What is Holistic Massage?
Holistic massage treats the body as a whole – body, mind and soul. Its main goal is to help the body to heal itself and to increase general health and wellbeing, bringing it back to balance (homoeostasis). The job of a holistic massage therapist is quite extensive because it not only includes the massage itself but also takes into account the physiology, anatomy, general health and nutrition of the patient receiving the massage.
What are the benefits of Holistic Massage?
- Reduces physical and emotional stress, anxiety levels and depression
- Reduces muscular tension and stiffness and improves muscle tone
- Alleviates acute and chronic pain, including low back pain, neck pain, joint pain, headaches, migraine and more
- Improves posture and alignment
- Improves circulation and skin tone and texture
- Improves sleep pattern
- Helps to increase energy levels
- Helps lymphatic drainage – by helping the body to release toxins and enhances its immunity
- Improves digestion
- Improves flexibility and mobility
- Reduce inflammation
- Increases mental clarity and concentration
- Helps to balance emotions and increase confidence
- Improves connection to the ‘self’
- Helps to bring a deep state of relaxation
- Increases the release of endorphin – the feel good hormone
All benefits of Holistic massage are increased with a cumulative course of treatments.
What to expect of the session?
On your initial consultation, the therapist will ask you to fill up a detailed health questionnaire. The questionnaires will have questions about your health, lifestyle, family history, your food habits and more. The main function of this questionnaire is to ensure that your therapist is able to understand about each and every aspect of your health and tailor the best treatment approach for you. Also, it will allow your therapist to know if there is any contraindications for the massage.
After filling the questionnaire, the patient will be left to get undressed in private and during the treatment the patient will lie down on the massage table. During the massage the patient will be covered with a towel at all times, with the only body part being exposed is the one being massaged.
Your massage therapist uses oil for this massage and has a selection of face oils to be chosen from. If you prefer a specific oil or cream to be applied on your face or body, then you must bring it with you on your session.
After the massage you will be offered a glass of water to help flush out any toxins that may have been released during the treatment.
Most of us are very much likely to be able to attend a holistic massage, however people with fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, contagious diseases or people who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs cannot receive any massage.
It would always be advisable to ask your therapist or your GP for authorisation before going in for a massage if you have any health conditions or pregnant.