Healing in the Now with Massage Therapy
Archaeological evidence of massage has been discovered in many ancient civilizations, such as Egypt, China, and India. In case you’re unaware, Massage Therapy promotes relaxation, assimilation of nutrients and enzymes, releases toxins, stress, and anxiety. After conducting my own research, the specific massage that I had received today was called a structural integration technique.
Structural Integration's aim is to unwind the strain patterns residing in the body's myofascial system, restoring it to its natural balance, alignment, length, and ease. This is accomplished by deep, slow, fascial and myofascial manipulation, coupled with movement re-education. Various brands of Structural Integration are Rolfing, Hellerwork, Guild for Structural Integration, Aston Patterning,Soma, and Kinesis Myofascial Integration.
My overall experience with this specific structural integration technique was satisfying. The masseuses paid closed attention to problematic areas beginning with the most prominent “traps” in the shoulders. Smoothing muscle tissue in a downward direction, combining firm and still pressure points. Eventually, the knots relaxed following a prickling sensation at the waist. Before the zone therapy on my feet began, my healing was already complete. Not to downgrade the foot massage, because yes indeed, it was therapeutic as well and with 30min remaining it was perfect.
I felt light as a feather, my shoulders had dropped significantly, and my feet connected to the surface of the ground in a more conscious approach. Wow, I absolutely will not neglect myself from receiving a routine massage again! Afterward, there were some final stretching and lengthening of my upper body to ensure that the work was successful without sustaining any discomfort. I am pleased with the outcome of this experience, it was greater than expected (I was way overdue)! Finally, the massage therapist performed a few simple stretches for me to try out at home as needed. One style of a stretch was called the “hitchhiker”, where I would start bent over at the waist with both arms and thumbs pointing out. Then rolling the shoulders back realigning my spine straight into a standing position again, ending with both back shoulder blades in a pinched position as if I were pulling a bow with both hands over the shoulders. Hey, I’m for it!
Don’t wait until there’s tension overload in the body to begin taking care of yourself, sort of like what I had to learn to do for me. I know a lot of times we’re too busy helping to care for other people and neglect our own therapeutic charge to remain balanced in life. Meanwhile, the tiniest aspects of life will sustain us the most mentally, physically, and spiritually, such as routine massages catered to your specific level of healing. Routine self-care regimens are ideal to remain balanced and grounded through life. Don’t think of it as an expense, know that Massage Therapy is part of our Traditional Modalities for Healing.
Be well and heal in Peace…Peace!
Oh, Yeah, learning through trials to sustain my whole body entirely has made me aware of other Therapeutic Modalitiesof interest for further healing and grounding. ***Don’t Miss What’s Coming Up Next…***
Written by: S.J
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About the Author:
S.J is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Health & Wellness Consultant, Author of “The Traditional Modalities for Healing”, Blogger & owner of www.realitynconsciousness.com. In her Blogs, she enjoys writing Inspirational Tips about the utilization of Holistic Tools, such as Mindfulness, Awareness of the inner-self & its environment, weekly Affirmations for Sexual Abuse Survivors, & Afrikan Spirituality. She also loves reading, travel, fitness, & creating new vegan recipes.
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