How does massage work?
Massage is the systematic manipulation of soft tissue using a form of touch, which promotes comfort and relaxation. Working on the skin with soft tissues and muscles has an effect on all major and minor systems of the body. It improves general health and enables deep relaxation or re-energising, as well as relief from aches, pain or stiffness. It fosters self-esteem, helping people to become more aware and accepting of their body, their emotional life and their past. Regular holistic massage also helps to maintain good health whilst preventing tiredness and undue stress.
Benefits of massage
Everyone can benefit from massage, from its calming and healing properties. It enables you to relax and enjoy the feeling of being cared for, allowing the physical and psychological benefits to combine to produce a sense of wellbeing. People come for a range of reasons from a general relaxation session to more specific conditions.
The effects of massage are cumulative. After one massage, the effects will last for a short time, but the more regular the treatments, the longer the effects appear to last.
- Sense of well being
- Reduces stress
- Promotes deep relaxation
- Improves muscle tone
- Energising – relieves physical and mental tiredness
- Helps you sleep better
- Encourages the removal of toxins through the lymphatic system.
Specific conditions where massage is particularly helpful:
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- High blood pressure
- Post-viral syndrome (ME)
- Headaches and migraines
- Back pain
- Neck and shoulder aches
Pregnancy and Motherhood
Massage is particularly helpful in pregnancy and childbirth, providing a nurturing, supportive and relaxing environment during this time of change. It supports the physical changes in the body and can relieve specific conditions e.g. muscle tension, lower back pain, poor circulation and swollen ankles. It promotes deep relaxation and can help with sleep problems.
Baby massage is a very special way to communicate with your baby and can also promote sleep and relieve colic. It also provides an opportunity to meet other mothers in a safe and supportive environment. Specific strokes are taught to help alleviate common baby ailments.