Massage is a pampering treat as well as a therapeutic one

Massage is a pampering treat as well as a therapeutic one

On gray winter days, reaching for a chocolate bar or a glass of wine may seem like a quick fix for the blues.  A healthier antidote for the bone-chilling cold: a massage. The soothing aromatherapy, combined with a head-to-toe deep tissue massage, pampers dry skin as well as rejuvenates and refreshes the body. A massage can boost your immune system during cold and flu season

Benefits range from simple stress reduction to improved circulation, pain relief, and enhanced sleep quality.

More traditional massages, such as Swedish (which uses long gliding strokes and kneads individual muscles), sports therapy (focuses on overuse areas), and deep tissue (slow strokes and deep pressure on tissues and muscles), are all popular massage treatment options. Which one would work best for you today:

  • Hot stone therapy: In this, the therapist places smooth and water heated stones on certain parts of the body. The heat that is generated by the stone works fine on the body and is especially very effective during winter.
  • Traditional massage: It is a dry massage that incorporates stretching of body parts which improves the blood circulation of the body.
  • Shiatsu: It is another dry massage which only focuses on the release of muscle tension, which ultimately gives you deep relaxation. It is a Japanese technique, which involves working on back body with pressure.
  • Traditional Balinese: It is an oil-based massage – a combination of acupressure, reflexology, stretching and aromatherapy. It helps you during winters by stimulating circulation. The problem of joint pain is also taken care of.

The type of massage you choose, depends on the desired outcome you’d like to achieve. I use tools gained from my experience and education to treat clients. When you’re fighting harsh, below freezing temperatures day in and day out during the winter season, you may feel like your body is continually chilled to the bone. To help fight off the effects of the frigid weather on your body and your soul, I suggest implementing a regular massage therapy routine.

Will Reflexology help me?

Will Reflexology help me?

Reflexology can help replenish the whole body by encouraging it to naturally restore its own health balance. Most people can benefit from treatment; therefore reflexology can be considered ideal for:

  • Back pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Migraine
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Infertility
  • Sleep disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Digestive disorders
  • Stress-related conditions
  • Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe.

Reflexology treats ‘the whole person’ and not just any current symptoms you may be experiencing. Many people report an enhanced sense of overall well-being as well as an improvement in their condition. After having completed a course of reflexology treatments for a specific condition, many people find it beneficial to continue with regular treatments in order to maintain health and well-being.

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The ingredients of Holistic Massage

The ingredients of Holistic Massage

The term ‘holistic‘ comes from the Greek word ‘holos’ meaning whole. The holistic approach to preventative maintenance massage aims to restore balance within the body, taking into account the person’s whole being not just their physical symptoms or ailments.

Massage is one of the oldest healing therapies known to man.. Holistic massage combines a therapeutic and systematic process of touch and response with each treatment adapted to the client’s needs, physical characteristics and unique personality.  It improves circulation in the body by assisting the flow of blood from the limbs back to the heart.  Deep stroking movements increase the flow of fresh blood carrying nutrients and oxygen to organs and muscles.

Aromatherapy literally means curative treatment using scent.  There are so many essentials oils derived from the various parts of plants.  The scent from these oils can have a beneficial effect on one’s well being.  When combined with massage, the benefits are increased.  

Specific oils are selected according to the client’s condition.  Massage is an effective means of ensuring that the essential oils (diluted in a carrier oil) penetrate the client’s skin.

Reflexology believes that the feet and hands are mirrors of the body.  By stimulating reflex points on the feet and hands you can relax the whole body, giving the client a sense of balance.  The reflex areas of the sole, top and sides of the right foot correspond to the right side of the body and the left foot to the left side of the body.

Originally used to treat disease, the ancient method of hydrotherapy is used today to treat musculoskeletal disorders and injuries as well as to soothe various aches and pains.

There are various techniques that belong to the family of hydroptherapy.  At Helping Hands we specialize in:

  • salt glow – a salt paste (with or without aromatherapy) is applied to your body as a vigorous skin scrub stimulating your circulation and nervous system.
  • parafiin wax – layers of heated therapeutic wax are applied to areas of chronic pain in conjunction with a massage treatment allowing your joints and muscles greater flexibility.
  • dry brushing – experience a gentle full body exfoliation with a soft bristle brush.

Massage may be defined as any systematic form of touch, which is found to give comfort and promote good health.  The basis of massage is touch, the most fundamental of human needs.  Massage relaxes the body and mind; stimulates the muscles and organs; soothes and relieves stress, anxiety and depression; alleviates pain and reduces symptoms of minor illnesses.  Basically, massage improves ones’ emotional and physical well-being, the ‘whole’ self.

 

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