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Treat yourself and your sweetheart to a modern gift that communicates love, nurturance and health like no other: massage therapy.
Massage calms the nervous system and assists the release of feel-good chemicals and hormones. A Valentine’s Day session might include energy work such as reiki or polarity therapy, which will add a level of deep relaxation to your time on the table.
Massage has been shown to aid the release of oxytocin, a feel-good hormone (also called the love hormone) in the body, which leads to feelings of social bonding. It also increases production of serotonin and dopamine. This could be why couples massage is a popular offering on Valentine’s Day. Imagine you and your loved one lying side-by-side on adjacent massage tables, each of you receiving therapeutic touch with lightly scented oils, while soft music plays in the background. Whether dinner follows or not, you will both be in a more grounded and open state of being following your session.
Massage makes a body feel better by increasing circulation, improving flexibility and releasing those knots and crinkles that can seem rooted in muscles. Massage has been shown to reduce low- and upper-back pain, neck pain and headache, and to be effective for chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. When combined with aromatherapy, the pain-relieving effects of massage can be even more profound and long-lasting.
Singletons need not deprive themselves on Valentine’s Day. Booking a massage session lets you state with confidence, “I love myself.” Massage therapy allows the client to become fully present and blissed-out while receiving care and nurturance from the massage therapist. A massage session offers a deep respite from everyday stress, and sends the body the message, “I am taking care of you.”
Massage therapy is a gift to the emotional heart, as it has been shown to reduce anxiety and increase feelings of well-being. According to an article published by the American Psychological Association, the relaxation response is “a physical state of deep rest that changes a person’s physical and emotional responses to stress”—and massage therapy is one practice that effects this response.
Massage is therapeutic, but it can also be a comforting indulgence that sweeps the client away to his or her joyful place. One such Valentine’s session might include essential oils of rose, jasmine and sandalwood blended together and applied to the client’s face with light stroking and gentle tapping. Facelift massage is a trend powered by clients who desire its youthful effects without the pain or toxins of surgery or Botox. Think champagne-rose body scrub, foot soak, chocolate-scented massage lotion and heated eye pillow for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day indulgence.
Massage has been found to reduce heart rate and to have a lasting, positive effect on both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Massage has also been shown to benefit cardiac surgery patients by reducing anxiety, pain and muscular tension, while it boosts relaxation. Expand your idea of the traditional Valentine’s Day heart from red greeting-card cartoon to the life-sustaining muscle that beats inside yourself and your loved ones, by booking or gifting an appointment for massage. Chocolates are lovely, and a romantic card is nice—but nothing says, “I truly care for you and your health” like the gift of massage therapy. Go to Google and search for “Valentine’s Massage,” and be prepared for great gratitude from the one to whom you give the gift of healing touch.
“When God sends rain, it falls on everyone the same.”
In a reference from Deepak Chopra’s recent book “Jesus”; it is a great time for all people, and we will never know this unless we step forward with an open heart.
A dedication in David Simon’s book “The Ten Commitment’s” reads; “to my fellow seekers who have tolerance as their practice, nature as their house of worship and a God that answers to all or none”. For me, that statement sums up Love, Life, Illusion and God Consciousness. Contemplating this, recognizing the precarious nature of our economic condition and the inherent human need to feel loved, I am focusing this message as a meditation for 2009. I commit to love and abundance.
Osho said, “Love this moment as totally as possible and suddenly you will come to realize that if you live it totally; it is solved. There is no need to “solve” life. Life is not a “problem” to be solved; it is a mystery to be lived.” If you want to love a person, love them here, now. Show them you love them because nobody knows what is going to happen in the next moment.
Ultimately, I had to leave the mentality called “fear of lack of abundance” behind. Vedic students have learned in that the material world is the domain of the body and all physical things. As this is so, humanity becomes a servant to daily desires and battles with the ego. Living in this reality, or Illusion, we begin to worship a false God, which is symbolized today as money, possessions and power.
Knowing God and living in spirit, is knowing Love. Here the material world has no more meaning. Have you ever been in such a state of bliss that you could have “lived on love”? This is also an unrealistic illusion. God is the source from which reality is born. Your desires, the possibility of God and The spirit of God are within you at this very moment. How do we Transcend these limitations in our world and in our mind, how do we transcend these limitations in our heart?
“Doing good deeds and going beyond selfishness. Praying for a solution surrenders it to God. A monk’s life sacrifices all material concerns going beyond gratification and ego. We must go beyond our five senses and the mind. The West prefers contemplation of God’s divine nature while the East, influenced by India’s spiritual traditions prefers meditation.” Both of those practices calm the mind and allow for possibilities. “If you were already in unity with God, sitting still with your own being would be totally fulfilling.” You would experience perfect abundance and love.
Buddha’s definition of illusion is absolute. Whatever can be seen touched or heard is unreal. Whatever the mind can think of is unreal. This concept can be confusing. With a shift in consciousness, REALITY is pure and will reveal itself. So now is the time to stop suffering and start living and loving. Through the eyes of Buddha, The root of suffering is also illusion, and the only way out of illusion is to stop believing in the separate self and the world that supports the separate self.
In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna tells Arjuna; when one fully withdraws the mind from selfish cravings, one is in yoga, union with the Divine. When the mind becomes still and quiet, the Self reveals itself. At these depths one experiences the joy and peace of complete fulfillment. The goal and reaching the goal become one and the same. Life becomes a meditation. Indeed, to achieve this state will surely bring an end to all your sorrow.
If some of us are suffering, then all of us are suffering. If some of us are loving and being loved, then all of us are loving and being loved. When we understand that we are truly connected (I am that, you are that, all this is that, and that is all there is) and becoming each other, we are no longer the separate self, and become God, love.
The Song of Songs reveals; “Behold thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast dove’s eyes. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb; honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments like the smell of my home. Love is as strong as death. Make haste, my beloved”.
I commit to love. “All I know is love and I find my heart is Infinite and Everywhere!”-Hafiz
I commit to abundance. “Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, you owe me. Look what happens with a love like that, it lights up the whole sky”.-Hafiz
You see love, abundance and God are all the same.
Commit to being generous with your affection, attention, appreciation and acceptance and you will see the same returned to you in kind. These expressions of human love will help fulfill your deepest needs.
The body, mind and soul exist together as one unit, as all things exist together in the universe.-Caraka Samhita Sutrasthana. Taking care of yourself, taking care of your love and manifesting your abundance with God Consciousness will take care of us all. Focus your energy one honoring the temple of your soul, the body, and spend time with your spirit and nurturing the spirit of others.
For this year and for the rest of my life, I commit to Love and Abundance.
Lorrie Lawrence is a certified Ayurvedic practitioner available for consultations, Ayurvedic treatments, cleanse programs, nutrition consultation, continued education and ongoing workshops in Sedona and California.