As the body heals from the damage caused from substance abuse, it’s common that many people in addiction recovery feel aches and pains. Withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches, insomnia, anxiety and discomfort may arise for awhile – but even after withdrawal symptoms have subsided, the body may still experience pain as it heals. Holistic care opens many doors for patients in recovery to heal and restore their mind, body and spirit. Massage therapy is an excellent practice that can bring you many benefits if you’re open to it.
Massage therapist Nicole Cutler explained on the main website for the Institute for Integrative Healthcare that massage is beneficial for someone in addiction recovery in all stages: withdrawal, detoxification and abstinence. She stated, “The physical, emotional and spiritual components of recovery all can be directly benefited by the healing power of therapeutic touch. The nurturing contact of massage utilizes skin as the translator of the therapist’s intent.”
Check out these amazing benefits that massage therapy can bring to you in recovery:
- Enhanced immune response
- Increased alertness and performance capabilities
- Decreased pain
- Lessened depression, agitation and cravings
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) reminds us that sometimes, it’s hard to describe what we’re thinking or feeling in addiction recovery; massage therapy gently addresses some of the concerns we have, which open up pathways for healing. There are several types of massage available – such as swedish massage, hot stone massage, aromatherapy, deep tissue massage and more which all serve to treat different needs, depending on the client.
The body essentially serves as our “home” – and by taking care of it properly, we can thrive in greater health and restoration. If you’re ready to begin your journey to recovery, speak with a professional from Avalon Malibu today.
Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at 888-958-7511 for a consultation. It’s never too late, and there are people here ready to help you.