What is the true meaning of holistic?
Holistic is an adjective that describes things related to the idea that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. In other words, that the entirety of something must be considered instead of just considering its parts. This philosophy is called holism, and that’s where the word holistic comes from.
Basically Holistic treatment is for the body, mind, spirit and emotions, holistic therapy simply refers to treating the whole person rather than individual symptoms. Also widely known as CAM – complementary and alternative medicine – holistic practices assist in regaining the physical and energy balances of the body.
What is holistic massage?
A Holistic Body Massage is a massaging treatment that focuses on tense and stressed-out muscles but also helps impact a client’s emotional wellbeing. … The whole point of a holistic body massage is to target the places on your body that you feel is most “stressed out”.
Whichever Massage a client chooses, for us, it is more than that person lying on the massage bed and receiving a treatment. Care is given at each area of the body, a simple massage of the ear which is incorporated within a massage can mean as much to one person, as having a foot massage to another. It is taking time and consideration and making sure that each body part is “listened” to. This is why no massage is ever the same, as a therapist, intuition also plays a huge part within a Treatment.
The experience of giving a massage should feel therapeutic and
rewarding. It can be refreshing and relaxing to spend some time
forgetting about your own life and instead become genuinely absorbed in
the feelings of another. Through the sharing of massage, both the giver
and receiver can leave behind the world of words and anxieties, pasts and
futures, and mutually experience a state of wordlessness, relaxation and
connectivity, contained entirely in the present moment.
The Physiological Benefits of Massage
1) Increases blood circulation and the associated benefits of this (i.e.
increased oxygen and nutrient delivery in the tissues; increased toxin
2) Increases lymphatic (tissue fluid) drainage, encouraging the movement
of lymphatic fluid through the body and back into the bloodstream.
3) Improves skin tone and elasticity due to enhanced circulation and
removal of dead cells.
4) Increases suppleness of the muscles.
5) Decreases muscle tension, stiffness, fatigue and soreness.
6) Remove knots in the muscles.
7) Enhances joint mobility; reduces stiffness.
8) Reduces back pain and pain after injury.
9) Promotes general rehabilitation.
10) Reduces the physical symptoms of stress.
11) Reduces high blood pressure.
12) Sedates or stimulates the nervous system (depending on the nature
of the massage received).
13) Increases levels of the oxytocin hormone, which is associated with
emotional comfort and social connectivity.
14) Decreases levels of the cortisol hormone, which is associated with
15) Encourages digestion.
16) Encourages sleep.
17) Encourages deeper, more effective breathing.
The Psychological Benefits of Massage
1) Increases positive feelings and reduces anxiety.
2) Increases feelings of relaxation or stimulation.
3) Increases energy levels and reduces fatigue (which occurs from holding
the body in a state of tension as well as psychological stress).
4) Increases self-esteem and confidence.
All our Holistic Therapies take the person into account which is why we ask that the contra-indication forms are filled in with as much detail as possible prior to your Treatment Time with us. We need to make sure that there are no allergies from plants / food etc when we make our essential oil blends, that the person will be comfortable lying on the treatment bed for an hour and in general good health to receive our massages. The code of every therapist is “Do not Harm” which when armed with the correct information from our clients makes our time with you much more relaxed. If there are any issues – we can talk about that before our time with you.