You know what I love about massages? It’s like passive meditation. Why? With meditation, you are never quite the same person before as after. With a massage, it’s the same. But whereas meditation requires some effort which is sometimes hard – letting thoughts flow, concentrate, not concentrate etc. – a massage is passive. You lie there. Nothing to do. The therapist does it all. And one hour later, boom – different person.
Now while some might argue the « active » aspect of meditation makes it « deeper » or more « real », I’d say the transformation is comparable. It’s just that « just lying there » has seldom made things better _ in most circumstances. But actually, with a massage, it’s all the opposite. The more you just lie there, the more the therapist can deploy his/her benefit. And in fact, getting to that point of « just lying there » is in and of itself a great achievement.
Having a bad day? Get a massage. You, and the world, will be a different place, about an hour later.
PS: Yes, that’s me getting a massage in the picture 🙂