Holistic Body Massage
Massage is a systematic and therapeutic stroking and kneading of the soft tissues of the body. It has been used as a form of therapy for thousands of years, and touch is the most instinctive natural response to pain. Massage affects the whole body and it’s intricate body systems.
It has been found that stimulating specific areas on the surface of the body can have a corresponding effect on the internal organs and systems of the body. Regular holistic massage has many benefits, it can help relieve tension from muscles and ease stiff joints, it also helps promote healthy circulation of the blood which helps to eliminate waste from the body. It also encourages deeper breathing, relieves tired and stiff muscles, promotes general relaxation, encourages sleep, boosts immunity, relieves insomnia, balance of the digestive system, lowers high blood pressure, and helps with anxiety and stress related problems.
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- Massage can help increase joint mobility by reducing any thickening of the connective tissue and helping to release restrictions in the facia.
- It helps to free adhesions, break down scar tissue and decrease inflammation. As a result it can help to restore range of motion to stiff joints.
- Massage improves muscle tone and balance, reducing the physical stress placed on bones and joints.
Effects on the Muscular System
- Massage relieves muscular tightness, stiffness, spasms and restrictions in the muscle tissue.
- It increases flexibility in the muscles due to muscular relaxation.
- It increases blood circulation bringing more oxygen and nutrients into the muscle. This reduces muscle fatigue and soreness.
- It promotes rapid removal of toxins and waste products from the muscle.
Effects on the Cardiovascular System
- improve circulation by mechanically assisting the venous flow of blood back to the heart
- dilate blood vessels helping them to work more efficiently
- produce an enhanced blood flow; delivery of fresh oxygen and nutrients to the tissues is improved and the removal of waste products, toxins and carbon dioxide is hastened via the venous system
- help temporarily to decrease blood pressure, due to dilation of capillaries
- decrease the heart rate due to relaxation
- reduce ischaemia (ischaemia is a reduction in the flow of blood to body parts, often marked by pain and tissue dysfunction).
Effects on the Lymphatic System
Massage helps to:
- reduce oedema (excess fluid in the tissue) by increasing lymphatic drainage and the removal of waste from the system
- regular massage may help to strengthen the immune system, due to increase in white blood cells.
Effects on the Nervous System
- Massage stimulates sensory receptors: this can either stimulate or soothe nerves depending on the techniques used.
- It also stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, helping promote relaxation and the reduction of stress.
- Massage helps to reduce pain by the release of endorphins (endorphins are also known to elevate the mood).
Effects on the Skin
Massage can bring about:
- improved circulation to the skin, increased nutrition to the cells and encouraging cell regeneration
- increased production of sweat from the sweat glands, helping to excrete urea and waste products through the skin
- vaso-dilation of the surface capillaries helping to improve the skin’s colour
- improved elasticity of the skin
- increased sebum production, helping to improve the skin’s suppleness and resistance to infection.
Effects on the Respiratory System
- Massage deepens respiration and improves lung capacity by relaxing any tightness in the respiratory muscles.
- It also slows down the rate of respiration due to the reduced stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system
Effects on the Digestive System
- increase peristalsis in the large intestine, helping to relieve constipation, colic and gas
- promote the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, which stimulates digestion.
Effects on the Urinary System
- Massage increases urinary output due to the increased circulation and lymph drainage from the tissues.
The Physiological Effects of Massage
Massage can help to:
- reduce stress and anxiety by relaxing both mind and body
- create a feeling of well-being and enhanced self-esteem
- promote positive body awareness and an improved body image through relaxation
- ease emotional trauma through relaxation
What to expect
Before treatment, your therapist will provide a full consultation, asking you various questions about your health and lifestyle, to ensure treatment is right for you. A ‘back, neck & shoulder’ massage will take between 30 to 40 minutes. I can adapt the treatment to suit your individual preference. After-all we’re all different!
During a back, neck & shoulder massage your therapist will ease all tension from your back, neck & shoulders using natural oils and expert techniques, leaving you feeling deeply relaxed and de-stressed.
Treatments usually take place on a massage table, If the treatment involves the therapist directly massaging your skin, a nourishing oil will generally be used to provide a free-flowing massage, and towels carefully placed to ensure your modesty and keep you warm and comfortable throughout the treatment.
Whatever type of massage you are having, Buntingford therapist will advise you of what to expect before the treatment begins.
Choosing a therapist It is important to choose a qualified massage therapist who has undertaken the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of this particular therapy.
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