25 Jan Massage Therapy, not just for your body!
Massage is not only for your physical health. The benefits also extend to your emotional and mental health. Your body is the archive to your daily life as well as your growing up experiences. That stressful meeting, that fight with your partner, those negative thoughts, past shame or emotional baggage – all get stored in your muscles and nervous system. Often we think, ‘no big deal’ or ‘I should let that go’, but your body keeps score of the cumulative stress, emotions, and other life events.
Massage Therapy offers physical, emotional, and psychological benefits. There are many types of massage therapy, including Shiatsu, Acupressure, and Lymphatic Drainage. Physical benefits include relief from pain and chronic pain management, circulation problems, injuries, arthritis, fibromyalgia, muscle tension, postural misalignment, and back pain name only a few.
However, there are more than physical benefits. Working with a trained massage therapist or bodyworker can help you achieve optimal emotional and psychological wellness.
Emotional Benefits of Massage Therapy (to name a few):
- Stress Management
- Anxiety Reduction
- Depression Management
- Mindfulness (Tuning in)
- Regulation of Nervous System and Regulatory systems
- Emotional Regulation
- Increase and Unblock Energy
- Getting in touch with what you actually want instead of what you “should” be doing
- Emotional Connection to Self and Others
- Grief Work
- Anger Management
- Release emotional muscle memories
- Rewrite old emotional patterns and scripts
- Create new neural pathways in your brain by releasing old muscle/emotional habits and patterns
- And of course Relaxation
Massage Therapy isn’t just for relaxation. The difference between relaxing massage and therapeutic massage.
Often, a massage is a way to get a treat, something special we do to reward ourselves for hard work. However, massage therapy is more than just relaxation. It has psychological as well and physical benefits, that are important to your well-being.
Massage therapy, is often performed in a clinic or professional setting by a trained massage therapist. This type of work is tailored to your individual needs – there is no one-size-fits-all or ‘cookie cutter’ approach. Your initial session is an evaluation of your needs, goals, history, as well as current situation. At the end a treatment plan is given and follow-up appointments are made. Anyone with stress, anxiety, depression, physical or emotional injuries, old repetitive postures or physical pains, headaches, and muscle tension can benefit from a therapeutic massage.
Massage Therapy can help lead to a healthy lifestyle, wherein you not only manage your emotional state, release past memories, rewrite new patterns and scripts, and feel better. Although sometimes a reward, massage therapy is really an investment in your greatest asset – YOU, your health, your wellbeing, YOU!
How Massage Therapy connects your body and mind.
So often we talk about the mind and body connection, how one impacts the other. In truth, there is no such thing as a mind/body connection – they are the same thing. You are a whole, not just parts of you. Any thought or feeling or physical sensation you have will have an impact on the rest of you. It is impossible to separate.
Getting in touch with your body, physical sensations, and muscle memories is really learning about and listening to your whole self. Physical, Cognitive, Emotional, and Spiritual – your whole self.
What is Your Body Telling You?
Just take a moment, pause, take a deep breath and then another. For just a moment, take a quick listen to what your body is trying to tell you. It talks to you all the time. Like many, you have probably gotten good at ignoring it and pushing on through your daily tasks.
What is it saying, tired, hungry, stressed, anxious, sad? Do you know how to listen to your body? Do you know how to meet your body’s needs? Are there old patterns and beliefs stored in your body, past emotions that are ‘stuck’ in your body, chronic pain? It’s time to invest in yourself – for your physical and emotional health. It’s time to let go of old feelings, habits, and memories. It’s time to release the past and welcome your new future.