuring out how to avoid it in the future.

But it was too late, I couldn’t un-do it. I spent a good percentage of that massage worried about being late, and running at a hundred miles a minute. I missed 30 minutes of my massage while in my massage because I didn’t take the time to disconnect mentally.

So my question to you is, “What are you bringing to the massage table?”

When you come in to get your massage, are you ready to slow down, reconnect and get back in touch with your body? A good massage doesn’t just stretch you out and get rid of a little achiness.

A truly fantastic massage reminds you about your body – places that had once been tender but are now stronger, new soreness or aches, knots that used to be the size of landfills but are now merely speed bumps. A fabulous massage embodies you in a way few other things can, and it can remind you what it feels like when your body just. . . “works.”

This isn’t just another reminder to get to your massage on time. At some point, you’re going to run late and there won’t be anything you can do about the grandma in the car going 25 miles an hour in front of you or the wreck a half mile from your exit.

But you can do something about your mental state as you get on the table:

  1. Forgive yourself for being late, or for being distracted or for continuing to worry about what you’re getting a massage to forget. This happens to everyone, just forgive yourself for it.
  2. Mentally forgive your massage therapist for cutting your time short (if she had to), and allow yourself to put away your worries. Just visualize sliding them in a folder or box you can get back to later. Everyone gets distracted by “life” when on the massage table, just remind yourself to slow down as you feel it pull your attention.
  3. Breathe. That’s it. . . Just breathe and keep on breathing.
  4. If all else fails, just stop talking (if you are) and concentrate on the music and the way the hands feel on the skin. Keep doing this for one entire track of the cd. And you’ll find that relaxation somewhere between steps 3 and 4. . .

Sometimes you can get the best massage in the world, but it doesn’t do any good if you’re not ready to receive the best massage in the world. Remember your two tasks as you get a massage: breathe and receive.

And double-check the garage door before you leave.

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