SELF-CARE ACT#214

get a body massage

CATEGORY

Physical

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TIME

30 minutes

BUDGET

$15

Have you ever wanted to eat yourself?

Sounds like a weird question, right?

You’re right, it is a weird question.

But it happened to me twice in the last 15 days.

First time was after I took a massage at the Spa near our temp place in Casablanca.

Second time was after I took a massage at the Spa near our temp place in Casablanca.

I connected the dots yesterday.

I had a massage and after going back home, I realized I was hungry. But I wasn’t exactly hungry: I was looking for that something that smelled amazing around me. It smelled so good that I wanted to eat it.

It was a familiar and delicious fragrance: something like grilled sesame, or rose flower, or verbena.

Something evanescent, sweet and gentle.

A smell you can’t catch. Subtle. That softly tickles your nostrils, which open and close like the fins of a fish.

When I looked around to see where it was coming from, I realized it was released by my shoulders. I looked at them: soft, tanned and shiny.

My noise kept following the fragrance: my arms, my forearms, my wrists, my fingers…

While my skin was releasing this smell, I imagined myself like a grilled nut I wanted to eat.

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My friends, I’m not sure what oil the massage therapist used yesterday but it was delicious. Maybe a bit hallucinogen too.

Or maybe the massage was so relaxing that it disabled all filters in my working brain.

And gave me weird ideas of eating myself.

Whatever the explanation was, the experience was fantastic.

#absolutelyselfcare

WHY IS IT SELF-CARE? Massages stimulate circulation, alleviate stress, restore energy levels, improve sleep and help gain emotional balance. When I can’t get a full body massage by a professional, I usually give myself a foot, hand, face or scalp massage.

MORE ABOUT THIS

To get the most benefit of your massage, the most important thing to do is to focus on what the therapist is doing. Don’t focus with your brain. Try to focus with your senses.

Sometimes, it’s hard because thoughts are too fast.

In that case, focus on 2 things.

  1. the hands of the therapist over your body.
  2. your breath: when you take a breath in, imagine that it goes directly in the massaged zone.

Try to live the massage like a meditative practice and always bring back your attention, gently, to the hands of the therapist and to your breath.

If it’s too hard don’t worry about it. Even if you’re not totally mindful, your body will benefit from the massage.

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