Deep Tissue Massage

“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down” Lily Tomlin

This past week, I enjoyed a relaxing deep-tissue massage.  It was my first full-body massage so I was curious and asked the masseuse a lot of questions.  For example, why massage was her chosen profession?  Forty years ago, her health had been greatly improved by massage therapy so she went to massage school, became licensed as a massage therapist, and never looked back. The masseuse had over 30 years of experience and I could feel the decades of experience in her technique as she her hands moved my muscle tissue around. She loved her work and never tired of it.

As the massage therapist’s hands worked their magic, I found myself sighing and yawning a great deal and asked why is that?  Her answer was that the tissues hold memories.  I did a little research and according to an article by James and Nora Oschman, the body’s soft tissue records the choices, habits, and traumas that we have experienced during our individual lifetime.  The collagen fibers orient in a way that can best support future stresses, assuming that the organism will continue the same patterns of movement or disuse. The emotional charge surrounding a memory can surface and disappear as it is released during massage therapy and other similar techniques.

Consider the decades of stressful moments that could be locked in different areas inside your body.  A readily available technique, such as massage therapy, can release years of tension or unresolved emotions. I found it interesting that the Oschmans commented how massage therapists frequently report uncanny experiences in which vivid images flood into their consciousness as they are working on some part of a client’s body.  Sometimes there is a transient sensation that “something has happened” within the body they are touching. An avalanche of detailed sensory material may be triggered. The images may be so striking that the practitioner asks the client about them, only to discover that their client is simultaneously having a similar or identical “flashback.”  This is described as the recall of deeply repressed, highly charged emotional material with full sensory detail, possibly including visual, auditory, tactile, gustatory, and olfactory components.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters
compared to what lies within us” Ralph Waldo Emerson


  1. I just had the strangest thing happen to me. I was getting a massage, and the whole time I was having bizarre visions. People/animals I didn’t recognize, places I’d never seen before, just strange things…the sort of things I see when I have my hypnogogic hallucinations at night due to my sleep disorder. Does anyone have any idea what this is? I’ve tried to Google it with limited success. It was very odd and a little unsettling. This post seems to explain what I experienced!

    • Elizabeth Rose says:

      Celia, Thank you for your comment. We are spirits having a human experience. It may be that the spirit realm is taking advantage of your sleeping disorder to teach you something important. Dreams and visions are meaningful and you’re meant to pay attention to them. May I suggest you read my blog: and also check out Michael Sheridan’s dream interpretation book available at
      Dreams and visions are two different forms of communication so visions require a different approach to interpretation than dreams. Before you fall asleep each night, ask ‘spirit’ to make clear the meaning behind any visions. In the morning when you wake, keep your eyes closed and simply become ‘aware’. Note any sights, sounds, or feelings to better understand divine telepathic communication. Over time, things will become clear.
      Light, Love and Joy

  2. Whoah- I came here via google search! I experienced something very similar. I had a massage today and had a vision of people standing around the massage table.

    I really appreciated your explanation, Elizabeth- thank you.

    • Elizabeth Rose says:

      You’re welcome Estelle!

    • I saw dozens of items, mostly of art, most could fit in the palm of one’s hand, nothing that was magical or impossible. Every muscle being released offered something new. I didn’t think I was drugged, but wow what an experience.