Benefits of Massage Therapy in Detox

massage therapy in detox

Chances are if you’re reading this, things for you or your loved one finally blew up. Not the T.N.T., dynamite, or firecrackers, but the disease of addiction and alcoholism. It starts off with a few mindless giggles and before we know it, all the horrors of life are catching up to us as we go up in flames with it all. One thing usually leads to another and we either wind up six feet underground, incarcerated or in some sort of asylum or institution. Those of us who were dealt a fortunate deck of cards make it to detoxification and treatment facilities. It is here that we are provided help to ensure our safety and health, all the while trying to be kept as comfortable as possible as all the garbage evacuates our minds and bodies. Seeing a doctor and going that route is always recommended, however, there are all sorts of alternative medications and holistic care that are practiced out there as well. Some people by chance come across the chance to receive massage therapy in detox.

First of all, let’s be completely real here- there are benefits to a massage at any time. Who in their right mind wouldn’t want somebody working out all the kinks and tension built up on the inside. Those things are stressors and toxins that are literally poisoning our bodies. Throughout our whole lives, we build up emotion and inner workings in our head and suppress them. We put ourselves continuously in strenuous situations that wear and tear our bodies away over a period of time. Weather takes its grasp as sun, rain, snow, and everything in between bashes against us day after day. So this all happens, and rejuvenation is required. It’s simply human nature for the need of relaxation. Every battery has to recharge and so do human beings. Often times we do not give ourselves the rest our body is internally begging for. Or as addicts and alcoholics, we reward too much rest to ourselves and become lethargic and lazy. We usually tend to go to one extreme or the other- such is life.

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To understand how the body works is an important key factor when discussing massage therapy in detox. Everything in the body is connected to each other, not just anatomically, but as far as everything helping everything. The human anatomy is a complex algorithm but can be broken down to understand how the bones affect the muscles, the muscles affect the organs, the organs affect the systems, and so on and so forth. Receiving the prodding stimulation that is a massage will help change almost every main system in the human body. Aside from the obvious ones like the Integumentary (skin) and the Muscular systems, other vital pieces that reset include the Circulatory and Lymphatic System. Circulatory and Lymphatic are the two that are mostly responsible for the transportation of blood and lymph nodes. These two systems will work in unison to essentially swill out the intolerants while using cells to strengthen our immune systems to fight infection and continue to survive. Helping loosen the body and mind up will allow blood to pump more smoothly throughout the many veins and arteries that channel our very life.

man receiving a massage

Massage therapy is a vital instrument to those entering into some form of detoxification. The concept behind detox is to be in a facilitated state where the chemicals can be safely pushed out from your body. The soft or deep tissue pressures applied when manipulating one’s skin can literally help work out the toxins and force them out quicker. Believe it or not, it’s almost like a tube of toothpaste. When we have just that tiny fraction of teeth cleaner left, we then apply pressure and squeeze on the tube to get the rest to spurt out. Kneading out the toxins like such will help to strain the “bad stuff” out of our systems as we begin to embark on this fresh physical and mental state.

To top all that off, let’s take a much more effortless look into the matter as we take emotion and mental state into factor. There’s no denying that addiction and alcoholism are stressful and take their toll on an emotional, physical, and spiritual level. When somebody decides to get clean, entering a detox setting, everything usually seems pretty surreal. We are caught off guard as reality hits and all the numbing agents begin to wear off. For some of us, this hasn’t been experienced in years. Some of us panic, others develop an increasing sense of anxiety or depression. All the hormones and emotions start functioning properly and life can feel just as confusing as when we were only two years of age. No thank you!

Having a proper setting where one can be comfortable and at ease is always an imperative safety net to have handy. Getting clean was so we could leave the discomfort behind and live in a more calming and relaxed condition. Allowing our bodies to enjoy this peaceful state will be rewarded. Our mind and bodies end up thanking us as we continue down the road to destiny. Maintaining a tranquil and comfortable form will, in turn, put our bodies at ease. Once the body is calmed, this will allow it to sleep more restfully. By allowing the body to sleep more restfully, the individual will have more energy throughout their day. It comes around full circle and you wind up with somebody who feels brand spanking new.

Give Your Life a Massage

Life likes to sneak up on people but addiction and alcoholism grab you up by the ankles and flip your whole world upside down. It gets old quick- but there are alternatives to being chemically dependent. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need detoxification, please call 1-866-802-6848 or visit Our teams of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life in a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.

Content Reviewed by Jacklyn Steward

Jacklyn StewardJacklyn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and an EMDR trained trauma therapy specialist with over 6 years of experience in the field of addiction. She has a Masters Degree in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.