The history of Massage Therapy can be traced back over 5,000 years varying in many different types and applications. Chinese, Persian, and Egyptian cultures have all recorded the use of Massage Therapy for a variety of purposes including the improvement of circulatory and joint movement issues. Massage therapy reduce stress, relieve pain and provide emotional release. It can be defined as the application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body and is generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue whilst improving circulation as well as promoting relaxation and well-being.
Touch is essential for stimulating our nervous system and promoting healthy physical development. It is also critical for our mental and social development. Touch is an instinctive, natural language that we all speak and understand. One of the advantages of massage therapy is that it is formalised touch, in other words you have permission to touch someone within established and defined boundaries for therapeutic benefit.
Do you suffer from stress?
Massage reduces stress and increases energy levels. It is extremely helpful in relieving the conditions and symptoms associated with stress such as anxiety, insomnia, asthma and irritable bowel.
Do you suffer from restless legs?
Massage releases contracted muscles which in turn releases the pressure on the nerves in the legs that causes the pins and needles feeling and tingling experienced by sufferers of restless legs.
Do you suffer from joint pain?
Massage improves circulation around joints and stimulates the production of a natural lubrication within them, relieving pain from conditions such as osteoarthritis.
Do you suffer from poor posture?
Massage releases restrictions in muscles, joints, and the surrounding fascia so your body is then free to return to a more natural and healthy posture. It can also relieve the contracted muscles and pain caused by curvature of the spine or scoliosis.
How does massage work to relax muscles?
The hands and forearms are used to rhythmically knead, rub, and stroke, effluerage muscles, circulation is stimulated. Blood flow delivers oxygen and nutrients and is key to helping muscles eliminate waste products such as lactic acid that may collect in muscles from spasms causing pain. Following trauma, muscles may act as mini-splints to protect and limit motion, similar to a cast on a broken arm. A typical example is a person who uses a computer for a prolonged time period without taking a break to stretch the neck. The result is a stiff neck, aching or even pain. Taking periodic breaks to rub, mini-massage and stretch the neck will promote circulation to the muscles.
Here at Holistic Healing Hands we offer the following forms of Massage Therapy:
A number of operations and weeks on crutches left me with tense shoulders and neck, stress headaches and a general feeling of soreness in my upper body. Jo sorted all that out!! What a star. I recommend her wholeheartedly.
Kathy Bouch – Stockport
Back & Shoulder Massage 30 mins – £25
Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage 45 mins – £30
Relaxing Face Massage 30 mins - £25
Relaxing Foot Massage 30 mins - £25
Full Body Massage 60 mins - £35
Full Body Massage including Face Massage 90 mins – £55
Full Body Massage including Face & Foot Massage 120 mins - £70
Oriental Face Massage 45 minutes – £30
Indian Head Massage 45 minutes – £30