Body tissue holds trauma and not just physical injury but emotional and mental trauma as well. The body stores all of our memories in our cells and is connected with the limbic system within the brain, which is where emotions are stored. By physically manipulating and kneading the muscle tissue, this helps to release long held emotions and traumas that were locked in the body as tension and pain. If the stored emotions remain locked within the muscles, disease and illness will eventually set in. However, the release cannot occur if the client is not ready and willing to let them go. If one is ready, the release often happens gradually over many sessions so the client is not overwhelmed with surging emotions.
In addition to massage, watsu water therapy is another gentle yet highly effective technique that aids the body in releasing long held emotions within the muscles. The warm water, buoyancy, sensory reduction and fluid movements through the water directed by the practitioner, all work to create an environment that is safe and nurturing. This gives the client permission to trust and let go. As their body surrenders, muscles relax improving circulation carrying away metabolites that cause soreness and fatigue. In a watsu, the body is propelled to a state of inner awareness yet total relaxation with the enhancement of the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system. A watsu session works on a much deeper level than traditional massage because gravity is irrelevant and the body can be moved in ways not possible on land. At the end of a session the client feels rejuvenated with the dissipation of their pain.
If you live in Southern New Jersey and would like more information or the experience of a watsu session please contact me by visiting my website at www.fullcirclewellness.abmp.com.