An interesting energy has shown up in my practice while working with clients. This energy is a deep, thick, tar like, guck that makes my head spin and my stomach churn. So I've been poking a stick in the tar, while most would shy away from the intensity or even try to turn it off...not me. I dive in head first, exploring it in question form to see if I can gain a greater awareness of what this energy is. And sure enough, I did. The energy I speak of is called auto pilot and it can suck the life out of you if you're not careful. Now that we are aware of this energy, we can change it, together! How does it get even better? Here's what's true for me, I encourage you to ask yourself questions and see if any of this is true for you too.
Are you on Auto Pilot?
How many of you have been programed into robotic behaviors in regards to how you're supposed to act during a massage session? It's black and white, right? " Start face up, or face down, do this, don't do that, this will help, but this won't. Take these clothes off, but not those. Breathe. Relax. Go into auto pilot...turn into a robot and receive."
I'm so guilty of spewing this structured, auto pilot non-sense...and I used to blabber it all day long! "Please, get on the table, zone out from all of those places in life you can't stand, your body, your work, your relationships, and so on...and I'll see if I can bust my rear to change the pieces of you that you don't even want to change, but someone told you to change so, here we are." Sounds fun, right? No wonder I was a frustrated, tired massage therapist.
Are you showing up for your session or have you concluded massage is only good for (fill in the blank)?
I used to buy into clients stories and conclusions of what they thought I could do for them. It's cool, I get it. You were "educated" that massage can do this that and the other. Massage is only for relaxation or zone out time, nothing more, nothing less. I, as the massage therapist, went into auto pilot as much as the client due to this. Auto pilot is a very boring place to be. As a natural healer and intuitive, I was killing off pieces of me to fit into my clients conclusions of what massage could create. I was suffocating, and hating my work. So I chose to stop the auto pilot and start living differently in every area of my life. Since then, I've found there is actually so much more possible within my sessions. Will you please give up any projections or expectations you have concluded in relation to your body, massage therapy and energy work? What else is possible?
What is REALLY possible?
I've discovered, if I expand myself and knowing, stay free from judgement, and ask my clients to do the same, we can create a session of exploration and fun, ah- ha's pop everywhere. With me being me, and you being you...we can begin to change. There's an elegance to this style of body and energy work. In this space of both parities choosing open vulnerability, instead of auto pilot conclusion, massive change can be achieved.
It's not for everyone but it works for me and many of my clients, and it's really, really fun! I wonder what can be possible if you decide to turn off your auto pilot and in turn start to question things; maybe even become your own guide? What else is possible if limitations and expectations are dropped and we take this journey together?