Massage therapy is key in the recovery process, increasing natural chemicals levels like serotonin and dopamine. If a person suffers from co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, or trauma disorders, massage therapy can help by triggering the body’s relaxation response. It’s not a replacement for talk therapy, but massage can help a person feel more comfortable and open in expressing emotions. This can improve the effectiveness of the overall treatment plan, lessening the cravings to self-medicate with alcohol and drugs.
Addressing the physical and subtle bodies is a crucial component of the comprehensive and lasting healing of addiction. The therapeutic engagement of the body and biofield can bring awareness and insight to places words exclusively cannot reach and enable individuals to access their innate resilience.