Massage is one of the oldest forms of therapy that promotes health
and wellness in all dimensions of your being.
As you ground and center,
you move closer to the light, where all dimensions of your
being are balanced and flowing together. Massage can help you on this
journey because it helps you feel
and wholeness. Massage can open a door that leads you on a
path of self-discovery and self-healing.
is Ground and Center?
Ground and center are resources that are woven
through each and every one of us,
even if we are not aware of them yet. It is not a matter of belief, but rather
a matter of experience.
We are all familiar with being stressed-out, and a natural
might try to calm ourselves down is to take a nice deep breath.... and
exhale.... This brings us down out of our heads and settles
some tension, until it builds back up.
That deep breath balances the stress through the process of
grounding. We all do it in some form or another, but breath
is always one of
most powerful tools to help us ground and center.
be grounded is to be
balanced. Acknowledge the feeling
of your own weight pushing
down into the earth, and the earth pushing equally and oppositely
back. You can also think of being grounded as being "plugged
in" to the
electromagnetic flow between earth and body - and universe.
is said in the Tai Chi tradition, that it would be good to imitate the
trees. After all, trees live much longer than people
the tree's connection to the Earth we can see that the Earth
provides power and support, that the Earth is a resevoir of recycling
and healing energies, and that the Earth, when combined with a seed,
can create new life.
Grounding, then, is also the practice of
gratitude for all that is provided to us through this Earth,
the practice of pointing awareness to the present moment, which allows
approach life with an attitude of relaxed harmony and integrated
wholeness. Grounding gives you stability and makes you
receptive to your own intuition and wisdom. From
this place, you are able to approach life actively, rather than
from a rushed, anxious, reactive state.
like a wheel, turns round and round. There are
life and there are lows. If you dwell on each high and each
low, it is
like you are clinging to the “rim” of the wheel - no doubt you
taken for a dizzying ride. If, on the other hand, you are
center yourself and move to the middle of the wheel, you will notice
that your everyday changing circumstances have something in
the center of all of them is your own center. At the center
of you is
begin centering you can focus, literally, on the centermost part of
your body, at the place where you were once connected to your mother
via the umbilicus. Visualize your center, and while inhaling
exhaling deeply from your belly, try to also embody your center by
sensing into the strength and power in your core. Deep within
is a life force, a soul, that gives rise to the rest of your being.
This eternal flame is an infinite pool of energy supporting us like the
axis of a wheel. Life swirls around us, but it is our center
holds us true and supports all dimensions of our being.
How does the
therapist apply the ideas of “Ground" and "Center”?
and center are important elements for therapeutic massage because they
enable the practitioner to maintain a healing presence and to connect
with the client’s experience.
A massage without ground and center is not much more than a moisturizer
application. The therapeutic benefits of massage are directly
connected to the quality of the touch by the practitioner. If
the therapist is thinking about others things during a massage, or they
are simply not fully present, then their scattered presence is
going to provide scattered therapeutic benefits. That is why
I use the resource of ground and center to maintain a healing presence
and to make informed, intentional contact while tracking the present
experience of the client. Ground and center are components of
mindfulness, and mindfulness is the key for creating the space for
The process of massage also helps
guide the client to a place of ground and center. From this
innate self-healing abilities are activated, which allows you
sustain the therapeutic benefits in your daily life.
encourage true healing, we must send the message of relaxation and love
to our bodies. Our society has trained our minds to be
ignore the wisdom of the body. Cultivating ground and center
up your innate intelligence by creating
receptive space in the body and quieting the
mind. Slowly replacing "mind-fullness" with
Want to give
it a try? Grounding Meditation
the roots of a magnificent tree reaching down through the bottoms of
your feet. Feel the weight of your body against the floor, or against
your seat. Feel the roots reaching and extending down from
your spine and tailbone.
roots grow deep and anchor all dimensions of your being. Feel
the sustainable supply of nutrients and
support. Allow this connection to travel all the way up your
body as it expands into the canopy of the tree. The extensive
to the skies, extending through the crown of your head, connecting you
with the energy of the cosmos. Allow the energy to flow
in both directions. You may notice when these energies are allowed flow
freely, how a sense of inner calm and harmony is created
this place of stillness and calm, you may be able to start sensing into
the place in which the whole self, the spirit, or God,
resides. Use this present
awareness to connect to your self, and to connect with
the oneness of the entire universe.
From this place of gratitude, awareness, and confidence comes our
to act, to make decisions, and manifest our dreams.
life ruffle our edges, and as we move in from the periphery towards the
center, everything becomes less scattered and we can reconnect with
what, and who, we are truly meant to be.
and again, it is necessary to seclude yourself among deep mountains and
hidden valleys to restore your link to the source of life. Breathe in
and let yourself soar to the ends of the universe; breathe out and
bring the cosmos back inside. Next, breathe up all fecundity and
vibrancy of the earth. Finally, blend the breath of heaven and the
breath of earth with your own, becoming the Breath of Life
Ueshiba, founder of Aikido
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