Anxiety. That paralyzing sensation of fear and helplessness that overcomes our bodies. The spinning and racing of negative thoughts in our heads. The sleeplessness. The self-doubt. The self-loathing. The racing heart. The pulsing blood. The tightening of stomach, shoulders, chest. The indigestion and intestinal strife. It sucks. Please pardon the expression, but I really couldn’t come up with a better one. It takes a harsh toll on our health and well-being. Anxiety needs to be tended to. Counseling is a great place to start. Massage Therapy is also good medicine for anxiety.
Massage Therapy provides relief from anxiety and healing support through relaxation. Massage also put us more in touch with our body and its responses to anxiety. It then helps us discover where and how our individual bodies store the emotions associated with anxiety. Once we’re better in-touch with our bodies and can explore those patterns, then we can work on changing and releasing those emotions and patterns from a body standpoint.
The first step of combating and healing anxiety through massage is Relaxation. In a nutshell, here’s how it works: Massage soothes and relieves tense muscles. It supports our body’s natural processes of nourishing and cleansing all our cells, tissues, and organs by enhancing circulation. It also enhances the function of nerves that were inhibited by muscle tension. Inhibited nerves cause pain. So, when our muscles are soothed, when our tissues are flushed of anxiety-induced chemicals and toxins, when our cells are clear and receptive to nourishment, and when our nervous system is functioning smoothly, our mind and body relaxes. That’s the meat and potatoes of how therapeutic massage helps combat anxiety through relaxation. It’s healthy, non-invasive, and effortless. It works beautifully in conjunction with counseling.
The relaxation piece is the foundation, but it’s really just the beginning in addressing and healing anxiety through massage therapy. There are other layers to this healing process. More to come.