Exploring the Psychological Benefits of Massage

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After a long week of stressful work, you are probably looking for a place to relax. A trip to the spa to get a full body massage will definitely help. Some may seek for a massage to treat physical discomfort like lower back aches especially if you are a desk worker or if you just sit on your job all day long. It can also ease muscle pains and relieve headaches. Additionally, it can be helpful if you have problems with sleeping. ZenSoft PH who specializes in spa software management, shares with us some insights on the psychological benefits of massages. Read on!

Massage as Treatment

Massage is usually considered as part of complementary treatment with traditional medicine. It is also known to be a remedy for a number of psychological problems like depression, ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and much more.

In some study, there are significant improvements in cancer patients who experience massage when it comes to dealing with their depression and anxiety compared to those who receive no massage therapy. Another study shows that massage therapy is strongly connected with relieving depressive symptoms.

The connection between the body and mind should actually not come as a surprise. Your mental status may manifest in your body. How? The body can reveal it by posture, muscle concentration, and flexibility. Like if you are depressed, there is a tendency to constrict the stomach back in order to be less vulnerable.

Massage to Achieve the State of Nirvana

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In this psychological aspect, the massage therapist becomes the key to achieve the state of nirvana. The massage therapist is not the one who is just familiar with the body. He/she should also be accustomed to your mind. The massage therapist is the observer of the stress that accumulates in your body. To be a great massage therapist, one should become a keen observer. He/she should already be able to understand psychological conditions just by going through the client’s muscle.

A good example is when the therapist can distinguish a hardened part of the muscles. This condition serves as a force field both in the psychological and physical way. This may be a symptom of impermeability or distrust. If he can recognize this force field, he may be able to bring it to the client’s attention and the patient may be able to ‘disarm’ their psychological loads. The therapist may ask the client to ‘breathe into it’, which will make the client fix his/her trust issues.

So knowing the reasons why you should get a massage or should you motivated to go to the spa as often as your schedule allows you. Just remember that if you are thinking to use massage as a therapy for mental problems, inform your doctor so he can align the medical treatments and therapy to it. Try to look for a great therapist so you can get what you want. Sometimes, you do not even know that you are suffering from depression and an emphatic therapist is maybe all you need to get over the hump and be a healthier person inside and out. Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.

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