Feel Good Within
|23rd February 2019|
Massage is an ancient art that has been around for millennia among many colture, dating back to 4000BC.
Massage is a "hands on" treatment in which a therapist manipulates muscles and other soft tissues of the body to improve health and well being.
Varieties of massage range from gentle stroking and kneading of muscles and other soft tissues to deeper manual techniques.
It helps relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and evoke feelings of calmness.
Although massage affects the body as a whole, it particularly influences the activity of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems.
For centuries, human touch has been shown to be emotionally and physically healing. Particular massage techniques may either stimulate or calm the body's muscles and tissues to create a desired effect. When a practitioner massages soft tissue, electrical signals are transmitted both to the local area and throughout the body. These signals, in combination with the healing properties of touch, help heal damaged muscle, stimulate circulation, clear waste products via the lymphatic system, boost the activity of the immune system, reduce pain and tension, and induce a calming effect.
Massage may also enhance well being by stimulating the release of endorphins (natural painkillers and mood elevators) and reducing levels of certain stress hormones.
SOME BENEFITS FROM MASSAGE
•Eliminates toxins from the body by stimulating lymphatic drainage
•Improves the condition of skin by removing dead surface skin
•Relieves tension headaches and has a positive effect on migraines
•Helps with pain, especially in the back, shoulders and neck
•Relaxes muscles and leads to improved tone
•Helps relieve conditions related to anxiety
•Soothes carpel tunnel syndrome and sciatica
•Helps with muscle spasm
•Improves energy and general sense of well-being by releasing endorphins
•Can help with concentration and focus
•Help with breathing problems by resulting in more regular and deeper inhalation
•Promotes speedier recovery from injury
•Can improve self-esteem
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.
It is a superficial, light massage aimed on alleviating muscle soreness, improving blood and lymphatic circulation.
The main techniques used in Holistic massage are stroking, effleurage, kneading, percussions, hacking and vibrations, all aiming in either relax or invigorate the whole of the body.
The strokes are performed with the use of organic oil that help movement and provide nourishment for the skin.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Deep Tissue Massage is a massage technique that addresses the deeper layers of muscle tissue.
When muscles are used extensively, they become stressed. Oxygen and nutrients are not able to be circulated effectively around the body and so toxins begin to build up in the tissue, causing the muscles to tense and ache.
It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the grain of the muscles, the tendons, connecting tissue (known as the fascia) and the muscles themselves will begin to loosen up as the toxins are once more released and blood flow and oxygen can begin to circulate.
Similar in technique to an Holistic massage, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a number of small, specific areas of tension. It uses similar strokes and the use of tools such as forearm, elbow, knuckles and deep pressure finger work.
Treatments are usually preceded by an initial consultation to determine your past and present health and lifestyle as to create the best treatment for your needs.
Sessions can be 30mins, 1 hour or 90mins long. Longer session allow for better results as more work can be done and more relaxation help at speed up healing process.
A course of treatments is usually recommended for optimum results and for total body integration but this will vary depending on your body’s needs.
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