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Spirituality. Does it have anything to do with the profession of massage and bodywork therapy? Or are we obligated to keep spirituality out of our work? Let's share our thoughts on this important topic here in this forum group.

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Comment by Karl Dean on August 15, 2018 at 1:01pm

I think spirituality is one of those things that has different meaning depending upon who you talk to.  Because of that half the questions you ask will be part of spirituality and half won't.  Odds are the actual percentage will vary depending upon who you talk to as well.

Just as the meaning varies, those who use it in our work will vary as well.  There is no getting around that either.  

The science is out there.  Many forms of energy work, do in fact heal the patients.  Other forms are just a bunch of crock.  Which is which?  I will let  you decide for  yourselves.  It's not my place to say which is real and which isn't.

Do you use spirituality in your massage practice?  It really depends upon the practitioner in question, and what spirituality means to them.  Odds are that mean people will answer differently for a variety of different reasons.

Comment by Pam Trice on February 14, 2012 at 5:15pm

Hi All! I am halfway through my LMT training program in Illinois at The New School for Massage, Bodywork & Healing. Great program. In the past, I completed graduate studies in both theology and psychology. So. I am in the process of integrating all three areas--body, soul, and spirit. I just recently started a blog: feel free to visit and take part in the process at: http://bodyworkinprocess.blogspot.com

Blessings! --Pam

 

Comment by Martha D. Morillos on September 2, 2011 at 11:53am
I love this.. Thank you.. I feel that without spirtuality your miss out on allot.
Comment by KrishnaKamini on August 17, 2011 at 6:47pm

Well said Daniel.  Thank you.

 

Krishna Kamini

Comment by Daniel Cohen on August 17, 2011 at 7:37am
Did you take Lomi Lomi? Do you practice it mechanically or with the spirituality it encompasses? As with all indigenous traditional forms of massage it is a holistic modality joining mind-body-spirit-environment. The fourth is often forgotten by new agers but is very much a part of all traditional forms of massage (it includes family, friends, the elements and more). How do you extract parts and call it a whole? I worry that this is happening to massage/bodywork as we try to fit a health care model where specialization only runs rampant.
Comment by Nancy Toner Weinberger on August 2, 2011 at 8:23am
Thanks for commenting, Gloria!
Comment by Gloria Coppola on July 31, 2011 at 9:11pm

Thanks for the invite !

 

I feel spirituality is a part of my career in massage - actually it has 'enhanced' it.

The more I study, especially indigenous healing practices, the more I realize the value and degree of necessity it holds in our work.

 

I have found the more I open to it, the more my clients are grateful too. They appreciate the "presence", the connection and even the silent prayer or permission to say a prayer or set an intention.

 

I get out of the way, and let the divine source provide what the client is ready to receive.  I have found that "technique" is not what is always necessary and only a small part of the healing process.

 

My spiritual path has increased my awareness and sensitivity and made me a much better person .

Comment by KrishnaKamini on July 15, 2011 at 8:41pm
I totally agree with your first sentence Nancy. Even those who claim to be agnostic, as I once did many years ago. We and all things are part and parcal in quality, but not quanity of the Creative Source, whatever name we give to it. We humans are hard wired, longing to know who we are, why we're here and our relationship with God/Source. Where the heart chakra lies int the breast bone area is the alchemical heart. It is the portal to experiencial knowledge, where self experiences GODSELF, within self and all of life.
Comment by Nancy Toner Weinberger on July 15, 2011 at 5:18pm

Personally I don't think its possible to be alive without having a relationship with God. The quality of that relationship, the acknowledgement of that relationship, the cherishing of that relationship guides our spirituality (or lack of it). I believe that relationship with God is natural and will be noticed more as we learn to relax, love, and think for ourselves, as we free ourselves from pain and restriction.

Spirit, God, energy body, aura, soul, these are all non-physical parts of ourselves. Perhaps even words for the same thing?

Comment by Jena Vaughn on July 14, 2011 at 7:44pm

Well, I'm not a phylosipher or a deep thinker; just a simple massage therapist who wants to make a difference in people's lives - even just a little one.  I did comment here back in June, and  I've read some very "interesting" comments on this site; most of which I don't comprehend.  I sit here and go "huh?"  :-)   When I read books or magazines on energy work, it makes no sense to me.  When I think of spirit, whether it's my spirit or someone elses spirit, I can't separate it from the God who put it there.  I'm not talking about religion with it's rules or regulations, I'm talking about a relationship.

 I know there is a lot of spirituality and spiritualism out there that folks talk about or deal with or believe in without God being part of it; I realize that.  To each his own I guess, everyone has the right to choose for themselves; and I try to respect that.

I'll probably get shot down and/or critized on this site for my comments; but I came across this quote the other day and I just had to share it with you all.

"Deep inside every human being there is a private section, a sacred place where only God can dwell. And that which makes him a human being is not his body, but his spirit, the place in which the image of God was made to rest."  -- A. W. Tozer 

 

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