As I began a gentle massage, she asked me if I could go a little softer. Then a second time she asked if I could go even softer. A third time, I asked her if I should go softer still and she said yes. For a moment I stepped back from the table to re-centre myself with the realisation that this was no longer massage......but instead, sacred touch. I set my intention; "to meet and honour her exactly as she was" and to bless her with the long flowing strokes of heart-centred Hawaiian sacred touch. There were moments in the connection when I actually felt I could feel her soul with my hands. After the massage, her eyes were shining. "Wow", I said, "you look amazing!" Her reply was, "I FEEL amazing!"
She has also given me permission to share the text message she sent to me later that day:
Thank you so much Tanya! My heart feels so much lighter! I feel grounded in a peaceful way. My mind feels happy to be me, just as I am. And I also feel inspired !
Our paths crossed again a week later and she said that the massage had been a turning point for her, that she was still feeling great.
One of my key steps to providing a great massage for someone, is to empty myself of any 'agenda', and to be receptive and present to the person in front of me from the minute they arrive. I trust 100% that there is a very good reason they are here and that much of this resides with the greater unknown. I surrender to the greater field of exchange allowing myself to be guided by the client's mind, body and spirit and the sacred art of Lomi Lomi.
No two massages are EVER the same. This was the third time I had massaged this woman and previously she hadn't had a massage for over 10 years. Contrary to what many people think, massage isn't only about releasing muscular tension through technique and pressure, it's also about sacred presence and receptivity. It's important that you trust your practitioner and also trust your need to speak up if something isn't working for you.