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Shearer Hills/Ridgeview
San Antonio, TX, 78216
United States

(210) 896-1317

A therapeutic bodywork studio in San Antonio, Texas, Gabi Marcus Bodyworks combines massage, movement, and a little bit of magic to help you feel your best. We are located just off Jones-Maltsberger and 281, between the Alamo Quarry and North Star Mall.

 

 

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Escaping the Praise/Blame Cycle

Gabrielle Marcus

Many of us, when we think about our bodies, have these simple categories we lock ourselves into, such as

Healthy/Sick
Thin/Overweight
Healthy Eater/Bad Eater
Fit/Not Fit
Athletic/Not Athletic
Coordinated/Uncoordinated
Sexy/Not Sexy
Active/Lazy 

...and all of them reflect whether we deserve Praise/Blame. I think the Praise/Blame cycle pulls us out of and away from our bodies. It turns us into either the successful taskmaster or the bad student---either of which is a hard relationship to have with a body you have to live in all the time.

I like to think massage can help unlock the body from the Praise/Blame cycle. Massage can remind the body of itself, which can help bring it back from these strict categories---to whatever we were before these categories started loading themselves up on our heads. For a moment, or longer, we don't have to be good or bad, we can be flesh and bone, a whole sensitive person settling, restoring, and remembering.