Why Did I Learn Massage?

Holistic Massage in Westbury-on-Trym

In my 20s I was full of fire and ambition and was in the thick of the crazy London life, living off adrenaline and coffee. This was fun up to a point until it became a habit I couldn't stop. 

I spent years in a state of chronic stress and anxiety and my posture was poor from desk-based work. By the time I pitched up in Bristol in my early 30s, I knew my body needed care and attention. I knew some people who had done the professional training at the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork and with its focus all aspects of the human being, including the spiritual, as well as the physical, I knew it was for me. It was one of those rare times in my life that I had absolutely no doubt that this was what I needed to do. I wasn't earning much money at the time but I knew that I would do whatever it took to be on the course - the time was right.

Image by kind permission of Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork

Image by kind permission of Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork

The thing that captivated me the most was learning about stress. I was utterly fascinated to find out that stress is a physiological phenomena and what happens in our bodies as a result of prolonged stress. I resonated with it strongly and knew that this is what I had been experiencing. What a relief to know it wasn't all in my mind and was actually a result of chemical reactions in the body. I understood that if I could encourage my nervous system into the rest and repair state rather than it constantly functioning in the flight or fight response, I would be able to respond to life much more capably and be happier in my own skin. 

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Because to give a relaxing massage you need to be relaxed yourself, the more I practiced, the more relaxed I became- not just during the massage but in life in general. It took many years to slowly build up this muscle and there were times, especially to begin with, that I felt stressed when giving a massage - feeling worried that I didn't know what to do.

However, as I gained in confidence over time, I found myself naturally going into a deep, present, relaxed state when I gave holistic massage in Westbury-on-Trym even if I didn't feel like that before! Now, whatever is going on for me in life, I know I can call on that space. I often feel more relaxed after work than before!! Certainly a change from the days before holistic massage in Westbury-on-Trym. It is deeply healing and restoring for me and I receive so much in doing it. 

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And because holistic massage promotes acceptance and compassion- that you listen and work with clients without judgement and meet them where they are at - it means I am more compassionate and accepting of myself and my humanity. I don't push myself or my body the way I used to and I am much kinder to myself.

It doesn't mean everything is peaceful and calm for me in life, quite the opposite! But it does mean that I can meet life more fully and don't take myself so seriously.

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I can't advocate it enough for anyone wanting to let go and come to rest in themselves and love themselves a little more.

Find out whether learning holistic massage in Westbury-on-Trym is for you at my free talk on 12 September.