Massage therapy is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries to promote relaxation, relieve pain, and improve overall wellbeing. Today, massage therapy is a widely accepted form of complementary and alternative medicine, with many different techniques and approaches available to suit the needs of individual clients. The Polyvagal Theory provides a unique perspective on massage therapy, highlighting the importance of the nervous system and how it can be regulated to promote healing and connection.
The Polyvagal Theory proposes that the nervous system has three distinct states: the ventral vagal state, the sympathetic state, and the dorsal vagal state. Each state is associated with a specific set of physiological responses and behavioural outcomes. For massage therapists, understanding these different states is crucial for creating a safe and healing space for their clients.
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