Holistic Massage is a natural approach to better health. Healing body, mind and spirit!
The term ‘Holistic’ comes from the Greek word ‘holos’ meaning whole. By definition, holistic massage treats the ‘Whole Person’ – Your Body, Mind & Soul in Unison. Is an ancient method of healing that clears the lymphatic drainage system and releases toxins from the body, as well as relieving mental and emotional stresses & tensions to restore natural balance. By recognizing that illness and stress affects not only our physical but also our emotional, spiritual & mental well-being. We can allow Holistic massage to encourage the body’s natural healing abilities to come forth & balance the entire body as a whole.
Massage was used by the Ancient Chinese over 3000 years ago. It is also known that Greeks and Romans used regular massage to assist with recovery from injury and disease. Egyptian tomb paintings show people being massaged to promote wellness as it was the simplest form of medical care. Massage is now used in intensive care units, for children, elderly people, babies in incubators, and patients with cancer, AIDS, heart attacks, or strokes. Most hospices have some kind of bodywork massage therapy available, and it is frequently offered in health centres, drug treatment clinics, and pain clinics.
How Holistic Massage can affect you?
Daily life impacts on our body in many ways. It is believed that 75% of illness is caused through stress. Massage is a perfect elixir for good health, but it can also provide an integration of body and mind, a valuable tool for our often desperate lives. Massage can reduce stress by relaxing the nerves and improving neural communication. The body has many systems as well as the nervous system and all are stimulated by massage. Holistic massage is a person centred treatment guided by principles of sensitivity, awareness and quality of touch. Touch is known to be soothing and comforting and massage uses touch to soothe and relax the body. This enables the holistic massage therapist to work with clients, applying techniques and skills in an appropriate manner. Massage speeds up the natural healing processes of the body and promote a physical and physiological well being.
Holistic Massage has many benefits , both emotional and physical, including the following:
- Relieving tension and relaxing tight, sore muscles, aches and pains
- Relieves stiff joints, Arthritis & Rheumatism
- Improving muscle tone, and promote joints flexibility
- Encouraging better blood circulation thus delivering nutrients to the body more efficiently
- Improves the Immune system & overall condition of the body
- Improves the tone of the skin, its colour & its regeneration
- Stimulate the lymphatic system and release toxins accumulate in the body
- Reduce swelling by encouraging better lymph drainage, reducing fluid retention and cellulite.
- Awareness of body and breathing to improve posture
- Increases positive feelings & feelings of well-being
- Promoting relaxation, thus reducing the effects of stress and anxiety
- Improve self esteem and induce a sense of euphoria and wellbeing
- Inducing a deeper sleep and combats Insomnia
- Aiding digestion and encourages better waste removal
What happens during a treatment?
The first session will include an initial consultation to determine your present and past health, lifestyle, and diet. Each treatment is tailored to your individual needs, adapting the pressure and techniques according to how you are feeling physically and emotionally. Although techniques are fundamentally based on Swedish massage (long flowing strokes, kneading, percussion and vibrations), a range of other techniques and pressures are used depending on what your body and mind require at the time. For example, deep tissue manipulation, stretches, limb and joint mobilisation, manual lymphatic drainage, breathe work and hands free techniques can be incorporated into the massage. This will take approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. Thereafter, sessions are 30 or 60 minutes in duration to relax, renew and revive you. Advice may be given about what you can do in between treatments to maintain or improve your well-being. A course of treatments is usually recommended for optimum results but this will vary depending on your body’s needs.