If relaxing was easy no-one would suffer from tension, but the reality is that when we get stressed, our body is tight and our brain won’t stop, being able to relax can seem a million miles away.
Laura (not her real name) was suffering stress at work that she couldn’t let go of. Thouhts were going round in her head at night – trying to find solutions and blaming herself for not being able to sort it out. Her shoulders were stiff and sore, she was starting to get headaches and she had a week off work due to stress.
Making the decision to come for massage was a turning point – recognising that she wasn’t coping well and opening to receiving help.
Laura’s first session established a direction. Her therapist explored her needs and suggested approaches.
They agreed her massage should focus on two areas. Firstly, working with the tightness in her body. Not trying to force out the knots, but to help connect her physical tightness with the part of her brain that’s triggering it – sending the signal back that it’s okay to let go – a process that is usually unconscious. Secondly, the treatment helped Laura support her relationship with herself by encouraging her to bring her body her attention.
She left feeling calmer with a little more space in her body and her mind. She also had a sense of what it feels like to relax to take away with her and an experience of connecting with her self that will help her find her own direction through a difficult situation, helping her put her energy into caring for herself instead of being hard on herself.