Holistic Massage Bristol

The word HOLISTIC means treating the whole person – not just the presenting condition but all conditions which may or may not appear. It means looking at everything about the person, their job, their home life, diet, exercise regime, sleep pattern as well as their general health background.

Holistic massage is similar to Swedish in that massage therapists use their hands along with oils to ‘rub’ the client’s body, throughout history we have used our hands to give comfort and healing to one another. Touching is contact, warmth, reassurance that we are not on our own, affirmation of our sense of being and self worth, this simple way of communicating is something that we do naturally every day of our lives.

From the beginning, life is based on an intimate and deep contact between cells that adhere to each other and exchange information. Our sense of touch is registered by our skin, our largest and most sensitive organ. In the developing embryo the skin arises from the same cell layer of the nervous system, able to receive and register lots of varied signals and respond to them. Touch is the first sense to become functional in the embryo.

The intent that goes with touch makes all the difference to its effects. When we lay our hands on another person with compassion and goodwill many subtle changes take place. Gentle holding and stroking, touching given with tenderness and care, cause transformation both physically and psychologically. Touch can make us feel valued, peaceful and more aware of our whole body and being.

When we place our hands on another person’s body, we treat both mind and body. The experience of being nourished and cared for and allowing ourselves to receive a ‘Healing’ touch, enables our self esteem, creates trust and openness and can sometimes facilitate the release of blocked emotions as tense muscles relax.

Physiologically, touch and massage help the flow of blood and lymph in our bodies. Touch soothes our nerves and decreases tension producing relaxation and a state of well being. Massage may aid the production of endorphins, the brains chemicals that function as a natural painkiller. Massage aids circulation, facilitates the removal of toxins and is desquamating, so is good for the appearance of the skin. Psychological effects are calm, relaxation and the generation of a feeling of well-being. The physiological effects are reduced aches and pains, relaxed body due to less tension, better skin condition etc. Massage can be done on the whole body or it can be focused on specific problem areas such as backs or legs.

The philosophy is that the patient can heal himself if the restricting factors are removed. The therapist’s job is to remove the factors that stop the patient’s body from regaining a state of balance, (homeostasis).

Complementary or natural therapies aim to keep people in a balanced state, therefore helping to prevent the onset of disease or illness.

Western medicine is wonderful and without it we would not all survive but it only treats the condition once it has become apparent and is causing distress. Complementary therapies, whilst also treating the condition, aim to treat the patient – 'between conditions', i.e. when they are well so as to keep them well and balanced at all times. Western medicine has little time for this; our G P's are overworked and far too hectic often to spend much time on giving preventative advice.

It is a great joy to see that some surgeries are now offering complementary therapies as part of the service for on-going care of patients.

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