The Magic of Massage

The Magic of Massage

The Magic of Massage

Massage is one of the oldest and most enjoyable of the healing arts. Use it to improve muscle tone or ease stress.

Massage is perhaps one of the oldest of all healing therapies, having been used in ancient times across all cultures and  continents. In ancient Rome, massage was used by the wealthy who lavishly pampered themselves with aromatic baths and rubs.

Today at a time when our lifestyles have become more complicated and stressful, massage is still a skill worth learning.

Learning Massage

Massage can soothe a very nervous child, relax your partner and improve sleep. You will learn how to massage each part of the body individually and what oils are best to use. Finally you will be able to put it all together to do a full body treatment to suit anyone’s requirements.

The Power Of Touch

We all know how powerful touch can be. If we are low and upset and a friend gives us a hug, our mood soon lifts. Likewise when we hurt ourselves we rub the painful area. Massage is pleasurable because it fulfils our needs for soothing touch.

Healing Touch

The primitive instinct of rubbing a sore area increases blood flow into the capillaries just below the skin, bringing fresh oxygen to the affected area,promoting healing. This is why massage so effectively eases aches.

Body Awareness

As we get used to using massage regularly we become more in touch with our own bodies, and those of others. We become aware of what causes stress and illness and are able to prevent or control these conditions.

How Massage Benefits The Body

Massage is much more than simply a pleasurable and relaxing experience, it has concrete physical benefits for the muscles, skin and the circulatory system.

Maintaining Muscle Tone

Massaging helps to maintain muscle tone, reduce tension and aid in elasticity of muscle fibres. You can also use massage to increase muscle tone and strength.

Improving Skin Condition

Massage strokes are applied directly on the skin and have an immediate effect.

Boosting Circulation

Massage works on both the body and lymph circulatory systems.

  • Speeding the flow of blood through the veins, massage stimulates the supply of oxygen and nutrients to all cells in the body. It also increases the removal rate of waste products from the tissues.
  • massage reduces the thickness of blood and lowers blood pressure.
  • The lymphatic system- which transports lymph fluid back towards the heart from the tissues- can be stimulated by massage, reducing swelling and puffiness. This explains why massaging the feet and ankles reduce fluid retention in those areas.
  • The muscle contractions which move lymph around the body are increased when massaged, helping to drain off excess fluid.

 

 

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