5 examples of how massage can help you to reconnect
I’m serious about the idea that massage can help you to reconnect with yourself. I believe massage can help you be more aware of what’s going on with you; your body and your mind.
We always think about massage for relaxation, pain relief and soothing tight muscles but what does that really mean? Surely when we book a massage we are searching for that feeling of normality again; feeling at peace, energised and pain-free. We seek many different therapies to help us with many kinds of trauma from the emotional to the physical but there’s something about the physical side of massage that works for so many people on different levels. Here are my five examples of how massage can help to make a re-connection with yourself:
1. Massage is essentially about touch – it goes back to nature and nurture with the first touch we experience as babies. Touch is one of the strongest sensations one can experience which is why massage has been practiced for hundreds of years.
2. The first thing you do when you hurt yourself is rub the sore area – it’s automatic and we don’t think about it, just do it. Like massage, just rubbing a sore area immediately feels a lot better.
3. After a massage, you usually feel more relaxed – a massage can make you realise what it feels like to be calm and relaxed once again. Massage can have a profound effect releasing emotions quite unexpectedly sometimes.
4. Some people find it difficult to pinpoint where their pain is. Regular massage can help enable you to more accurately describe where the pain is coming from. You are more likely to feel when the issue is coming back and re-book a massage as a preventive action rather than let the issue get worse again.
5. From a postural point of view, once tight muscles have been loosened, the chest opens up, shoulders are relaxed down and you can look straighter. However, the same results can be achieved when massage works on the emotions and mind as much as the physical body.
Massage reconnects through the body; allows it to feel again, allows the mind to focus on what’s important and what is not and the sensation of touch gives the body a sense of how it actually feels. When I see someone ‘feel’ again for the first time after a massage, I know I’ve done my job well.
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