Massage could have different orientations, one of my favourite ones is to conceive the massage as an experience, where each ingredient of it has a relevant function, the mood, the synergy created by therapist and client, the music, the ambience and the aromas and all of them syncronise to create a unique moment.
Our body is not just bones and muscles, a material representation, in it we also hold emotions, feelings, memories and trauma that could emerge and be released. With massage we can reconnect with ourselves, develop more conciousness and at the same time we could connect with a more transcendental dimension of life. I like to think about massage like a meditation where the eternal present is acknowledged, when the mind unwinds it is a continuous murmuring to give us more freedom to feel and let go; a meditation shared by the client and the therapist.
During my years studying a Literature degree I learnt and bonded with the holistic vision of indigenous cultures. They perceive and understand the connection between every single thing that exists: the nature, you, me us, our ancestors, the universe, and each part can't exist separately from the oneness that we all together integrate. In these cultures they practiced ceremonies, space that lets us express ourselves in a way that we might not normally be able to access and at the same time helps us to realign with nature and cosmos and find our place into the world again. Perceiving massage as a ritual creates a sacred place that take us from our ordinary life.