While it has been effectively used for centuries, the scientific community today is now recognizing the importance holistic therapy plays in maintaining good health and overall well being.
- Reduce overall stress and anxiety
- Increase energy levels
- Alleviate muscular tension & stiffness
- Increase mobility & flexibility
- Encourage better circulation
- Improve skin elasticity
- Boost the immune system
- Promote general relaxation
- Improve sleep pattern
- Improve physical and mental fatigue
- Help reduce high blood pressure
Holistic therapy offers a more natural approach to body healing, although it can be used alongside orthodox medicines.
- Alleviate Pain: acute and chronic pain, including low back pain, neck pain, joint pain, headaches and more. If you suffer from conditions such as migraines, sciatica, fibromyalgia, you know that medication offers little relief. Some clients find that massage therapy helps when no other treatment has produced results.
- Relieve Sore Muscles, reduce painful spasms and cramping.
- Increase Circulation, pumping oxygen and nutrients into muscles, vital organs, and all our tissues. Blood flow promotes healing.
- Increase Nerve Flow, reducing numbness and tingling sensations.
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Boost the Immune System by stimulating lymph flow, which helps remove waste fluids from the body and increase white blood cell production
- Improve the Condition of the Skin
- Ease Depression and Anxiety by releasing endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers and “feel good” chemicals (amino acids), improving our sense of well being.
- Increase Flexibility and Mobility. Most sessions at Holistic Massage Therapies include assisted stretching.
- Reduce Inflammation, important for getting “knots” out of muscles, and especially beneficial in reducing swelling after surgery and accidents/injuries.
- Life throws a lot of stress at us, physical stressors in our environment, emotional stressors in our relationships, work, etc. Stress can kill us! If nothing else, a good massage helps us de-stress. Here’s an excerpt from an article published by the Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals on the “intangible” benefits of massage therapy.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:
- Decreased anxiety
- Enhanced sleep quality
- Greater energy
- Improved concentration
- Increased circulation
- Reduced fatigue.
Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.
(The following conditions may need doctor’s clearance before proceeding with any massage therapy)
- Blood clots, thrombosis
- After recent surgery
- Acute inflammation (chronic OK with care)
- Directly after trauma – whiplash, fractures, sprains, etc.
- Cancers – still undergoing treatment
- Directly over varicose veins
- Skin conditions – sores, psoriasis, eczema, burns (risk of infections)
Care should be taken with the following conditions:
- Pregnancy during the first 3 months – afterward it’s recommended
- Stroke or heart conditions
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Hypermobile joints and joint replacements
All solid foods and drinks except for water should be avoided for 2-3 hours beforehand
Alcohol and recreational drugs for 24 hours before and afterward.
Wear comfortable clothing, layers are best and remove tight or restrictive jewelry beforehand.
Drink plenty of water post-treatment to assist the detox process.