Be a Vessel

My Faith has always been very important to me.image
I had no idea what journey I was really on when I signed up for massage school. I just knew I was ready for a new chapter and I thought I would do a little massage on the side of my career I had established in personal training. The truth is that I was honestly in for a complete life change and I had no idea what would lie ahead.

 

I firmly believe that Massage Therapy has Kept me healthy in many ways.  I have never encountered such huge hearts that are full of compassion during my time as a student. I had no idea that massage therapy would teach me about meeting people exactly where they  are in the moment, holding a space just for them, and just learning to be present on a whole new level.  I have developed the greatest respect and value for this with my past instructors, friends, co workers, and clients bc I believe we can always learn something valuable something from each person. I have had in depth conversations over everything from buddhist monks I witnessed in Thailand to talking about energy and what it means to us as massage therapists. Honestly every interaction and conversation I have had has made me better at what I do. I believe the diversity we see everyday is something that is remarkably special. Massage therapy is one of the exceptional professions that tears down walls when it comes to these differences people see in each other every day and There are no judgements, or colors. There are no dividing walls between therapists and clients but rather there is a level of trust and acceptance found.

Without these walls, we can show love, and accept each other just as we are. We respect each other’s ability, techniques and we are able to use our minds, AND our hearts to make a lasting impact. I love this about being a therapist.  My hands are His vessel to be a beacon of light in the darkness and bring peace and healing to whoever I treat.

After writing this, I am powerfully reminded that massage therapy has an ability many careers do not have in how we can apply a compassionate and healing touch to our clients.

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Massage Therapy for the Believer

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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. (https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/massage-therapy-decreases-inflammation/)

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. (http://www.prevention.com/mind-body/natural-remedies/how-massage-helps-depression-and-anxiety)

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.  (http://www.massagetherapy101.com/massage-techniques/touch-for-health.aspx)

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.