Massage is a great way to relax, ease tension and release stress. For people in addiction recovery, adding massage to your stress management regime is a wonderful way to practice caring for yourself and being proactive in improving your physical and mental health. At Journey, therapeutic massage is one of many holistic therapies available to clients in recovery. Speak Confidentially with a Journey Advisor at 844-878-1979.
Body Work – Many Roads to One Destination
Massage is one type of a large group of healing modalities called bodywork—pathways to greater health and improved functioning through physical touch. This touch can involve deep tissue massage or a technique called Rolfing, or as well as Reiki or polarity therapy.
The specific situation you’re experiencing and the reasons you seek bodywork should help guide you to which type of bodywork you choose. For example, if you’re seeking to de-stress, a basic massage technique such as Swedish massage will provide that on-the-spot relief you seek. A more intense technique, like Rolfing, which manipulates the connective tissue surrounding your muscles might be more appropriate for a different moment in your recovery when you’re less stressed and ready for an experience designed to help you grow. And acupressure or Shiatsu might fall somewhere in the middle—profoundly relaxing for some people, but stimulating and more challenging for others. Speak Confidentially with a Journey Advisor at 844-878-1979.
Some specific benefits of massage therapy for people in addiction recovery include improved physical health, a healthier immune system, improved mood and an easing of anxiety, better sleep and reduced drug cravings. Most practitioners will recommend regular weekly or bi-weekly massages, but even one well-timed massage can have significant benefits.
Unlike nearly every other healing modality you may encounter in drug rehab or in your community, massage offers physical touch. This can be powerfully healing. Massage sometimes stirs strong emotions, as if muscles and bones hold memories of experiences that our brains seem to have blocked or forgotten. Sometimes releasing a tense muscle can release a strong emotion—whatever it was that you were feeling when you locked up the feeling in that tension. The catharsis of releasing the emotion can be intensely therapeutic.