Have you noticed how many more western medicine based doctors particularly chiros are becoming gurus in the world of self-healing (promoting with their cd and books and videos.) Leveraging relaxation with enhanced awareness to help people self-heal for over a decade and seeing how my clients transform...became obvious for me..since you cannot really heal when you are stressed eh?
It is so effective to let go deeper and deeper in whatever way you choose to do it since the neuroscientic studies often use meditation, breadth, resilience and yoga to show you common sense that your body is impact and can be activated in a healing mode. MASSAGE DOES ALL THAT AND MORE BECAUSE THE PHYSICAL BODY IS ACTIVATED AND STRESS LEAVES EFFECTIVELY. Just meditation doesn't do what meditative massage does...the latter can help you relieve your tensions to allow fully the relaxation response! People felt the ecstasy in their being when there is a connecting and balancing effect between the body and mind. Now its more acceptable for other practitioners to accept that relaxation is a fundamental baseline for many changes to happen.
The relaxation response is coined by a cardiologist and author at Harvard University. His studies have shown that people who use a relaxed response (less stressed) manifest a biochemical change in their brain as per MRI brain scans. Healing was triggered.
The book, RELAXATION RESPONSE, is changing the way medicine is practiced. Many are looking beyond the mechanics of medicine and into the body's healing process which is often caused by placebo effect (perception and feelings) according to the scientific crowd. It is fascinating work but it seems like we are no working with a full deck of cards due to the scientific minds which are linear!
When we cannot use our linear or scientific minds to understand how the body heals it can be frustrating but the body self-heals through an internal shift. The scientific research shows that for example Aids patients recover and lead normal lives.
There are many ways to relax as varied as prayer, to yoga to meditation. However the writer never really had a relaxing massage so he did not include it as a viable option in the book?! He has shown that many activities that induce relaxation such as meditation can also alter genes but limits his tools to what he knows only. I was not his massage therapist lol.
Touch is as old as civilization and the use of MASSAGE and the power of touch and self-healing is so accessible if the mind can just do it. Many don't know how massage can accelerate self-healing by energetic exchange and by touch. Many only know massage as a form of entertainment. I don't mean it negatively, all i am saying is that many people just expect to feel good on a massage table when a whole universe opens up! At this point, we are not sight or hearing deprived but touch deprived. That is a positive touch because the quick sex that is very prevalent today ........but does it heal or nurture you?
Yet you know the POWER OF TOUCH is the incredible lifesaver for young babies. Animals/pets get all the touch, don't they? Do they know something we don't know?
The medical doctor above is primarily mind based, not body based. It took decades to figure out that the body can heal the person through relaxation. Actually the scientific world is perhaps to ego based to ever say this but they will say that the mind is the supreme to heal the body. However, The body does not go by the linear rules of a scientific mind, it is intuitive and brings to the forefront the unconsciousness and never judges and wavers like the mind. The body has information that is not left the brain and knows what the mind doesn't know. The body is not to be governed or dissected by the linear world of intellectualism and science. It IS THE TEMPLE AND HAS ITS OWN GATEWAY. However many doctors and neuroscientists study the brain rather the body because their careers are built on thinking and linear knowledge. I am sure that if the body was studied they would find miracles that were overlooked under the microscope or MRI.
These mind-based studies do not reflect on the body language and flow state. However, I found that the body teaches us and the mind the truth of what is possible rather then the mind triggers the healing.
When you are whole not just in your mind, is where there are joy and gratefulness.