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Why Choose Holistic Massage?
The Art & Science Behind It
What our clients have to say...
The human body is an intricate organism made up of many parts that need to
work together in order to create balance, harmony, and health. To have a truly
effective massage, you need to address all the parts together as a whole instead
of individual parts. We are not just a sore back. We are not just a sore leg. When
one part is out of balance, the whole body is...including our thoughts around it
and how we feel about it. While there are many types of massage, most either
address just the symptomatic physical pain OR relax the mind to calm the
emotions but not both...except one. Holistic massage. Holistic Massage, also
known as Bodywork, has a whole body approach
focusing on its interconnected parts rather than
focusing on one particular area. The holistic
approach recognizes that while massage is most
commonly used for both relaxation and to help
relieve physical pain (such as low back pain and
sciatica among many, including insomnia,
headaches, and poor circulation), it is also very
effective for the management of mental and
emotional stress. In fact, all three (mental,
emotional, physical) are deeply interconnected and
affect one another more than you think. For a truly
effective massage experience, you need to address
all three.
On the physical level, those who suffer from any type of physical discomfort or
pain, massage naturally releases our endorphins for pain relief. Massage is the
oldest and most basic form of treatment, and also our own natural reaction to
pain. If something hurts, our hands automatically go there to relieve it without
even a forethought. However, sometimes pain isn’t limited to just the physical. In
fact, it often doesn’t even start there. Physical pain is usually a by-product, a
symptom, of a larger problem – usually (not always) a cumulative snowball effect
rooted in mental or emotional stress.
On the mental level, for those who suffer from
migraines/headaches, irritability, inability to focus or
concentrate, or worry, relaxation massage brings the
mind back into balance. It helps take off the edge
experienced by accumulated stress, and slows
down the brainwaves into either a Theta or Delta
state, both of which induce feelings of deep
relaxation and promote feelings of peace, calmness
and serenity. Relaxation massage helps you
transition from your lower brain flight, fight or freeze
responses to the higher brain functioning of your
prefrontal cortex. Essentially, massage helps you to
think more clearly and make better life choices.
On the emotional level, for those who suffer from high stress, anxiety and
depression, relaxation massage helps reduce the levels of the stress hormone
cortisol while boosting the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine creating
that sense of relief and feeling of being able to breathe again.
So what is the holistic massage difference? Intention and focus. While clinical
styles of massage are intended for accidents and injuries with a focus on a
specific problem area for the duration of the whole massage, holistic massage is
intended for whole body (and mind) wellness and wellbeing with a focus on the
WHOLE body and its interconnected parts.
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