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Massaging the Mind-Body Connection

Posted Oct 03 2008 11:32am 1 Comment
By Dr. Christine Gonzalez (PharmD, HHC)

If only we could maintain that feeling of deep relaxation and euphoria from an amazing massage after we leave the table? I have experienced several styles of massage, with my favorites being deep tissue and trigger point. Utilizing the breath and intention, along with trust and comfort in the massage therapist, enables me to unlock and release built up stress, negativity, and blocks that have manifested as tight muscles and hypersensitive trigger points. Through intuitive and purposeful pressure and rolling action (along with some occasional verbal requests from yours truly), the therapist is able to physically direct the flow of this energy out of my body. I find it fascinating how this experience changes and evolves into a true healing session through cultivation of the mind-body connection while being worked on. The tactile sensations from massage create a tangible path to understanding how what the body feels relates to what the mind experiences.

Massage awakens the senses and purportedly stimulates a release of endorphins. It also increases circulation and stimulates the lymphatic and nervous systems. Some studies on massage sponsored by NCCAM (The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) include how massage affects healthy people, the effects of massage on chronic neck pain, massage for end-of-life cancer patients, and home massage for reducing pain in sickle cell anemia patients. Fortunately, I have experienced a myriad of benefits simply through enjoying the moment and now through developing a deeper understanding of the mind-body connection. In my opinion, a gifted therapist will be the guide to help you tap into your own mind-body connection. As always, feel free to share your thoughts on your massage experiences...
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Massage is good, reiki is good--but have limitations for the same reason: you need someone to do it to you. And how often can one afford this? Once a week? It's not enough. Meditation, yoga and Chinese internal energy exercises (qigong) are better because one can do it him-or-herself--every day. And it costs nothing but time and energy.

Bob Ellal 

Author, 'By These Things Men Live: Chronicles of a Four-Time Cancer Survivor'


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