About Holistic Massage

 

The holistic approach to massage therapy can touch an individual’s whole being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The term “Holistic” comes from the Greek word “holos” meaning whole. A great definition for it is: “...the consideration of an individual’s whole being in any treatment which is to say, having regard for the person’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual state as well as social and environmental factors.”

 

Holistic massage is a nurturing process of touch and response. Treatments are adapted to each client’s unique needs and physical characteristics and history. The holistic massage therapist understands the body’s structure, function and malfunction.

 

Massage can help reduce the effects of stress by encouraging relaxation, which supports the parasympathetic nervous system. It can help reduce tension in muscles, improve circulation, reduce heart rate and blood pressure, and improve lymph flow thereby boosting immunity.



But what "stress" does it mean?

 

From the Black’s Medical Dictionary: “Any factor or event that threaten a person’s health or adversely affect his/her normal functioning. This causes the body to release the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, resulting in changes in blood pressure heart rate and metabolism. These physiological response increase physical and mental performance, known as the fight or flight syndrome. “

 

From the Oxford English Dictionary: “ Pressure, tension, compulsion, demand on physical or mental energy, emphasis. “

 

Signs and Symptoms of Stress:

 

  • Physical: Tense muscles, Aches and pains, Headaches, Migraines, Psoriasis, Acne, Indigestion, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Increased heart rate, Weight loss, Excessive sweating, Frequent colds, Frequent infections, Sexual difficulties, Fatigue, Insomnia, Allergies, Weight gain, Changes in menstrual cycle.

 

  • Emotional: Tearful, Anxious, Depressed, Apathy, Moody, Worried, Irritable, Feeling out of control.

 

  • Behavioural: Forgetful, Increased smoking, Increased alcohol, Increased caffeine, Over eating, Under eating, Inability to relax, Poor concentration, Oversleeping.

 

Massage therapists use long, smooth strokes, kneading and other movements to focus on superficial layers of muscle using massage oil or lotion. With massage it is possible to improve circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues. It relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility, and helps clear lactic acid and other waste, which reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints.

 

Massage can alleviate, prevent or relieve a variety of conditions:

 

  • Back pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Circulatory and respiratory problems
  • Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
  • Stress and stress related conditions



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