How massage can help heal chronic injuries and alleviate pain.
The body is in a constant dance of balancing between the need for stability and desire for mobility. We all have an expectation that the parts of the body that are supposed to stay mobile will continue to move easily, and vice versa. However, in order for the body to remain both stable and mobile, there must be compromise. While most of the time the body adjusts for compromise without our faintest attention, over time, tissue pain, muscle knots, spasms, trigger points, and tension patterns can develop as a result of repetitive compromising and compensation. Massage therapy is essentially the perfect tool to address these problematic compensation patterns. During a massage the body and mind are relaxed, the nervous system slows down, and feel good endorphins are released. Once the physical body has relaxed, I am then able to feel for the structural imbalances that form the pain symptoms you’re experiencing. Occasionally the compensatory patterns are so deeply engrained within the body that it requires a systematic “peeling back” of the layers of compensation in order to find the root issue. For example, pain between the shoulder blades is typically not because of a “knot” you can never quite locate, but instead due to a forward rounding of the shoulders, which is actually caused by tightness in the pectoralis muscles (chest). You see, pain in the body is rarely ever an isolated occurrence, even a chronic injury will create referral pain in far reaching areas of the body if not properly cared for and corrected. Because massage has the capacity to impact the physical and mental bodies simultaneously, it is a unique opportunity to draw your attention away from the ever-processing mind and down into the physical body. The mind is an incredible tool, one that we can use to heal the body when used properly. Many people live entirely in their minds, ignoring their bodies until there is pain that calls, sometimes screams, for attention. Together we can establish a stronger bond between mind and body and harness the power of the mind to heal the body.