The art of massage is probably as old as man himself, because to hold or rub an injured part is an instinctive reaction when we are in pain. As long a go as the Roman Empire, a famous physician, Galen, favoured massage for the treatment of injuries and certain diseases. He wrote: “massage eliminates the waste products of nutrition and poisons of fatigue”.
The objectives of body massage are to stimulate circulation, be uplifting, promote relaxation and a sense of well-being, and anti-cellulite. Massage has physiological and psychological effects depending on the techniques and movements used, and their position and pressure, either separately or in combination. Skin, muscle, blood vessels, lymph, nerves and some of the internal organs, can all be affected.
Generally speaking when pressure is exerted the body’s physiology is speeded up, and when slow, gentle effleurage is used it has a calming, soothing effect on the nervous system, enabling the person to relax. Hence a body massage can be both relaxing and a boost.
Appointments may be booked for a whole body massage, back or legs only, depending on the area of concern or purpose of the session. As with other treatments, a medical case history will be taken and any contra-indications assessed.