Massage is a universal therapy that is practiced through many different modalities. Essentially, massage employs soft tissue manipulation to achieve physical (anatomical), functional (physiological), and psychological results.
Massage is a systemic therapy that improves blood lymph and general fluid circulation, bringing oxygen and nutrients to every single cell. Specific techniques help relieve muscle tension and pain; increase flexibility and mobility; regulate and improve the function of internal systems such as the endocrine and immune systems; and integrate mind and body.
Holistic massage is a therapeutic tool that can be used to re-establish a sense of homeostasis within the body, and equilibrium throughout the individual’s sense of self. The focus lies in the client as a ‘whole’ rather than the specific symptoms they may be presenting; and so considers environment, psychology, nutrition and other lifestyle elements to establish the cause of particular imbalances.
Holistic massage treatment is based on Swedish massage techniques and incorporates essential oils to further facilitate therapeutic benefits such as invigoration or relaxation. Relaxation techniques, breath-work and visualisations may be used in the treatment, according to whether the client and therapist feel this may be useful.
Holistic massage also incorporates lifestyle advice to help reduce negative effects and enhance the positive benefits of lifestyle choices.
HOT STONE MASSAGE
Hot Stone Massage has been in use for over 3,000 years. Ancient Chinese, Indian and Native American civilizations used hot stones in massage to cleanse the body, soothe the mind and ground the soul.
The use of heat (thermotherapy) in massage prepares the musculature of the body allowing the therapist to work into deeper layers of muscle, creating a treatment that is both deeply relaxing and healing.
I use natural basalt stones that have been river tumbled and hand selected from lakes and rivers in America. These stones have been naturally smoothed and found washed up on river beds, holding an incredible energy. Basalt is a volcanic (igneous) stone that is dark in colour due to the amounts of iron and magnesium it contains, these elements allow the stone to acquire, retain and emanate a consistent and soothing heat for long periods of time.
One stroke of a hot stone can be compared to 10 strokes of the therapist’s hand.
Marma massage promotes good blood flow by stimulating the marma points, thereby promoting physical and mental rehabilitation. Increasing blood flow through these neuro-muscular junctions helps tone the corresponding muscles, which in turn can clear away obstructions that delay information being communicated between the muscles, nerves and brain.
A Marma point is defined as an anatomical site where flesh, veins, arteries, tendons, bones and joints meet up. There are 107 of these vital points throughout the body and it is considered essential for health to ensure good blood flow throughout these neuro-muscular junctions. Similar with Acupuncture, marma points correspond to internal organs and systems of the body which react to manual stimulation.
Through centuries of practice it has been observed that the following symptoms can be alleviated through Marma massage: Nervousness and anxiety; Light headedness; Numbness; Metallic taste in the mouth, tingling in the fingertips and toes; Stress; Fatigue; Physical weakness and Muscular aches and pains. Stroke victims benefit from Marma massage because the treatment helps the brain to ‘re-learn’ how to control and co-ordinate the muscles and nerves after illness or injury.
Pregnancy massage is hugely beneficial for both mother and baby. As the baby develops, the mother's body undergoes many changes putting pressure on joints, ligaments and organs, Pregnancy massage can help alleviate aches and pains and other common symptoms associated with pregnancy in a safe and gentle way. Preparing for the arrival of a new baby brings lots of excitement but at the same time plenty of stress! Massage can help reduce stress levels due to its calming effect. It has been shown that the baby can benefit greatly from massage as feel-good endorphins are released by the mother during the session and are passed onto the baby.
Benefits of massage in pregnancy include:
-releases muscular tension
-can improve sluggish bowel movement
-induces deep relaxation
-helps reduce varicose veins from developing
-helps to lower or keep high blood pressure balanced
Please note, this massage is only for women after their first trimester (after 12 weeks).
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