Is Heavenly Head Massage therapeutic or relaxing? The truth is that there is no right answer to this question. Let’s look at some examples to explain this.
Did you ever see one of those courtroom TV shows where the prosecutor barks a question at the witness? When the witness tries to explain the circumstances, the prosecutor snaps back “Answer YES or NO.” The poor witness is forced to answer in a way that does not tell the whole story.
If the question is wrong, you cannot get the right answer
Here’s another example. Let’s say I asked you: “Do you have a cold or hay fever?” But… if you are in perfect health, this question is meaningless!
It gives you only two options, and neither of them apply to you. If the question doesn’t make sense, it cannot be answered correctly.
The question if Heavenly Head Massage is therapeutic or relaxing is based on a wrong idea – the concept that massage has to be either relaxing or therapeutic.
This question is typically asked by persons who have the misconception that massage which is “only” relaxing is inferior to therapeutic massage – and this is not true.
Case studies show relaxing touch to be highly therapeutic
The fact is that it’s not possible for massage to be only relaxing and not therapeutic.
Some time ago a researcher conducted a study on babies who were divided into two groups. The first group was fed, but otherwise not touched at all.
The second group was fed, held, stroked, cuddled and rocked – what you would normally do with a baby.
The power of touch was dramatically verified: The experiment had to be terminated since the non-touch control group came close to dying.
There is another dramatic example of the power of touch. A mother in Australia brought back her baby from death by loving touch alone. If you want to hear it from the mother herself, here is the story on video.
“No pain, no gain” in massage should be “no gain with pain”
Some people think that therapeutic massage needs to be strong – no pain, no gain.
The harder the therapist presses, the more effective it must be. However this goes against all logic.
If you press or stretch a muscle to the point where it is really painful, you are producing the exact reaction that you had wanted to eliminate: tension and resistance.
Which state is best suited for healing?
What is the state where the body does most of its healing?
It’s the sleep state, or any state where mental activity slows down, brain waves slow down, and deep relaxation occurs.
Who is more likely to get sick: A stressed out, harried, overwhelmed person – or a peaceful, relaxed, content person? Clearly the relaxed person is much less likely to get stomach ulcers, hypertension, high blood pressure etc.
The opposite scenario is also true. If a person with ulcers and tension learns to relax, the disease can be reversed. I know this for a fact, because I learned this lesson the hard way a long time ago when I actually did have a stomach ulcer.
Not only did I successfully reverse it in my own body, but I also had the chance to observe this reversal of dis-ease during my career as a therapist.
Relaxation is always therapeutic
It is possible that a ‘therapeutic massage’ which does not relax you much at all will be neither truly therapeutic nor relaxing.
But it is not possible that a deeply relaxing massage has no therapeutic value!
The conclusion is that relaxation is not inferior to therapy. It is one of the very best therapeutic methods known to mankind. Heavenly Head Massage assists your body and mind to create a physical and mental state which facilitates healing on all levels.
Skilled and refined relaxation massage is highly therapeutic. Heavenly Head Massage does not just work on a physical level. It reaches deep down into your energy field and rearranges it to create not only a blissful feeling, but the ideal environment for healing.
Therapists who have added Heavenly Head Massage to their repertoire typically develop greatly increased sensitivity and a more refined touch in their work, and they see an overwhelmingly positive response by their clients.
The author, Shama Kern, is the founder and director of Thai Healing Massage Academy. He has been practicing and teaching Thai Massage for 18 years, and he is the creator of 20 Thai Massage online training courses.