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Bodywork for Grief

February 16, 2016

 Massage Therapy for Every Season in Life...


"Massage therapy for every season in life" really does mean every season at TREE of LIFE. For some, the season of life may be a sad time. Often times we find ourselves working with clients who are experiencing great loss and going through grief for any number of reasons. Grief is a natural response to loss. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, but many times, develping a coping strategey can help one work through the intese feelings so that in time, you are able to move on. 


Grief is experienced for any number of reasons.

- Divorce or relationship breakup

- Loss of health

- Losing a job

- Loss of financial stability

- A miscarriage

- Retirement

- Death of a pet

- Loss of a cherished dream

- A loved one’s serious illness

- Loss of a friendship

- Loss of safety after a trauma

- Selling the family home 

- Children leaving home


The greater the loss, the greater the grief. 


Myths and facts about grief


MYTH: The pain will go away faster if you ignore it.

Fact: Trying to ignore your pain or keep it from surfacing will only make it worse in the long run. For real healing it is necessary to face your grief and actively deal with it.


MYTH: It’s important to be “be strong” in the face of loss.

Fact: Feeling sad, frightened, or lonely is a normal reaction to loss. Crying doesn’t mean you are weak. You don’t need to “protect” your family or friends by putting on a brave front. Showing your true feelings can help them and you.


MYTH: If you don’t cry, it means you aren’t sorry about the loss.

Fact: Crying is a normal response to sadness, but it’s not the only one. Those who don’t cry may feel the pain just as deeply as others. They may simply have other ways of showing it.


MYTH: Grief should last about a year.

Fact: There is no right or wrong time frame for grieving. How long it takes can differ from person to person.

Source: Center for Grief and Healing


Grief is expressed physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

"Physical expressions of grief often include crying and sighing, headaches, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, weakness, fatigue, feelings of heaviness, aches, pains, and other stress-related ailments."
One of the amazing gifts of receiving bodywork during a time of grief is that for one hour, you can feel ok. For one hour, you don't have to talk about "it" if you don't want to. While at TREE of LIFE, we are always willing to be a listening ear, we can offer resources for couseling to help you talk through an espcially difficult time with a licensed counselor. 
Regardless of the time of life or season you are going through, TREE of LIFE has compassionate caring massage therapists who can support you through many of lifes transistions. 


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