Though not a form of meditation, the healing art of bodywork is definitely an opportunity to practice mindfulness…perhaps in the most relaxing fashion! And similar to yoga– massage has the built-in benefit of getting into your body, so you can get out of your head.
If you can hire a pro – do it!
Otherwise, offer to trade with a close friend. Set a timer for 20 mins and take turns massaging each other.
When it’s your turn to receive, try to keep your awareness with the massage. Stay focused on every sensation that moves through your body. You may notice that a gesture on one side carries through to the other end. (It’s all connected so a muscle in your back may ripple up & relieve your neck.)
Treat it like your meditation by using the hands of the masseuse as your anchor. When your mind wanders towards your to-do list, or another meddling thought– kindly encourage your attention back to the massage, and specifically which muscles are being worked on.
Once it’s done you’ll not only look and feel refreshed,
You’ll have nourished your mind, body and soul –together.
For those in the NYC area, check out Optimum Wellness Center for a full range of services.