I think there is still a large group of people that believe massage is only good to relax and has no true healing properties. Well I’m here to tell you that it is just not true. Massage dates back as early as 15,000 B.C. where Prehistoric Cave paintings of massage were found. It is instinctual, when something hurts; you rub it, if someone is crying you hold them. Touch has incredible healing properties which we use in our day to day lives. Massage is just a focused more direct process of that same instinctual behavior. In knowledgeable hands many of the same things that can be seen with MRI’s, X-rays, and CAT scans can be seen with the human touch. We have the ability to assist and manipulate the body to operate more efficiently. Remember the purpose of therapeutic touch is not to “fix” things but instead assist the body by pointing it in the right direction to help itself. So you can get a massage with the pretty music and smelly oils and feel wonderful, but remember, in the right hands, it can also help relieve that shooting pain down your leg or the pain in your neck that is preventing you from being able to move.
Touch and massage have always been used for healing, but because how massage is portrayed, many people are wrongly treated with drugs and surgery when a massage or therapeutic treatment could have stopped or prevented many pains to begin with. When you do have pain don’t forget you do have options in massage.
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