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Holistic (Swedish) Massage

Swedish massage is a form of classic Western massage usually based on Western concepts of anatomy and physiology and Western notions of health and disease. Swedish massage refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bone, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart (venous return). The techniques of Western massage are recognised as valuable for improving joint mobility, inducing relaxation and promoting healthy skin.

How does it work?

Massage uses either the therapist’s hands or, in some cases, mechanical means, to manipulate the body’s soft tissue, especially the muscles.

What does it involve?

There are numerous different kinds of massage, which focus on healing the body and mind. In addition, there are some highly specialised forms of massage including:

Infant Massage:

This has traditionally been used throughout many cultures around the world, but has only recently gained popularity in the West. European and American mothers are now discovering that massage has massive benefits for both their baby and themselves. Research has shown, and mothers agree, that because touch conveys nurturing and love, massage enhances bonding between mother and baby. Also, because massage releases endorphins (the body’s natural pain reliever) it helps to reduce the pain of colic and teething, helps to clear sinus and chest infection, helps baby to relax and induces sound, healthy sleep.

Massage for Children:

For many children in the 21st century, growing into their teenage years can be very stressful. As John Killinger observes in his book 'The Loneliness of Children' (Published 1980, Vanguard Press): ‘Childhood is a very difficult time of life. For many children it is filled with fear, anxieties and confusion. Adults often forget how hard it is to be a child.’ 

Research has shown that children who are massaged show decreased levels of stress hormones. And children who are experiencing conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma or diabetes show less anxiety and report feelings of increased well being after massage.

Massage therapy is used to help children suffering chronic pain, and research has also shown that children with ADHD, autism and other special needs also benefit greatly from the massage experience. When organising massage for children, it’s especially important to ask the child for permission before the massage begins, and also to ensure that the therapist is thoroughly qualified to work with, and sensitive to, the needs of children.

Massage for Cancer Patients:

Research carried out by Marie Curie Cancer Care in London (2002/2003) has provided new clinical evidence that aromatherapy massage (using Roman chamomile essential oil) is beneficial for cancer patients. The results of the research revealed that there was a statistically significant difference in anxiety levels between those patients who were massaged, and those who were not. Overall, the massage helped to improve patients’ physical and psychological symptoms, as well as their quality of life.

Further research undertaken at the University of Miami Medical School showed that breast cancer patients have improved immune and neuroendocrine functions following massage therapy. Cancer patients must always inform their massage therapist of the site(s) of the cancer(s), as the tumours themselves should never be massaged.

Generally, cancer patients of all ages report that massage (with or without aromatherapy oils) helps them to relax, reduces some of the symptoms of the illness and leaves them feeling more positive and better able to cope with the illness.

Massage for the Elderly:

Massage can be especially helpful for the problems that most people experience, as they grow older. Gentle massage can be used to soothe conditions such as muscle stiffness and soreness, loss of flexibility, arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, and help with respiratory disorders such as asthma and emphysema. But, perhaps most important of all, for elderly people who have lost their partners and live alone, massage provides the sense of nurturing that comes from being gently and respectfully touched. Elderly people with Alzheimer’s or who have had a stroke and find it hard to communicate verbally benefit greatly from massage. 

Very frail or modest clients can benefit just as much from a foot, hand or face massage as they might from an all-over body massage. It’s important to make sure that the therapist is told about any medication the elderly client is taking.

What is it good for?

These forms of specialised massage can be used to treat a wide range of conditions including stress, insomnia, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, diabetes, the muscle spasms and general aches and pains associated with pregnancy, and the mental and emotional problems associated with cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and stroke.

What are the benefits?

Massage relieves the symptoms of stiff, tired joints, speeds up digestion and encourages improved circulation, promotes relaxation and improved sleep. Clients who have experienced these forms of specialised massage report that they find the treatment soothing.

What are the side effects and when should it be avoided?

Massage of any kind should not be carried out on clients with fever, contagious or infectious diseases. Clients with any form of cancer must obtain their doctor’s permission before having any kind of massage treatment. Clients with cardiovascular disease, arthritis, epilepsy, diabetes or trapped nerves should always have a chat with their doctor first.

Please note:

Before a treatment commences a full consultation is carried out. This is to establish information about yourself, your lifestyle, why you are coming and suitability for a treatment. After this I can suggest one or several treatments which would be most beneficial for your needs. A treatment typically takes an hour, however longer or shorter treatments can be arranged (please contact me to discuss this further).

A one off treatment is great but to get the most from a therapy it is recommended to try a course. I offer these at a reduction rate if payment is made at the time of the first treatment.

Embody Complementry - Trevor Tennent Proffessionally Qualified for Hopi Ear Candling, Hot Stone Therapy, Indian Head Massage, Seated Acupressure Massage and Sports Massage Complementary Therapists Association

'All treatments offered here are intended as complementary to conventional medicine and are by no means an alternative to, or replacement, for any conventional therapy you may require. If you are currently receiving medical treatment for a particular condition, I may require a letter of clearance from your GP or consultant before treating you'.

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