Common Ailments Helped by Swedish/Holistic Massage
One of the best things for stress is rest - giving the body time to heal and restore energy is vital for relaxation and stress reduction, and in today’s modern stressful world one of the best ways to release the strains of the daily grind is to have routine massage sessions. The touch of massage is not only comforting but promotes blood flow, lymph draining and stimulation of the nervous system while stretching and loosening muscles. This in turn causes the release of a chemical called dopamine which gives a sense of well-being - it is said to be 10 times more powerful than morphine. In this respect massage uplifts us on all levels, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Painful or Tight Muscles
Holistic/Swedish massage can relieve many types of muscles tightness, from a short-term muscle cramp to a habitually clenched jaw or tight shoulders. Swedish/holistic massage releases tension directly by stretching, kneading and compressing the muscles. It also works indirectly by affecting your nervous system to allow your muscles to relax.
After vigorous exercise a build-up of waste products in your muscles can leave you feeling tired and sore. Massage increases circulation, which helps remove the waste products and brings in healing nutrients and oxygen in the blood which promotes healing.
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
Muscles that are over-worked repeatedly - such as shoulder, arm or hand muscles from daily use at a computer or driving - becomes so contracted that they press on nerves which causes pain and/0r tingling and numbness. In such cases massage helps to release the contracted muscles to bring relief.
The head, neck and shoulder massage, which is typically carried out at the end of the full-body massage session, is very effective in alleviating the pain of headaches/migraines. Here the therapist uses a range of different movements including the application of deep kneading and compression strokes over the neck, shoulder, scalp and brow. In addition, the therapist will also gently stimulate pressure points on the face and jaw-line. Head massage is a great stress-buster and also targets tension, fatigue, insomnia and sinusitis. Clients say the experience is deeply calming, leaving them feeling energised and revitalised and better able to concentrate.