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“You cannot become a better person through massage.”

 “You cannot become a better person through massage.”

This quote has been going around in my head today, so I googled it and found that is was Saffy from Absolutely Fabulous doing her best to reason with her self-centered mother.

But it begs a question: can a person become a better person through massage?

Well, not that question.

 I’m sure a person can feel better through massage, running, walking – by physical means  – but what is the relationship between the physical and the moral self?  Is there a relationship?

What steps can a person physically take to become a better person?

When thinking about physical acts and morality, I am reminded of the first chapter of Colossians:

 “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behaviour.”

I always thought this was an interesting idea – that the mind and the body are morally linked by Paul as he writes here. It seems that the actions of the people he is writing to, resulted in their separation/lack of communion with God. The physical preceded the moral.

The passage continues:

“But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation…”

And then here Paul bothers to insert the adjective ‘physical’ here, when one would assume that “Christ’s body” would imply ‘physical’. Clearly, the physicality is important here. And the physical body going through a physical death results in the production of a state of holiness, in the sight of God, of these believers: not to say that they improve, morally speaking – but that they are regarded as holy by God, as a result of a physical act.

So, can one become a better person through massage?

Nope. 

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10 thoughts on ““You cannot become a better person through massage.”

  1. But maybe that massage gives the person in question a window of time in which to reflect. Doesn’t reflection (theoretically) lead to better people? You know, the better you know yourself and all that…

    • That’s an interesting one – whether reflection improves people. It’s certainly the 21st century way of thinking, which isn’t always a good thing! I’ll have a think about that one. Already I am away into the biblical book of James – where he compares two people who look at themselves and then one makes a difference and the other doesn’t learn anything from the reflection…. maybe a post for another day, thanks 🙂

  2. I feel lighter, more relaxed and centered after a facial but does that make me a better person? Are people who practice Yoga and meditation better people? You asked an excellent question!

  3. Perhaps the difference is linked to whether giving attention to your physical body is linked to self-discipline or self-indulgence

  4. A person who is already a better person might benefit from massage. For some, though, it’s a transient improvement. They always “need” more, never come to true satisfaction.
    Some people need massage, medically. If they are “better persons” they behave before and after the treatment, but they remember to say “thank you” to the therapist.
    The core of the being determines if anything will help a person or not.

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