As the calendar flicks over to the month of February, a lot of us associate this month with Valentine’s Day, the day of cupid and all things love and romance. At Angea, we are all for love and romance! However, as always, we love to dive in deeper. Our word of the month is intimacy.
Initially, when we think of the word intimacy, we most likely think of intimacy with our partners. Intimacy in relationships.
I wonder how many of us spend time cultivating intimacy with ourselves? Why is this important? Because the relationship we have with ourselves sets the tone for every other relationship in our lives.
Knowing intimacy and being intimate with ourselves can mean many, many different things. That’s the beauty of it, it is SO personal.
Intimacy for one person may mean honouring and exploring the depths of each emotion that surfaces.
For another person it might mean self pleasure.
Or bathing solo by candlelight.
Or spilling our soul out onto paper in our journal.
Or showing up for ourselves, backing ourselves.
Or facing fears.
Or breath work.
Or speaking our affirmations aloud in front of a mirror.
Or all of the above.
My own relationship to intimacy with myself has recently changed. As a fertility and women’s health massage therapist, I’ve learned the skills to connect with my body, my womb, with my hands. It is really one of the most intimate things I do for myself. It’s intimate to tune out the external world, and tune in to my internal world. Into my feminine energy. Into the power of my menstrual cycle. To feel the warm, pliant walls of my womb and connect in with its magic via massage and mantra.
In fact, delivering this beautiful modality to other women, I often say to them that it is a very intimate experience. Let’s be clear – there is NO genital massage involved in this style of therapy.
As a client of mine, it’s intimate to allow me to place my hands on your belly. It’s intimate to share openly with me about what you’ve been through, what has led you to this point of seeking assistance and womb healing. It’s intimate to allow me into your personal space, your energy field, the mysteries of your womb.
As the therapist, it’s intimate to be trusted implicitly, to walk alongside the women whose journey of healing I have been invited on.
It’s an intimate, trusting space, this women’s work.
And I love it so.
Diving into intimacy with your own womb as a woman is such a powerful thing.
I invite you to experience this.