Massage and movement give you the feeling of more personal space. Part 1
When we visit websites or go through folders, at first glance we may get an impression that there is a lot of preventive action there, which means action against something. There is seemingly a lot of negation there. It is not about negating the massage itself, but rather that we have got used to promoting it as anti-stress massage, anti-aging massage, anti-cellulite massage, or anti-pain massage. All in all, there is a lot of „anti” for starters.
The question is: How does it make us approach massage? Does it really make sense to prevent stress? Or its long-term effects? Do we go for a massage immediately when an ailment restricting our movement appears, when we feel tingling or flaccidity? Or only when acute pain comes? Do we decide on a modelling massage when the time to hit the beach approaches, and go for deep relaxation much more often in long autumn-winter evenings? In short, a massage is more often promoted as preventing something.
What happens, then, to massage as a fully positive experience? Do we perceive it through our senses only? Do we get a high when we have enough time, with an attitude that we do not have get out of massage table at once?
If we do show the bliss of massage, we usually do it according to a certain pattern. In photographs we can see a content twenty something female client in the state of happiness, and a distracted male client falling asleep on the couch. Traditionally, a man is more restrained – after all, he is not allowed to show his emotions beyond a certain point. These are the persisting conventions.
Whether he or she, they usually lie in such uncomfortable positions, that even to an eye of an amateur it is clear how fake these photos are. They are static and have little to do with massage, not to even mention deep relaxation. A face massage with a full make-up on is yet another matter, or try to lie down with your hands under your chin for more than a few minutes. Photographs do not capture the essence of massage or body work. They merely show positions.
At first glance, everything is perfectly fine. But let’s think if such photos will effectively convince anyone to anything, instead of only being nice. Will this image encourage a middle-aged man or woman who are looking for support in deep relaxation, cosmetics, not to mention a therapeutic massage. A mere image is only a business card, and it has a long-term influence only when associated with emotions.
The remark isn’t for advertising training purposes, it only pins down the essence of stereotypes about a static massage without the patient’s participation. Such a massage can very well be slept through, and leave nothing in our consciousness.
Deep relaxation or a sense of a relationship between body and mind, requires awareness. A nap or deeper sleep is a possible reaction to a massage or body work by the way, yet it is not an aim in itself.
Continuation in the next entry …