The Essence of The Californian Massage

 

For some understanding of what this kind of massage is really about, I am going to use three basic concepts in my explanation; all three are completely inter-related and suppose a certain attitude from the person giving the massage. These three basic foundations are: presence, listening to the body and a conscious ‘mindful’ touch.

 

If you are a yoga practitioner you will have heard your teachers refer to the state of ‘the here and now’, where they incite you to free your mind of its concerns and tensions and give you time to slowly arrive at a place and frame of mind with which to begin the practice.

 

This is the very same concept; my reference to presence is exactly that. Californian massage is like a journey where there is no room for any additional luggage. When the masseuse is able to undertake this journey and put their ‘daily existence’ to one side and calm their mind, they will be simply present.

 

Listening to the body is only possible if the masseuse is able to get to this aforementioned state of awareness and presence. In the kinds of massage we are most familiar with, the masseuse looks for the places in the body where there are blockages or tension, and tries to alleviate these areas.

 

In Californian massage we begin with a different viewpoint, allowing the body to communicate to us – and the result is quite surprising. As we are able to liberate our mind from everything outside the massage itself, let ourselves really feel and be present, we can tune into and capture an overall perception of the body and the state of the patient, and this leads us to opt for one kind of movement or another, depending entirely on what we have perceived.

 

The Conscious or mindful touch is a fashionable term today, and has a lot to do with presence and listening to the body. Conscious touch requires us to open our minds and allow our hands to do the work, but with a state of mindful awareness at every movement, and under each fingertip in contact with the patient’s body. It is as if every fingertip of both hands had their own individual brain which allowed us to converse with the body of our patient.

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Barcelona 08011

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(+34) 650-14-54-39

masajecaliforniano@gmail.com