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Summer Relaxation

My intention for this summer is to rest and relax more. Relaxation may be one of the most appropriate responses to our stress, our lack of clarity, and the daily pain of living within a culture plagued by aggression, white supremacy, and capitalism. We don’t need to do more. We need to be more present to this moment. Relaxation can be a portal to freedom. In the words of The Nap Ministry, “Rest is a form or resistance.”

So to celebrate the season I’m offering special 60 minute massage sessions, now through September 23.For $60, your time will include a guided meditation practice and full body relaxation massage.

Schedule your appointment and share this with a dear one!

What To Expect:

These summer special sessions are for 60mins only, are primarily Classical Swedish (full body relaxation massage with oil), and will only be offered now through September 23. Classical Swedish massage is designed to promote relaxation by relieving muscle tension, increasing circulation, boosting your immune system, and ultimately supporting your resilience in daily life. This massage utilizes massage oil for light to medium pressure, and includes movement of joints/stretches when appropriate. You will always be asked if there are areas you do not want contacted and can always opt out of contact at any point during the massage.

If this offering feels supportive to you but $60 is beyond your means this summer, I do offer a few sliding scale sessions each month. Please ask for what you need.

And I’m still offering integrative session during this time. So if you’re looking for more in-depth embodiment support, somatic meditation work, or a longer session time, scheduling that option is still available for you.

Where are you finding or learning relaxation in your daily life? What summer intentions do you have that are nourishing or fueling for your life? I'd love to hear from you!

bodyworkMegan Jones
On Sitting and Relaxation: My Somatic Meditation Practice

Sitting. I’ve been sitting.

Here’s some real talk about my mediation practice:

I’ve been a long time in only beginning to feel relaxation while sitting up. I’ve been many moons flat back on the floor, resting –searching for rest. To now be able to sit more and more is strange and wonderful.

I feel like I’m constantly opening more capacity to embrace how much I hold, how tense I am. And actually feel directly how that gripping, though painful in places, is one way I protect myself and cope with my experience. To tense limits the amount of sensation or focuses sensations in a limited way –it’s a way to withdraw from life and I have been a long time withdrawing. We have inherited so much holding, and we have so much in this life that would feel safer to push away from.

But often to not feel isn’t safer, it is death. So let me be alive while I am, and feel. Let me feel myself here on this damn cushion for 5 or 45 minutes, and finally, maybe relax.

Relaxation, as it comes, opens. Relaxation makes it more possible for me to be aware of all I try to (and do) block, how I hide, and at the same time how truly vast and grounded my being is –this connection runs deep and is so wild to feel.

To be real honest though, it is terrifying to let go. You’d think like, not having a burning pain in my back would be the better alternative but nah that familiar pain is… familiar. I have a way of being controlling, needing to control (myself mostly), so sitting here and letting that go even when I am alone can feel too overwhelming.

But there is such a sweetness and such a flowing warmth and such a connection with the Earth to be experienced. Now I have tasted that sweetness –it’s not just some idea about what meditation does. And now this gets to metabolize and come through directly into how I be and how much choice I can access in daily life. Like, maybe my ego identity can continue to shed layers and maybe I can not be as reactionary, running the same trauma loops over and over.

Maybe, maybe we can be free.

Maybe we are free.

bodywork, notesMegan Jones