Divorce: Healing with Massage

by Jun 5, 2018

Going through a divorce may be one of the most stressful life experiences that you ever experience. In fact, because there have been countless studies that highlight the connection between stress and the taxing and negative effects on the immune systems, there are some who say that getting a divorce is comparable with putting oneself at an increased risk of disease.

And in a divorce, the stressors are ongoing and constant. Not only are you dealing with the fact that your relationship is over and you’ll have to start anew in life–and this time alone–but there are also dozens of unknowns, such as what your settlement will be or whether you’ll get visitation with or custody of your children. This stress can lead to trouble sleeping, depression, anxiety, and a number of health problems ranging from digestive issues to weight gain and more. Stress can be a serious health concern​; getting it under control is essential.    

Managing Divorce and Stress Through Massage

One way that you may be able to cope with the stress of a divorce, especially when combined with other methods, is through massage. The Mayo Clinic explains that massage is typically offered as a form of alternative medicine, and that it is often used alongside or in place of traditional treatment options.

Many studies have found that massage can be healing, and helpful in treating:  

  • Stress-related insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Digestive disorders
  • A number of other conditions that are often triggered by inflammation and stress, such as fibromyalgia  

In addition to the above, massage can also be healing because it produces emotions of being cared and comforted for, both of which can be very welcome during or post-divorce.

Types of Massage that May Help to Alleviate Stress

There are a number of different types of massage available, and all have a range of different benefits and purposes. These types of massage include Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, sports massage, and trigger point massage. All may be helpful in alleviating stress and promoting relaxation, decreased inflammation, and improved mental health.    

Coping with the Stress of Divorce – Combining Massage and Other Tactics

Massage can be a peaceful, relaxing, and enjoyable experience. It is most effective in alleviating stress when combined with other coping methods. Other things that you can do to manage your stress and improve your mental health and outlook might include:  

  • Join a support group for divorced people
  • Work with a mental health professional, such as a counselor or psychiatrist
  • Be social – surrounding yourself with friends and loved ones is very positive for stress and your mental health
  • Work towards what you need most in life
  • Practice meditation or reflection
  • Exercise and eat well – taking care of yourself physically can have mental health benefits
  • Take time for yourself    

Learn More About the Healing Benefits of Massage

If you are going through a divorce or other stressful event in life and want to learn more about the healing benefits of massage, reach out to Moyer Total Wellness today. Our specialists can guide you through our massage therapy services and help you to make a decision about which massage type will offer you the ultimate healing benefits.    

Written by: https://www.divorce-matters.com/

Photo Credit: Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

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