Cayce Health Database
Massage was frequently
recommended in the Cayce readings for a wide range of problems.
In analyzing the readings in which massage was suggested, Joseph and
Sandra Duggan (1989) conclude that one of the principal benefits of
massage is to coordinate the nervous systems
(see "coordination" under health concepts). Their book, Edgar
Cayce's Massage, Hydrotherapy & Healing Oils provides an excellent
review of the use of massage in the readings and contains important
insights into the subtle variations in technique and massage oils which
Roger Jahnke's article, Body Therapies
(1986) makes a strong case that many of the innovative body therapies
being used today (e.g. reflexology, connective tissue reflex massage,
shiatsu, polarity, applied kinesiology, etc.) fit well into the Cayce
approach. He notes, "The autonomic nerve balancing mechanism of
neuroreflex techniques and the reprogramming of the body/mind brain
feedback loop through neuromuscular release also are verified, although
not named in the readings." (p. 42)
The readings did specifically recommend certain
massage approaches, including Swedish massage, neuropathic massage and
osteopathic massage. Often, no label was attached to the technique
- the readings simply provide explicit directions, including the ingredients
for the massage oils. The frequent suggestions for osteopathic
massage were based upon the osteopathic concept of nerve centers and
the importance of "coordinating" these centers through massage and manipulation.
Apparently, most massage therapists of that era were unfamiliar with
the major cerebrospinal and sympathetic "centers" (ganglia and plexus)
and therefore were not proficient at providing the necessary stimulation
to these areas. The osteopaths were trained to provide massage
and "manipulations" to these centers and received frequent referrals
Massage may be particularly useful as an adjunct
to chiropractic, a combination becoming increasingly common in the chiropractic
profession. (Calvert, 1989) In view of Cayce's emphasis on soft
tissue manipulation and relaxation, massage would appear to be useful
in this role, particularly when suggestive therapeutics
is deemed appropriate. Massage is
also an important adjunct to electrotherapy such as the wet cell
As a preventative measure, massage is becoming
a recognized and valued therapy for health maintenance and wellness.
It is also frequently included in numerous stress management approaches
Calvert, R. (1989). Massage and chiropractic: A healing
partnership. The Digest of Chiropractic Economics, 37-40.
Duggan, J. & Duggan, S. (1989). Massage, Hydrotherapy
& Healing Oils. Inner Vision Publishing Company: Virginia
Jahnke, R. (1986). Choosing body therapies for good health.
Venture Inward, 2(2), 41-45.
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health