#1 Massage Tool: Intention
Working hard creates tension. Tension blocks the flow of Qi (energy). If you’ve been working hard at massage, you might be feeling pain in your hands, wrists, shoulders, neck, or back. Pain in your body might lead you to reach for a massage tool.
We seek something to implement that will save our body while still easing tension in our clients. If not a massage tool, we might look into another form of massage – something that we can add to our “tool box.”
Massage Tool = Hard Work
When I hear the word “tool,” I think “hard work.”
I use tools to weed the garden, to hammer nails, to change tires, etc. The term “massage tool” has always bugged me. Massage isn’t meant to fix things or fix people. Massage is meant to ease tension, to relax, and to support the return of balanced energy flow.
The work of Meridian Massage
Meridian Massage affects the flow of Qi in the body.
Affecting the flow of Qi requires focus, sensitivity, and clear intention. The “hard work” of Meridian Massage is figuring out how to be relaxed, present, and available to Qi while contacting acupoints.
The main “tool of Meridian Massage” is intention.
Intention weaves our heart’s desire to help with our intellect’s ability to choose the correct set of points that will support energy flow and balance. Intention guides our contact with the points. Intention is the dynamic state of mind-body awareness in the present moment that flows through our system and affects the Qi of our client.
Although the exact mechanics of this process elude me, the experience is obvious. I feel as though I am not doing anything. I witness myself contacting points, making adjustments to the pressure, and offering verbal cues that bring the client more deeply into their experience. Intention flows, Qi connects, and something beyond my intellectual understanding is “happening.” My clients feel better more quickly, the results last longer, and we both feel refreshed.