I work with many people every week. Some of them I may see only once and many I see ongoing and I observe they all have one thing in common. People tend to hold on to “stuff”.
What do I mean?
Stuff is anything that weighs us down. It can be memories that are played out over and over in our heads. It can be an emotion that predominates in daily life which interferes with our experience of joy, hope or innocence. And I believe this “stuff” also directly affects our health and wellbeing.
It is generally recommended during a massage that silence is maintained; however, there are many clients who talk. As I work on the body the client spontaneously releases thoughts, memories, feelings and insights. Body work supports the process of letting go.
“You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.”
― C. JoyBell C.
How are you currently letting go?
Fall always makes me think of apples. Growing up in the mid-west I have many wonderful memories of apple picking, cooking and eating apples around this time of year. It also reminds me of some other ways we can use apples in our daily living.
During my massage training I was exposed to many different ideas about health and healing of the body. Here is one idea that many of you may already use. After a long tiring day or a heavy physical workout, pour two or three cups of good old fashioned apple cider vinegar into a tub of hot water. Now sit and soak for a good twenty minutes and have some water to drink next to you to counteract the sweating that occurs. I usually just want to go right to bed afterwards because I am so relaxed and my muscles feel great! I recommend this to all my clients especially after receiving a deep massage.
What are your experiences with using apple cider vinegar as folk medicine? Check out this website for more information about how to use apple cider vinegar. http://www.theapplefarm.com/vinegar.htm