Body Therapy - Dec 18, 2017

Benefits of Intelligent Touch

Hand Touch Buddha Artwork

Body therapy, or massage, is a practice of healthcare that has been around for centuries. Ancient texts document, “Anointing,” which was the application of oils to the body. Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine,” established some original holistic methods of healthcare that included exercise, massage, fresh air, rest, diet, and cleanliness. In modern times, we are seeing the emergence of a new understanding of massage therapy, and that massage is something not just for the elite, but for everyone.

First and foremost, Massage is the application of touch. Touch is so important to human life. In fact, it is essential to survival and a basic human need. Scientific research and documentation is showing the continual importance of touch from before birth throughout all of our days. In our mothers’ wombs we are encompassed by her touch, and babies are comforted by being held and cuddled. Touch is required for healthy growth, development, and immune function. Our skin is the largest sense organ in our bodies with an average of 18 square feet of surface, and it deserves to be touched.

Through the application of touch, a massage therapist is able to facilitate healing. Healing occurs when our entire beings slip out of the “Fight or Flight,” Sympathetic Nervous System and into a state of relaxation within our Parasympathetic Nervous System. When we make this shift, our breathing slows, blood flows, and our body begins to heal. It is not the therapist that is doing the healing; it is the Healer Within each of us, or our Inner Physician with a creative intelligence that intimately guides and unfolds the healing mechanisms within our body. The therapist is merely a conduit who helps to facilitate healing. Again, Hippocrates, circa 400 BCE, recognized this concept that the body is capable of curing itself, “Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.”

The effects and benefits of Massage are paramount, and help all systems of the body. Most importantly, Massage:

-increases the circulation of blood and lymph throughout the body

-improves digestion and the removal of waste, and thus aiding the immune system

-relieves pain by an increase in chemicals such as: dopamine, endorphins, enkephalins, oxytocin, and seratonin; while decreasing harmful chemicals in the body like: cortical and substance P

-provides relaxation and all the benefits of slowing our breath and lives