This week, like every week, has been full of all the emotions here in my therapy room, tucked inside my home in Alloa.
And some of these emotions, especially tears, take these ladies by surprise, even when we have talked them through beforehand.
I want you to know that it is neither unusual or rare – it is completely normal and happens more than you would think, I am sure.
If you are holding back from coming for a massage incase you cry, please reconsider. It is a natural reaction, and you are in good company.
My tears are definitely my superpower – they are a huge part of me, You could say I am famous for tears amongst my friends and family, and it was this emotional and empathic part of me that made me leave behind my corporate career and eventually led me to do this amazing job that I love so much!
Of course, you may laugh instead, and that is also welcomed. I will laugh with you!
Emotions Take a Toll on the Body
Touch is such a powerful thing. Every time we are touched, we experience some kind of emotion, which in turn we store away in our mind and in our body tissue.
We store positive emotions like joy and pleasure, as well as negative emotions like anger and stress.
Stored negative emotions often lead to bad posture and aches and pains; good emotions, on the other hand, lead to healthy, functioning muscles and joints.
The effort it takes to tuck away experiences or negative feelings we’d rather forget can cause fatigue and painful tension.
These negative emotions are often the culprit in emotion-generated ailments like tension and pain.
We don’t welcome feelings like stress, sadness, anger, or resentment because we feel them deeply and they hurt. Sometimes we suppress these feelings and experiences to stop the pain from intensifying or spreading. Not dealing with these painful emotions and allowing them to be released often leads to imbalances in the body.
Do you often feel this in your shoulders, your neck and your jaw? This is a very common place for stress and other negative emotions to manifest themselves.
Crying is Therapeutic
When you are getting a massage, especially one tailored especially for you, in nurturing surroundings, where all your senses are being soothed, with touch, light, aromas and sound, your muscles and tissues will experience an emotional release just as they experience a release of physical tension.
This emotional release can manifest in several ways: a sigh, laughter, muscle twitching, or even tears. These emotional responses are common during massage therapy.
Crying during a massage can be caused by high levels of stress, which are released during your massage; or even touch to a part of your body where you’ve stored the memory of emotional or physical trauma.
This is often a natural and beneficial part of the massage process, as your body is letting go of something you have been holding onto in the form of pain or tension.
You may not have been feeling sad, or particularly stressed and you may not even be able to recall what you have let go of. Just welcome the release and you will experience the positive effects it has on your body.
Come and leave your tears on my pillow and walk away feeling lighter and freer.
Your mind, body and soul will thank you.
Much love Fiona x