Until a couple of years ago, I believed the widely advertised philosophy that if I simply “eat right, exercise, and see my doctor regularly”, I will live to a healthy old age. While that may be good and well, I simply couldn’t get there from here. The more I tried and fell short of that ideal, the worse I felt about myself. The reality is that for the thousands of us carrying inside us some form of unresolved trauma (verbal/physical/sexual abuse, broken families, absent parent/spouse, divorce, death, impact of war on family, addiction, eating disorders), that is nothing more than a nice ideal we can’t achieve. Then I discovered the power of massage and reiki in tandem with other healing forms.
I know that I carry anger and fear in my stomach. I remember years of stomach aches beginning in childhood whenever I felt angry or scared and it wasn’t ‘safe’ to express it. That reserve just kept growing over the years, and once I began to work through it, I would reached plateaus when progress seemed to slow or stop. Massage, reiki and other ways of moving energy really helped me break through those barriers.
If we look at ancient cultural beliefs and even our own scientific research into how emotions and thoughts impact physical matter (like Dr. Emoto’s work with water), we can see that energy such as that accumulated in my stomach over the years (eventually turning into disease) benefits from help breaking it up and guiding it into other areas of the body. This is true for any chakra area where we have stored unexpressed emotions. Working to move energy in that region helps realign that energy power center and restore flow to support more balanced living and health.
When we restore flow throughout our bodies, what was previously a challenge (eating right, exercising, and regular exams) becomes a core desire in self-love and care. We learn to truly love our bodies again and care for them more automatically. So you can see that this is about more than just managing stress, the most popularly cited reason people seek massages. Consider restoring the flow in your own body today. You and those you love will be delighted.
Namaste and much love,
Sheryl Sitts, Chief Inspirational Officer