Our physical body often reflects of our mental state. Our thoughts, emotions, attitudes and perceptions can determine the tension level of our bodies. The muscles are connected directly to the mind. By using techniques to increase awareness of thought or behavior patterns and their relationship to the physical body, touch therapies can assist the client to have a more integrated experience. This can result in reduced physical discomfort especially in problems resulting from repeated patterns. This technique is particularly helpful in healing from traumatic injury, such as physical or sexual abuse, chronic pain and anxiety–related disorders, such as PTSD. While all massage enhances the mind-body relationship, several of our therapists (Frank Merillat and Mae Leone) are specifically trained in addressing the body mind connection and can provide additional help in this area.