What every church needs today may be what I call a "deep spiritual tissue massage". God is ready to bring about complete healing and wellness for His body. It may require a message AND a massage! To understand what I mean we must understand what a regular deep tissue massage is, how it works and what the benefits are.
What is deep tissue massage? Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.
You see when the church begins to live life with too much tension, when we grow stiff and slouch over rather than lifting up our heads and raising our eyes, when our shoulders are sore from carrying things that we should have given to God long ago, we need a deep spiritual tissue massage. God is beginning to realign deeper layers of spiritual tissue that connects us together.
How does deep tissue massage work? When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.
Blocked circulation causes a community of believers to not effectively be a community…they isolate..there is pain…lack of movement(stale and stagnant_ and when there is lack of movement tempers flare up. When inflammation arises from this immobile, painful state, we need a deep spiritual tissue massage. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.
Will deep tissue massage hurt?At certain points during the massage, most people find there is usually some discomfort and pain.
It is important to tell the massage therapist when things hurt and if any soreness or pain you experience is outside your comfort range.
Let me summarize and apply this to all of us today.
At times like these when God is applying some serious pressure…maybe going against the grain…on us it may be difficult. There may be some discomfort and pain but just like this said, tell your therapist(GOD) about what you are feeling and let Him know how you feel. Ultimately, you will get over the aches and pains and your spiritual mobility will be restored so that you can “circulate” among the body and fulfill your role as a fully devoted follower of Christ.