What is a Massage?
The rubbing and kneading of muscles and joints of the body using the hands, elbows and forearm, used to relieve tension and pain, resulting in feeling of wellbeing and total relaxation.
What happens during Massage?
Treatment time will vary, depending on what area is being worked. This can be from 30 minutes for a back massage, to 75 minutes for a full body, top to toe. To begin, a consultation form will be completed and during this time any concerns you may have can be talked through. What you wish to get from the treatment, and your preferences will also be discussed during this time. For the treatment, again depending on the area being worked, you will be asked to undress, and blankets and towels will be used to cover you appropriately. Your comfort is paramount and so if you feel the pressure is too much or too little please do say as the massage should be tailored to your needs to get the most from the treatment.
What are the benefits of a Massage?
- Stimulates blood flow, lymph flow and nerve endings in the area worked.
- Relaxes and improves muscle tone, increase joint mobility and promotes hair growth (head massage treatment only).
- Provides overall relaxation and focus.
- Helps with localized aches and pains, headaches, migraines, muscular tension and stiffness, fatigue, stress, depression, hair loss, insomnia, sinus congestion, eye strain and tinnitus.
Can anyone have a Massage?
Massage is generally safe for anyone, at any age, young or old. It is also very beneficial for pregnant women in an upright or lying position. The only restrictions are for those that may have a contagious or notifiable disease. Once diagnosed and treated accordingly a treatment can then be carried out. However, for those that are currently having chemotherapy or radiotherapy they must have their doctor’s consent before a treatment is carried out due to the effect massage has on the circulation.
What is a healing crisis?
This can occur immediately after or a short time after a treatment. It does not happen for everyone but for those that do not get regular holistic treatments regularly you can find that you feel lethargic and tired, feverish, suffer a headache and generally feel out of sorts. Surprisingly this is a good sign as it is an indication that your body is eliminating waste and toxins. Once these symptoms have passed however you will feel revitalized and rejuvenated.
To help deal with this ensure you rest well, continue drinking plenty of water, avoid alcohol for the first 24 hours after treatment and eat light meals for the rest of the day. Please be reassured that these symptoms are temporary and a feeling of well-being will follow. If at any point you are concerned, please feel free to get in contact.
What should I do at home after my treatment?
To have maximum benefits from the treatment it is advised that you drink plenty of water and avoid the consumption of alcohol in the hours immediately after treatment. If oils have been used leave rinsing these off for as long as possible to help to deeply moisturize the hair and skin. Adopting a healthy lifestyle by eating well, getting enough sleep, taking time to de-stress and exercising regularly can also help.
How often should I have a Massage?
A weekly session is advisable, to begin with, then as symptoms improve moving to fortnightly, then eventually once monthly to maintain treatment benefits.