When someone experiences an emotional release during a massage, it can be a wonderful and intense experience. First, however, it’s essential to know how to stay grounded and provide a safe space for the person going through this.
Recognizing what’s happening can help provide the best possible outcome. Lomi Lomi is known for its ability to move stagnant energy, so if you are performing this type of massage, stay aware of your feelings and how someone’s emotional release might affect you.
If you’re interested in learning about emotional release and how to react if it happens, check out the video below:
Recognizing an Emotional Release
An emotional release is actually a movement of energy – it occurs when there is stagnant energy that needs to move. Right before it happens, you may notice someone’s voice heightening or their breaths quickening. You might also see shivering, cold sweating, or even profuse laughter.
An emotional release can also look like this:
- quivering breath
- inability to control body parts
- convulsions and flatulence
- a stiffened body
Any of these reactions may be experienced by someone who is undergoing an emotional release or out-of-body experience.
An emotional release can be powerful and intense, but it is also a sign of healing and growth. When someone experiences an emotional release during your massage session, it means that they’re releasing energy that no longer serves them and moving forward in life without feeling weighed down.
What to Do
If someone experiences an emotional release during your massage, simply stay calm and provide a safe environment.
Let the person know that you’re there during this experience and act as their anchor. Stay connected in a way that makes them feel supported.
Don’t abandon them and allow the person to release as much energy as they need – just let it happen without judgment.
If you think it’s a good idea, you can sing a lullaby to them or use another calming technique to help them relax.
For some, an emotional release is like being reborn. Like with babies, it may help if you roll someone onto their belly and help them extend their arms forward into child’s pose or onto their hands and knees. Then, you can help them crawl to the edge of the table and help them stand up.
You can also offer them food, which can help bring them back down into a more aware, present state. Food is very grounding and can be helpful in situations like this.
Staying Grounded Yourself
As a massage practitioner, it is important to stay grounded during an emotional release to avoid absorbing your client’s energy and becoming unbalanced. You may feel sad or sensitive after someone experiences an emotional release on your table, but that’s okay – just take time for yourself and stay aware of your surroundings and how you feel.
If you’re worried about how this type of experience might affect your own spirit, you can ground yourself using the legs of your table. Wood is helpful as a grounding material, and you can keep cedar or palo santo on hand if you feel like you need tools that will help you stay grounded while witnessing an emotional release.
Another thing that can help is tea leaves in salt and spring water.
When experiencing an emotional release, you must also stay conscious of your breath. Deep and conscious breathing will help you move your energy throughout your body to anchor your own spirit.
Having a sound with a continuous flow will also help. This can include a fountain, a chant, or any repetitive vocalization.
If a person experiences an emotional release, keep in mind that you are safe and secure during the process.
Understand Your Client’s Needs
As a practitioner, you need to appreciate the process and understand what happens when someone’s spirit is out of their body and when it comes back in. This process can be a shock to the system, so you need to know what to do.
You must stay grounded since you’ll need to be the one to hold the place open so that their soul can return to their body. We’re not providing a safe space when we travel too far with our clients without being anchored.
If you’re interested in emotional release, I would love to hear from you. In a comment below, let me know:
- What does an emotional release look like on your table?
- Which of these techniques will you try next?
Being a safe place for your clients to release their troubles is a wonderful gift you give to the world…mahalo for being you!
Kumu Jeana Iwalani Naluai