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Body Massage

Body Massage

Full body massage is a holistic therapy, which utilises techniques of manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. Through tactile pressure and speed, a sensory stimulus is generated that stimulates the sensory nerve ending in the dermis. Impulses are conveyed to the brain for interpretation along sensory nerves and a message conveyed back to the area, along a motor nerve, to initiate a reaction within the muscle. Massage has specific effects on the different systems of the body by helping to keep the body tissues healthy, enhance healing and improve function. Since body systems interact the benefits of massage on any system will impact on others. The benefits of massage can be classified according to their physiological and psychological effects. Overall, massage has the effect of:

  • Stimulating the blood and lymphatic circulations
  • Helping lymphatic drainage
  • Helping to relieve muscular and joint pain
  • Releasing knots of tension
  • Helping the body to eliminate wastes and toxic substances, with the removal of lactic acid from fatigued and sore muscles aiding a quick recovery
  • Helping to relieve soreness, tension, and stiffness resulting in improved muscle tone
  • Increasing flexibility, range of motion in joints, posture and body alignment
  • Helping to reduce scar tissue and breaks down or prevents adhesions (knots)
  • Improving condition, tone and elasticity of the skin
  • Helping to induce mental relaxation, reduce mental stress and improve sleep thereby reducing fatigue.
  • Soothing the nervous system and helping to ease pain

Massage techniques date back to very early civilisations and have been utilised for a variety of purposes. Today, the therapeutic benefit of massage is well accepted with specific techniques continuing to develop throughout Westernised societies and used to improve general health and wellbeing. Massage is now building a body of clinical evidence to support its use in the healthcare arena. Guidelines recently published by the National Institute for Clinical Evidence (NICE) recommends that patients with persistent, non-specific low back pain have access to a choice of different treatments, including massage. The NICE guidelines state “The effect of massage on patients with chronic low back pain lasted at least a year after the end of treatment.”

As with all treatments, a full assessment will be completed on your initial visit, to ensure there are no contra indications to treatment. The initial and subsequent assessments help to identify problem areas and to monitor and evaluate progress. Treatment at each visit will be planned and agreed with each individual client before proceeding.

Sports Massage Association FHT Federation-of Holistic Therapists