I asked my Instagram followers this question: do you think of massage more like of necessity or luxury?
Massage as necessity won but I'm not sure how representative a group my IG followers are since many of them are massage therapists . Still, more than 1/4 of people said that massage was a luxury to them, and I was not surprised to see that. *** Little over 2 years ago I discovered Hawaiian lomi lomi nui massage. I have the nature of a researcher - when I get interested in something, I read and study everything I can find about it.
I was fascinated to read about lomi and discover how massage was the most natural part of every day life of people in old Hawai'i. Children were massaging their fathers coming back home after long days at the sea (most likely part of the massage was back walking - I'm going to learn this technique in May!). Women were massaged during pregnancy and labor, babies were massaged from the first days of their lives. High chiefs were massaged to connect to gods. Dying people were massaged. Everybody was massaged sometimes by other members of community, but people were also massaging themselves, usually using sticks or stones. Massage was not a luxury. It was not even a necessity. It was simply a part of every day life. Every island, every village, every family had their massage styles and techniques, passed on to next generations.
Can you imagine this? I keep wondering how our lives would look like if we had such a strong massage tradition.
What is massage to you? A necessity, a luxury? Or something else?
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