Everyone from babies to the elderly can benefit from massage. During a treatment a space is created in which the client can reach a state of deep relaxation. A sense of calm and stillness is induced and natural bodily harmonies are restored, motivating the body’s self-healing processes.
On a physiological level massage stimulates all the bodily systems. It encourages improved circulation, aids digestion, waste removal, improves neural communication and relaxes the nervous system. It invigorates and relaxes muscles thus preventing spasms and stiffness. It speeds up skin desquamation and promotes cell regeneration. It boosts immunity, enables deeper, more effective respiration, lowers high blood pressure and encourages sleep.
On a psychological level massage will reduce tension, anxiety and stress. Regular massage in particular will enable sustained relaxation of body and mind, improve body image, awareness and general self esteem, increase energy levels and allow the body to feel more grounded and centred; feeling at home in oneself.
A stimulating massage can be given to replenish energy or a relaxing massage can be given to reduce stress and related complaints such as insomnia and migraines.
Complaints such as slipped disks, sciatica, whiplash and other chronic conditions can be assisted by massage.
Massage during pregnancy can be extremely beneficial for both mother and child and techniques are adapted (see pregnancy massage page for more details).