Corporate Massage aside, Mindfulness practices have been leveraged and made available within workplaces for some time and we’re advocates.
How could anyone in their right mind (pun intended) dispute the basic values of mindfulness: a quieter mind, greater mental clarity, awareness of our bodily sensations and appreciation of the world around us.
However the mechanistic processes often involved and the self-judgement that can occur as a result of our perceived inability to meditate mean this method of achieving mindfulness is not ideal for everyone.
At Seated Massage, we have practiced TM, otherwise known as Transcendental Meditation for years off and on and as with most things, feel the greatest benefit when we practice regularly.
We are calmer. And we notice all that is associated with this state of calm.
Clearer thought, a relaxed body and a greater scope for consideration of others and their needs. This is a really lovely ‘place to be’.
However it is a discipline. Another discipline in our already over-disciplined lives.
According to Larry Cammarata Ph.D in his article ‘Mindfulness: If not now, when?’ “The practice of mindfulness is a process that trains the mind and body to be fully present to the reality of the present moment, without the added thoughts, fantasies, and images that obscure the moment.” He also states:
To fully experience the present moment, our mind and body must be focused upon what is happening in the present moment, not our story, expectations, thought, or plan about what is or should be happening.
Our experience of corporate massage as mindfulness
Can the above-described state be achieved by means other than through ‘traditional’ mindfulness meditation?
Our almost 20 years of providing short massage sessions to individuals in workplaces and at events all over Australia has highlighted the correlation between short massage sessions of 10-15 minutes and similar length mindful meditation practice.
They both provide the individual with the opportunity to focus their awareness on their breath, the sensations in their body and just, being.
In the case of massage, with greater focus and awareness on their body and the related sensations from being touched.
And importantly in our overly-disciplined lives, massage is a non-discipline. You don’t need to do anything.
Of course, there are great benefits to practicing mindfulness meditation on our own and to receiving a short massage.
Where massage comes into its own however is that it incorporates human touch and thus connection. It is about one person in relationship with another. Physically, emotionally and spiritually.
It provides us all with a different way to ‘look inside’ and focus our awareness on what we sense, see, hear and feel.
Neither one is better than the other – they are simply different in their approach and can both be viewed in ways other than what is commonly perceived.
Why relationship is important for change and how corporate massage helps
Consider this: We learn our way of being in the world through relationship, whether positive or negative.
So it stands to reason for any lasting change to occur for how we are in the world now and in the future, it will continue to take place through relationship.
A great massage, regardless of its length is one given with the right intention. If you feel as though your practitioner is as much with you as doing to you, then you are with the right person. Someone in relationship with you.
A wonderful psychotherapist who taught me many years ago used to say, “Do what you will but watch what you do”. Wise words indeed.
The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office. – Robert Frost