Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher and the author of Tao Te Ching, once said, “Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness.”
I feel that this statement applies both literally and figuratively. Have you ever met someone who was hardened by life? Perhaps they were defensive, maybe even angry. If you were to respond to them with more hardness, like aggressively confronting them, how do you think it would go? Now how about if you were to respond to them with softness instead, maybe kind words or open arms?
I imagine bodywork holds this same potential. Many seek out bodywork to relax the tension in their bodies which have hardened from stress. Yet, many have the misconception that hard pressure is necessary. I challenge anyone with this perspective to reconsider. Perhaps the softest touch can be the one to let your guard down, allowing you to invite that touch deeper into your body, where full release can take place with only the sensations of pleasure and heightened feeling.