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Why Choose Holistic Massage?
The Art & Science Behind It
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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