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Processing Grief With Massage

Liz Garrison, LMT Oct 13, 2014

Grief is a strong and powerful sorrow that can be brought on by the loss of a loved one, a pet, or a job and more.  During grief, the pain seems as if it could go on forever. 

According to The Cope Foundation, massage therapy can help with grief.  It flushes away stress hormones and increases the level of endorphins.  It sometimes prompts tears and feelings of sadness.  This allows the client to process grief faster and with a more calming approach.

From the Massage and Mind blog entitled "Ways to Deal with Grief", "During research it has been found that adults who had been grieving after the death of a loved one felt that the massages actually helped them to balance the need for grieving with the need to adapt to life after their loss." 

Both mental and emotional benefits of massage include:

  • Relaxation
  • Stress Reduction
  • Feelings of Well-being
  • Reduction of Anxiety
  • Satisfiation of the Need for Nurturing Touch

If you have suffered a great loss, consider massage as part of your healing process.  While it will take more than one session, as it is more of a process than a treatment, studies show it will certainly help.

In the Dallas area, your local Elements Massage at Preston Hollow can help.  They offer an introductory massage starting at $49 to get you started and a monthly Wellness Program starting at $59 to keep you going. 

For more information:

http://elementsmassage.com/prestonhollow/grief

http://massageandmind.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/ways-to-deal-with-grief/

http://www.copefoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=28:massage&catid=15&Itemid=47

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