During the first week of October we celebrate Older Persons Week and on 1 October it is the International Day of Older Persons.
The theme of the 2017 International Day of Older Persons, is Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.
In my work as a massage therapist, I come into contact with older people very often and I am always impressed with the knowledge, skills and wisdom they have accumulated over the years.
At the same time it saddens me that society and often, older people themselves do not value or apply what they know to improve our world.
The widely held image of older people as sickly, boring, worthless and decrepit cannot be further from the truth. Older people are just that, old. And mostly they are wise with incredible skills of adaptation. Rather than being a burden, they can make a rich contribution to our lives.
Aging is not “lost youth” but a new stage of opportunity and strength. - Betty Friedan
Here is how I know:
(It is b)etter to feel bad for a moment saying no – and stop it – than to get harmed.
― Aspen Matis, Girl in the Woods: A Memoir
Massage can be an effective tool for victims of violence and abuse to regain confidence in their bodies and to learn self-compassion on their road to healing.
There are many ways in which massage can facilitate the process. In the two previous blog posts in this series, I looked at how massage helps:
This time I discuss ways in which massage offers a safe space for victims of violence and abuse to learn to set boundaries.
Body-mind or mind-body? If you are struggling with physical and mental pain and feel that the dominant health paradigm’s dualistic approach to mind and body seems inadequate to explain anything, I want to talk to you. Join me under the tree in my garden for a cup of rooibos tea and let’s talk massage and SomaSense!