The holistic aspects of massage may seem like something new in the 21st century, however massage has always held the intention to balance the physical, emotional, mental and energetic and spiritual aspects of the self.
When Swedish massage was developed in the 19th-century Europe, the Swedish focus on soft tissue manipulation of the physical body probably helped massage therapists gain acceptance in the physically oriented medical community.
Later, in the 20th century, as American massage schools began to include a variety of energetic healing modalities in the curriculum, and so the massage community began a return to its holistic roots.
Increasingly in our society, people are working longer hours, exercising less, and spending more time on their computers for fun after work is over. Whenever people don’t exercise to gain and maintain flexibility and strength beyond what they need for their normal daily activities, things can break down quickly.
Massage is a wonderful way to help yourself relax on all levels. And when your mind and emotions can relax, so can your physical body.
Imagine the feeling of sore muscles that have been aching for touch. Then imagine that lovely feeling of relief when a caring massage therapist makes the first soothing contact with those needy muscles.
It feels so good to let go!
A Swedish massage session can be designed to clear energy blockages and create a strong flow of energy throughout the entire body, which moves all physiological process back toward normal. Energy blockages are associated with muscle tension, pain, inflammation and physical discomforts which we are trying to relieve during the session. Swedish massage techniques frequently help release these blockages. Swedish massage can be given firmly, and is a wonderful way to warm up the tissues for deeper body work if desired.
Compassion is the hallmark of the spirituality of massage. As the client, you can feel compassion from you therapist, as well as the nurturing and attention in their hands…..or the absence of it!
So, it is important to find a therapist that hold the energy of compassion and kindness.
After all, you deserve it.