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Healing Massage Therapy

Nina J. Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Today I would like to talk about the subject extremely close to my heart – healing massage.

You have probably heard about the healing benefits of massage therapy services. In fact, there’s a huge body of medical research that supports the use of massage therapy for healthy mind and body. In addition to the healing aspect, people often forget about the myriad of ways bodywork therapy can enhance performance for athletes and others who need to stay in top shape to do their jobs.

While massage is a hands-on technique focused on working directly with your muscles and other soft tissue, some massage therapists also incorporate energy healing techniques into their massage therapy practice.

Energy healing is based on the belief that promoting the flow of energy in your body helps your body balance and heal itself. Although Western medicine has been slow to recognize the value of energy healing, some research does increasingly support benefits from energy techniques.

One of my favourite healing techniques is Therapeutic Touch, where therapists place their hands on or near their patient's body with the intention to help or heal. In doing so, therapists believe that they are consciously directing or modulating an individual's energies by interacting with his or her energy field. The focus is on balancing the energies of the total person and stimulating the body's own natural healing ability rather than on the treatment of specific physical diseases.

The goal of Therapeutic Touch is to assist the recipient in tapping into their own healing process and to restore wholeness and wellbeing at the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels of the person.

Therapeutic Touch does not attempt to cure disease, but rather to stimulate the body's natural healing process. According to Therapeutic Touch texts, the major effects of Therapeutic Touch are a deep relaxation response, reduction of pain and anxiety, and faster wound healing.

I strongly believe that this therapy promotes health and wellbeing and eases the dying process.  Patients who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation have found it helpful in reducing side effects of treatment, such as nausea, vomiting, weakness, or fatigue. Others have seen reduced feelings of anxiety or grief.

Therapeutic Touch can benefit people of all ages and all states of health or illness, as well as plants and animals.

Therapeutic Touch therapy is generally very safe, but precautions need to be taken with pregnant women (since there is more than one energy field), and people with some forms of mental illness. Experienced practitioners will take these factors into account.

Where can you find a practitioner?

The best way to choose a practitioner is to get a referral from a trusted source. Before you visit, ask the practitioner about his or her educational preparation and experience. Make sure the practitioner has completed three levels of training and a supervised mentorship.

Explain your specific needs and ask if he/she has worked with similar cases and if he/she can confidently serve you. You should feel comfortable working with the Therapeutic Touch practitioner.

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