Massage is medicine
Massage Therapists offer healing every day.
As Massage Therapists, we have to be thoughtful when we say what we actually do. We are not supposed to say that we diagnose or treat any conditions. The current medical system states that massage therapy barely does anything at all, except maybe help a person relax a little.
Medicine, as defined by the Oxford Dictionaries: “The science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease (in technical use often taken to exclude surgery).” (1)
Common effects of stress from the Mayo Clinic:
“Indeed, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.” (2)
Could it be that relaxation and self-awareness are antidotes to stress?
A Massage Therapist who specializes in self-awareness, relaxation and mind-body balance participates in the prevention of health problems every day. Many Massage Therapists who have been practicing long-term have invested themselves in the study of multiple forms of hands-on healing so they can offer the best care possible to their clients. Dedicated Massage Therapists fine tune their own body-mind in order to offer clarity and harmony to their clients.
Massage is a form of medicine to counteract stress.
A Massage Therapist creates a sacred space for one to sink into self-awareness.
With the presence and encouragement of skillful hands-on contact, one is able to explore their physical and emotional reactions to stress. As the session continues, a skilled Massage Therapist is able to guide and support the letting go of physical, emotional, and mental tension patterns – a process sometimes referred to as “just relaxation.”
Experience is the proof.
Regardless of what the prevailing medical system allows a person to proclaim about the benefits of massage therapy, the reality remains – massage therapy is medicine.
(2) Common effects of stress