There is a third reason why I recommend full-body treatments over spot treatment.
It is also related to our three-dimensional nature of our embodiment and how we manage to move.
To produce movement in any of these planes of motion, the human body uses a complex system of skeletal muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments etc. that act as levers and pulleys and which works in all the planes of motion.
As a massage therapist I am both blessed and humbled by the opportunity I experience daily to touch people’s lives including those living with HIV and Aids.
But besides supporting survivors on a purely benevolent and emotional level, massage also influences body-mind processes as well as their immune systems.
People sometimes ask me to book a 30-minute head-and-shoulder or back massage and I always have to explain why I can’t help them as I only offer full body massage.
Why? Because the magic ingredient in massage is time.
Having encouraged you to ask your massage therapist what his or her approach to massage is, it is just fair that I state where I stand in the discussion on the mind-body relationship.
So, here goes.
But first a bit of my history ...
No brain, no pain!
These days every neurobiologist interest in pain research seems to be wearing a t-shirt with this slogan.
But what does it mean?
That pain is all in the mind? That pain is an illusion? That I can think pain away?
Let me state my mission for the SomaSense blog and for massage up front:
I want to change the word.
No, no, not the world, I want to change the word!
Although I have an idea that changing this word might well change your world.
I am on a quest to find or think up a word that will fling this clumsy phrase, mind-body, on the compost heap of outdated theories.
And why do I want to change the word?
In the previous blog post I suggested that, instead of asking about the type or style of massage I do, you should rather ask about my approach to massage as that will give you more insight about my worldview and how I understand the health and how I relate to you and your needs.
We spoke about broad approaches to massage and I explained why I make that distinction:
It has to do with how the different therapists understand the mind-body relationship.
In this post I want us to discuss this subject in more detail.
Body-mind or mind-body? If you are struggling with physical and mental pain and feel that the dominant health paradigm’s dualistic approach to mind and body seems inadequate to explain anything, I want to talk to you. Join me under the tree in my garden for a cup of rooibos tea and let’s talk massage and SomaSense!