Nearly all the folks in the programme experienced anxiety and stress. Yes! You guessed it. Massage was a fantastic a non-pharmaceutical solution to this problem coupled with meditation and breathing exercises.
For me one of the most interesting, profound and less obvious ways massage benefitted the patients was by increasing self worth and redressing negative believes about body image which consequently had the affect of raising the self esteem a massage recipients.
Yes working in rehab as a massage therapist was sobering it that the human side of addiction was there in front of you. I learnt that addicts are people –they are all somebody’s special someone sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, parent and grandparents.
I learnt how addiction knows no barrier like class or wealth. Addiction saw no difference between the highly educated and poorly educated. Rich or poor, young or old it took away their dignity and ravished their bodies, spirit and minds.