How does it help?
Having a treatment can be part of how you look after yourself, and can help you discover what deep relaxation feels like. A common effect is a balancing one. If you are feeling agitated, it will help to calm you. If you are tired and lethargic, it will make you feel lighter and more energetic. If you are in severe distress, massage can help you feel more ‘in your body’ and grounded.
Emotionally, massage enables you to feel nurtured and cared for, and can help you feel more positive about your body. For those who lack physical touch in their daily lives, for instance many elderly people, massage can be affirming and nourishing. If you find talking about yourself difficult, bodywork is another way that could help you explore how you are feeling.
On a physical level, massage actively promotes the circulation of blood and lymph through the body, aids digestion, and alleviates chronic muscle tension. It helps with the symptoms of anxiety and panic, such as palpitations, a tight chest, and shallow breathing. It may also relieve some of the side effects of medication. Massage is good at times when orthodox medicine has little to offer, for example for relieving headaches, backache and other chronic pain.”
Mind is the leading mental health organisation in England and Wales, providing a unique range of services through its local associations, to enable people with experience of mental distress to have a better quality of life. For more information about any mental health issues, including details of your nearest local Mind association, contact the Mind website: http://www.mind.org.uk or Mindinfoline on 0845 766 0163.