Massage is a universal instinct. From the day we descended from the trees, humans have known that it helps to rub a sore limb and that to touch is beneficial. For that matter apes know this as well, and indeed so do most other mammals.
What is Holistic Massage?
The term 'holistic' comes from the Greek word 'holos' meaning whole.
The holistic approach aims to restore balance within the body, taking into account the person's whole being not just their physical symptoms or ailments.
Massage therapy is an ancient form of healing, used for thousands of years.
Holistic massage combines a therapeutic and nurturing process of touch and response with each treatment adapted to the client’s unique needs, physical characteristics and personality, So two massages are the same and each massage is completely tailored to your needs on the given day.
Holistic massage benefits the mind, body and spirit. Massage relaxes taut muscles, aids lymphatic drainage, releases toxins and benefits the "whole" in many other positive ways.
Physical and emotional stress can be reduced through therapeutic touch and a myriad of other restrictive problems can also be alleviated.
Daily life impacts on our body in many ways. Although we can easily become tired, stressed, anxious and exhausted we seldom create the space to explore the therapeutic form of beneficial relaxation.
Holistic massage can create instant improvement in the quality of sleep and concentration, improve circulation and waste removal and encourage deeper, more relaxed breathing, and is an accessible treatment for all ages.
Holistic Massage incorporates elements from Swedish Massage, lymphatic massage and acupressure or shiatsu. It is profoundly relaxing and is an alternative to the more robust Swedish Massage treatment.
Body massage helps release stress and tension in our bodies by increasing oxygen flow and blood circulation in the body. Excessive unresolved tension and stress in our daily lives could cause continuous muscular tension. This type of mental tension or stress diminishes the flow of oxygen and blood to the muscles and organs causing pains and aches, feelings of fatigue, symptomatic heaviness, tightness of muscles and stiffness. This can even increase the chance of strains and injuries. Tension creates a tendency for a build up of toxins in the body, and reduces the flow of the more subtle energy or life force (Prana or Chi). Muscular stress also deforms the skeletal anatomy, which further compounds present problems and develops new ones.
Holistic Massage has also been found to have many benefits, including:- Physiological: • Boosts circulation – bringing fresh nutrients and oxygen to cells • Warms tissues • Superficial and deeper layers of the skin are stimulated – cellular function is increased • Increases lymphatic flow thus aiding removal of waste products and toxins • Skin condition improved due to improved circulation and desquamation • Lactic acid is removed from muscle tissue • Relaxes tense and contracted muscles • Stimulates or soothes nerve endings depending on massage movement being used • Reduces pain and fatigue • Reduction of blood pressure and pulse rate
Psychological: • Relaxing or invigorating for mind and body – depending on client’s need (determine this at consultation) • Can help relieve symptoms of stress – restores the body to state of ‘rest and repose’ • Can help relieve depression • Stimulation of endorphins (feel good hormones)