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In this Post: I share a meditation for massage therapists to help them work through the grief associated with experiencing the crisis the COVID situation has inflicted on us as a collective.
Perhaps it’s time to make space for something new? Accept the changing times we are currently experiencing and embracing the unknown.
I want to invite you to join me today as we say goodbye to our old ways of being AND doing business.
Collectively we are grieving, grieving for what was and what was to be.
Allow yourself to feel all of the emotions: anger, sadness, remorse, anxiety, and possibility. Open yourselves to the idea that changes can elevate you to new levels if you let them.
The more we sit with our intense emotions, the more we are able to see our way through them and into a state of relief. Today, I invite you to sit with your emotions.
Meditation for Massage Therapists During the COVID Crisis
Please, make yourselves comfortable, either lying down or sitting in a chair. Take a moment to settle into a straight spine. Uncross your arms and legs, and begin to focus on your breathing. As you take an inhale, close your eyes and open your mind.
Focus on your exhale as you let go of this moment and move on to the next.
As you continue to focus on your exhales, let go of all of the tension in your muscles.
Scan your body for any areas that are clinging to tension and give yourself permission to loosen that grip.
Surrender to the gravity that roots you deep into the earth.
Connect with the healing powers of mother earth. Thank her for serving us as you let go of any resistance, conscious, and unconscious.
Exhale. Let go and soften deeper and deeper, rooting yourself into Gaia’s womb.
Allow your body to soften a little deeper still.
Allow each out-breath to exhale tension from your body.
Let go of any expectations you had for your massage practice.
Know that you are currently in a safe place. You have created this space to process what COVID has taken from you. You are safe and supported. Relax and give yourself permission to let go.
Let go of all the “what if’s” that flood your mind.
Breathe out the lost revenue.
Breathe out the anxiety in your soul.
Give yourself permission to be here right now, doing just this.
Breathe in space. An expansive space.
Breathe in light.
Breathe in growth.
Often our identity is tied to our work. Allow your mind to shatter this notion. You are MORE than your work. Your identity is NOT lost. Instead, this is an opportunity to redefine self.
Consider perhaps that there were things that needed to be let go of.
Consider that change is good.
Create a space where possibility lives—an expansive, open, pristine place.
Now release your hold on the past.
Continue to breathe fully, focus on the exhale, and welcome this experience with acceptance. Acceptance for whatever you are experiencing.
Know that is some ways this global crisis has been your teacher. Today, you can thank this experience for the gift it has given you, and the lessons it has provided. Using the next several exhales, give yourself permission to mourn.
Mourn the losses you have experienced.
Mourn the practice that you had and the future that you imagined.
Scan your mind and body for any feelings of sadness or grief.
Use your exhale to relax, and let the grief release from your body. Allow your body to be heavy and filled with ease.
Let feelings of self-love and possibility move into the space you have created. Notice the feeling in your body from letting go. Take a moment to enjoy this sensation.
And now allow yourself to go just a little deeper still.
Allow yourself permission to let go.
With your next exhale, let go of the sadness.
Breathe in deeply.
Open your mind to possibility.
Allow your mind to expand to self-love.
Open your mind to the idea that you have all the tools you need to move forward in this time and space.
Let go and bask in the light and love you have created today. Enjoy this new bright space. Drifting deeper into relaxation as your mind and body have opened up to new ideas.
Give your self permission to heal. To heal and let go.
Take some time now to rest in this newfound awareness.
Let a sense of lightness wash over your body as if a weight has been lifted. Notice the subtle changes throughout your body. Be with these sensations.
When you are ready, slowly begin to bring your consciousness back to the room you are in and the space around you. Take the next few breathes to thank yourself for coming today, for honoring your past, grieving your loss, and welcoming opportunity.
On your next inhale, open your eyes. I invite you to continue to give yourself permission to let go of your expectations for a future changes. To continue to let yourself mourn what this global pandemic altered.
Come back to this meditation for massage therapists as often as you need. Remember that this is a practice. Thanks so much for allowing my guidance, and practicing with me today. I hope you experience light and love today and every day.
If you would like to be guided through this meditation, please click on the video below.
- Boulder College of Massage Therapy Graduate
- Nationally Certified through NCBTMB
- Colorado Licensed Massage Therapist
- Certified CranialSacral Level 1 through Upledger
- Certified Herbal Therapist through Nutrition Therapy Institute
- Certified Fujian Massage through Barefoot Masters
- Fort Lewis College - Majored in Art, Minored in Business Administration
- 6 Year Winner of Best Massage Therapist for "Best of The Boat" Competition
- Massage Business Owner Since 2008
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