Let me tell you the secret ingredient to an amazing massage! I-N-T-E-N-T
Call it what you want - intent, focus, attitude, vibe, energy, attention, vibration, prayer. It doesn’t matter what you call it. However, It is the difference between a good massage and a great massage.
The amazing work and life experience of Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor points at this directly. As a nurse and a massage therapist, her work has changed my practices and how I see myself as a healer. Jill, a Harvard trained neuroanatomist that specializes in how the brain works, suffered a massive stroke at the age of 37, which left her in a coma. It took a full 8 years for her to recover. In her book “My Stroke of Insight” Jill writes a compelling account of the stroke beginning with the day it occurred and details the process of her recovery. Her combined knowledge of the brain and her experience connecting with energy is remarkable. Jills work and experience bring us a personal account in combination with scientific understanding of how the power of our mind and the energy produced, change and affect the world and people around us. Jill writes that she could feel the energy of the people who walked into her room and could tell which nurses made her feel safe. The nurses who could make a connection with her simply by making eye contact or gently touching her foot made all the difference as opposed to someone who just came in and dealt with the machinery and ignored the warm body on the bed. Jill went so far as to have a sign posted in her hospital room that read, “Please mind the energy you bring into this space”. Jill came face to face with the reality of Intent, finding herself acutely aware that she could feel the energy of every person that came into her room and knowing that this energy was affecting her care and recovery.
Massage is more than just applying techniques to manipulate the physical body.A great massage is this and the practiced focus of healing with intention. While a solid understanding of massage techniques, including anatomy, physiology, and pathology, is vital, a clear and focused understanding of intention amplifies the healing benefits of a therapeutic massage. When you combine the knowledge of anatomy in a massage and the therapist’s energy of wholeness, wisdom, clarity, compassion, healing, joy, love and peace, you have the receipt for a truly amazing massage experience.
Knowing everywhere we go and everything we do, we bring our energy to it and it affects the people and the world around us.
"Intention is one of the most powerful forces there is. What you mean when you do a thing will always determine the outcome. The law creates the world." - Brenna Yovanoff