We at Serenity Light Recovery utilize a variety of techniques in our residential treatment program to help heal the whole individual from addiction. One such technique we use is massage therapy, one of the world’s oldest healing traditions. Here is a look at the benefits of massage therapy and how it can help you overcome substance addiction.
Releases natural endorphins
Many people seek substance use because of the intense feelings of pleasure that it can cause. Massage therapy is one of many ways that you can experience these pleasurable feelings, only naturally. This is because massages trigger the release of “happiness” hormones like dopamine and endorphins. The result is that you find an alternative source of pleasure, and you can begin to reawaken those reward and pleasure pathways in the nervous system.
Stress is one of the top triggers for substance use, and it can also be a major trigger for relapse. Massage therapy helps eliminate this trigger by naturally reducing stress. This is because has the power to lower cortisol (stress hormone) levels. So when you practice massage therapy regularly, you can reduce the likelihood of relapse in your recovery.
Stabilizes mental state
Stable psychological health is of utmost importance during recovery from addiction, as mood swings and extreme emotions can be triggers for relapse. Massage therapy helps stabilize a person’s mental state by stabilizing hormone levels. The result is that the person in recovery can navigate recovery with a sounder mind and experience less temptation to use again.
Improves overall health
A person who is recovering from addiction needs careful healing of the entire body. Massage therapy can help strengthen the body’s natural healing processes. Because massage reduces stress, it also, in turn, helps keep your heart rate and blood pressure down. Regular massages can even help strengthen the immune system and digestion processes. Essentially, massage therapy can strengthen a person’s overall health, putting them in a better position to navigate a successful recovery.
Supports a positive attitude
The mental and physical health benefits of massage therapy leave a person feeling better overall, helping them to have a more positive attitude and outlook on life. This can prove essential in recovery, when individuals are often feeling at their very lowest. The positive outlook and attitude that you can gain through massage therapy can ultimately help carry you through your recovery.