John 5:6 "When Jesus saw him lying there and learned how long he suffered this condition, he asked him,
"Do you want to get well?"
Jesus' question is surprising given that this invalid was laying by a pool known for healing. But the invalid's reply is even more surprising. Rather than saying YES to an opportunity for healing, the man instead complained about his infirmities, about the pool and about the others waiting there to be healed. Sometimes, we can pass by opportunities for healing that are right in front of our eyes, as we become calloused by our afflictions.
Say YES to healing! Massage helps to heal those suffering from the trauma of broken and bruised bodies. awful memories, isolation of depression and addiction, loss of a loved one, failing health; families devastated by illness or an unexpected accident; and caregivers.
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reduces stress, anxiety and depression by causing the body to increase the therapeutic chemicals dopamine and serotonin; endorphins and relaxation alpha brain waves. It also reduces the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, noradrenaline and the stress hormone ACTH (Adrenocorticotrophic hormone). It boosts the immune system, stabilizes blood sugar levels, and improves lung function.
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Therapeutic Massage-can be a powerful part of breaking negative patterns through holistic healing & nurturing. A powerful connection can develop between client and therapist in a safe environment where healthy relating can be practiced in a peaceful and comfortable way. You will receive lasting benefits that strengthen, edify, and affirm your true self. Healthy touch is a wonderful opportunity for nurturing from a trained, licensed, professional that is committed to keeping appropriate boundaries to facilitate calming, therapeutic renewal and healing. We do not perform any type of sexual or erotic massage.
2 Timothy 2:22 (NLT) "Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts."
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The Healing Effects of Massage Mind
Originally published in Body Sense magazine, Spring 2011. Copyright 2011. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.
I used to sit at the edge of the ocean to find my rhythm. When planning my annual vacations, it was the water that called me--not so much to be in it, but to be by it. Maternal and soothing, the comings and goings of the tide was my "reset" button--you know, the one that allows you to deal calmly again with the world. Along came twins, and my exotic vacations were replaced with ventures closer to home. Being in a land-locked state, sitting by the ocean was no longer an option. How was I going to hit my reset button now? The answer was right in front of me--massage.
As a massage enthusiast, I have learned about and tried a great variety of techniques over the years, but some of my most profound and restorative experiences on the massage table have come in the stillness of the moment.
Massage therapist Bruce Hopkins calls this stillness "massage mind," something understood by those who've experienced it, but difficult to explain to those who have not. The easiest analogy for massage mind might be the quiet state the mind enters into the moments before sleep, or the place of stillness one reaches during meditation. "Massage mind is immediately recognized by clients who are experienced meditators," says Hopkins, who works exclusively with cancer patients in his Portland, Maine, massage practice. "It is the same mind-state that is accessed in deep meditation. And, as in meditation, practice makes getting there easier."
For Hopkins, helping his clients reach massage mind is paramount to his work. "When I am working, I am coaxing the mind to go deeper and deeper," he says. "The music I choose reinforces the work: no melody, no loud passages, always changing, no repetition, interesting, but ultimately boring." The massage itself mimics the music criteria, all with the intent of lulling the mind. Any deep-tissue work or range-of-motion tests, for example, would interfere with that sedative space, he says. "I want it all to be seamless and mindless. I don't want anything to cause the mind to stop and say, "What is that?'"
But what can reaching the quiet stillness of massage mind actually do for clients? Plenty. "When the brain is in this meditative state, it is able to sort through the clutter and focus on any areas that need it, allowing healing to occur at the cellular level," says Pat Crozier, a massage educator and therapist in Chandler, Arizona. "I honestly believe that in those quiet, restorative moments, the brain has 'all power' and can hugely impact the massage experience. The meditative mind is a wonderful place to hang out. It's calming, strengthening, restorative, and clearing."
Quieting The Mind
In Buddhist tradition, the phrase "monkey mind" refers to the chatter that often goes on in the personal dialog we undertake with ourselves every day, every moment. Like a monkey jumping from limb to limb, monkey mind is the process of jumping from thought to thought without a singular focus. When our busy mind can do nothing but be chaotic, stressed, and scattered, it is in the throes of monkey mind. Calming the monkey mind, and realizing instead the massage mind, can have profound effects.
Many massage therapists say that some of the most therapeutic work that happens on the massage table is when the mind "gets out of the way." Hopkins says that's exactly his goal when working with the cancer patients who come to him for massage. "The mind has a profound effect on all physiological processes," he says. In fact, when you can get the mind to quiet itself, Hopkins says the body will heal faster on its own. His clients affirm that notion every day. "I have cancer patients coming from extreme stress who have broken down in tears of joy after the massage is done. They may remember it for a long time as the day life changed dramatically."
Hopkins has had many of his clients report the life-changing effects they found after an hour on his table: "Because of massage, I've come to be at peace with my mastectomy," "I'm not quite sure where I was, but I didn't want to come back," "It's a vacation from cancer," "I felt an overwhelming sense of peace," "The euphoria of the mind during my sessions transcended the quiet horror of cancer."
Now, after seven years working with cancer patients, Hopkins says to heal the body, ideally you want the mind going in the same direction that the body goes; if that's not working, then it's time to turn the mind off. He offers this bit of advice for clients who have a hard time getting there: "If the client is not letting go, I encourage them to focus on my hands. My hands become their mantra. I tell them that when their mind grabs something and tries to run with it, focus instead on my hands, where they are, and what they are doing at the moment."
