Psychological Benefits of Massage Therapy

The benefit of massage on mental health is not a surprise if we think about the connection between the mind and body. The body is a miraculous manifestation that gives us direct access to unknown parts of ourselves. The body revealed by posture, muscle contraction, and flexibility demonstrates the sort of armor we use to protect ourselves in a sometimes-difficult world. For instance, an individual with depression might tense up or constrict the stomach or back in order to be less vulnerable to particular emotions.

  • Improved Mood
    Getting a massage can promote manual manipulations of the body which causes the release of mood hormones serotonin and endorphins. These hormones help in elevating moods, resulting in happy and better moods.

  • Reduce Anxiety
    Fear, anxiety and anticipation contribute to the physical reactions the body experiences when hit with psychologically charged feelings. Massage therapy is a calming and soothing treatment that can reverse those conditions by lowering the blood pressure and heart rate.

  • Increased Relaxation
    For many, massage is a very relaxing treatment. The therapy relaxes the stiff muscles of the neck, back and other parts of the body. The tight muscles are rubbed, relaxed and loosened taking away the pains and discomfort. So, getting a massage therapy relaxes you completely, thereby improving your focus at work and other day to day activities.

  • Promote Energy
    While massage is a calming and soothing treatment, the brisk movement of certain massage strokes may even energize you and even increases concentration & mental acuity.

So, getting massage therapy regularly will promote physical and mental health, and reduces stress & depression.

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Types of Massage Therapies

A limpia or spiritual cleansing, is used to cleanse the body, mind and soul of negativity. It is known to remove bad luck, blockages, confusions, bad karma, witchcraft, ends generational curses, imbalances, helps with addictions, phobias, and fears. It is powerful for removing spiritual illness and helps with physical health problems as well, but this is not a replacement for visiting your doctor. The limpia brings peace, rejuvenation, protection, clarity, and opportunity your way. It attracts prosperity and blessings, stimulates the third eye, balances the chakras, and much more.

A limpia can be performed with various objects depending on the curandero or the situation at hand. Many are performed with raw unbroken eggs and fresh herb twigs that are used to sweep the body. The raw state of the egg has a natural ability to absorb negativity. Not many know of its power. With the combination of the eggs natural power and the use of special prayers makes the limpia very effective. Of course, the energy of the "cleaner" is important also.

A limpia is beneficial as an everyday cleansing, you cannot have too many. We, just like every other living thing on Earth collect different energies daily. These energies are collected from people we come across to situations that we're faced with. Some of these energies are good while others have a negative outcome on us. And the affect can accumulate.

Here are just some of the ways of knowing that a limpia would be beneficial to you:

  • If you're experiencing relationship problems
  • If you feel restless, weak, unable to cope
  • If you are having severe nightmares or have a hard time sleeping
  • If you suddenly have fears and phobias
  • If you have a feeling someone is watching you or out to get you
  • If you're having unexplained problems in your relationship
  • If you have a constant unpleasant or nervous feeling but don't know why
  • If you feel there are blockages that keep you from moving forward
  • If you have reason to think someone has cursed you.

Chakras are the concentrated energy centers of the body. Chakra is a Sanskrit term and it means “wheel” or “disk” and is derived from the root word “cakra”. Chakras are spinning wheels of energy/light. Chakras have the loving responsibility of taking in, incorporating and emanating energy to keep us functioning at optimal levels.

We have Major and Minor Chakras

We have major and minor chakras in our energetic body systems. When a chakra is not functioning properly or if it is blocked, illness is more prone to occur. Our wellbeing on all levels can affect and is affected by the chakras. If we are feeling depressed, then we may not be taking in the maximum amount of energy for our needs. If we do not nourish our bodies with the proper food and nutrients, then we may take in less energy than more. If we “block” feelings such as anger, etc., or do not speak our truth, we may be unconsciously impeding our healthy energy flow.

Balance Is Key in Chakra Healing

No one chakra is better than the others or more important than any other in the process of energy body balancing and chakra healing. You don’t want to have extra heart chakra energy and less throat chakra energy; it simply doesn’t work like that. Ideally, all seven of your chakras are healed, balanced, open, and humming, allowing energy to flow into and out of your body. The amazing thing is that your body is going to find a way to move energy in and out (unless, of course, your ego self is telling it to hold on to something). If one of your chakras is closed or underactive, there is a very good chance that another chakra will be overactive to make up the difference.

