I’m not a person who traditionally invests in massages or bodywork. Even though I recognize the value of the service, truthfully it always felt a little self-indulgent. Recently, an interesting colleague approached me with an offer of a trade. In exchange for instruction in my given area of expertise, she would provide bodywork – specifically craniosacral and Thai massage. Knowing that massage is not something I’m likely to invest in of my own accord, I accepted her offer. We’ve met consistently over the last five weeks. I’ve noticed legitimate short-term change in my body. If nothing else, I leave our time feeling more open, relaxed, and in a better mood.
While lying there during our sessions, I often think about how there aren’t very many opportunities for non-sexual touch nowadays. How often do you receive without reciprocating? At times, I almost feel guilty savoring the utter luxury of the sensation. Pathetically puritanical, I know.