Healthy Life Tip
Float your tension away Contributed by Mālia Helelā, Kumu Hula
I discovered this effective relaxation therapy when I was a young mother working full time as a massage therapist in Waikiki. Unable to afford regular massages myself, I started swimming in the ocean on my lunch break. My Dad had taught me how to float on my back as a child, and I now found myself naturally rolling to face the sky as I rested on the sea’s surface. As I tipped my head back and dangled my legs downward, I began realizing that I could let go of all the tension in my body. I could sense the slightest of waves rippling through my bones. The sensation was amazing and did wonders for my tense muscles. I remember leaving the ocean refreshed, feeling that my body had been supported and rocked by the waves.
Nowadays, I get regular massages from my fellow Still & Moving Center therapists, who are wonderful…and I still love to float in the ocean, as does my daughter, Ilana (in the photo).