What is Massage?
Massage is a holistic therapy which uses the hands to manipulate muscles and soft tissues of the body. It is a safe, non threatening, non-invasive natural therapy.
Massage has physiological effects – acting on the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that form part of the physical structure of the body, and psychological effects – relaxing the body allows the mind to relax, reducing tension and anxiety. It can also help lift emotions and can increase energy levels.
A short history of Massage:
Today’s massage techniques derive from many different cultures. They were used by the ancient Greeks and Romans, and documented in China, as early as 3000 BC. In the West, during the two world wars, massage was used for rehabilitation, and to treat nerve injuries, and it continues to be used for medical purposes by doctors today.
Often referred to as Swedish massage, thanks to the influence of Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839), a physiologist from Sweden, modern massage is a system for the promotion and restoration of health.
• Alleviate headaches originating from stiffness and tension in the neck.
• Alleviate sinus pain.
• Improve circulation, skin tone and elasticity.
• Encourage deeper and more efficient breathing.
• Accelerate the healing process.
• Encourage better lymphatic drainage.
• Help reduce oedema.
• Boost immunity.
• Aid digestion and waste removal.
• Sooth and comfort, reduce tension and anxiety.
• Enable sustained relaxation of the body and mind.
• Lower high blood pressure.
• Improve body awareness and self esteem.
• Increase range of movement, and muscle flexibility reducing strain on joints.
• Reduce back pain.
• Invigorate and relax muscles preventing spasm and stiffness.
• Encourage better sleep.
• Improve neural communication, stimulating or sedating the nervous system.
• Help increase energy.
• Improve psychological wellbeing.
Who is it for?
Massage can be for both men and women and as it is tailored to the individual, it is suitable for everyone, from babies and children, to the elderly. It can also be used during pregnancy. The stress of combining work and family commitments can give rise to problems from headaches to debilitating musculo-skeletal disorders. Many illnesses are thought to be caused by stress, and massage, having been shown to reduce stress, can therefore be used to improve health. Massage is for the relief of pain or other symptoms, or can simply be an indulgent treat.
What to expect:
On arrival for your first appointment, a full history will be taken of your current and past medical conditions, in order to ensure your safety, and for the practitioner to tailor her treatments to your needs. You will then discuss the aims of your treatment, prior to receiving a massage. You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing, but you will be properly and respectfully covered by towels at all times for your warmth and security. In addition to massage, stretching techniques may be used.
Massage is patient centred - Treatments vary and are tailored to you, the individual.
1st treatment Allow 1 ½ hours
Further treatments: 1 hour or ½ hours
Head, neck and shoulders: 45 mins
The length of time needed depends on each individual and can vary depending on the treatment required.
For further information or prices, please call Claire Hudson on 07715502656 or 01983 616009
Sage House: 01983 616009
75 West Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 2QQ
By Appointment Only.
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