This "between-the-ears" massage, as Hopkins calls it, is simply a traditional Swedish massage sequence of strokes that offers non-intrusive, gentle therapy. "It's a vehicle to lull the mind to go where I want it to go," he says, adding that most types of relaxation massage provide a framework within which clients can reach this quiet state. "Unwind the mind and the body unwinds on its own."
Sometimes, by reaching the stillness of massage mind during your session, you might venture to a place you've never been before. If you've long ago buried emotional issues or traumatic experiences (whether it's the physiological impact of a car crash or the psychological turmoil of a parent's dying days), they might decide to rear up in these quiet moments. It's OK, and it's normal. Don't be afraid to venture along the path and address these challenges head-on.
During the process, if you find yourself unexplainably in tears while on the massage table, don't fret. Tears have been spilled there before and certainly will be spilled there again. Even if you don't feel like you're carrying emotional baggage, massage can sometimes unleash buried obstacles and ask you to address them if you're ready. "It is [the massage therapist's] job to get the body into a parasympathetic state to allow calm and clarity of mind," Crozier says. This is where massage mind lives. Once there, the healing begins on so many other levels. "Some clients will experience emotional release--being able to let go of baggage that is cluttering the mind and that they are sometimes not even aware of--and feel 'many pounds lighter' after the experience." Crozier says it's important to note that an emotional release will never happen without permission from the mind first. As the obstacles/traumas relinquish their hold, the body finds a clearer path toward wholeness and health.
It's Good For You
If you have already found your path to massage mind, then I'm preaching to the choir, but if not, ask your therapist to help you get there next time. Even if you see it as nothing more than giving your mind a one-hour vacation from the chaos of your day, or putting your worries aside for a few moments, accessing this place of therapeutic stillness is good for you.
Massage can be a journey in many ways and it can take you along a restorative path, both physically and mentally. That hour, when the sounds of the world surrender to the breath of client and therapist and the music lulls you into a meditative state, see if you can access your massage mind. In finding that place of therapeutic stillness, you too can reclaim your own rhythm, and hit "reset" without needing to find an ocean to do so. Karrie Osborn is senior editor for Associated Bodywork Massage Professionals. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fifteen Things Your Massage Therapist Wants You to Know
based on an article By Kelli Boylen Originally published in Body Sense magazine.
1. We are not a masseuse, and, no matter how cool you think that word sounds, your massage therapist probably doesn't like it. especially if he is a male therapist because the term is gender specific to a female. Massage parlor is rather outdated as well. In years past, some "massage parlors" were really fronts for sex shops and (we) did not take out student loans and complete more than 850 hours of training to be associated with prostitution. Trust me--I'm pretty serious about it. Jokes about "happy endings" are outdated as well.
2. Please be on time. We really like to work on you for the entire scheduled time. We often have another client coming in right after you, so it is unlikely for us to work on you past the scheduled appointment time.
3. We don't care about the stubble on your legs. Unless a leg is shaved within a few hours of your massage, it has stubble on it. We don't mind this or leg hair, or hair anywhere. As long as you are reasonably clean, we're all good.
4. Your perfume may smell beautiful, but since we work in close proximity to you for about an hour, it can get a little overwhelming. We prefer you wait until you leave our office to put it on. Some of our other clients have allergies to perfume, and it's hard to air out smells sometimes.
5. You have no obligation to talk to us during a massage. If talking helps you relax, by all means go ahead. Otherwise, go to your happy place.
6. To us, your butt is not cute or sexy. It's a big muscle, and we like muscles. If you have problems in your lower back, chances are that your gluteal muscles are involved with that as well. We can work your glutes with a sheet covering if that makes you more comfortable, but it seems kind of silly not to work on some of the biggest muscles in the body.
7. Even if you are comfortable with nudity, we don't want to see it. We are trained on how to properly drape clients to protect your modesty and ours. Just because we are comfortable with the sides of your buttocks, doesn't mean we want to see anything else.
8. We have had extensive training in anatomy and physiology, kinesiology (the study of muscles and movement), pathology, and ethics. If we forget that you may not know all the same terminology we have learned, please ask us what we mean. We know where your medial malleolus is (that's your ankle bone on the inside of your leg), but if you haven't heard of that before, please ask.
9. If you have had a change in your medical condition since you were here last time, it is important that you tell us. If you tell us halfway through a deep-tissue massage that you are taking blood thinners, we are going to be thinking "uh-oh" in our heads.
10. Tell us if you want more or less pressure. We are happy to oblige, and won't take offense. In fact, we love it if you tell us what you like and don't like as we go along--it helps us to individualize your massage to what you want and need.
11. Yes, we put clean sheets on the table for every client.
12. During the massage session, our job is to do bodywork. Your job is to relax. We love the tranquil look people get after their massage, so leave your worries somewhere else and leave your muscles to us.
13. If you are unhappy, please tell us why. Sometimes a client doesn't return and we have no idea if we did something wrong or if you are just busy.
14. If you are happy with what we do, tell your friends. We love referrals.
15. Finally, enjoy your massage! We love our work and hope you do, too.
Kelli Boylen is a licensed massage therapist in Wisconsin and Iowa. She is a freelance writer and author of the blog Boylen Over. This piece originally appeared on www.goodblogs.com.