First, thank you for the encouragement I have received from so many of you signing up to receive these posts. May they help you stay healthy, grounded and resilient! Feel free to email me with any questions, musings, feedback, experiences. Even from a physical distance, we can be there for each other. Cords of love traverse all distance.
This next video shows variations on the restorative pose shown in the last video. Deep breathing calms my mind. Sometimes I feel calm enough to listen to something I’ve been meaning to get to but just haven’t found time for. This episode of But Why?is a kid-friendly, thus non-alarmist look at the coronavirus and why soap is so effective in getting rid of it.
If you’d rather listen to something non-cerebral, you could try a session of biofield tuning while you are in a restorative pose. VT’s own Eileen McKusick, a leader in the field of sound therapy, is offering a 3 part session free here.
(If you are so moved and have the ability to contribute to Eileen’s research applying the scientific method to questions concerning the human biofield, there is an option to donate in the link above).
Listening to these recordings could help you focus on and guide your energy in a positive way.
If you’re like me, you’ve had a time where you feel the weight, the confusion, and the unknown of the moment starting to overcome your ability to deal with it. The tunnel vision of stress can limit my ability to even think. Remembering to breathe returns me to the moment with expanded awareness. This stretch helps me do that.
Coming back into your body is a great way to destress after dealing with the outer world all day. It’s also a great way to start your day- from an internal awareness of your body and the joy of being you.
Do let me know if you have trouble understanding the video and I will articulate more clearly. I’m open to any feedback that would help these videos be more helpful to you.
Before you start, take into account your particular situation. If you have a health condition that would be worsened by this stretch, don’t do it. (For example, if you’ve recently torn your sartorius- best wishes for speedy healing, C!- simply take some deep breaths in whatever position you find yourself now).
…or should we say physical distancing and distance socializing:)
It has been almost a week since I last gave massage. I have been thinking daily about how to make it possible, but given our ever-evolving knowledge of COVID-19, I will not be giving massage until further notice. If we all do our part to flatten the curve, it likely means a more positive outcome. I found the simulations in this article very helpful in driving home the importance of social distancing:
These graphs show the extremely positive impact of extensive social distancing:
Blue represents uninfected population, orange are infected, pink are recovered from infection (deaths are not represented).
What can you do instead of coming in for bodywork?
Until we can resume our massage time together, I will be posting videos with suggestions for achieving some of the same goals as massage: coming back into your body, releasing tension, re-centering, and supporting your mental and physical health.
I miss seeing you all, but I’m so grateful we can at least be in “touch” technologically!
In the Hippocratic vein of “First, do no harm”, I am following the protocols suggested to massage therapists by my professional organization:
Most of these protocols are ones you’ve probably heard about already. I won’t be wearing a mask or gloves, but I will be washing my hands even more thoroughly than before as well as wiping down doorknobs and other commonly touched surfaces in between appointments. An ounce of prevention is worth it to keep us all healthy. A votre sante!