Everyone gets angry sometimes. Anger is a normal emotion with a wide range of intensity, from mild frustration to outright rage. Anger is usually a reaction to a perceived threat to ourself, those we love, our property, or our identity. It’s also a red flag that tells us something is wrong.
Anger, if managed well, can prompt us to make positive changes in our lives. Managed poorly, however, it leads to poor decision making and creates problems all around you. It can also affect your health.
Any massage therapist will tell you that your emotions like anger can contribute to or aggravate muscle tension and pain. When they work on you they can feel the extra tension, more knots, and observe physical signs that there are unexpressed emotions. There is strong evidence that suppressed anger can lead to heightened pain and aches (www.pubmed.gov) and the body tension and tightness that accompanies anger can have long term affects on your health.
Anger is a stress response and any reduction in tension can help lower the physiological component of the anger (stress response) and make you feel less angry. Massage gives you much needed time for your brain to deal with emotions and release negative energy. While you’re on the massage table, you’re in a safe space that helps you peel away the stresses of the day and deal with things at a subconscious level. It is not unusual for clients with very pent up emotions to laugh, cry, sigh audibly, have twitchy muscles or fall asleep as an expression of emotional release. Your massage therapist will help you manage those emotions, either through continued soothing and therapeutic touch, or, just giving you a moment by yourself. It’s all a natural and healthy expression of physical tension release.
Regular massage can help you release anger and keep overall stress levels down and can be an integral part of helping you be a happier, less angry, person. It’s not the only answer, of course, you should seek other positive outlets for pent up emotion–like listening to music, meditating or engaging in physical activity. Those natural tension releases will help you feel better between massage sessions.