Actress Ria Kataja: “Touch opens up repressed emotions”


– Just before the corona, I felt like I was toasting too much. I did a lot of work, and while it was wonderful stuff, I was drifted into a mode of execution. I hadn’t taken long enough vacations during my entire 20-year freelance career. Then came Korona, who made the decision for me, recalls actress-director Ria Kataja.

At first, the pandemic caused fear and concern for the future in Ria, but gradually he began to find himself back on the edge. He has added things to his daily life that bring genuine joy: spending time with family, going out with a dog, taking a sauna, meaningful work, spending evenings with friends – and holidays.

– Nowadays, I know that I can’t do badly if I can’t stop at regular intervals. I love the holidays I get to spend all alone. That’s when I can “upgrade my system,” that is, to listen to what really belongs to me. Sometimes it’s enough for me to lock up in my own room for a moment. There I can smoke candles in peace, yoga, read or even play a bowl of sound. I get caught up in my inner world.

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“Touch helps”

Healing contact is also especially important for Ria, who works as a sauna and laughter therapist and has studied to be a mental health nurse.

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– I believe that the loving and therapeutic touch is healing in itself. Most traumas are caused by interactions and leave a permanent mark on the body. Therefore, a good way to disassemble them is through physical contact. Although treatment is bodily, it often affects the mental side the most. The feelings and thoughts that have been suppressed suddenly start to erupt.

Ria herself regularly attends body therapies and massages.

– Right now I have a stage where I need a lot of physical care. It is important to allow yourself to be pampered and enjoyed and settle down for treatment.

“I’ve never lost weight”

Good food, without meat, also means well-being for Ria. The more age comes, the more clearly he has noticed the effect of food on his condition.

– The most important thing is the rhythm of food. My working hours are not regular, which sometimes causes inconvenience to the rhythm. So I usually carry bananas or smoothies with me, which I can dig out of my bag if a hungry man surprises me. Healthy food feels good in the body. However, there must be flexibility. There is a delicatessen in the home, from which you dig salmia and chocolate at regular intervals.

Ria has never really lost weight.

– I once attended an Ayurvedic body consultation where my own body type was mapped. I should have avoided sour and salty foods as well as dairy products. I left out the coffee and only ate vegan food for a while. The challenge turned out to be that I didn’t have time to get to know the subject as well as I would have liked. At this point, it was good to stop again and admit that what works best for me is to listen to myself and eat what feels good. Maybe Ayurvedic thinking will have its time in my life.

Read more about Ria Kataja’s insights into well-being in Issue 6/2022 of Good Health magazine!

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