Massage therapy is extremely beneficial to people leading busy lifestyles who may be suffering from what is now commonly encountered work related stress. Massage will not only aid with mental relaxation but will work on physical symptoms of back and neck pain that comes from sitting for an extended period of time at a desk, long driving sessions or from physical labour.
Many people wait until they are already in pain or suffering from an injury before turning to massage. I believe it is far more beneficial, however, to have regular massage treatments as a preventative measure so that such injuries do not occur. Regular massage maintenance will increase your overall sense of well being for optimum physical and mental health, helping you to achieve your goals.
Holistic massage is an individual treatment that is specifically tailored to each client. A holistic practitioner treats the client as a whole, taking into account their emotional and spiritual wellbeing, as well as their physical body.
Massage Therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. Depending on the technique used, massage can involve working with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms, feet or many other massage aids, such as balls and bamboo canes, to apply pressure on the body. By these movements and pressure, massage is known to improve blood circulation and the flow of lymph, reduce muscular tension, affect the nervous system through stimulation and sedation, and enhance tissue healing.
I will combine touch, science and art to my practice, using specific techniques learnt during my 8 month training course. I will use my sense of touch during practice to determine the correct amount of pressure to apply to each client, and will be able to locate areas of tension and other soft tissue problems to work on. Touch also conveys a sense of caring, an important component in the healing relationship of a therapist and client.
Here are just a few of the common benefits of massage… Don’t suffer, book in for a massage this week!
MASSAGE HELPS RELIEVE STRESS & ANXIETY
We live in stressful times, with pressure coming in from all directions – work, society, family, friends. Sometimes that’s hard to cope with and it can become detrimental to our health.
Massage stimulates the parasympathetic system in your body, which promotes relaxation. It also releases endorphins which give you a natural state of chill. This is probably the most important benefit of massage!
MASSAGE INCREASES YOUR QUALITY OF SLEEP
Insomnia is on the rise, and not getting enough “deep sleep” each night plays havoc with your physical body as well as your mental state. Massage not only slows your breathing down (a side effect of relaxation) but also increases serotonin, which in turn increases melatonin. It’s the melatonin which helps re-set your sleep pattern (and this is why air crew swear by the supplements for jet lag!)
For added sleep inducing goodness, ask me to add some lavender essential oil into your oil blend.
MASSAGE DECREASES PAIN
We’ve all got aches and pains, many due to bad posture caused by driving in the wrong position and sitting slumped at a desk 9-5. Massage can loosen tight muscles, increasing their flexibility and allowing more oxygen to reach them.
A firm head, neck and shoulder massage will help to relieve headaches and soothe away any tension in the upper back.
MASSAGE MAKES YOU HEALTHIER
Massage helps the body to remove toxins by increasing lymphatic drainage (this is why your sweat or urine may smell a little after a massage! Drink lots of water to flush it out!) White blood cells are also increased which helps strengthen your immune system to fight off infections.
MASSAGE HELPS YOUR SKIN LOOK AMAZING
A lesser known benefit of massage but your skin will thank you for booking in. Your skin is your largest organ, and you want to treat it right! Using nourishing oils such as avocado or apricot kernel, can increase your skin’s elasticity and tone.
Improving your circulation also increases cell regeneration, helping scars heal faster. Your colour will also be fresher and as the sebum increases, it will become more supple.