Sometimes we spend our entire present thinking about the future. Or the past. Or both. Unfortunately this sometimes means that we are totally missing out on what is happening for us right now.
As humans living in 2018, life can be kinda stressful. It may seem like we’ll never get ahead unless we are constantly thinking two steps ahead of where we are now. But what if we have something to learn in the here and now that is absolutely essential to our future success?
For me, this applies to massage because I often find my body pining for a massage for several days or weeks before I am able to get myself in for a session. Yes, Massage Therapists need Massage Therapy too!! So I end up spending days or weeks thinking about my future massage session. Then, once the time for the session finally arrives I spend the whole session thinking about how great I’m going to feel afterwards. Then time absolutely FLIES by and suddenly the massage is over and I’m now stuck in the past thinking, “Wow wasn’t that really great and I should now probably schedule another massage."
Regular massage can be SOOO beneficial for your body, especially if you have any chronic pain or alignment issues. Massage will be that much MORE beneficial if you can really take the time to focus in on what’s happening in the present moment, whether that is before, during, or after the session. Being fully present in the moment during your massage session will help improve your breathing, help your body relax more fully, and help your body to better integrate the body work from your massage session. Which just means that all the benefits of massage will last that much longer.
So take a moment to stop, take a deep breath, and just look around. Or close your eyes if safe to do so and feel the air, smell the smells, and listen to the sounds. You might just notice something you would have otherwise missed.