The Role of Massage Therapy in Addiction Treatment
Massage therapy helps achieve a state of deep peace. This type of therapy helps us reconnect with our bodies (physical-mental-emotional) and fight addiction. One of the immediately helpful results of massage therapy is that it facilitates the detoxification process. It can accelerate the release of toxins from the body, strengthen the immune system, and reduce some of the side effects of withdrawal, such as anxiety and pain.
Massage therapy also helps increase dopamine levels in the brain and substitute the endorphins that were being “hijacked” by long-term substance abuse, therefore aiding in the manufacturing of our own endorphins during this vulnerable time which relapse is prevalent. Massage triggers the parasympathetic nervous system, which focuses on rest, recuperation, slowing your heart rate, calming your breathing, stabilizing blood pressure, aiding in digestion, and regulating the body temperature.
Incorporating massage into a substance abuse program is highly recommended and serves as a great tool for optimum results. Therapeutic touch is essential in the recovery of physical, emotional, and spiritual components lost during substance abuse. “Skin, the largest sensory organ in our body, is our primary sense for connecting information from our external surroundings to our internal environment,”; therefore helping us to integrate the rehabilitation process and all the types of therapy we receive.
On a spiritual level, massage can provide deep peace and a space to connect with our body-mind. Once connected to the body, we can ground, center, and focus on the goals we want to achieve. We encourage people to try this alternative therapy and observe the benefits. Our practice at Villa Kali Me consists of deep yet relaxing therapeutic bodywork with a mix of Reiki and acupressure. This combination can allow the client to feel safe and reach a deep state of peace, giving them a moment of stillness within a mind to recover from addiction.