Massage in Australia- An Aboriginal Elders Perspective
“In our community, and according to Ya-Idt’ midtung medicine, massage as such is not a separate modality, but is integrated and connected to the ‘touch’ combining understandings from the person’s physical, emotional, social, environmental and spiritual life”.
To treat this person, once uses ‘touch therapy’ which aims to bring back into balance all the elements of that person. Health is dependent on the health of all things, as all life and energy is connected to and dependent on each other.
Traditionally, Ya-idt’ midtung medicine included forms of acupressure, medicines from the environment, (plant, flower, rock, crystal essences) psychotherapies, nutritional medicines, treatments involving fire, water, mud, sand, crystals and rocks, specific foods and extracts.
Cleansing rituals of ‘smoking’ accompanied any healing, usually both before and after the treatment.
The greatest strength of Ya-idt’ midtung medicine is that it is a preventative medicine, a holistic synergy that includes un-measureable, unscientific realms of spirituality and belief.”
Living in harmony with this understanding, Aboriginal Australians view their lives here as custodians of the physical and spiritual dimensions of this earth. Their philosophy is to therefore tread lightly and with the greatest of respect. For the fruition of the dreaming that carries the potential of creative perfection, is ultimately determined by the unseen vibration of all that is around it.
It is in honour of this wisdom that tribal elders and members of Australia’s Aboriginal community have willingly shared with LI’TYA their intimate knowledge of native plants, healing modalities and their deeply respectful and reciprocal approach to the workings of nature.
In drawing upon the ancient powers of the Earth’s oldest continent, it is with the purest intentions that the spiritual qualities of these essential materials are invited to come alive. For using organic native Australian ingredients not only brings a unique and enriching dimension to an industry already focused on holistic healing principles.
It also creates an opportunity to generate greater awareness of the value of our earth and the beauty of the people that have learnt from it and lived with it for thousands of years.
There is much we can learn, receive, be thankful for and give back to these beautiful people so deeply connected to the essence and energy locked within our great southern land.