Massage

Holistic means ‘whole’ so this form of massage deals with you as a ‘whole’. Like other therapies, it is not just looking to treat the symptoms, but to establish the cause, whether it be internal or external. The word massage comes from the French massage ”friction of kneading”, or from Arabic massa meaning “to touch, feel or handle” or from Latin massa meaning “mass, dough”, Greek verb (massō) “to handle, touch, to work with the hands, to knead dough”.

The aim is to rebalance the body so it achieves homeostasis or balance. The training for the therapist is quite extensive, as it not only covers massage, but also anatomy and physiology, nutrition and general health.

What Happens When I Go For A Holistic Massage

At the first consultation, you will be asked to complete a health questionnaire.  The therapist keeps a note of each treatment, which for you means that after a few visits you can come in, ‘flop’ down on the couch and the therapist knows what you need.  Your modesty is always protected – you are always covered with towels, with only the area being massaged at the time being exposed.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Holistic Massage Therapy

Massage benefits are both mind and body. It is rare that we take an hour to lie down, close our eyes and just ‘be’. An hour’s peace and quiet away from ringing phones and demanding children has a definite restorative effect.

For the body, the massage helps taut muscles learn to relax and this, combined with strokes to aid lymphatic drainage, helps to release toxins. The benefits can be felt by all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles. According to the Massage Association, research has verified that office workers massaged regularly were more alert, performed better and were less stressed than those who weren’t massaged. It is not just office workers who benefit. Stress affects different people in many ways, physically and emotionally. Stiffness and soreness in muscles can be due to a wide range of physical factors from an overly energetic session in the gym or carrying too much shopping home, to poor posture through being seated at a desk all day or excessive time behind the steering wheel. The causes are not always physical however. Emotional tension and the day to day stresses that life throws at us can manifest in headaches caused by a stiff neck and shoulders and the body generally tensing up in response to stress, especially if there is not the opportunity to release.  Massage can help people to deal with emotional problems such as grief and depression.

Older people benefit too. For the elderly it can be difficult to get around, resulting in lack of exercise and muscle atrophy. Massage will stimulate blood flow and help the release of those feel-good endorphins that make us feel smiley inside.

Are There Any Reasons I Would Not Be Able To Have A Massage

There are a number of factors which preclude massage, for example if the you are ill and/or has a fever. You are also advised not to drink alcohol or take drugs (unless by prescription!) in the 24 hours before and after the massage. This could affect the liver and kidneys as in addition to the toxins released by the massage they will also be trying to cope with toxins from the drug.  People with some conditions (such as cancer) may be treated only with consent from their GP. Your therapist will advise you.