Healing power of touch
The practice of using touch as a healing method dates back over 5,000 years ago, with ancient writings referencing it in Japan, China, Egypt and India. Massage is used for relieving pain healing injuries, preventing illness and to reduce stress and encourage deep relaxation.
Reasons for massage
We all know that massage is relaxing and gives us an hour to just chill out, but it’s much more than that. It is a great complementary therapy to support with many ailments, conditions, and life challenges. It can:
Counteract all the sitting and staring at screens we do: it helps to relax tense muscles and correct poor posture
Heal sore muscles: massage increases circulation and promotes oxygen into the muscles, which is responsible for healing damaged muscle
Reduce stress and anxiety: studies show massage reduces cortisol levels (the stress hormone) in the body and boosts the levels of serotonin (the calming hormone) and dopamine (the pleasure hormone)
Help you sleep: alongside being relaxing and alleviating tension, it promotes serotonin release which is needed for our bodies to produce melatonin, which influences the sleep stage of our circadian rhythm
Boost your immune system: massage increases lymphocytes, the white blood cells that play a large role in defending the body from illness
Give greater flexibility and range of motion: Massage can relax muscle tissue, which may lead to decreased nerve compression, increased joint space, and range of motion
Support with women’s health conditions, including menopause and PMS: massage therapy releases endorphins, reduces stress, improves circulation and lymphatic flow and can be an aid for pain reduction and water retention
What to expect from a massage
Kim will start the session with a 10-15 minute consultation looking at any medical conditions, lifestyle factors, areas of concern, and to start a discussion on your wellness goals. We will then decide on the most appropriate massage for your needs.
Kim will leave the room to allow you to undress, remove any jewellery, and lay down on the table under the towels provided. You may prefer to completely disrobe or remain partially clothed. During your session, we will only uncover the area of your body being worked on.
During your massage, relax your muscles and your mind. Try not to tighten or contract your muscles. Kim will check in with you to ensure the pressure is right for you.
Remember to breathe, as this helps you relax. Sometimes people hold their breath when a sensitive area is massaged, but it is best to breathe through it.
It’s all about you. Communication is key so if you want more or less pressure, to be warmer or cooler, or even to turn the music up or down – feel free to say.
After your massage, Kim will leave the room again to allow you to slowly get up and get dressed in privacy.
Following your massage we will have a short catch up to discuss any self-care advice/follow up and your recommended treatment plan. Feel free to ask any questions you may have at this point.
Is massage suitable for me?
If you’d like to chat about whether massage is the right choice of treatment for you, or to ask general questions about its practice and principles, please contact us directly.