• Monica Toro

Why Bodywork?

Updated: Jul 20, 2021

The best place to start when beginning something is to ask what your "why" is. So, as I start this website, I ask, what is my "why"? My answer can explain why bodywork is worth the investment.

First, the body needs maintenance, just like your car.

Second, the body is something you will always have that provides you portals into bliss, pleasure, equanimity, and happiness.

#1 Maintenance:

You will either pay for your health in treatment of illness or prevention of it. Bodywork will help the latter. And as long as you are in pain or ill in your body, your mind will be more fixated on it that it won't have space to be able to focus on more positive things that exist in your life.

As we walk on this earth, gravity is a force that is always pushing down on our body. The force of gravity, the force of added activity like running, and the internal forces like blood pressure put the body under a lot of stress all at the same time, all the time. Getting a routine massage can help maintain the functionality of the body.

#2 The Body is a Portal:

Stress and dis-ease often is created in the mind. We cannot think and feel at the same time. So if you are having stress caused by incessant thoughts that may or may not be true, just tap into one of the senses. Touch is a good one.

Connect with your body. It has a huge landscape full of sensations to touch into. Feel what is there. Withhold judgements and labels. Just feel. The five senses that are perceived from the body are portals we can use to anchor us into the present moment. And the present moment is the only thing that is real. Doing this increases our ability to be happy. And isn't that what we all want and want to be for our loved ones?

When we have chronic illness or pain, it is extremely hard to stop the mind from fixating on it. When pain and stress are less, our mind is more free to be able to tap into the present moment. Massage is proven to increase levels of wellbeing and happiness and decrease levels of pain.

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