The body’s biochemical response to the therapeutic touch combined with a sincere healing intention never ceases to amaze me. The dazed look on their faces; at times their tears in response to an emotional block being released, a soft sleepy smile, a big releasing sigh and deep inhalation of breath. I have been privileged to work with many clients, family and friends during my time as a massage therapist and have witnessed the effects of their biochemical response to my touch. It is my belief that the human body wants to be in homeostasis, it wants to heal and craves balance on all levels – mind, body and soul. Being a therapist you begin to see patterns of response emerging and I have noted many changes in clients who regularly receive massage as part of their wellness journey. These changes include: Better sleep, improved mobility to less tension in their muscular structure to feeling happier and less tense and stressed overall.
In my quest to find supporting scientific evidence for that which I know at a fundamental and anecdotal level to be true, I have been gratified to learn that the application of regular massage has been studied in varying situations around the world. Complimentary therapies such as massage, meditation, yoga and acupressure to name but a few, have been shown to have a valuable therapeutic effect upon people with mental health disorders; including war veterans in terms of reintegrating them into civilian life and treating post-traumatic stress disorders. For further information on this topic please refer to the following:
reintegration of National Guard veterans and their partners using a self-directed program https://journals.lww.com/lww-medicalcare/Fulltext/2014/12001/A_Systematic_Scoping_Review_of_Complementary_and.15.aspx.
Studies have been carried out by reputable medical establishments such as The University of Miami School of Medicine, whereby they quantified the biochemical response within the human body prior and post massage. The study reported that the lowering of cortisol levels, the flight and fight hormone released under stress was reduced by 53%! They also recorded the increase of the feel good and pain relief hormones such as serotonin and dopamine respectively. Therapeutic massage has been recognised as impacting positively upon those all-important neurotransmitters and utilised within a broader treatment plan for people with varying Mental Health disorders can have a significant positive impact.
If at this point you’re thinking; what the heck is she babbling on about, let me break it down for you.
•Mental Health Disorders – Basically is a lot of different conditions that effect peoples mood, behaviour and thinking. Some of the most common conditions are that of anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
•Research suggests the tremendous benefits of regular massage within a treatment plan for mental health disorders and used regularly can have long term results as it will:
Massage will lower your cortisol levels and reduce impact of stress
Massage will increase feel good hormones such as serotonin and dopamine making you happier
Massage can calm or stimulate your nervous system, great for helping to manage ADHA symptoms
Massage will aid you in releasing tension from your muscular structures helping to reduce stress related headaches, anxiety symptoms etc.
Massage will stimulate your bodies systems aiding the healing process
Massage works on all levels – emotional, chemical, physical and energetic
Massage provides comfort, acceptance and happy vibes
Now when you combine all of this with good nutrition, regular exercise, a healthy nervous system and meditation you can help to treat mental health disorders in a more holistic way and make a real impact upon your body’s health. Spread the good vibes, love yourself and make massage part of your life today. Happy healing.
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