From Marcia Montenegro:
When I was in the New Age and was an astrologer, I knew many Massage Therapists and had several as clients. They were all New Agers and I was very aware of the New Age philosophy behind their practice, which always included energy healing and views about the body that incorporated the “subtle energy body.” They also believed pain had a cause from your past a la Louise Hay, the doyenne of New Age healing.
After I became a Christian, I was alarmed to notice that Massage Therapy became more mainstream and that Christians not only studied it but went to MTs, apparently unaware of the New Age underpinnings. As far as I know all MT schools in the U.S. include New Age teachings and now also teach Reiki, a dangerous energy healing. I started receiving emails from Christians studying at MT schools, conflicted about the New Age energy teachings.
Note the words on this Massage Therapy pendant:
“I close my eyes and say a prayer
Release my thoughts into the air
I ask for guidance from above
That my hands might flow with healing love
A touch that’s meant to reach the soul
To ease the pain that took its toll
The mind and spirit to renew
As energy flows from me to you”
Regular massage is purely physical and existed before Massage Therapy (MT). MT is relatively recent. The key word to notice is the word “therapy” which means to give healing. The healing in this case is not just physical and that’s the whole point of my warnings about MT.
The stones on the back of the woman are placed there according to the supposed location of the invisible chakras. The photo of the woman with the MT’s hands hovering over her demonstrates Reiki or possibly Healing Touch, both examples of “healing” with energy.
While some forms of MT may help and be based on actual facts about the body, there are also large amounts of pseudoscientific quackery going on with MTs (some include energy beliefs) such as Reflexology, Polarity, Aura balancing, Craniosacral massage, Myofascial release, that massage can detox you or release toxins, and more untruths. In other words, you can encounter a plethora of alternative treatments from one Massage Therapist, so it’s best to be informed.
If you are seeing a MT now or want a massage, I suggest you carefully question the person about beliefs and practice in energy healing and also ask for the names of the practices they use so you can check it out. Don’t pay for quackery or pseudoscience, and you do not want energy “healing” done on you. Those who practice energy “healing” always have spirit guides (fallen angels), whether they are aware of it or not (and if they are in the New Age, they have such guides anyway).