Boston Massage Associates

(617) 391-0537 | View Website

437 Boylston St Fl 5, Boston, MA | Directions   02116

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over a year ago

Massage: The Missing Link in Addiction Treatment

In the 1989 edition of General Pharmacology, Kaada and Torsteinbo of Norway reported on study results that massage therapy increased the amount of beta-endorphins in the blood by 16 percent. The release of endorphins during a massage allows the recipient to feel normal, even fantastic, without the aid of a drug. This can be a powerful, even life-changing experience for the client.

On a physical level, the circulation that occurs with massage is also a desired occurrence during the detoxification process. Therapeutic massage’s invigoration of blood and lymphatic fluid allows for a more efficient exchange of oxygen rich nutrition into the body’s tissues, and the delivery of toxic waste products out of the body’s tissues. Kosakoski adds that “All systems of the body function more efficiently with improved circulation and a reduction in tension of the soft tissues and musculature…”

On an emotional level, part of an addict’s recovery process is learning to identify and manage the triggers that cause them to desire escape. Regular massage sessions can aid the client’s awareness of his or her own body, including where and when tension exists. Being conscious of these patterns is a step toward recognizing one’s own resistance, which can lead to healthfully addressing emotions associated with cravings and stress. In addition Kosakoski says that “Emotional release can commonly occur with massage, which provides a safe, non-threatening opportunity to begin the process of recovering long-buried emotions and memories.”

On a spiritual level, the deep relaxation of a massage can provide a still inner place for the recipient to connect with themselves. Being grounded, centered and fully present can be experienced when receiving therapeutic touch from a grounded, centered and fully present practitioner. A recovering addict has a whole new world opened to them when they acknowledge that they can simultaneously be anchored, present, feel good and be substance-free. As Kosakoski explains, “To allow oneself to surrender to the practitioner’s hands — to breathe fully and easily, to acknowledge and receive the gifts of nurturing, surrender and relaxation ….is an invaluable addition to the newly recovering person’s repertoire of relapse-prevention skills.”

Massage has the unique ability to affect all of our layers of being — from the spiritual plane all the way up to and including our body’s chemical composition. In the process of abandoning an addiction, these many parts of ourselves become fragmented. It is merely a matter of time before all addiction and recovery treatment programs recognize massage’s ability to mend the mind-body connection. When that happens, therapeutic massage will be integrated into addiction treatment, and clients will be optimally prepared to succeed in their recovery.

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over a year ago

Massage: The Missing Link in Addiction Treatment

On an emotional level, part of an addict’s recovery process is learning to identify and manage the triggers that cause them to desire escape. Regular massage sessions can aid the client’s awareness of his or her own body, including where and when tension exists. Being conscious of these patterns is a step toward recognizing one’s own resistance, which can lead to healthfully addressing emotions associated with cravings and stress. In addition Kosakoski says that “Emotional release can commonly occur with massage, which provides a safe, non-threatening opportunity to begin the process of recovering long-buried emotions and memories.”

On a spiritual level, the deep relaxation of a massage can provide a still inner place for the recipient to connect with themselves. Being grounded, centered and fully present can be experienced when receiving therapeutic touch from a grounded, centered and fully present practitioner. A recovering addict has a whole new world opened to them when they acknowledge that they can simultaneously be anchored, present, feel good and be substance-free. As Kosakoski explains, “To allow oneself to surrender to the practitioner’s hands — to breathe fully and easily, to acknowledge and receive the gifts of nurturing, surrender and relaxation ….is an invaluable addition to the newly recovering person’s repertoire of relapse-prevention skills.”

Massage has the unique ability to affect all of our layers of being — from the spiritual plane all the way up to and including our body’s chemical composition. In the process of abandoning an addiction, these many parts of ourselves become fragmented. It is merely a matter of time before all addiction and recovery treatment programs recognize massage’s ability to mend the mind-body connection. When that happens, therapeutic massage will be integrated into addiction treatment, and clients will be optimally prepared to succeed in their recovery.

