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LOVE THE BODY!
POSTURE & BODY AWARENESS
What makes people look beautiful? To me our posture – the way
we sit and stand and hold ourselves is at the top of my list. People
who stand tall yet at ease look beautiful. Lomilomi can help
us stand tall!
CLIFFS AND THE MOON
Pali ke kua, mahina kea alo.
our backs strong as cliffs ~ our faces radiant as the moon
This traditional Hawaiian
saying compares our backs to na
– seaside cliffs that rise majestically along the shoreline
with their supportive backsides securely embedded in the earth behind
And, this saying also compares our faces to mahina
the moon high above the cliffs in the heavens radiating light which
sparkles on the water below even as it also pulls and powers the waves
which alternately lap or pound on the shores as they support life on
When we stand tall allowing our backs to spread easily behind us
like broad cliffs, our rear rib cages and wing bones solid and
supportive, and when we also hold our heads high allowing us to see the
bigger picture as our faces radiate light
and love – then we
are certainly beautiful!!
This special moon and seaside cliff imagery helps me dance hula
beautifully, it helps me give healing massage, and it is an inspiration
for me in my daily life! This image helps me stand tall!
AS A QUEEN
As a teenager, my beautiful, free spirited, wild child daughter got in
some trouble. I remember the first time I saw her in court. She entered
the courtroom dressed in orange jail overalls with her hands handcuffed
behind her back – yet her head was up and she walked tall
like a queen! Her hair was braided in small, neat corn rows resembling
I saw my daughter, I caught my breath in
surprise and my
chest swelled with pride for just an instant because she looked so
stately and so beautiful!! Despite the unhappy details of her situation
at that moment, her regal image is permanently seared in my memory. Her
strong, wide back and her head held high made her beautiful!!! And
I’m happy to tell you, she came through those tumultuous
times strong and still free spirited, beautiful and loving.
That's her in the black tank top and me in grey.
stands tall and with her chest and heart open and vibrant.
lots to learn by following her lead in this. She’s
leader and continues to grow into her potential.
POSTURE AND EMOTIONS
When I feel sad, discouraged or ugly, my head drops, my chest
sinks and my body shrinks, contracts, tightens and shrivels.
When, on the other hand, I feel beautiful, I stand up straight and tall
head is up, my chest is open and I breathe easily.
of course the posture we customarily maintain vigorously affects
– perhaps even dictates – the restriction and/or
freedom in our bodies as well as our overall emotional wellbeing, or
I am keenly aware of this as I massage people and as I
teach lomilomi. I’m all about helping people discover ways
only to be pain free in their bodies and to feel their love and beauty,
but also to stand tall!
Dance and fitness classes
have helped me to truly know my body and to
improve my posture and refine my massage skill at least as much as, if
not more than, the thousands of hours of massage continuing ed classes
There is no question that Mana Lomi® can help relax
tight muscles, fascia, bones and organs. Lomilomi can enliven lax,
floppy and lazy tissues and can fine tune our bodies so we
experience – sometimes temporarily and sometimes more long
term – open and balanced posture. Lomilomi can relieve or
back pain, neck pain, knee and hip pain, and it can eliminate
headaches. Lomilomi can support healthy digestion.
YEAH for all of these
and many other benefits of massage!! And, receiving massage can
definitely feel wonderful like a rejuvenating and marvelously enjoyable
vacation! Yet a big and important question is how long will these
shifts in our bodies hold? What determines the answer to this question?
I find pain relief and easing of movement that I get with good massage
lasts much longer as I improve my posture. Developing good posture has
been a continuous, life long path for me and there’s always
room for improvement!
How am I developing good posture? – by
becoming more aware of and in tune with my body. The more sensitive I
become to feeling discrete movement in my body, the more graceful I
Dancing hula and participating in fitness classes (Somatic
Unwinding® and Pilates) help me to better feel and know my body
and therefore to improve my posture. They have helped me learn to play
my body like a marvelous instrument. Dance lifts my spirits!! What a
I’ve seen other people develop body awareness and healthy
posture by playing tennis, by doing martial arts, by singing, by doing
yoga, and by doing many other physical activities in which they develop
their bodies as instruments. All these activities help people to know
their bodies in a special way and master grace. And I love giving
massage to dancers, musicians and other active people!!!
My wish and
recommendation for all of my students and all of my clients is that you
find physical activities that you enjoy, and especially activities that
require skill, and make these activities a regular part of your
lives!!! I wish this in order to bring joy into your lives and also to
better maintain your health, flexibility and mobility as you age!!! And
for you massage therapists reading this, improving our posture helps us
to remain injury free and to give superior massages!
I aspire to love and be loved, and I aspire to stand tall and to
radiate love and light. I’m grateful to others who have
helped me to be the best that I can be, and I commit to helping others
to be the best that they can be.
I’m grateful to be part of
our wonderful, healing, growing and evolving family who share earth as
our home. With the coming together of people from all corners of the
earth, this is a very auspicious time to be alive! May all of humanity
join together and be lovely, loving and loveable.
Thank you, all my dear readers. I send you my
Barbara Helynn Heard
2010 Barbara Helynn
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