Massage benefits for Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Abuse.

Sexual and Domestic Abuse are life altering experience that alter the perception of everything in the world around. These experiences are also held strongly in the body. In addition to dealing with the physical pain caused by their experience, there are extensive emotional issues as well.  Finding and working with the right Massage Therapist can assist not only with stress reduction and pain from injuries, but can also assist in regaining a sense of security and trust in others and self.

This is a great article I found on the AMBP site, written By Audra Hixson about her research project into Massage therapy benefits for survivors of sexual and physical abuse.

Massage for Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is often misunderstood. The media highlights the returning troops afflicted with this disorder, but little is ever told of the multitude of others living with this every day. Any traumatic event can result in PTSD: natural disasters (hurricanes, tornado), combat, violent crimes (assault, rape), domestic and childhood abuse. The effects of this disorder on physical and mental health is astounding. PTSD causes your body to constantly be in the ‘fight or flight’ response, resulting in chronic pain which can ultimately lead to even more serious system-wide health issues.

Massage can make a dramatic difference in the lives of those suffering the devastating effects of PTSD. Massage and the receiving of authentic, conscious, meaningful touch can not only relax and relieve the stress of constantly contracted muscles, but bring the calming, soothing effects of touch on an emotional level.

This is a great article from the website of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine  on Massage and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Massage for Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.