The Body Remembers
Address and Relieve Traumatic Stress Through Massage
By Leslie Korn
e benefit from massage and bodywork
in so many ways. We may seek the
help of massage to address pain and
discomfort, or to relax from the stress of daily life.
But bodywork can be just as effective in addressing
traumatic stress, whether recent or long past.
Sometimes during a session, when a practitioner touches
specific areas of pain, emotions arise; these might include
anxiety, fear, or sadness, or you even might experience
flashback memories or images. If this happens, it is useful
to have open communication with your practitioner
to determine if you feel comfortable proceeding with
the session. You may want the practitioner to stop the
session entirely or work somewhere else on the body, or
you may feel ready to process the feelings that arise.
It is important to communicate with your practitioner,
sharing any current symptoms, along with a history of
injury or discomfort, and discuss whether the practitioner
can provide touch therapy techniques to relieve these
symptoms. Addressing symptoms that are related to longheld trauma can initiate a deeper experience of healing.
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