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What is Holistic Massage? Many people who come for Holistic Massage Therapy for the first time have in mind the type of massage they receive at spas or hotels; these massages are fantastic for relaxation and pampering, however this tends to be their sole focus… Holistic Massage Therapy goes far beyond this; it truly is a comprehensive health-related treatment that I’m really passionate about helping as many people as possible integrate into their lives. Regular Massage is a wonderful preventative measure to keep you supple and keep muscular tension and joint stiffness at bay before they progress into something more serious, as well as supporting those who already have medical conditions that result in muscular tension. Vitally, it is hugely beneficial in helping to release stress from the body and towards maintaining a positive outlook – we are discovering more and more how vital regular relaxation time is in maintaining good mental and physical health. Massage Therapy also acknowledges that every person is individual; occupations and life events can deeply affect our physical and emotional wellbeing in diverse ways; we each hold tension in our bodies differently, we react to stress in various ways, we age differently, our postures vary, the exercise we do and the food we eat varies. All these factors and more have a huge impact on our physical and emotional health – and is the reason that Holistic Massage Therapy really stands out as it takes all these factors into consideration. When you come for a Holistic Massage it truly is…THERAPY! However you first come for a Massage, whether that be as a reward after a hard week or via a medical referral, the initial consultation will help me build a picture of the individual massage you need. Enable me to create a massage that is perfectly tailored to what your body needs on any given day. This can change each time you come for massage….one day a treatment might pay attention to a specific physical issue. The next time you visit you may have been through a stressful time and wish to release some of those stresses or enjoy some relaxation and much needed time to yourself. You may simply want a little treat? Regular stress-release from your body is vital for your health and wellbeing!!! Massage Therapy is about building a trusting partnership and providing support on a journey to health. As part of a general wellbeing routine, a regular Massage treatment focusing on muscular tension and stress release provides a wonderful sense of euphoria, deep relaxation and release of tension from the body which keeps you fighting fit both physically and mentally. It can also be part of a restorative process, assisting your body if it needs to recover from physical injury. Or you may need regular Massage treatments to help you manage discomfort or pain when suffering from certain medical conditions; the parasympathetic nervous system (the part of the nervous system which induces rest, repair and relaxation) is triggered during Massage and this assists the release of tension and pain, allowing our bodies to return to health, triggering proper digestion and immune system responses. Massage is a supportive therapy; it encourages the body to help itself by nurturing each of the bodily systems via soft tissue manipulation. ~~~ Massage types From your consultation we will come up with an individual massage plan that is tailored to your needs, but it may be useful to think about these different massage types and there benefits. • Energy holds – placing hands on the body and holding – holds are particularly nurturing, putting you in touch with your body, calming you, helping with initial relaxation. • Effleurage – long, slow, light strokes that sweep over the body with the flat of the hand – nurturing, connecting you with your body, calming • Feathering – light, fast strokes using the fingertips – stimulate sensory nerve endings in the skin which produce that lovely yummy feeling you get from your skin being stroked! • Plucking – a slightly deeper version of feathering • Petrissage – kneading and compression – strokes that use rhythmical compression and release of the tissues – improves muscle tone, relieves stiffness, spasm and tightness by bringing fresh blood flow to the area, supplying oxygen and glucose to the muscles to allow them to function properly and removing waste products from the muscle fibres • Friction – rubbing hands together over an area of skin to produce heat – stimulates fresh blood supply to the area which helps to heal your muscle and surrounding tissues • Percussion – hacking, cupping, pummelling – these techniques really wake the muscle and tissues up, invigorating body • Vibration – stimulates sensory nerve endings, brings blood supply to the area, wakes the muscles and tissues up and letting go of tension • Trigger points – a trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may produce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. Pressing on that trigger point deeply and holding it can release the tension and pain • Deep Tissue Massage – using deeper techniques can help reduce tension in the muscle and released discomfort without having to give a painful massage • Passive mobilisations – let your arm, wrist or hip joints go floppy as I mobilise them for you – improves mobility, eases areas of stiffness or tension in the joints and supporting muscles • Stretching – stretching the limbs to help improve mobility and ease stiffness – stretching the muscles to re-educate them back to their original length if they have been overused and are tight/short – stretching the skin to help release areas of fascia adhesion (the layer of connective tissue below the skin that can sometimes bunch up, creating tension) • Bone tapping – bone is a dynamic tissue which manufactures red and white blood cells – sometimes it needs a little help to kick-start it via the vibration of bone tapping ~~~

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