Hello & Welcome to my First Blog Post

Welcome to the launch of the new Metta Massage Therapy website and my very first blog post! My name is Selina Kizildagli and I am the founder of MMT. MMT has been created after a very long journey of self care and discovery; a journey that still continues!

Over the years I have struggled with my health that the ‘traditional’ medical practice has not been able to help with, which raised feelings of frustration, anger, confusion as well as effecting my mental health. I regularly felt that my issues were not being looked at in a holistic way; only the symptoms that a particular problematic area was showing. The human body is a very complex, interconnected system so I was sure that there was a connection with the other issues I was facing. That is when I decided to understand my body more, become a blank canvas to see and feel what’s going on. So I stopped taking hormone control (surely enough, I wasn’t crazy!), learned how the muscles in the body work, quietened my mind (I went on a 10-day silent meditation retreat. For anyone who knows me, I like a good chat!), tried talking therapy, took up yoga, found a massage therapist and…I rehomed a dog!

I have been amazed at how much control I now have over my mental and physical wellbeing. Don’t get me wrong, I still have wobbly days, but what I now have, is an understanding of what is happening and why!

Finding out that there is a connection between the mind and body has really helped me and then to continue practising that connection is fascinating – I realised that I have been disconnected for a very long time. Once I reconnected to myself I started to expand my connections; mainly to the natural world and other people, as this is what helps me to feel good.

Through my work, I learned that other people have similar experiences for all sorts of reasons; emotional or physical trauma, loneliness, physical health issues, relationship problems. In those interactions I felt extremely empathetic and my usual reaction was to give them a hug. Wow…the power of a good hug! It’s a wonderful feeling! To be held, or to hold and feel the care and warmth of another person has huge benefits and seriously, should not be underestimated. This is how I realised that I need to work with people where I connect and also help them to connect with themselves.

If you are still reading, it will come as no surprise that the massage therapy I offer has a key focus of connection. I am continuing my studies in this field and further researching how massage therapy can help with issues such as PTSD, body dissociation (through trauma), depression and anxiety.

I will be creating monthly blog posts that explore these topics as well as offering advise on how to improve your connections, whether it’s a heart (and belly) warming soup recipe, a beautiful walk that I’ve found with Biscuit, self-massage techniques, and perhaps how to experience a gong sound bath! There will be lots of interesting posts coming for 2020 which I hope that you’ll enjoy reading and sharing – remember to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for special offers, updates and blog releases.

“When people go within and connect with themselves, they realise they are connected to the universe and they are connected to all living things.” Armand Dimele
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