Massage Therapy Benefits
the Emotions and Touches
the Hearts that are Touched
How is Massage Nurturing?
Massage therapy benefits have long been recognized as a powerful tool for dealing with stress and emotional events.
Touch has been around since the beginning of time. It is the person-to-person touch that defines massage therapy. Using touch as communication is more emotionally powerful than speech.
Massage is nurturing… that’s for sure!
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary - Emotional
The Emotional Benefits
- Reduces anxiety
- Generates confidence and feeling of well being
- Enhances self-image and self-worth
- Satisfies the need for caring and nourishing touch
- Relaxation induces a feeling of physical, mental and emotional well being (reduction of excess stress)
- Provides a soothing and comforting alternative to verbal therapeutic techniques, such as counseling
- Reduces sense of isolation
- Increases awareness of the mind-body connection
Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance that massage therapy provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more physical benefits.
What is an Emotional Release?
Massage therapy benefits provides a soothing and comforting alternative to verbal therapeutic techniques, such as counseling.
A phenomenon called emotional release sometimes happens during a massage session.Unexpressed emotions that are held in the body may come to the surface when receiving massage therapy.
How this happens is much the same as reaching out to a friend who is hurting and you touch their hand or shoulder. A tear might come quite involuntarily. It just happens… and needs to be released. The right circumstance and the right person will elicit a release at anytime in our lives.
Our bodies store our experiences. Sometime a sore shoulder is much more than a tight muscle.
Certain forms of massage therapy specifically address the emotions and therapists are trained to deal with issues brought up during the massage session.
Learn More About Emotional Release - A Guide for Massage Therapist
Touch helps fulfill the need for human contact and nurturing that we received from birth. For some people this is the only caring contact that they may ever feel. This is why I refer to massage as being similar to an hour long hug.
Massage Therapy Benefits - Physiological
Massage Therapy Benefits - Psychological