4.01.2009

Guest Post: Healing the World Through Massage

Today, we have a special guest post all about the benefits of studying massage therapy by Courtney Slivka, a writer for CirclesOfLight.com, which is a personal-development blog and web site.

When most people think of massage therapy, they think about the physical side of the practice. Although massage certainly offers physical benefits such as increased relaxation, greater flexibility and improved health, getting a diploma in massage therapy can make an even bigger, though more subtle, impact in the world. The benefits of the healing arts has the potential to provide emotional and spiritual healing, not only to the massage practitioner and client, but also to the rest of the world.

The Exchange Between Therapist and Client
In a massage-therapy session, a very special experience occurs between the practitioner and client. Through the power of touch, the therapist helps their client gain a sense of balance, healing and relaxation. What most people do not realize is that the therapist also receives the benefit of healing as well. The transfer of positive energy works both ways, and both parties often leave a session feeling rejuvenated (making it easy to ask for client referrals).

However, this positive energy does not stay within the confines of the treatment room. After a massage therapy session, both therapist and client re-enter the external world, but they are changed. The changes may be subtle, but they have the potential to impact each and every thing they encounter in their lives. Massage therapy creates feelings of compassion and inspires a greater appreciation of life. This holistic practice also increases self-awareness for both the practitioner and the receiver. As those who experience a therapeutic session interact with others, they spread this positive energy. Though it often goes unnoticed, a wind of compassion and joy stirs through the world long after the session is over. Its power is contagious.

The Gift of Giving and Receiving
One can speak highly of the physical benefits of massage therapy, but the full effect of massage must often be experienced to be believed. Make massage a regular part of your life, as either a provider or receiver, and take note of the difference it makes in your world.

Providing healing to just one person helps to heal the entire world in quiet and peaceful ways. You can play an active role in personal and global healing and prepare to welcome more happiness and well-being into your life.

A big thanks to Courtney for this inspiring post!

Photo courtesy of stevendepolo on Flickr.