Resting Well

“True rest is an action. It’s meant to be something we do; it’s not just the absence of doing anything at all” writes Dr. Gladys McGarey in The Well-Lived Life.

“True rest is an action. It’s meant to be something we do; it’s not just the absence of doing anything at all” writes Dr. Gladys McGarey in The Well-Lived Life.

In our society rest is undervalued. Overlooked. It rarely seems easy to carve out time to choose to actively rest. But this is where massage can meet a powerful need.

A good massage means engaging in rest, whether that’s what we think we’re going for or not! I’m sure sometimes we are so in need of true rest that our bodies take the initiative and give us an ache or a pain that feels ‘massage worthy’, enough discomfort to warrant a treatment, simply so we actually book an appointment.

It’s not unusual for folk to tell me, sounding almost embarrassed, “it’s actually improved a lot since I booked the session” and I think, “clever body! You did just enough to allow this human to come and
take some true rest.”

Time spent on a massage table can be really radical relaxation – yes, the body gets treated, but how exquisite to drop beyond the body into that dreamlike state where nourishment isn’t limited to physical restoration, it’s soul rejuvenation.

Dr Glady’s says, “When we rest, we’re consciously dedicating our energy toward what’s most
important to us.”

Resting well means living well.

Photo copyright Sarah Hoare

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