Many people think that massage in rehab is more of a luxury than an essential, but for those who have had the opportunity to use this type of healing, it has become one of the most important aspects of physical healing from an addiction. If you’ve ever enjoyed a massage, you know the benefits to your overall feelings of health and well-being.
What a Massage is Like
At first, when you get a massage, you might even think it hurts a little. Your back gets tense, and all this tension has to be worked out. It might not be that soothing back rub that you were anticipating, but no expert will knead harder than you can handle.
In fact, the goal is to get rid of all the knots in your muscles and rid your body of the toxins that build up in these knots. You might not want this to happen too quickly, as the toxins can make you feel sick. It’s part of the reason that drinking lots of water is recommended before and after your massages.
After your massage, it’s likely that you will feel relaxed, but maybe a little bit sore. You may even feel like you’ve been run over by a bus. This is normal, especially at first, but don’t worry, it doesn’t last.
If it Hurts at First, Why do it?
So, you’re probably wondering – if it hurts at first, why do it? Why go back for a second, and even third massage session? Basically, when you choose to embrace massage as a healing practice in your recovery, you’re actually looking for the cumulative benefits it can have. When all those knots of tension are worked out, you won’t have all the toxins in your body, which can help you to feel better overall.
When you aren’t struggling with physical tension, it’s likely that a lot of your back pain, which can radiate and make you miserable, you’re probably going to find that you feel pretty darn good.
Massage has a cumulative effect on your physical health. It also can help your emotional health by removing stress. When you’re always tense, the nerves in your back only know to tell your brain that something is wrong. When your brain gets those signals, it can go overboard trying to convince you that something has not been taken care of. This is where a lot of anxiety comes from.
Massage might seem like a luxury, but when you discover the benefits it can have for your health and well-being, you’ll probably decide that you aren’t willing to do without this part of your recovery.