Bodywork is a very important tool and will support any areas of growth and development you are working on. We live in a very cerebral culture which means we can “be in our heads” most of the time – between checking email, watching TV, reading, and other activities that require our mental focus, we can literally not be in touch with our sensations or feelings for days on end. I know this is certainly true for myself and I have mastered the art of multitasking in such a way that my feet could be on fire, and I probably wouldn’t notice. I definitely have a tendency to grab one of my distractions when I don’t feel good, physically or emotionally, but that keeps me from hearing my soul wisdom.
But being in touch with our feelings is the direct portal to transformation – we have to get into them to heal and grow. So there is no getting around this process but there are many tools that make it easier and more fun.
I have to work at coming into my body. I have to deliberately turn off the distractions (cell phone, computer, TV, even radio) and sit with myself for a bit. I tried meditation but at first, I was too tightly wound to jump right into that practice. But various forms of bodywork really helped me slow down, come in to my body, and know what to do with myself once I was there. And for me, it’s easier when I am doing this with another person than if I try to do it alone.
Two powerful types of bodywork that have worked really well for me are: