March 2020 Newsletter When Massage is Too Much

Written by Kim Dedels

Massage is a well-known and utilized modality in the healing and rehabilitation process and I must say I love a good massage. Massage therapists offer a range of unique skills and deliver these to the body.However, there are bodies and conditions where massage is too much stimulation. For those who are new to bodywork and not comfortable with exposing their body to others; or for those who have suffered trauma and the intimacy of massage is too intense.

There are also certain conditions that could be exaserbated by massage; for example: Fibromyalgia, MS, Cerebral Palsy, can be overstimulated by massage. People receiving chemotherapy, seniors, or those suffering mental illnesses often find massage painful and uncomfortable. But this does not mean these people are not able to receive any bodywork, there are many other modalities that can be of benefit.


C  – Circulation
A  – Assimilation
R  – Relaxation
– Elimination

There are many forms of Reflexology:

Foot Reflexology, Hand Reflexology, Ear Reflexology and Face Reflexology.

There is also Dien Chan Reflexology that is delivered on the face and the body with specialized tools. This method was developed by an Acupuncturist and uses points on the face to stimulate acupuncture points without the use of needles.

All forms of Reflexology can stimulate bodily functions by working the points that are reflexes to different organs, bones, and body systems, hence facilitating healing while a client is fully clothed.  A great start for those trying bodywork for the first time.

CranioSacral Therapy

Performed through clothing, this gentle therapy consists of the therapist listening to the body’s craniosacral system with their hands.

The body has cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord providing protection.This fluid moves in rhythms throughout the body. The therapist, listening to the rhythm, can facilitate the release of physical and emotional restrictions and blockages, allowing the body to correct itself.

Bowen Therapy

A relatively new modality in Canada that was developed in Geelong, Australia by Tom Bowen in the 50’s. Bowenwork is very gentle and can be done through clothing. The work consists of gently challenging muscles and tendons and rolling over them in specific locations on the body to facilitate change by engaging the body’s proprioceptors and feedback loop to the brain. It is working the nervous system taking the body out of “Fight/Flight” and allowing it to go into a “Rest/Repair” mode.

Bowen provides profound, long lasting results, hence 2-3 sessions will often be enough to correct any physical or internal issues.  Chronic issues may need a bit longer to correct.

Both Bowen Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, and Reflexology are beneficial to:

* Migraine Headaches
* Chronic Neck and Back pain
* Autism
* Scoliosis
* Colic
* Fibromyalgia
* Orthopedic Problems
* Digestion
* Concussions                               
* Stress                        
* Organ issues
* Central Nervous System Disorders

There are many more modalities out there and we can talk about more of them in the future. There really is Bodywork to suit everyone’s needs out there. You just need to explore and find what works best for you.

– Kim Dedels