Helping patients and muscles relax for over 5000 years.
This week we’d like to take a quick detour from our study of the Chakras and look at a closely related field of work, massage therapy.
At Inprana when we look to help balance your chakras, massage therapy is one of the tools at our disposal to help do this, in fact, it’s been used dating back to 3000BCE (even possibly earlier) in India for life medicine.
Massage therapy carries with a lot of benefits, and one of them is helping to achieve balance in the body through calm and relief from pain. In doing so like sound therapy or acupuncture, we can help move the negative energies through your body, and achieve balance while enabling it to do its natural healing job.
But how exactly does massage therapy work on your body? Well simply put, it helps you relax. On a more complicated level there is a direct link between massage and your nervous system, and an involuntary response it has with massage therapy. Not only can this emotionally help when dealing with rehabilitation or other sources of pain, it promotes healing in our soft tissues as well by helping blood circulate and stimulating our nervous systems.
Understanding message therapy requires understanding this relaxation response, again on a very basic level as your body relaxes you just feel better. On a chemical level within our bodies it helps to release serotonin which is our natural way of provoking a smile. When were dealing with a lot of pain, emotional or physical however, it becomes hard for our bodies to naturally release serotonin, and this is where techniques used in massage therapy and other holistic healing programs can encourage it to release.
Serotonin and our overall state of relaxation towards pain carries with it a lot of benefits from stress relief to helping with conditions like hypertension and even insomnia, to name a few. As we stated above this is not just due to the emotional response, but the physical as there is a direct link between increased blood flow and lymph node circulation and our overall health.
Beyond helping to improve circulation, massage therapy helps the muscles relax. When were stressed and especially dealing with frequent pains, our muscles tense up and essentially are constantly exerting themselves which doesn’t create the best environment for healing.
By relaxing our muscles however we help them naturally heal by promoting that “down time” with the relaxation response massage therapy creates. This also benefits our nerves as they can become compressed with muscle tension, and spasms. This can even influence the relaxation, and increase healing potential of deeper tissues as the muscles above, like our meridians and chakras, are tied together and have a sympathetic response.
Here we can see whether you’re dealing with frequent physical pains, or looking for a way to help relax after those long, brutal work weeks, massage therapy is a relatively simple, yet long proven method to help us reduce emotional and physical stress, and help our bodies do their best possible job of naturally healing.
If you’d like to learn more, or schedule an appointment please reach out and let us know. We’re always here and happy to answer all your questions and help you achieve a more balanced, and stress free lifestyle with massage therapy and many more programs!
– Ming Fong (Joyce), your Registered massage therapist & Acupuncturist at Inprana.
*Disclaimer: Energy healing releases any energy blockages or improves pranic energy which allows regeneration of tissues at a cellular level and stimulates innate healing mechanisms of the body. It does not attempt to diagnose, treat, or cure illness.