Why do people seek out massage therapy? Truthfully, massage therapy has little to do with pampering or luxury. The real reasons have to do with structure, nurture, relationship, repletion, detoxification, rejuvenation, and transformation.
Structure refers to the occasional ache that needs addressing. “My neck hurts. I think I slept wrong,” is a common complaint. A trained, healing touch can soothe that pain but the client should also options to address the pain, especially if it recurs often: A new pillow or a visit to a chiropractor for example.
Nurture refers to stress. People today work very hard: Too hard. Eventually, burning the candle at both ends burns out the source, leaving the client depleted. Allowing a 60-90 minute period of relaxation, under expert hands, will revitalize the body and reestablish harmony. This type of service encourages body awareness as well. With this knowledge, the client becomes aware before the next depletion cycle occurs.
Relationship refers to a professional connection. A professional touch is not the same as a partner giving a massage. Massage therapy is a learned skill. The average state-licensed therapist has had a minimum of 500 hours of education in touch and lecture. While a partner can ease an ache, a MT allows and teaches a safe, holistic approach to wellness.
Repletion applies to those people who are drained or exhausted. This may be due to illness or long term unresolved stress. Either way, the body has used its last reserve. Conditions such as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndromes are common here. The best way to come back from the brink is energy work or lighter massage. These types of deeply relaxing massage is the first step to rebalancing the body, mind and spirit.
Detoxification and energizing refers to renewal. These people are looking for a way to feel unstuck. This often requires deep, brisk work. It is often painful to experience. It requires many treatments and an advanced therapist. A client might experience a headache or feel nauseated afterward as all the meridians begin clearing.
Transformation refers to the feeling of freedom: Freedom from old beliefs, toxic relationships, poor eating, and new beginnings. While massage can help with this notion, the best first step is to seek out counseling. Massage therapists are not psychotherapists and are not expert in dealing with mental trauma.
Whatever the reason for receiving massage therapy, flush the body with water afterward to release all toxins.