Whether you are a die-hard New Year’s Resolution Maker, a Mindful Intention Setter or a Person who thinks New Year’s Resolutions are a sham, January 1st comes with a sense of renewal. This sense of new beginnings can be acknowledged in many different ways. Whichever method you choose, I urge you to think about the ways that positive self-care can support you in your goals.
When you are making changes, especially when it involves cutting out something that is deeply entwined in your routine, think about replacing it with something that truly serves you in a positive way. Regular, monthly bodywork can be a great way to support yourself during these times. Bodywork helps to reduce stress and anxiety. It can also help break down pain and tension held in the body. This allows your body (and mind) to have the energy to focus on new endeavours. Bodywork deepens your connection to your body. Cultivating a strong positive relationship with yourself will support you in making changes. This connection also helps you respect and love your body, creating a desire to uphold habits that are positive. Bodywork can be especially supportive for those that are working through body image issues, addiction or want to break a habit that is negatively impacting their health and wellbeing.
Remember: Regular bodywork is not the only way to perform positive self care. Nutrition therapy, physical activity, Yoga or Qi Gong, mindfulness practices, health coaching, art therapy, and psychotherapy are also great ways. When you are trying to make changes in your life you don’t just have to tough it out. Cultivating support from within yourself through a strong healthcare team allows you to make changes that are sustainable and long term.
Amy Daws is a trained Therapeutic Massage, Shiatsu, and Chi Nei Tsang therapist. She is interested in the way that these modalities can bring healing and joy to people's lives.