When we study as massage therapists (complementary therapists), we are taught about the anatomy and physiology of the body, Swedish massage techniques of petrissage, effleurage, friction and tapotement, how each stroke is beneficial to the muscular system and the subsequent knock on effects to all other systems.
Further training introduces more sophisticated techniques such as muscle energy techniques, positional release, myofascial release and so on, all in attempt to ease tension within muscle fibres/fibrotic tissue to allow a lengthening of the muscle and thus freeing up the associated joint, to enjoy its full range of movement.
Research demonstrates that the parasympathetic nervous system is activated during massage, that blood pressure reduces, cortisol decreases and constipation reduced and so on.
That massage is powerful medicine is not in doubt.
People experience a backache, tight shoulders, stiff neck, aching knees, a funny burning sensation at the bottom of the feet when they get up in the morning, chronic pain from fibromyalgia or an inflammatory process such as arthritis, all uncomfortable physical sensations.
If we haven’t had a massage ourselves, we are likely to know someone that has. Feedback is often, ‘it was too tickly’, or ‘I felt bruised the next day’.
I trained in this very physical approach to the body and began my therapy training with Reflexology in 1997, this led to completing a BSc in Health Sciences and Complementary Therapies at University of Westminster in 2000, studying a range of hands on therapies and as much plant based medicine as I could. My CV demonstrates post grad training since 2000.
I also trained in tarot, colour therapy and spiritual healing and this training was all about developing self, not only through academia, reflective practice and clinical supervision, but by using breathing techniques, meditation and sensitivity development with visualisations.