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Emotions and Deep Tissue Massage

Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed? If you want to improve your physical health while also addressing underlying emotional issues, this article will talk about not only how deep tissue massage can release tension and tightness in muscles, but how it can also help with emotional healing. It does this by promoting deeper body awareness while creating a more solid connection between the mind and body. By the end of this article, you’ll also learn about how deep tissue massage can help regulate the nervous system with hormones such as serotonin, dopamine and endorphins, so let’s get started!

Emotions & Physical Health Connection

The mind and body are so closely connected that often times when there are disruptions in emotional or mental health that these can cause issues like muscle tension, headaches and even digestive issues. Not only has mental stress been linked to inflammation, but it may also impact brain health, immune function and heart conditions as well. After all, the heart is a muscle! In addition, anxiety, depression, trauma and other mental health conditions have also been shown to impact these areas of health as well!

Deep tissue massage can help to address both the physical and emotional aspects of these issues. By focusing on trigger points and releasing tension in the muscles, deep tissue massage can help to reduce chronic pain and improve overall physical function.

Mental Well-being in Health

By targeting muscle tension and trigger points, deep tissue massage can help to relieve physical symptoms of stress and promote relaxation.

Additionally, deep tissue massage can be a valuable tool for those looking to build resilience and develop coping strategies for managing stress. By promoting emotional release and trauma healing, deep tissue massage can help individuals process difficult emotions and develop healthier ways of coping. Positive psychology can also be incorporated into massage sessions, such as by using affirmations or positive self-talk to build self-esteem and foster social support.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy and psychotherapy can help individuals develop coping mechanisms and resilience strategies, which can then be complemented by regular deep tissue massage sessions to help manage physical symptoms of stress and promote relaxation. In combination with these strategies, deep tissue massage can provide a holistic approach to mental health and well-being.

Deep Tissue & Psychological Wellness

Deep tissue massage can have a profound impact on psychological wellness. By targeting deep layers of muscle tissue, this form of massage can help to relieve tension and stress in the body, promoting deep relaxation and reducing feelings of anxiety and depression.

In addition to promoting relaxation, deep tissue massage can also facilitate emotional release and trauma healing. By working with trigger points and areas of tension, massage therapists can help individuals process difficult emotions and release stored trauma from the body.

Pain management is another important aspect of deep tissue massage that can contribute to psychological wellness. Overall, deep tissue massage can be a valuable tool for promoting psychological wellness and helping individuals cultivate greater body awareness, emotional balance, and overall mental health.

Mood Regulation via Massage

Massage has not only been shown to regulate emotions, but it can also help people develop deeper self awareness through mindfulness. It can be an excellent coping strategy for self-regulation. It can get people especially those who struggle with pain that impacts their social life to get the social support they need and be able to focus more on gratitude, exercise, sleep, and nutrition. By improving emotional balance, massage can be an incredible addition to your regular self-care routine.

Deep Tissue & Cognitive Health

Massage can have numerous benefits for cognitive health. by improving blood flow to the brain, and increasing circulatory function it can promote help brain health. Those benefits suggest that massage can also be helpful in improving cognitive ability by enhancing memory, attention, and learning.

In addition to these general benefits, massage can also target specific cognitive functions. For example, massage can help to improve perception by increasing awareness of the body and the senses.

As we age, cognitive decline can become a concern, and massage can be a helpful tool in supporting cognitive health. Massage interfaces directly with the nervous system so that the body can promote neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to change and adapt to new input and stress. It may also be helpful in supporting mental flexibility, which is important for adapting to new situations and challenges.

Mindfulness in Massage Therapy

Mindfulness can help increase the connection between mind and body by helping people tap into their nervous system where they feel pain and help people return to their breath. So much of our world is ruled by the mind, and a chance to return to the body is a safe haven for so many people. For that reason, massage therapy can be an excellent way for people to slow down enough to practice mindfulness, especially those who live in the hustle and bustle of the city. By bringing attention to the present moment, one can develop a greater sense of clarity and focus, allowing for deeper relaxation and calmness. Through practices such as meditation and conscious breathing, individuals can learn to let go of judgments and accept their experiences without attachment.

Incorporating mindfulness into massage therapy can also support emotional regulation and stress reduction. By increasing concentration and reducing distractions, clients can experience greater physical and mental relaxation during their massage sessions. Overall, incorporating mindfulness practices into massage therapy can enhance the therapeutic experience and promote overall well-being.


Author: Mason Palmer

Founder / Massage Therapist

IMMERSE Modern Massage

Mason is a master massage therapist in Portland, Oregon, with over 10,000 hours of hands on work. His expertise in deep tissue anatomy, myofascial release, and trauma-informed somatic therapy. He is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and has received Reiki Master level training from three different schools. Mason has explored various healing practices, including Mindfulness Meditation, Personal Training, Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine, for over a decade. He is the author of “Energy Healing, One Truth Many Teachers” and is known for his proven track record for creating plans of care for his clients to overcome pain and discomfort in their body, and to make sure that pain doesn’t come back.

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  • Avatar Kelsey Koll ★★★★★ a year ago
    Wow! My massage with Mason was healing on so many levels! He addressed the spots of tension and diligently worked to remind my muscles that it’s okay to relax. He was very attentive to my needs and comfort.
    Immerse is definitely an appropriate
    … More name for this space as you are enveloped in delightfully warm infrared heat (through amethyst crystals!), the soothing sounds of a waterfall, and a sound bath of vibrations coming directly from the table!
    The thoughtful intention put in to making Immerse Modern Massage the healing environment that is it is apparent and very much appreciated!
  • Avatar Jordan Cohen ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Wow! Walking into Immerse Modern Massage, my entire body immediately relaxed right at the front door. The aromatherapy is so intoxicating and soothing, and the ambiance is very nice. Walking into the treatment room was even better. They … More really did such a good job with the place! Not to mention the massage table! Omg, it felt so incredible to be sandwiched in between healing frequencies, warmth, and high vibrations. I can’t wait to go back!!! I was impressed to say the least.
  • Avatar adria mooney ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Entering the space I immediately felt calm, the lighting and ambiance was perfect for relaxing. The warmth, low light and wooden ceiling made me feel like I was in a sauna. Mason greeted me and made me feel comfortable as we entered the … More massage room. The bed was heated, with weighted blanket and calming music vibrated the entire bed. I melted away as mason massaged my whole body, taking care to leave me mostly covered under the warm blanket the entire time. He also used heated towels and a wonderful essential oil blend. I felt truly relaxed and my whole body vibrated with warmth and comfort. Would definitely come back again!
  • Avatar Tracy A ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Such a lovely experience from beginning to end. The lobby was beautifully decorated with plants, and Mason greeted me with such warmth. The table vibrates with music and is so comfortable and warm. The weighted blankets helped me feel so … More cozy and relaxed. The technique and grounded presence Mason offers is excellent. I especially enjoyed the warm scented towel on my face and neck at the end of the massage. So rejuvenating and relaxing. I felt calm and peaceful. Wholeheartedly recommend!
  • Avatar Olivia Guethling ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Mason is awesome! I just had an amazing massage experience and loved it. He attentively addressed the tension spots in my body and worked through them. The massage table vibrates synced up to the meditative music which was sooo relaxing … More and helped me be super dropped into the moment. The weighted blanket and the warm scented towels were another highlight. Highly recommend. Thank you, Mason!

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