S ociety trains us to be tense. More and more, people are seeking out both relaxation and massage in order to bring more balance into their lives. The beauty of massage and relaxation is that they’re both tied up together in a Thai massage session. A trend that I’ve noticed over the past few years is that unfortunately many of us no longer remember how to truly let go. In a Thai massage treatment it becomes evident very quickly when someone has lost the ability to relax. Because the postures often involve passive stretches and joint articulation, you soon get to know who still has the ability to release into your touch. From the perspective of a practitioner and teacher this is so unfortunate to see: how something so essential to health, happiness and ease in life can be forgotten. This residual/ unconscious tension is so common in the general public that I now refer to those who can relax as “skilled receivers”. The good news is that even though we have de-trained ourselves, we can effectively retrain the ability to relax. We can re-discover what it feels like to release the habitual tensions we carry. Some of the methods I use to relax and stay connected to this ability are: Thai massage! As a practitioner receiving treatments is essential to my health and a solid connection to my own body. For me it’s also key to practice what I preach. Meditation Even a short sit each day with a focus on breath will especially help in the stressful situations during your day that create some extra jaw-clenching tension. Restorative Yoga The practice of passive postures helps us to re-train the ability to release into the ground. Do you find that you can relax easily? Or are you continuously moving/thinking/reacting? Try out one or all of the above tools to help with your training. It may not be how you generally think of “training”, but it is definitely more important than any other workout. As you race through your busy day, take a few mins to re-discover relaxation. Much Metta, Drew.