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.


Support, Uplift and Relate… we are all fighting our own battles.

How often it is that we keep ourselves from doing something we know we are meant to do? We fear what the responses may be, and so many times we stop ourselves from pursuing those dreams in the back of our minds that remain there for an absolute reason. We, many times, do not know what direction to go or how to let those dreams take flight. Instead we get caught up in the fears that stop us from ever letting our feet off the ground. We stop. We question. We lack FAITH. I never thought of myself as a dreamer and I never thought I would have such an opportunity to pursue my passions. I can be quite a worrier and overthink just about anything given certain seasons of Life. God has clearly used those moments to remind me of who He is. I have been giving it a lot of thought as to what I should be writing about. I love studying muscles, I enjoy helping others through injuries and educating others on the healing and powerful benefits of massage for so many reasons but ya know, my absolute reason to have this blog, to practice as a CMT and CPT and past instructor is that my hands and my heart speak through all the work God has done. This all belongs to Him. The Lord makes this dream reality and He has orchestrated every step along the way to lead me to this exact place. Here I have been flip flopping and agonizing back and forth as to what needs to be the topic and subject matter of each post. This taught me a lesson in my heart.  My reason and hope in keeping this “journal” is to meet you where you are. Nothing excites me more than the thought of this inspiring just ONE woman out there to feel uplifted, and inspired that God has not finished His work in her. He is sculpting a portrait of Beauty. I believe that each experience molds and shapes, smooths and refines those pieces within us that were once jagged, and sharp. Lord, take me deeper. I want to grasp you even Deeper. I have been a bit reserved in trusting that God is at work to the fullest. I hold back. Lord, Lead me. Allow your glory and light to shine through all darkness. At times, I tend to feel inadequate for the task God has pressed on my heart. So I began to pray, “Make me strong, and confident in your promises. You have brought me into this career to change my life. My hands are your vessel. May this all be a powerful testimony of your work on my heart.  At 29 and not wanting a moment to slip by, use Me for Your Beauty and Kingdom. Life has a way of making us doubt, rejecting us, wanting us to take a hint and stop before things get uncomfortable and things change… and I take it back right now. I’m going to claim victory over these strongholds of doubt and defeat, Lord. Place me where you want me to be, I am ready… So, Take Me Deeper, Lord. You are preparing my heart and there is no telling what is in store!”

Phil 4:19

*Two weeks later, God answered and I was provided a new place to live, a new job, and a the start of a new adventure!*