It Don't Mean A Thing
First things first
The last thing a client should be doing during a massage session is worrying
Worry is a stressor that causes the same physical symptoms that massage therapists are attempting
to relieve. Clients often worry about, and even become downright embarrassed by, natural physiological processes that don’t make one iota of difference to the massage therapist. If anything, the physiological occurrences show us that your body is responding well to the
work being done. If you have found yourself having embarrassing body responses during a massage and have worried about what your massage therapist is thinking, please read on and allow me to put your mind at ease.
OOPS, I TOOTED
Let’s get right to the point ... farting, burping, and drooling, which might normally be embarrassing occurrences, are all acceptable and even sometimes expected during a massage therapy session. Here’s why.
The pace of modern life causes people to regularly be in a state of doing. Running errands, taking kids to and from school and activities, making dinner, cleaning house, doing laundry, going to work, meeting friends, taking care of parents, responding to emails and texts—the list goes on and on. Put very simply, the stress of constant action causes the sympathetic side of the nervous system, the side that drives the body in motion, to dominate over the parasympathetic side, the side that places the body at rest. Massage therapy reverses that.
What does this have to do with farting, burping, and drooling? When your body is in sympathetic mode, functions such as digestion are deactivated because they aren’t necessary to “taking action” and “being in motion.” Muscle contraction is necessary for that.
HEY, THANKS FOR THE COMPLIMENT!
These are just a few of the ways the body can respond to massage and bodywork (I just chose the most embarrassing ones!). So, the next time you find yourself worrying about that gurgle, take a deep breath and just let go. These body functions don’t mean a thing except that we are doing our job, so we take these occurrences as a compliment. Massage therapists know the many great benefits and effects that massage and bodywork have on the body, as well as the mind and spirit.