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over a year ago

Massage: The Missing Link in Addiction Treatment

The neurochemistry of an addict takes time to get back into balance, so massage treatments after the initial detoxification phase is crucial. When a person uses a substance to feel good, his/her body stops manufacturing its own “feel good” chemicals, (endorphins), and the substance takes over that task. Therefore, when a person quits using an abused substance, they lose their source of feeling good. Since it takes time for the body to start manufacturing its own endorphins again, this is a challenging interim to endure. This interim is the recovering addict’s most vulnerable time to relapse.

In the 1989 edition of General Pharmacology, Kaada and Torsteinbo of Norway reported on study results that massage therapy increased the amount of beta-endorphins in the blood by 16 percent. The release of endorphins during a massage allows the recipient to feel normal, even fantastic, without the aid of a drug. This can be a powerful, even life-changing experience for the client.

On a physical level, the circulation that occurs with massage is also a desired occurrence during the detoxification process. Therapeutic massage’s invigoration of blood and lymphatic fluid allows for a more efficient exchange of oxygen rich nutrition into the body’s tissues, and the delivery of toxic waste products out of the body’s tissues. Kosakoski adds that “All systems of the body function more efficiently with improved circulation and a reduction in tension of the soft tissues and musculature…”

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over a year ago

Massage: The Missing Link in Addiction Treatment

Incorporating massage into a substance abuse program is advantageous in all of the stages of quitting an addiction: withdrawal, detoxification and abstinence. The physical, emotional and spiritual components of recovery all can be directly benefited by the healing power of therapeutic touch. The nurturing contact of massage utilizes skin as the translator of the therapist’s intent. Skin, the largest sensory organ in our body, is our primary sense for connecting information from our external surroundings to our internal environment.

The Touch Research Institute in Miami, Florida has performed scientific research documenting the physiological effects of massage on the body. Kosakoski reminds us of some of their findings on massage such as decreased pain, diminished autoimmune response, enhanced immune response, and increased alertness and performance. These effects appear to be related to massage’s ability to reduce cortisol, a stress hormone, as reported by the Touch Research Institute in 2003. Several of the Touch Research Institute’s studies positively document the ability of massage to decrease anxiety, depression, agitation, and cravings.

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5.0
over a year ago

GREAT! – I used the Buy With Me coupons to have two massages with Michelle. It was easy to find and clean. My massages with Michelle were the BEST I have had, as I enjoy deep tissue. After explaining to her that I sit at a computer all day and night, she was able to work magic on my shoulders, neck and back. It is a bit expensive, but I think is TOTALLY worth the money!!! Michelle really took the time and effort to also show me stretches after to help improve my posture.

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5.0
over a year ago

I love this place... – Eric is one of the most healing people I know -- massage has helped me through recovering from an illness, and relieving all of the stress and tension associated with it. Thank you!!!

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5.0
over a year ago

Grade A Massage in Boston's Back Bay! – I highly recommend Eric and his team at Boston Massage Associates. I always find my massages very relaxing. Eric is excellent at relieving tension and stress carried in my neck back and shoulders without causing any pain or discomfort.

If your looking for an effective and enjoyable massage, get over to BMA!

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5.0
over a year ago

Best massage in town – I have chronic back and shoulder problems and have been searching for a good massage therapist. I first went to Massage associates last year and loved the experience. Eric did a fabulous job releasing the tension in my muscles and applied the perfect amount of pressure. I highly recommend Eric!

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5.0
over a year ago

Amazingly Effective - Best Massage in Town – I go to Eric all the time to treat muscle spasms/cramps, low back pain, etc. I always feel MUCH better afterward, and the problem always resolves within a day or two, sometimes even the same night. I've had such wonderful and consistent results - Eric is just magic. I'm also a dancer, and I sometimes go for a massage before an intensive weekend of dancing - it has definitely helped my body to endure the days of strenuous activity. Not to mention it just feels great! Amazing technique, sense of pressure - I always leave feeling like a supple, graceful panther. =)

Aside from all this, Eric is just a great guy - super nice, extremely personable, and a devoted environmentalist. Like many of his clients, I met him before he opened BMA, and followed him to his new practice - we just know he's the best around. ;D

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5.0
over a year ago

Best place in Boston for a massage! – I can't recommend this place enough. Eric is the most talented, caring, thoughtful massage therapist I know. Definitely get your next massage at Boston Massage Associates!

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