Massage is as old as time and just as important. When done properly, and with the intent to do only good for the client, can, in my opinion, work “miracles”. If you think about just yourself or your children you will see what I mean. In the day to day life of every person in the world, if you get an injury you rub it, if you or someone you know are upset you rub their back or hand as a way of showing understanding and compassion.
There are many different ways that massage can help people. It can relax and remove tension from the muscles, and other tissues of the body, help to improve the function of other bodily systems, along with many positive things for the mind and even spirit as well. Physical contact alone can change the way someone behaves and develops as a person.
Look at people that were neglected, abused, or assaulted in their lives and you will see that many of them have psychological and neurological disorders that stem from that. In this world there are many people that have disabilities, deformities, “dis-eases”, scars, neurological disorders and so on, that have, over time, developed a dislike of being touched, or even hostility to people because of the reactions of others to their physical appearance, or medical conditions.
Someone with AIDS, for example, may feel shunned and hated because people are afraid to touch them for fear of contracting it. Soldiers and accident victims have similar feelings due to trauma to their bodies and/or minds, especially if people close to them have reacted negatively to them. As a massage therapist it is MY goal to help these people learn to cope. They need to know that there are people in this world who are there for them and are not afraid of touching them. This can help them feel better about themselves by helping them heal the mental and physical wounds they have.
Massage Therapists are taught how to treat many different physical disorders, how to handle the emotional releases that may occur from administering a massage, as well as how to prevent the possibility of contracting and spreading possible communicable diseases. I, as a Massage Therapist, am dedicated to helping anyone and everyone that comes to me for help, be it just to relax and de-stress from a hard day, or to try and overcome some other physical, neurological, or even an emotional disorder. So please, don’t ever hesitate to see a massage therapist. We are here for you.
Tina N. Tyler-Parish