Have you struggled with certain health-related issues and have spent endless hours searching for effective ways to solve them, without being prescribed multiple medications that have pages of side effects? Touch therapy is a type of treatment that involves working with the body’s energy and physical touch to heal certain ailments that one might be dealing with. Massage or touch therapy has been used for a wide array of conditions such as trauma, depression, sleep issues, and food addictions.
Plenty of individuals all over the world claim to have benefited from this style of therapy, and it is commonly favored due to its holistic (and side-affect free) approach that strays away from pharmaceutical intervention. Today, we are going to break down what touch therapy is all about, and how it can benefit many when it comes to improving health.
What Exactly is Touch Therapy?
Touch therapy has been utilized for thousands of years, and it has repeatedly shown to provide numerous benefits to those that have received this form of treatment. The touch or massage therapist works both on the energy and physical aspects of their client. Touch therapy falls under a similar category of holistic treatment such as acupuncture, Reiki, and Tai Chi. Countless people have found immense healing through this practice over the years, for a wide range of issues including but not limited to depression, food addictions, low self-esteem, and deep-level traumas. The more frequently touch therapy is integrated and performed on a specific individual, the higher the success rate and reduction regression an individual receiving it will experience.
Each individual on this planet faces trials and tribulations that are not always viable to overcome alone. A beautiful aspect that touch therapy has shown to assist with remarkably is the improvement of emotional resilience and healing of various deeply-imbedded traumas that have occurred. If you feel you are struggling on your own and have had little success, touch therapy can be a simple, yet long-lasting and highly effective solution.
5 Ways Touch Therapy Can Help You Overcome Food Addiction:
One of the most extraordinary ways that touch therapy is utilized is in helping individuals overcome various food addiction. Different eating disorders and food addictions can feel incredibly isolating and usually take a huge toll on a person’s mental, physical and emotional health.Fortunately, touch therapy has proven to accelerate the healing process, cellular reparation and restore healthy neural pathways. These aspects significantly help those struggling with food addiction embody and re-establish new ways to permanently recover. Let’s take a look at some of the specific ways that touch therapy can help with food addiction and eating disorders.
1. Grounding and Relaxing
The immense level of bodily, and mental relaxation that touch therapy is able to produce is one of the huge benefits. A session typically lasts anywhere from 30 to 120 minutes, and with specifically tailored and agreed-upon techniques, an extremely heightened sense of relaxation is often created by therapist and received by the client. Commonly, food addiction sufferers also experience chronically high anxiety, so simply creating regular periods of zero anxiety allow space for the body to reset neurologically.
2. Creates a Sense of Mindfulness During
touch therapy, one of the most important aspects is to focus on breathing -naturally and deeply. This creates a reflective and open neurological state so that deep relaxation staying awake but meditative can happen. This promotes deep relaxation, grounding, and a sense of overall self-awareness that continues long after the session is over. The act of being aware and present is crucial when working to overcome food addictions and craving, as this enhanced awareness makes overeating much less likely.
3. Can Help Rewire the Brain
While immediate benefits can be felt after the first session, the benefits only amplify with repeated therapy. Why? Usually, because deep trust, familiarity, and relaxation is needed before the client fully receives the energetic and physical benefits, with each consecutive session the body has been rewired to expect and accept certain techniques. Once this is familiar, the body then opens itself to receive more, and additionally open itself to emotional and physical detoxification. Over time, this consistent and safe external input becomes a chemical process the body figures out how to create for itself, and hence sounds, scents, and sights that once triggered sudden in strong overeating, or adverse food-related acts no longer happen.
4. It Builds Trust
A massive component of massage therapy is yielding to the process and discovering a sense of trust so that the treatment can be as effective as possible. Not only will you learn how to trust the practitioner that you are working with in your healing journey, but you will uncover a deeper sense of trust within yourself along the way, too. The chemical process of trust is one that most people are not aware of. Once the client embodies and recognizes trust as a chemical process within themselves, they can feel empowered with any external stimulus going forward. One strong reason why food is addictive is due to the stability and familiar emotions that are created within a person. Touch therapy can reduce the bodies need for external sources of ‘emotional trust’.
5. Increases Dopamine Levels
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays a vital role in our minds and bodies.As one of the primary chemicals our brains produce to allow us to experience that feel-good sensation, it is released once a person satisfies a craving (food or any sensory) or rewards oneself. The more frequent the craving is satisfied, the stronger the craving is subsequently. Fighting an addiction is not only mentally draining, but is physiologically challenging, as dopamine levels drop significantly when going through a withdrawal, (mental or physical) strain, or generally the mind resisting the bodies basic survival requirements of food, shelter, water. Massage therapy significantly increases of dopamine levels and sustains them depending on the techniques used, which is a safe, and side-affect-free way to eliminate food addiction.At the end of the day,as much as touch therapy is widely used, using it in a carefully tailored and safe way has huge and long-lasting benefits in helping people overcome chronic food addiction. Overcoming addictions and trauma is no easy feat. I’ve achieved it myself with coffee, meat, and alcohol, completely pharmaceutical-free and naturally.With the right kind of touch therapy methods, combined with mind, body and emotional awareness, presence, and relaxation, as the simplest form of therapy, touch therapy can also be the deepest and longest lasting.References: