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What is Spiritual Massage?

By Pamela Pleasant
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Spiritual massage refers to a combination of techniques to enrich the body, mind, and soul. Conventional deep tissue massage is used to ease the muscles, but certain types exercises, affirmations, and even prayer can be added to the experience to maintain overall good health. Typically, only a person who is qualified in holistic medicine as well as massage therapy can administer a spiritual massage correctly. He must also be able to transfer positive energy in a spiritual manner. This is done by applying what is referred to as a loving touch.

Breathing the proper way is important while receiving this therapy. The holistic professional may suggest deep breathing exercises before the massage begins. This can help to reduce stress or tensions so that using deep breathing methods helps one achieve relaxation. When the mind is completely relaxed, affirmations can then be introduced.

Music, prayer, and positive thoughts are all included in a spiritual massage. These are called affirmations, and they help to ease and comfort the mind during a massage. The holistic professional may suggest visualizing a beautiful outdoor scene or focusing on a special ability. This is done to gain a better understanding of one's self and also to become rejuvenated and more productive. An affirmation during this therapy is similar to hypnosis because it is introduced during a sleep-like state.

Deep tissue massage is used in this kind of massage and it is also done to relax the body. Instead of concentrating on the body or limbs, a holistic professional may also massage the fingers, toes, and the neck area. He may also massage the scalp, eyes, nose, and mouth. If there is an unusual amount of tension felt, meditation can also be used as a relaxation technique. Occasionally, yoga is also done before a spiritual massage.

Becoming closer to a higher power or God is another important part of a spiritual massage. Showing and giving appreciation, thanking God, and expressing concerns over troubles, can ease pain and emotional problems. It is thought that by doing this, the heart becomes more open and receptive to receiving love.

The purpose of this massage is to connect to the universe and be more aware of surroundings. It can work to improve focus and to increase energy and creativity. This helps to increase potential and to reduce fear and negativism. It is thought that people who have this therapy consistently can have a healthier body image.

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Discussion Comments
By ddljohn — On Sep 14, 2013

I think the reason why terms like "spiritual massage" and "spiritual therapy" become confusing to me is because I don't quite know what "spiritual" means. Can someone care to explain in this context?

By burcidi — On Sep 13, 2013

@MikeMason-- Yes, I've had spiritual massages several times and I think they're great. I think that massages in general can make us grow spiritually, if we're in the right mindset. And spiritual massages are even more helpful because of the positive energy of the practitioner, and the uses of prayers and spiritual aromatherapy.

In order to have spiritual experience, it's necessary to be in a state of relaxation and calm. Many of us are so wired up due to daily stresses that it's very difficult to be calm, even while meditating. I think massage is the only thing that promotes the kind of relaxation that's necessary for enlightening spiritual experiences.

I think you should give it a try.

By stoneMason — On Sep 12, 2013

I consider myself a spiritual person. I do a lot of reading on the topic, I also meditate and do yoga regularly. As much as I enjoy massages, I have not thought of getting a spiritual massage because it kind of sounds like a label for something else. I have no idea if this is the case or not, but I think "loving touch" can be interpreted in more than one way.

Has anyone here ever gotten a spiritual massage? Is it really what it claims to be?

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