By Peggy Morrison Horan
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For me, massage is a spiritual practice for both giver and receiver. In everything is the seed of its apparent opposite, and in no practice is this more apparent than in the ordinary act of reaching out to touch another. We need each other. We each possess the power to heal, and this power can only move through creative action. We, who have been so lost, desperately need keys to unlock the wisdom of affection and intimacy in safe, natural, and organic ways. Massage is such a tool. And this poetic yet practical book is such a guide.
Respect for each other’s boundaries will help build a bond of trust between you. Exchange information about where you feel the tension or pain in your body and what kind of touch and pressure you imagine would feel best. Be as specific as you can. 2Repeat back the information you have heard. That will affirm to your partner that she has been heard. Some of the information you will intuit already from your sense of each other, but you will also need each other’s guidance. It is a good idea to have this conversation before beginning massage, and the communication between you will continue to grow as you connect in this way.
Quiet presence is fertile ground for intuition, that sense of knowing without being told. Compassion, too, is developed with focus and attention. This is when the practice becomes art. The following exercises are offered to give you some tools for becoming more fully present. They enable you to share what can become a deep practice. sitting meditation Let’s start with a simple sitting practice. A sitting practice allows you to come into stillness by sitting and focusing on your breath. Gradually your mind begins to quiet as you let go of thoughts and just stay connected to your breath and your body.