Brain and Body

If You Are Not Feeling It, Then You Are Not Feeling It - Chronicles From The Massage Table

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If You Are Not Feeling It, Then You Are Not Feeling It - Chronicles From The Massage Table

Garnet Santicruz RMT

 

To be able to listen to the body, one must be present.

It’s not just a matter of knowing where parts are in the body but being able to acknowledge what must be treated first like a hierarchy of things.  It’s been over a decade of working with bodies that needed to be soothed, relaxed, healed and put back together and I can honestly say that it is still challenging to know what method to apply to get to the solution.

'I find myself closing my eyes when my mind is trying to take over.'

'I find myself closing my eyes when my mind is trying to take over.'

There is an art to working one on one with people though massage therapy but the real connection happens when you feel what is really happening under the skin.  In the beginning, my practice of massage was very technical and clinical.  Every client was like taking my practical exam over and over again. Now a decade past, the technical and clinical overlaps intuition. Now I find myself closing my eyes when my mind is trying to take over.  This method, borrowed from a blind man massaging in a local mall in the Philippines, enables me to really feel this medium called the body.  It's like putting your hands in water,  where air and water is separated through a very thin line.  A lot can be said about thin lines in the body and one example is how pain and pleasure travels down the same neuropathway. I find that my eyes shut allows my other senses to be heightened or at least less noisy.  The blind man from the Philippines was able to tell a lot about my body.  Just by touching my neck and shoulders without any formal training in Anatomy or Neurology he was able to trace where my body was restricted. He also noticed that I was not breathing properly like I was stressed. Fast forward to now I would put myself in that exact situation by turning off a bias of judgement during treatment which are my eyes.  It can be deceiving sometimes when we are always using our eyes to judge and as simple as quieting the mind my having less works for me.  At this point I am able to follow the rhythm of the body like listening to a song with its many changes of sound.  The body has a rhythm whether you say, ' I have two left feet' but still the body says 'I have rhythm just not on the dance floor.'

'I have rhythm just not on the dance floor.'

'I have rhythm just not on the dance floor.'

Understanding, that the body is rhythmical, like air going in and out of your lungs or the beats of your heart, timing is everything. To plug into the hardware is what it’s like to connect with someone’s body. Feeling and intuitiveness is of importance. The analysis of a disorganized body, which pain often presents itself, comes through a collaboration of the mind and what your connections (hands, arms, etc.) is giving you.   The approach comes latter on what to do next.  A plan on how to treat the body is a good start but the actual treating happens when total immersion occur and essentially you are able to feel every part of the body from head to toe.

 

 

Your GPS Is Stopping Your Growth

(By Garnet Santicruz)

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Finding your destination on a map is becoming less and less popular.  There has been an increase of accidents of people driving into a body of water because of a GPS saying that there use to be a road there. Don't get me wrong, GPS has been great, but at the same time what will be next 'self driving cars?'....wait THANKS Elon. How about just figuring out and mapping out where you are headed.  My Mom's words rings true to me every time I use some GPS, 'it will make you dumb.' The days of focus are getting farther and farther away from us. Thinking deeply is becoming less and less. Have we reached our peak for human intelligence that we are now at a point of making things that does everything?!

(image from: www.newstatesman.com/culture/film/2016/09/list-ways-our-society-already-pixar-s-dystopia-wall-e)

(image from: www.newstatesman.com/culture/film/2016/09/list-ways-our-society-already-pixar-s-dystopia-wall-e)

 

Like a scene from the movie, Wall-E of an overweight space man being hovered around everywhere without using any energy, we are headed to a future such as this. A ton of problems will arise if we stop thinking and solving for ourselves. I am fan of technology and innovations but I have never forgotten about running around barefoot when I was young full speed as a reminder of what my body was able to do. Ouch!! We need to stay connected to what our bodies are designed to do. Fail, think, solve and repeat. As much as this hurts like running barefoot now would we need to continue to keep this vessel called the Human Body finely tuned. Like anything else in life that gets forgotten and collects dust, our bodies and mind will be the same. So google a map to where you are heading and plan it out. 

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While you are at it put together a strategy on the thing that you have been wanting to do every New Year's Eve Resolution. Like a map, make a decision on the path and EXECUTE. Remember, that mindless movement is the same as mindless eating so don't be that person. In health and in vigor I hope that you are more this guy. 

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