Misconceptions about Muslims and Modesty in Movement and Massage, a collaborative conversation between Cordelia Gaffar and Meg Donnelly, LMT

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Rowan Tree Members Collaborate to Create Understanding

Rowan Tree Members often create what we have started calling “Rowlationships.” They are people who may or may not have something outwardly in common. But at Rowan Tree, they connect, collaborate, and together, create.

Two such members are Cordelia Gaffar, a Transformational Coach inspiring women to be influencers and positively impact the world, and Meg Donnelly, who focuses on the Weekend Warrior. . . runners, cyclists, recreational athletes and fans of fitness in the Northern Virginia area through her work as a Licensed Massage Therapist.

Together they created a blog about Misconceptions about Muslims and Modesty in Movement and Massage. Here’s a preview:


There are many misconceptions about movement and massage in regards to modesty and the Muslim faith.  Since discussions are a great way to address misconceptions, Cordelia Gaffar, Transformational Coach and founder of Body Soul Shift and Meg Donnelly, Licensed Massage Therapist and host of NoVA Weekend Warriors sat down for a candid Q&A on the subject. . . bringing a stronger understanding, shedding light on stereotypes and bringing those of us interested in fitness and self care closer together in the process.

 

Meg D: It seems there are many misconceptions about modesty when it comes to exercise and self care.  Can you share some of the misconceptions you find in regards to this?

Cordelia G: From non-Muslims, people have asked if I get too hot during a workout. The answer is obvious, “Everyone gets too hot during a workout. You have to be wise about fabric selection and stay hydrated”.

From Muslims, I find there can be lots of misconceptions surrounding self-care. Most often if I mention that I go for a massage at least every 6 weeks, I am sneered at with “isn’t that indulgent for a mom with six kids!” Again the answer is obvious, “A mom with 6 kids needs frequent massage to stay civil, sane and compassionate towards her children.  Never mind it maintains my muscle tone after a workout, because after having six kids you need more help with that!”

MD: What are some ways we can we avoid defining someone by their dress?  

CG: At the end of the day we are all souls in these life suits for a few short decades. There is a beautiful quote in one of my favorite songs called Find No Enemy by Akala:

The only way we can ever change anything

Is to look in the mirror and find no enemy

I agree that we must have more self-compassion so that we can project compassion.


Read more of their conversation and learn about  misconceptions about movement and massage in regards to modesty and the Muslim faith.

About the Authors

Cordelia Gaffar is a Transformational Coach inspiring women to be influencers and positively impact the world.

She also serves as the Social Media and Branding Chairperson for ALL (All Ladies League) on the Entrepreneur committee for the USA and as a member of the same committee for UK WEF. She is an award winning author and speaker, certified in Sports Nutrition, hostess of the Replenish Me show and founder of Workout Around My Day.  Her mission is to help women to use the Body Soul Shift, so that she can radiate her true self and be aligned in all areas of life. She offers 1:1, group coaching programs and self-paced online programs.

Meg Donnelly, Licensed Massage Therapist, focuses on the Weekend Warrior. . . runners, cyclists, recreational athletes and fans of fitness in the Northern Virginia area through her work as a Licensed Massage Therapist and her NoVA Weekend Warriors podcast and community television program.  Meg has a strong focus on understanding the unique, individual goals of each of her clients and creating a session plan based around those goals, whether its recovery, performance or just some much needed down time.

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