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Marrying Yoga & Massage: Healing for a Lifer
In the Massage field, I’m considered a “Lifer”. I’ve been a massage therapist for over 25 years. Throughout that time I have been in and out of work-related pain which began about 5 years into my practice. It seems to me that most newbie massage therapists have terrible body mechanics when they get out in the field. It is unfortunate because the majority of massage therapists burn out in about 4 years. Over time and with each injury I’ve sustained and overcome, I learned about proper movement, thus reducing my risk of future injury. About 15 years into my massage practice, Yoga and Pilates became a regular personal practice. I had been an off and on again Yogini since the mid ’90s but didn’t understand that I could use it for a healthier massage career. The results I got from regular mindful yoga practice were healing and gratifying. As a “Lifer”, keeping my body healthy through body mechanics combined with systematic lengthening and strengthening of specific muscle groups were the keys to preserving my career. The work-related pain that I once had disappeared as my personal yoga practice continued to mature.
After my own healing through Yoga, it became apparent that I needed to invest in Yoga teacher training to increase the scope of my practice. I’d observed that some clients would consistently return with the same issues and it confounded me. It was not until my own healing began that I realized I could help others on a deeper level through Yoga. After graduating, teaching the poses empowered my client’s ability to care for themselves on their own time and in their own space. Learning how to strengthen weak areas and lengthening tight areas was key for the clients that wanted to do the work to heal.
Most importantly, Yoga taught my clients how to develop a relationship with their body. Recognize the subtle signals of the body’s communication so they could apply the necessary self –care in a timely manner. When we choose to listen to our bodies, we can control and or prevent muscular and sometimes nerve pain.
Illumina Sky founder, Elizabeth Williams is a massage therapist, bodyworker, yoga teacher, lightworker, intuitive and Reiki Master. Elizabeth has been immersed in the healing arts since 1993, developing her massage, energy and bodywork skills in both the spa and medical settings.
Elizabeth’s passions include CranioSacral Therapy, Reflexology, Thai Massage, Body Memory Recall, Massage Cupping, Raindrop Therapy, Reiki, Athletic Massage, Yoga lessons, and Yoga Inspired Bodywork.
Illumina Sky is a peaceful encompassment to dive deeper into honoring who you are. Allow Elizabeth to relax you back into your soul. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings of Black Mountain which provide the perfect wholesome healing environment you are looking for. Illumina Sky provides a rich opportunity to experience treatments that are uniquely crafted specifically for you.
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