The Benefits of Massage Therapy for Addiction Recovery

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When discussing addiction recovery, we often hear the terms “12-step program” or “6 stages of recovery.” Terms or phrases like these are indicative of the complexity of substance use and abuse and recovering from addiction. These intricacies result in the need for a variety of customizable treatments. Massage therapy is just one way to help you or someone you love along the road to addiction recovery.

Massage Therapy Methods for Addiction Recovery

At its core, the hope is that massage therapy can reestablish a human connection. For some, just the positivity of touch can be foreign to them. For others, it may release some trapped tensions and even help them open up verbally.

Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

Massage can help with the symptoms of withdrawal, both physical and emotional. Deep tissue massage is a good way to relieve the body of tension while also clearing it of toxins.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy

Lymphatic drainage is a specialized massage that focuses on detoxification of the body. It typically lasts between 30-90 mins and is a gentle rhythmic massage that can help to increase the rate of toxin removal from the body. Sometimes when someone is at the point of addiction recovery, their various systems have become compromised and need a reset. Lymphatic drainage can help with that.


While some may want to label cupping therapy as “new age” or “trendy,” there is evidence that it has been practiced since about 1550 BC. Therapists who practice cupping use specialized cups that create suction. This suction is believed to help toxins out of the body.

The Benefits of Massage Therapy in Addiction Recovery

Massage therapy is beneficial to everyone. The physical touch and release of tensions can increase your body’s natural “happy juices” of serotonin and dopamine.

Massage therapy can help to:

  • Relieve pain
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Increase blood flow
  • Improve sleep patterns
  • Relieve anxiety
  • Relax both physically and mentally

Massage Therapy + Aromatherapy

Combining fragrances with the appropriate massage treatment can enhance the healing process. Lavender can help people relax, eucalyptus has cleansing properties, mint aromas can boost cognitive capabilities and memory, and citrus can elevate energy levels. These effects are different for each person, of course.

The Road to Recovery

At Summit Malibu, we understand that each person’s path to addiction recovery is different. Perhaps yours includes massage therapy, or maybe you will better benefit from one of our many other treatment services like Mood & Music or Horticulture Group Therapy.

Contact us today to discuss your concerns and start planning your journey to a better life without addictions.