Massage.

The ancient civilisations of China, Greece and Rome used massage in their healing practices, depicting its use in their writings and art.

Many physicians from these times referred to treatments with pressure, rhythmic movements and the applications of oils. Hippocrates considered “rubbing” to be an essential part of treatments.

The movement of the hands over the body physically stretching the muscles, encouraging circulation, inhibiting muscle spasm and either sedating or stimulating the nerves to ease pain or promote function has been shown to lead to improved healing, as well as preventing some stress related illnesses.

Massage has been proven to have a diverse range of effects on the body - physically, mentally and emotionally.

Physically:

  1. General health maintenance.

  2. Deep relaxation, deeper and easier breathing

  3. Relief of tension-related headaches and eye strain.

  4. Relief of muscle tension and stiffness

  5. Greater joint flexibility, range of motion and efficiency of movement.

  6. Reduction of spasms, pain, swelling and scar tissue formation.

  7. Improved healing of injured muscles and sprained ligaments.

  8. Improved circulation of blood, lymphatic fluid and reduction of blood pressure.

  9. Strengthened immune system and disease prevention.

  10. Healthier, better nourished skin.

 Mentally:

  1. Reduced mental stress - relaxed, aware state.

  2. Increased capacity for clearer, calmer thinking.

  3. Greater ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately.

 Emotionally:

  1. Reduced levels of anxiety.

  2. Satisfies the need for caring and nurturing touch.

  3. Greater ease of emotional expression

  4. Increased awareness of the mind/body connection.


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