1. Tahiti Onyx superlight massage table with terry towelling fitted sheet set
2. Therapist’s Thumb bodywork tool from Core Products
There are various bodywork tools in the market such as the Jacknobber, but I found the Therapist’s Thumb from Core Products to be the most intuitive tool for deep tissue bodywork. The Therapist’s Thumb was originally designed and made by Curt and Gina Nuenke, owners of BodyNiché Massage Studio.
3. Contoured Face Cradle
I replaced the poorly manufactured original cradle that came with my massage table with a contoured one made of heavy grade steel and aluminium frame with oak wood face plate.
4. Set of hard spikey balls from China
I have a set of hard spikey balls in three small sizes for specific muscle knots.
5. Digital TENS/EMS combo unit
Nirāčārya: Jack of All Trades and Master of None
No one can claim mastery of anything, because absolute mastery is a misrepresentation. An individual can only, within reason, demonstrate competence within a role-based scenario.
I base this essay about being nirāčārya on my actual challenges as a creative designer, and my impetus for transition (sandhyā) from one role to another, in a troubling and uncertain economic climate. I claim the non-glamorous title of being nirāčārya – a Jack of All Trades and a Master of None. I am a generalist who derives innovation from dispassion (vairāgya) from modality. In my experience, being nirāčārya involves a dynamic and pragmatic quality of, typically haptic, engagement, which I define as mindfulness (a.k.a. flow).
Flow = Mindfulness
Mindfulness is not meditation, although it can be an object of meditation, e.g. mindfulness meditation.
The practice of mindfulness can be a means (upāya) and an end (upeya) in itself.
The term “flow” is being used in creative circles to mean mindfulness, which is the experience of being in the zone where your creative juices flow, unabated.
Massage therapy, which I am currently studying and practicing, involves the flow of partner communication between therapist and client.
Mindfulness supports the capacity to learn and adapt to challenge.
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