Massage Therapy for the Believer



Massage Therapy for the Believer

Annie K. Lively, CMT

Experiencing fatigue:

Massage releases endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller – and is being used in chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.

Matthew 11:28-30

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Dealing with depression:

Massage can fight depression by lowering cortisol levels. Massage also can increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are both neurotransmitters that help stabilize your mood.

Proverbs 17:22

A cheerful heart is good medicine,

But a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Psalm 42:5

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Seeking restoration and healing: (Massage) decreases muscle pain & tension, rejuvenates the body and mind and lifts the spirit, relaxes muscles, and alleviates headaches, hastens healing, increases range of motion and facilitates removal of waste and inflammation by-products. (

Hebrews 12:1

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Psalm 40:1-3

1 I waited patiently for the Lord;

he turned to me and heard my cry.

2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,

out of the mud and mire;

he set my feet on a rock

and gave me a firm place to stand.

3 He put a new song in my mouth,

a hymn of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear the Lord

and put their trust in him.

Anxiety: Studies show that massage lowers the stress hormone called cortisol. (

Psalm 94:19

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.

Philippians 4:6-7

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you

Mental Clarity and Confidence:

Massage can promote feelings of peace and inner wellness, relaxation, mental clarity, and improved confidence.  (

Philippians 1:6

6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 43:2

2 When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you;

and when you pass through the rivers,

they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire,

you will not be burned;

the flames will not set you ablaze.


What kind of Influence are you making?

Whether it be hearing a student say “thank you for never giving up on me when so many did before coming to school,” or watching a student gain confidence and develop a passion for what their career holds…That is what this teacher thing is all about.

I would not be where I am today in this career field and teaching students daily had it not been for my teachers and coaches, mentors and strong influences in my life who reached out to me going that extra mile at times and cared so greatly. My heart is more passionate toward this than anything. As teachers, coaches, leaders and you name it… We hold such an unbelievably strong ability to influence a life. Whether it be for a season or several years, we can make or break someones everything in the matter of minutes. We can Hinder or Help. We can Manipulate or Motivate. We can Tear Down or Build Up. We can Poison or Refresh I have experienced both. Nothing saddens me more than hearing of these coaches, leaders, and teachers abusing their power of influence creating damage in lives instead of influencing positive changes. Our actions are watched, and our use of Language is heard.  

In many cases, we have the chance to impact these lives more direct than anyone else. One of the greatest examples of this came to me in one of my classes several years ago. This student was used to failing her whole life. She approached me many times throughout the quarter out of frustration that she would fail my class. All it took for this student was to feel support for the first time in her life. I remember taking her hand one day as I was teaching her how to perform deep tissue. I stopped her, looked at her in the eye and said. Just keep breathing, I believe in you. You can do this, but you need to believe enough that you can. I will hold you hand and tell this to you over and over but, when push comes to shove… you have to believe it in your heart. It has to come from you. I made such a connection when I would look into this students big eyes. I could see a past pain still filled with disappointment in teachers, coaches and possibly loved ones. It pained my heart to see those eyes. I vowed to be the one person if God could use me in that way to turn that experience around for her. I wanted to teach her that it’s ok to trust. It’s ok to feel disappointment in adults and most of all its OK to believe in yourself despite the voices around you that constantly whisper STOP around you when all you need is one strong voice to say Keep Going.

Sometimes as a teacher, I have to stop and take myself back to those places I do not wish to stay. I have to take myself back to places of defeat, rejection and pain so I can remember how much of a powerful and positive influence I can have in my role and How God can continue to greatly use those tough lessons. Whether it is to to be a listening ear or it is to say “I believe in You.” It says it STRONG. We must talk the talk and walk the walk. Our students, athletes, and children notice it more than we realize.

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