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Re: Massage therapy for trauma? Racer

Posted by littleone on August 1, 2006, at 21:36:33

In reply to Massage therapy for trauma?, posted by Racer on July 28, 2006, at 1:49:00

I haven't had massage therapy as such, but I do get massages and wanted to mention a few things.

I dissociate and my feelings are often pretty cut off. I think I store a lot of tension from the cut off feelings in various parts of my body. I find that the massages tend to bring out the feelings quite a bit. I've cried into the face hole thing during a massage. And sometimes if I'm feeling really something but don't know what, the massage brings it out more and I can see it better. Not sure if that made sense.

I find that especially with my current massage lady I feel really vulnerable afterwards and actually get the shakes really badly. So I take two jumpers to put on afterwards to try and stay warm.

I do find some things triggering. I panic when she touches my neck. Which is hard, but it also helped me see that there is a definate issue there to be addressed (as oppossed to me thinking all this time that I just didn't like having my neck touched). I think that if you have a known trigger area, then you should warn the massage person and either avoid the area or go real slow and softly there.

I also feel too vulnerable and exposed lying face up. I really need the distance provided by lying face down. So I think it's important that you stick with what *you're* comfortable with, not what the massage person wants to do.

I know that I had to try over half a dozen different massage ladies before finding a good one. One even massaged my ears. My ears! Who gets stressed out ears? So don't give up if this lady isn't what you're looking for.

I'd be really interested in hearing how it goes for you if you go ahead with it.

 

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