What is Holistic Massage?
The term ‘holistic’ comes from the Greek word ‘holos’ meaning “whole”. It treats a person as a whole complete system; physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Holistic Massage is based on Swedish massage techniques primarily aimed at relaxation. Using long gliding strokes, lifting muscles up and away for the bones, rolling and squeezing the tissues. Manipulation of the soft tissues increases blood and lymphatic circulation. Also helps to relax and normalise the soft tissues; muscle, tendons and ligaments. Which releases nerves and deeper layers of connective tissues. There is no set routine to the massage treatment is changed and adapted to the individual.
Physical health consists of many components; activity, nutritional intake, fluid intake, and healthy digestion. Addressing minor ailments or injuries. Rest and relaxation, along with high-quality sleep. Mental and emotional health is about being happy, self-confident, self-aware, and resilient. People who are mentally healthy are able to cope with life’s challenges and recover from setbacks.
Massage causes physiological changes in your body through an involuntary response of the nervous system to massage techniques and skin contact. Your heart and breathing rate slow, your blood pressure goes down, your production of stress hormones decrease and your muscles relax. Also, your serotonin levels increase which is a chemical in the body that positively affects emotions and thoughts. Relaxation physical reduces the effects of stress and associated conditions such as hypertension, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue and digestive disorders.