Working from a holistic, integrative perspective, the body is viewed as a reflection of the whole person and of all lived experiences. The body is a storehouse of information, and with the right guidance, you can bring consciousness to patterned behaviors (e.g. chronically tight shoulders, tension headaches, or anxiety). Each of these physical ailments has an emotional story to tell. Massage slows down the mind so you can identify and recognize patterns that are being triggered in your body. In doing so, emotional connections become apparent. A holistic approach promises a much deeper connection with the totality of your being, allowing you to develop a relationship with your body and a sense of empowerment with its processes. The end result is that you will depend less on external help, which often serves to provide only temporary relief.