Massage Therapy is probably one of the most underestimated natural healing methods of our modern times. While ancient cultures, such as those of Egypt and Mesopotamia, knew and applied the healing potential of deliberate touch to the human body, we are only slowly rediscovering the benefits of this simple yet effective technique whose goal is to improve circulation and promote relaxation through the manual manipulation of the body’s tissue.
Although modern science is still in the process of trying to understand the why’s and how’s of its specific benefits, Massage Therapy has clearly proven to have a positive impact on a person’s physical, emotional, and mental health. The American Massage Therapy Association has found that a therapeutic massage not only brings relief to back pain and muscle tension, it can also reduce headaches and migraines, boost the immune system, and alleviate the perception of pain in cancer patients.
One of the more obvious effects of a therapeutic massage is that it reduces emotional stress, which is known to aggravate most every health condition. Negative emotions such as fear and emotional trauma literally make a person “sour” in that they increase the production of acid, which is then stored in the body’s tissue. Through manually stimulating the latter, the body is aided in the release of such toxins and their removal through the blood stream.
Aside from the benefits on a person’s physical and emotional health, there resides a great potential for healing and self-discovery in massage therapy. In the undivided attention received within the safe space of a soothing and supportive environment, we are allowed to be fully ourselves. Removed from the pressures that come with a busy schedule and daily activities, the mind can unwind and calm, the heart can open again, and the spirit is given the time and space to reconnect with our essence – the place where we truly are.
The positive effects of a therapeutic massage can be enhanced through the use of essential oils, which have restorative properties to body, mind, and spirit. Granite City Counseling exclusively uses Young Living therapeutic-grade essential oils. We consider these 100% natural, high-quality oils to be gifts from the plant kingdom and worthy of our respect for their life enhancing and balancing effects on our psyche.