What is Holistic Body Massage?
Holistic means ‘whole’ and so holistic body massage aims to relax and energise the whole body and mind. The treatment often incorporates techniques from areas such as Swedish massage, acupressure and uses light to medium pressure of the hands on some or all of the: legs, feet, back, neck, arms, hands, stomach and décolletage. A session may include assisted stretching and bespoke after-care advice. A full session involves soothing or invigorating massage techniques (depending upon what is right for the client) using natural massage oils.
Where did Massage originate?
Massage is thought to have been used as far back as 3000 BC in China. The Japanese also developed a form of massage using pressure points in what became Shiatsu and in India daily massage is common. Both the Greeks and Romans used massage and in the 18th century, what is often referred to as Swedish Massage was established. Per Henrik Ling was a physiologist who developed the techniques often associated with this style of massage.
How does Massage work?
Massage manipulates the soft tissues and muscles of the body. A variety of techniques may be used to break down ‘knots’ or ‘adhesions’ in order to relieve pre-existing feelings of discomfort in tight or over-used muscles as a result of occupation or tension for example. Soothing stroking movements relax and calm and muscles are stretched and lengthened.
What happens during a session?
During an initial consultation, some personal details such as diet, lifestyle and general health are discussed in confidence. You will then be asked to remove relevant items of clothing, cover yourself with towels and lie on a comfortable massage table. The therapist will apply oil to the area being massaged and gently warm the muscles before beginning to work on these. The therapist will always discuss your specific treatment with you beforehand so that you are comfortable with this and in order to tailor a treatment plan which is suitable for your individual needs. Rest assured that your modesty will always be preserved.
Why do I need an initial consultation?
There are some occasions when treatment is not advised. The therapist needs to be aware of these for your safety, comfort and if treatment is advised, to tailor the therapy to each individual client.
How long will a treatment last?
A full treatment is one hour in length (with an additional free 15 minute consultation at your first appointment, prior to the treatment beginning). We also offer other options such as 20 minute massage for those who are pressed for time, want massage to focus on a specific area or are new to massage. Please see our website and the section on Treatments and Prices for further information about the full variety of massage treatments we offer.
How much does the treatment cost?
A one hour session is £35. There are also a number of special offers available, including 20% off the cost of your first ever treatment.
Pamper parties are also available at the cost of £10 per person for a 20 minute mini massage treatment (minimum 3 people).
What are the benefits of Massage?
Many people comment that they experience a sense of deep relaxation and well-being during and following treatments. Some other benefits may include:
- relief from stress, anxiety and tension
- targeting problem areas e.g. neck, lower back
- relief from tension headaches
- improved range of movement/ flexibility
- removal of wastes and toxins from the body
- improved mood
- improved sleep
- improved blood circulation
- drainage of lymph fluids associated with fluid retention improved posture
- support to the immune system stimulation of the release of endorphins, the body’s ‘feel good’ hormones and natural pain reliever
- aiding joint mobility
When should I not have a treatment?
- being treated for or in remission from cancer
- with a heart condition
- with uncontrolled high blood pressure
- with epilepsy
- with kidney problems
- with diabetes
- with any implant/ recent operation
should obtain written permission from their doctor prior to proceeding with treatment.
No treatment will be given:
- for clients with thrombosis/ embolism
- during pregnancy
After the treatment:
The effects of massage are unique to each individual. Because the treatment stimulates the body and encourages the release of toxins, you may experience some of the following over the next 24 hours:
- increased energy levels/ feelings of tiredness
- deep sleep
- increased urination/ bowel movements
- increased thirst/hunger
- skin breakouts as toxins are released
- aching muscles
- tearfulness/ emotional feelings
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
After care advice:
To gain the most from your treatment, over the 24 hours following this you are advised to:
- avoid caffeine, alcohol, smoking and strenuous physical exercise.
- eat a light meal
- drink plenty of water and relax!
- leave oil on the skin overnight
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