Because your body wants to achieve energetic balance in your chakras, moving too far in either direction (underactive or overactive) in any one chakra can yield negative effects in your body and be counterproductive to the energy body and chakra healing process. An underactive chakra kicks another chakra into overdrive, which in turn pulls extra energy away from that part of the body

Cranial sacral therapy (CST) is sometimes also referred to as craniosacral therapy. It’s a type of bodywork that relieves compression in the bones of the head, sacrum (a triangular bone in the lower back), and spinal column.

CST is noninvasive. It uses gentle pressure on the head, neck, and back to relieve the stress and pain caused by compression. It can, as a result, help to treat several conditions.

It’s thought that through the gentle manipulation of the bones in the skull, spine, and pelvis, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the central nervous system can be normalized. This removes “blockages” from the normal flow, which enhances the body’s ability to heal.

Some people use craniosacral therapy as an adjunct to other forms of treatment, including migraine headaches, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma of any kind, post-surgical recovery, TMJ, and others.

Craniosacral therapy does no harm when practiced sensitively and respectfully by a trained practitioner. It may support an attitude shift in clients toward a more direct and intimate sense of their own wellbeing, a feeling of "being more at peace with oneself." It may also support a natural shift to self-acceptance, a more natural capacity for loving relations, and a sense of being connected to life.

Reiki is a spiritual, vibrational healing practice used to promote balance throughout the human system. Reiki does not involve physical manipulation or the ingestion or application of any substances but works with the subtle vibrational field thought to surround and penetrate the body. Reiki treatment is usually facilitated by light, non-manipulative touch to a clothed recipient.

People use Reiki to relax and strengthen their wellbeing; reduce pain, anxiety, and fatigue; help manage symptoms; reduce side effects of medications; and support recovery after injuries or surgery. According to a national survey published in 2007, 1.2 million adults and 161,000 children received one or more sessions of an energy therapy such as Reiki in the previous year.

Reiki is a good integrative therapy to try because people generally start feeling better very quickly with Reiki. As anxiety and pain lessen, and people feel hopeful about regaining their health, they feel more able to incorporate other needed health interventions or make needed lifestyle changes. Reiki therapy often clears the mind, enabling patients to better evaluate the sometimes-conflicting medical information being offered by various specialists, so they can make important treatment decisions with greater confidence. In this way, Reiki can help people become more actively involved in their own health.

Hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy that involves the use of smooth, heated stones. The massage therapist places the hot stones on specific points on your body and may also hold the stones while giving the massage. The localized heat and weight of the stones warm and relax muscles, allowing the massage therapist to apply deeper pressure to those areas without causing discomfort.

During the massage, the therapist places stones on specific points on the body. While the points may vary depending on the areas of muscle tension and the client's health history, the stones are generally placed in the following areas:

  • Along both sides of the spine
  • In the palms of your hand
  • On your legs, abdomen, feet

Small stones may be placed between the toes or on the forehead.

After the stones are placed on your body, it may take a few minutes for the heat to penetrate the sheet or towel so you can discern whether the stones are too hot.

The therapist applies massage oil to the skin. Holding stones in both hands, the therapist uses gliding movements to move the stones along the muscles. The therapist uses Swedish massage techniques on the back, legs, neck, and shoulders while the stones are in place or after they have been removed.

Therapeutic sports massage is a type of massage technique that focuses on treating soft tissue aches, pain and injuries that are associated with recreational activities. Massage can reduce muscle stiffness and improve relaxation by reducing heart rate and blood pressure.

Sports massage has become an integral part of the new athletic regimen from sports medicine clinics, to college training rooms, to professional locker rooms to Olympic training. Growing number of trainers believe that massage can provide an extra edge to the athletes who participate in high performance sports. Massage has become a necessary ingredient for a complete workout. More and more people are realizing that a complete workout routine includes not only the exercise itself, but also caring for the wear-and-tear and minor injuries that naturally occur with strenuous movement. The physiological and psychological benefits of massage make it an ideal complement to a total conditioning program.

Anyone who routinely stretches their physical limits through movement such as running, cycling, hiking, swimming, dancing, tennis and other racquet sports, strength training and aerobics can benefit from a massage. There are others who does strenuous activities in a day that is not normally classified as exercise. Examples are mothers with small children, gardeners, and others who use their bodies strenuously in their work.

Incorporating massage in your conditioning program has many benefits. It helps you get into good shape faster, and with less stiffness and soreness. It helps you recover faster from heavy workouts and relieves conditions which may cause injury.

For most athletes, enjoying less muscle stiffness and improving relaxation and well-being is reason enough to enjoy regular massage. But as research continues to grow on the real physical benefits of massage, more and more athletes will be taking advantage of this 'feel-good' training method.