Holistic Massage

Touch is one of the most primal human instincts, and in the dawn of mankind would have been the very first means of communication, conveying basic non-verbal messages, and reassurance, care and protection.  From this evolved a more sophisticated form of physical contact which we know today as massage.

Massage has been in existence in various forms for thousands of years, for the promotion and restoration of health as well as for relaxation.  It has been recorded in China from 3000 BC, and formed the basis of Shiatsu, the ancient Japanese massage treatment.  In India, massage has been an important part of Ayurvedic medicine.   Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word meaning the 'science of life', and is a traditional holistic healing system originating in India over 4000 years ago, which is gaining popularity in today's modern world.

Massage is a holistic therapy because it treats the whole person, their mind, body and spirit, and it works in several ways.  It reduces the effects of stress and stress-related conditions by helping the body to relax and inducing calm in both mind and body.  It relaxes all systems of the body, slowing them down, encouraging deeper breathing and lowering the heart rate. Whilst doing this, it also stimulates the circulation and lymphatic system, increasing energy levels and boosting the immune system which can be weakened by constant stress. Massage also works directly on tight and aching muscles, soothing away stiffness and easing discomfort caused by tension.

The very action of touch through massage fulfils a basic human need, and conveys a feeling of being comforted and nurtured, which boosts the senses of well being and self worth.  This, in turn, encourages the release of endorphins, the pain relieving 'happy' hormones.