In this, my last post for 2016, I can’t help looking back and reviewing the year that has been.
And as things stand, it has been a year in which I expanded my reach but had my roots disturbed.
It has been a year in which much was gained but so much more was lost.
Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.
So says author, John Steinbeck.
But no-one wants the memory of their road trip to manifest as aches and pains from sitting to long in the car or bus or taxi.
Here is some advice to avoid discomfort after a long road trip:
What now? You have booked a massage in the days after giving in to the lure of the sun?
Now your body is red and sore.
Should you for the treatment or should you cancel your appointment?
Here are a few points to take into consideration when you have to answer that burning question:
I was going to post something on sunburn today but this morning I woke up to a gentle rain outside and I changed my mind.
In the winter rainfall region of the Western Cape, in December and in a time when we have severe water restrictions, rain is the ultimate gift for the dry and windswept garden.
So rather than writing about sunburn, I decided to celebrate the miracle of water instead.
I thought I would share some facts about the role of water in our body-brain-minds.
There is a third reason why I recommend full-body treatments over spot treatment.
It is also related to our three-dimensional nature of our embodiment and how we manage to move.
To produce movement in any of these planes of motion, the human body uses a complex system of skeletal muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments etc. that act as levers and pulleys and which works in all the planes of motion.
As a massage therapist I am both blessed and humbled by the opportunity I experience daily to touch people’s lives including those living with HIV and Aids.
But besides supporting survivors on a purely benevolent and emotional level, massage also influences body-mind processes as well as their immune systems.
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!