More and more I’m working with clients who experience chronic pain that can’t be fully remedied by a physical or external therapy. An example of an external therapy would be medication, physical therapy, or massage.
Wait, you’re a massage therapist, why would you share that massage doesn’t always work?! Because it doesn’t. And in order for me to grow as a professional I must be aware of the limitations of my profession and develop new solutions.
So here’s the honest truth, massage doesn’t always work on its own to solve or fix a physical problem 100% of the time. But you may have already known this.
Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of clients that massage is the perfect fit for, and nothing more is needed. I’ve also witnessed massage not being enough as a stand-alone remedy. The presenting problem must be addressed from several angles to fully support healing.
For clients that are ready and open, I utilize massage, Craniosacral therapy and/or TRE with simple mindfulness + dialogue techniques to advance and/or deepen the healing process.
The added layer of mindfulness supports an individual to connect with physical, mental and emotional data from a neutral place that allows for the re-integration of pain, trauma and/or dis-ease.
If trauma can get trapped in your body, it can also be released. This is the law of physics I think. But, what is the best way to release trauma from the body without overwhelming the organism?
How can “being mindful of pain” help heal pain? Most people don’t want to be in pain. This is very natural. But somewhere along the line, someone came up with the idea that pain is bad and it shouldn’t be felt, and most of us believe this.
Well, the more we resist pain, the more intense it becomes. That’s why we search for help. The one who can fix the pain. I believe being mindful of pain sensations adds a layer of depth to see that you are not in pain, pain is in you.
Once this is fully realized pain is more likely to come and go with ease. You don’t have to resist it or hold on to it anymore.
I’m not suggesting you just grin and bear it either. That’s not helpful. I suggest you work with someone who will really help you examine your pain, it’s sources and establish a successful treatment plan together.
So, massage may not work all the time, but it will work most of the time and it could work even more if your therapist + you approach pain in a more dynamic way.
Thanks for reading!