the therapeutic power of touch

 

 In one form or another, massage may be the most ancient and intuitive of all the healing arts. It offers touch, movement and energy and all these qualities are associated with the well-being of the whole person. Touch is a basic human need and without it humans don't thrive. Comforting, soothing, nurturing, healing it benefits both the mind and the body inducing  sensations of well-being and relaxation.  

   A word for massage has existed in all cultures. The ancient Chinese, Greeks, and  Romans  have all practised a form of massage and even with their limited   knowledge of anatomy and circulation they realised the benefits.

I trained at the Northern College which at the time was the only college of its kind in the country. It has been an established centre of excellence since 1924 offering a  very comprehensive training in remedial massage. Of course in this kind of work the learning continues with every client who walks through the door. Each person is unique and so each session is unique.

Touch is one of the most basic human needs; without it babies can literally die of deprivation.

 Remedial massage is a comprehensive and completely natural treatment which aids the body's own healing process. It is an individually tailored therapy and entirely holistic in the sense that it can be allied to other therapies and indeed conventional medicine.  

   Why choose remedial massage? It works on all systems of the body.

  • Muscles are relaxed, toned and strengthened.
  • Blood circulation is improved.
  • The lymphatic system is stimulated which helps to eliminate toxins in the system.
  • Nervous and digestive systems can be soothed or stimulated.  

Remedial massage generally deals with soft tissue problems, those aching muscles! This can be from a sports injury, gardening, whiplash, arthritis, and sciatica. Headaches can often be caused by muscle constriction.

Stroking, rubbing, kneading, pummelling the body will increase blood flow, reduce pain, relax muscles and make the skin more supple.

 By increasing the circulation any painful conditions, all parts of the body legs, hips, can benefit from massage. It can help with high blood pressure, insomnia, anxiety,depression and all the myriad manifestations of stress. If relaxation and  de-stressing is what you need then massage is for you.

A simple pair of hands which, using a variety of techniques and pressures can warm, tone, stretch, relax and release tension in any of the muscles in the body.

A treatment usually takes up to an hour although some people find they prefer one and a half hours, or it may be that I will recommend a longer session .

Treatment starts with a full case history (a full discussion of your problems and medical history followed by an initial examination). You will undress to your underwear but towels are used for modesty and comfort. 

      The couch is heated and you will be covered                                         in warm towels throughout the treatment.

 Massage follows with emphasis being placed on relaxing the muscles and then some work deeper into the soft tissue.

  As the treatment progresses I like to offer my clients the opportunity to take an active part in their healing process by recommending certain exercises or stretches, discussing posture, relaxation techniques, working with the breath. For specific complaints it generally takes at least three visits to see any real improvement, this of course depends on how long the problem has been present.

Some conditions can never be cured but massage can certainly go a long way to alleviating any discomfort.

A muscle which has become constricted through trauma, a misaligned joint, poor nutrition or injury with massage will relax, this allows the blood to flow through it and the toxic waste to be removed. Many of my clients opt for monthly 'maintenance' once their particular problem has improved. This can help prevent the problem reoccurring, or any others happening by helping to keep the muscles toned and relaxed - dealing with any little tensions in the body before they can create any major problems - prevention being better than cure - and in such a wonderful way.

A healthy body is a body which can move easily and freely....freedom of movement requires good, healthy muscles.

 Healthy muscles are an essential part of a healthy body. So why do we ignore them? Muscles give motion to life and every part of the body is dependent on muscle and we could not continue to function without them.  

So we might profitably do as the Romans did and make massage part of our healthcare programme. We tend to think of massage as a luxurious form of self-pampering or as a crisis treatment when we are already feeling bad. Finding and developing a trusting relationship with your therapist could be one of the best investments you can make for your health. Regular remedial massage can improve the quality of life and help to maintain health.

A monthly massage should not be seen as luxury but as an essential part of our commitment to our health.