The Psychology of Healing Touch
Massage is probably the oldest and easiest way to treat and recover. In many countries, especially in the East, massage is used in everyday life by people of all ages. In the West, the benefits of massage have long been recognized in the sports world and only relatively recently they began to use it for other, healthy purposes.
Too often we are careful not to touch each other. However, studies show the incredible effect of touch, and in touch – the essence of massage. It has been established, for example, that massage raises the mood of the patient and contributes significantly to his recovery.
Massage requires knowledge of the psychology of communication, since when it is used, a special relationship arises between the massage therapist and the one being massaged. Every good doctor knows that his work is based on an inner conviction:
“I am called to help.”
The advantage of massage is that it is pleasant to accept and do. It excites and calms, depending on the depth and speed of the implementation of techniques. Massage gives energy, stimulates and prepares for a large expenditure of energy, for example, in sports. It relieves us of tension and headaches, relaxes hard and painful muscles, and cures insomnia. Massage creates a pleasant sensation, contributing to a more rapid and physiological restoration of impaired body functions.
We offer you to master massage, in which they approach an individual person as a whole, taking into account not only his physical condition, but also his psychological one. The relations of the massage therapist and the massaged and their mutual communication are extremely important for the result of the procedure. The massaged should relax and focus on the touch of the massage therapist. He will feel that the massage procedure is a continuous chain of rhythmic movements that follow one after another. The more pleasing the patient is the massaging movement, the more correct its execution. The goal of the massage is considered more than achieved if the patient experiences complete relaxation (Alfred Birach, 1984). The masseur, in turn, should strive to be focused and attentive throughout the procedure so that the patient feels that he is being massaged with true diligence.
Do not be afraid of the huge number of techniques that you must learn. Train (practice), and very soon you will find that your hands are relaxing, and the techniques begin to be performed naturally. Gradually, you will develop and improve the correct massage technique. And the techniques studied at the training courses are the alphabet of massage, with the help of which you will create your own “touch language”, depending on the needs and health problems of your patient.
When doing massage, listen to what is pleasant to the person, however, avoid excessive verbal communication, as this prevents both of them from concentrating. The more your movements are slower and more rhythmic, the more the person being massaged will feel relaxed and calm. While you are studying, try to get a massage several times, preferably different people. So it will be easier to understand for yourself the various speed and power of performing techniques, as well as some tangible difference in touch, which speaks volumes …
Properly performed (physiological) massage has a healing effect at all levels. In physical terms, its positive effect is that it relaxes and softens muscles, promotes venous blood flow, increases hemoglobin level, accelerates lymph flow, and stretches intraarticular ligaments. Massage affects the main metabolism. Mentally, massage not only relieves stress and longing, but also helps to realize your body as a whole.
A good massage creates a feeling of pleasure, trust and joy. It releases a large amount of energy, which was previously spent on stress, and by changing chronic painful reactions, it causes a deep reorganization in the behavior of a person and in the life of his organs and systems.
Extremely important sensations that arise at the moment when you establish and stop contact with the massaged. You will feel the warmth coming from the body, even before you touch the skin, and the person will also feel the presence of your hands above the body. Of course, your hands should be relaxed when they touch your body. If you need to move to another part of the body, the transition should be gentle and light, barely noticeable and poorly perceptible. Many schools of European and Oriental massage recommend that one hand always remain in contact with the body, thereby creating continuous psychophysical comfort from the procedure.