In the last blog I was discussing the main causes of back pain. Unsurprisingly, the causes are numerous! Back pain is one of the most common ailments, especially for people over the age of 30, and second only to shoulder tension in the list of problems people come to me with here at Rikyu.
But what is the best way to treat back pain? For me, the most effective method we offer at Rikyu is Aromatherapy. It helps to relax both body and spirit, which in turn relaxes the tension you may be feeling in your back. Back pain can feed on itself – the worse the pain, the more you tense up against it and thus the pain becomes even worse. Aromatherapy helps to balance and purify the body, and your daily tension levels will decrease as a result.
Another treatment I would recommend is our Zen Spiritual Stone Therapy. Here, the use of hot Basalt and cold Marble stones under your body has a similar relaxing effect, but this time the purification process is more physical!
Both Aromatherapy and Stone Therapy work very well if your back pain is caused largely by emotional problems or stress. If the causes are more physical, though, I may suggest our Wabi-Sabi holistic massage treatment instead. Really working into the deep tissue areas can work wonders for releasing stiffness and tension – your body will thank you in the long run!