Massage is the art of introducing a sense of relaxation and well-being through the use of ‘touch’ and ‘gentle stroking movements’. Massage has been used for over 4000 years as a way of soothing the Soul and helping oneself to ‘feel better’.
Massage in Western Europe developed out of traditions from as far away as, for example, China, India, Greece, Italy and the people of ancient Persia. Traditions which, it must be said, seem to have understood and recognised the soothing and therapeutic benefit of human touch. It is out of these traditional theories that todays’ massage has developed into a holistic treatment which aids the release of stress and tension from within the human body.
In this modern world there seems to be little time to pay attention to what our bodies are telling us about their needs and generally the population only respond when ‘something goes wrong’. Continually living with muscular tension and stress restricts and diminishes the flow of oxygen and blood to the muscles and organs. This can cause aches and pains, feeling fatigued, and tightness within muscles causing stiffness. Clearly if not recognised this increases the potential for ill health, sprains and/or injuries. Muscular stress also has the potential to deform skeletal anatomy through stiffness and inefficient movement, which will compound existing conditions and may cause the development of new problems/conditions.
Think about how a child reacts when they fall down, they or a friend gently rub the affected part; and so it is that massage greatly improves ones sense of connection to their world and themselves. Massage can do this for you too.
On another subtler level, tension and stress can result in a build-up of toxins within the body which can potentially reduce the flow of Prana or Chi (life force energy) and cause further feelings of discomfort or restriction to free movement.
Holistic therapies such as Therapeutic Body Massage, Hot Stones Massage, Holistic Face Massage, can help the body to release stress and tension from within the muscles. For more information, please look at the individual tabs.