There is More to Massage than Working Tight Muscles
by Nigel Coates
People often wait until their physical pain is debilitating before seeking massage treatment, but 'getting a massage' can give you more than reduced pain and increased range of movement.
Body: Most people would believe that a massage is simply, 'laying hands on a body', but it is so much more than that. For the person seeking treatment, getting a massage is an 'experience'.
It all starts with the phone call. The therapist sets the tone for what is to follow, by asking things like 'What do you want to achieve?” Feeling that the therapist has your best interest at heart opens you to receive more healing.
Giving yourself the time to nurture you wellbeing has its own rewards, by primarily increasing your level of self-worth.
If the massage room has dim lighting and aromatic scents it really does feel like an escape from the outside world. Responsibility and stress can be left at the door for an hour.
If the music is something the person associates with well-being they are taken further into a healing space.
If the touch is nurturing and secure these feeling are conveyed energetically from the therapist to the client.
It is common for clients to 'follow' the touch on the body with their awareness. They evaluate how the sensation feels. They connect to and dissociate from any pain. They become more aware of their physical nature and appreciate correct function.
A natural rhythm of breath is found which can be compared to the subconscious programming of sleep patterns. There are not many activities we do where we lay still for an hour and keep awareness. Sighing or deep breaths let out more than carbon dioxide. Stress, worry and anxiety all leave the physical body with ease.
The mind is free from responsibly and clients surrender control to the therapist. This respite from normal function gives perspective and clarity. Solutions to problems present themselves and mountains become molehills.
When clients redress they feel renewed, invigorated and clear minded.
The entire experience is greater than 'rubbing'. There are many factors at play that affect the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual elements of your being. That being said, one needn't wait for a bad back or tension headaches to book a treatment.
As a massage therapist, it never surprises me to hear another client say, 'I won't leave it so long until the next one'. So, how long has it been for you?
Nigel Coates has created an Australian Massage Network, including Ballarat Massage and Mackay Massage.