My investigation took me from top notch spas with wonderful facilities, into practitioners' sitting rooms, and to the office of a charity which trains the blind and partially sighted the art of acupressure. Treatments were accompanied sometimes by preparatory bathing rituals in sumptuous surroundings, and at other times by the briefest of introductions in broken English. Each time, regardless of any language barrier, the therapist's warmth was evident.
Massage can be a relaxing experience. For me, the relaxation is a by-product of a treatment and usually follows a fairly rigorous work out during which I become aware of how much I am holding on to, and posed with a choice as to what it is that I can let go of. The sense of release is often surprisingly powerful, and sometimes entails an unexpected cartharsis.
"There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophies."
"Our bodies are apt to be our autobiographies." Frank Gillette Burgess
There is, I think, something very special about massage. It stems from the power of touch, and contact between two human beings. There is a mystical quality that defies articulation meaning that massage remains intriguing and alluring.
What I noticed most starkly was the cumulative effect of having regular treatments. Whilst I was mixing and matching, and didn't have the same treatment twice, there was a lasting effect and each built on the last and prepared me for the next in a process of opening, and growing. With each massage, I developed a greater trust, for the therapist, the therapy and my process all of which, I believed, enhanced and deepened the experience.
"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." Jim Rohn
"What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera." Aldous Huxley