A favorite koan of mine:
Tanzan and Ekido were once travelling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling.
Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection.
“Come on, girl,” said Tanzan at once. Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over the mud.
Ekido did not speak again until that night when they reached a lodging temple. Then he no longer could restrain himself. “We monks don’t go near females,” he told Tanzan, “especially not young and lovely ones. It is dangerous. Why did you do that?”
“I left the girl there,” said Tanzan. “Are you still carrying her?”
Massage offers us an opportunity to be in the present moment with our bodies, to drop our burdens, and encourage us to be as we are. By relaxing our bodies, releasing the tension of the past from our muscles and other soft tissues, we can become stronger and more focused on our lives and tasks.
Therapeutic bodywork is good for you!