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Massage Therapy in Recovery

Addiction is tough on the body. Drug and alcohol abuse alters the effectiveness of the organs, circulatory system, and the nervous system. The dependencies created by addiction inhibit the body’s ability to function correctly. During a primary treatment plan, your body experiences many types of withdrawals and the stress on the body is immense as it begins the healing process. Many holistic options complement your recovery efforts and may encourage your body’s natural healing capabilities. Massage therapy has shown incredible results and may be an excellent addition to your recovery journey.

Massage offers a significant number of benefits to both the mind and the body. First, the process of manipulation of muscles, tendons, and skin causes the body to release hormones that control emotions. These hormones, called serotonin and dopamine, can make you feel better about yourself, your body, and your life. During the detoxification process, your body’s dopamine levels decrease drastically. Massage can stimulate the production of these hormones to lessen the symptoms of detox.

Massage can also encourage relaxation. The massage process decreases the level of cortisol which is directly related to an individual’s stress level. Massage used for therapeutic purposes often involves manipulation of the body’s pressure points. These points are direct links to the brain’s nerve centers and can have a significant effect on the physical sensations the body encounters.

The power of touch should not be underestimated. For many people dealing with addiction, at some point in their lives, they encountered negative touch. Some person or event caused them to feel insecure, unsafe, or even painful relationships to touch. Massage can allow the brain to change its current reaction to touch. This rewrites the current response to touch and creates a positive response for your body. This can have a positive impact on many areas of an individual’s life.

As with other types of holistic therapies, massage therapy is not intended to replace professional treatment.

When the primary treatment is near completion, and it is time to start considering the transition back into your daily life, sometimes it can seem overwhelming and stressful. For women between the ages of 18 and 65, Villa Tranquil offers a peaceful, positive environment to ease into that transition. At Villa Tranquil, you will learn coping skills and life skills that will help the transition out of the primary treatment facility. Please call Villa Tranquil at 866-697-7573 to speak with an addiction consultant about the services available and to see if it is the right fit for you.