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SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2019

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technique ENERGY WORK 100 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k s e p t e m b e r / o c t o b e r 2 0 1 9 Massage and Performance Go Hand in Hand By Cyndi Dale Massage has long been ensconced in the world of athletics. As a subtle energy practitioner, I've been supporting athletes with my energy work for years. But the truth is, everyone has to perform for one reason or another. Because of this, I employ "sporty" techniques with nearly all my clients, and I will show you how to do the same. My favorite athletes are young athletes. Eager to excel, they are also willing to transfer ideas about energy into other life areas. For instance, I worked with one young man who was a high school hockey player. He wanted to qualify as a Division I rather than a Division III athlete, a shift that could conceivably earn him a college scholarship—and maybe even set him up for the pros. A few simple processes I taught him over about nine months on a bimonthly basis helped him accomplish this goal. A great Division I school not only scouted him, but also offered him a scholarship. And guess what? His grades rose a full point. He worked through his shyness, entered his first-ever relationship, and also passed his driver's license test, having flunked it twice before because of nerves. Who among us isn't performing all the time? Even Sunday football watchers believe their cheers and groans are affecting the outcome. Understanding the basics of energy reveals why adding that extrasensory "zip" during a massage can boost a client's success in the world. Energy is information that moves. Everything is made of it, but most of the energies that determine reality—and our attainments within it—are invisible and inaudible. Basically, there are physical and subtle energies. Supercharging goals is best accomplished by empowering the latter. PHYSICAL AND SUBTLE ENERGIES On the surface, distinguishing between physical and subtle energies sounds simple. Physical energies are concrete and material. Hence, massage work is obviously quite focused on manipulating physical energy. We can perceive why massage nourishes athletic prowess. All that physical activity needs to be soothed and smoothed. Subtle energies are the ineffable stuff of the universe. Poetically, subtle energies comprise the whisper of hope, the attitude of the beatitudes, the ideas behind ideals. But subtle energies are so much more than

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