As someone who doesn't exactly like to be touched discussing the power of touch may seem ironic at first, but bare with me as I show you why its not. I was never one to embrace others back in a full two arm hug. I always stood there uncomfortable and after a quick 3 seconds would do that awkward back tap and say "alright! that's enough." When I experience stress it's not just a mental experience for me. I used to think it was until one of my Doctor's showed me all the ways my body holds onto my stress. I was told to find ways to relax myself and one of those ways was to try out getting massages. At first I started going to get them in the nail salon after my Mani/Pedi and then slowly moved onto a place that mostly creeped me out because the beds were divided my curtains and didn't feel private. The massages there were a good price but I found myself leaving more tense than when I came in... almost as if the massage therapist gave me more knots while I was there.
I stopped going for massages because I felt that they just didn't work and then I heard about Shani Safier. Shani lives in the building right next to mine and her pricing was doable for me based on the reviews I heard. I was experiencing a lot of stress at that time and felt my body holding onto it more than before so I booked my first massage with Shani. That massage changed my life and I finally learned the power of touch helping to relieve stress my Doctor was raving about. Shani used massage techniques I have felt before along with acupressure points and movements very new to me. Within five minutes of my first massage I felt my body begin to relax. My muscles melted into the massage table and my mind was transported to a peaceful state its never been in before.
I was never comfortable being touched and suddenly found myself craving appointments with Shani. When covid-19 had almost all businesses closed, Shani did the right thing for her clients and herself and shut down too. Being that I was 3-4 months pregnant at the time I was counting down those dreadful days until Shani would see clients again. Once I got the okay from my Doctor based on what he felt comfortable with during this whacky time I started booking my appointments with Shani again. Shani takes all the precautionary measures needed to keep her work space sanitary in between clients and while she is working on each person. I thought wearing a mask would be difficult but it truthfully isn't so bad because whenever Shani is working on me I am so relaxed that nothing in the world can disturb my peace. I should also mention that I get my best sleep while pregnant on her massage table. I have the hardest time sleeping at night - I'm always uncomfortable and never hit a deep enough sleep to feel rested but when I leave my appointments with Shani my body feels like I caught up on all that lost sleep. If it's a quick 30 minute or a 90 minute session I leave with my body feeling revived and relaxed. My muscles feel loose and mobile instead of super tight and tense. Mentally I feel completely renewed and energized to tackle the rest of my day/week.
I should mention that I have gone to treat myself, to work through intense tightness in my neck, shoulders and back, for migraines/stress. It doesn't matter what I go to treat or how long the treatment is... I always, and I seriously mean EVERY SINGLE TIME!!!, leave feeling 100% better than when I walked into that appointment.
The power of touch can be effective for stress relief, but the power of Shani's touch is completely Magical.