by Diane Chase, MA, LMT
5 Benefits of Massage
It was in my mid twenties when I first encountered the ominous sounding
…It was the first time I felt my body communicating something to me that was uncomfortable in the gut, a ‘spastic colon’ as the doctor diagnosed and gave the prescription for Librium.
Yet the symptoms continued and the stress of solitary life in a big city, riding the packed and stuffy, gloomy and glum bus packed full of workers continued to takes its toll. And there were more scary and stressful incidents there in the city that kept my little self on edge.
If it hadn’t been for Shiatsu (Acupressure)massage and meditation back there in San Francisco my life and my health would have taken another direction entirely. This small example from my personal history is a constant reminder of how beneficial are the effects of massage and the holistic healing arts.
Five of the numerous benefits of massage come to mind rolling with R’s to give and indication of how wonderful bodywork can be.
Massage provides an opportunity to:
- Relax the tension and aches and pains that accumulate in various parts of the body from daily living, athletic training, challenging physical conditions and other circumstances.
- Repose, the state of being at rest, free from anxiety, tranquility, to lie supported by something, to stop, to pause. This definition alone is reason enough to schedule a massage given the varying levels of intensity , immersion and stimulation we as modern urban people are interacting with on a steady basis.
- Remember that it is a good thing to nurture and support your body’s sensitive, intelligent lifelong functioning as an entity, am operating system if your will, that requires care and consideration. Also, often during a massage one can literally remember or be reminded of something important or long forgotten that has a chanceto surface as one enters into a deeper state or zone of relaxation.
- To Receive allows a person a time frame in which to let go of having to do and allows the yang aspect that drives the daily life activities a chance to be harmonized in a yin or receptive posturing and mind state. To be willing and able to take in the care and skilled touch of a massage professional to relieve stress is also learning to balance and harmonize the dynamics of give and take, of yin and yang.
- Restore essential patternings and flows in the body’s circulatory and nervous systems.For example, the blood has a strong muscle to pump and circulate the blood but the lymphatic system which affects our immune system requires movement and exercise to maintain the efficient flows to the lymph glands and ducts. Massage helps to facilitate and support this movement as well as stimulate the nerve receptors in the skin and reduce ‘stickiness’ or adhesions in the connective tissue that lead to more muscle tension and stiffness. Massage restores peace of mind and provides the body necessary time to recharge and restore the vital essence.