In the UK, massage therapy is a holistic, drug-free healing art which recognizes and incorporates the scientific approach to healing of the West with the energy-based, intuitive, artistic approach of the East.
Essentially, massage is the biomechanical manipulation of soft-tissue for the purpose of restoring or maintaining balance within and among the various systems of the body-mind complex while the body is at rest and the mind is letting go.
The latter cannot be over-emphasized, which, btw, is why self-massage or massage during a sports event can never be as effective or as lasting as one administered by a professional who is proficient in both the hands-on as well as the letting-go aspect of this body-mind health-work.
When a physical or emotional traumatic event disrupts balance, without much analysis, knowledge, and good thinking, our ‘automatic’ or in-borne first-aid line of defence is set in motion, keeping us in an immediate but fragile balance for the short-run. T
herapist intervenes with such negative adaptation as it engages our natural capacity for long term healing – that capacity which we so often deny ourselves, when, instead of human “beings,” we have turned into human “doings”.
Drug free, non-traumatic, and pain-relieving without side-effects, massage is arguably the earliest, the latest, and the safest health technology. And it has been called upon for the prevention as well as for the treatment or management of many health problems for centuries. In massage, the therapeutic relationship is extremely intensive, intimate and close. T
ouch healing provides us with the most basic human need – the need for warmth and love, the need to be enveloped and secured.
Within sessions we communicate feelings and thoughts constantly, allowing a better flow: blood and lymph, emotions and feelings, thoughts and energy. The therapist use both verbal and non-verbal means to achieve it.
Non-verbal communication and non-verbal therapy in massage are usually very subtle. Non-verbal therapy is mainly good for people who find speaking a difficult task. We believe that sometimes ‘talking psychotherapies’ reach people for whom feeling is not an easy medium.
Sometimes they emphasise thinking rather than experiencing, analysing instead of being and feeling. In some cases, touch therapy can reach levels just as deep as in psychoanalysis. Sometimes, even deeper than that.