Massage and Body Work for PTSD - DOUBLESOLID

Massage and Body Work for PTSD

Massage and Bodywork for PTSD

by Allyssa Bedard, LMT and Owner of Body Solace in Merrimack NH

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is something that I have worked on managing personally since my teen years.  In doing so, I gained the ability to have empathy, compassion, and a strong desire to help others who suffer from symptoms of PTSD.   

But the healing journey was nowhere near how easy I had imagined and wanted it to be. In January of 2018, I attended a workshop with focus on PTSD. I honestly thought it was going to provide me with relaxation techniques to help manage my symptoms of PTSD.   

Boy, was I mistaken!  It was a great informative workshop, and it opened my eyes to how little progress I was making with the traditional therapy route that I had been doing what seemed like my whole life which led me on a very important journey. 

I tried many things to alleviate my symptoms and to learn what PTSD really meant for me and the life I wanted to live. It wasn’t easy. There were some definite lows over the course of my healing and recovery.  A few times I wanted to quit.  The biggest challenge I faced was taking ownership of it all.  I had to come to terms with the fact we can only control we have is over our own thoughts and behaviors. We can’t do anything to change someone else’s behavior no matter how much we complain or focus on it.

I am not saying this is an easy transition.  But I have found what works for me and part of that is providing support through massage therapy for my clients to help them through their mental health recovery. As far as me, I think I will be forever working on it; and that’s ok. To embark on a practice like this, you really have to be ready to change and understand that you do not have to be a victim of circumstance.  You also must understand there is no quick fix, no easy way through, but if you seek support, you will find it. In fact, you can find it in massage therapy. One of my biggest achievements in life is through my own pain and recovery finding a way I could utilize my skills to help folks face similar challenges. 

Craniosacral Therapy and Lymph Drainage therapies both help the "rest and digest" part of your nervous system.  This provides your body and your mind a chance to slow down, to breathe, to remember the different between begging relaxed and being in a constant fight or flight mode. Sometimes we must be reminded of what we could feel like to find the correct path to feeling better.   

I am grateful for the chance to combine my passion and skills to help you achieve body awareness and relaxation through manual therapy and movement. I take my word seriously and with personal experience I know how important it is to build a support system and there is nothing more gratifying to me than hearing one of my clients tell me how much the symptoms have dissipated and how their quality of life drastically improved.  

If you are interested in booking an appointment or learning more about the services offered at Body Solace, reach visit their website

Contact Info:

Body Solace is located at 32 Daniel Webster Highway, Suite 16, Merrimack NH, 03054

If you have any questions, you can email or call (978) 577-5905 and they will get back to you as soon as possible. 

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If you are in a mental health emergency, please call 911. For mental health resources click here.


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