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WHAT IS HOLISTIC MASSAGE THERAPY

Nina J. Friday, November 30, 2018

The word Holistic comes from the Greek Holos meaning whole. Holistic massage touch treats each client as a whole person, considering mind, body and spirit, and not just the symptom or disease, which means that not only will a massage treatment pamper your physical body but it will also establish internal and external problems and provide an effective method of rebalancing. Holistic massage is a therapeutic application of touch that is also a supportive, relaxing treatment that encourages the mind to slow down whilst energy is increased. This treatment also lifts the spirit on an emotional level. Holistic massage benefits the mind, body and spirit.

This is achieved by working with the body's natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself.

With many different methods of treatment available, you are sure to find something that will best suit your needs. For some, holistic massage therapy provides a non-intrusive way of healing that is derived from the direct needs of their body. Holistic massage therapy is an individual treatment that is specifically tailored to each client and considers their mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing.

Massage therapy has been known to alleviate pain, such as lower back pain, neck and joint pain, headaches, and more. Sore muscles, increased circulation, increased nerve flow, lower blood pressure, improved immune system, ease of depression and anxiety, increased flexibility and mobility, and reduced inflammation are a few other benefits that holistic massage therapy can provide. The following go into more detail about each type of holistic massage therapy:

Shiatsu – meaning “finger pressure” and an ancient technique from Japan, this method combines gentle stretches of the finger to find various pressure points on the client.

Traditional Chinese Medicine – herbal medicine and acupuncture are a few techniques that fall under this category, and they have been known to help with headaches, nausea, and premenstrual syndrome.

Hand & Foot Reflexology – based on practices that have been used in various cultures for thousands of years, this method focuses on specific “reflex” points on the hands and feet that correspond to every part of the body for healing.

Acupressure – refers to the gentle pressure of the fingers on points that are located on major “meridians”, with the main goal of balancing the body’s energy

Energy work – the Chinese concept of “chi” refers to one’s life force energy, and energy work uses body electricity to balance out the person’s energy field

Rocking & Shaking – simple as it sounds, rocking and shaking, just as what may have comforted you as a child, has been shown to relax muscles, calm the nervous system, and bring the body to balance.

Thai Massage – often described as having someone perform yoga on you, this practice involves rhythmic pressure on your body, thumb pressure along certain lines, and stretches.

In addition to basic massage therapy skills, therapists who perform holistic massage also study general health, anatomy, physiology, and nutrition. All of these factors combined helps a therapist to focus on a patient's lifestyle as a whole. Any person wishing to visit with a massage therapist can expect the same kind of treatment regardless of geographical location.

One of the main differences between a holistic therapist and a another type of massage therapist is that a holistic therapist often suggests other treatments. At the end of a massage sessions, a holistic masseuse may encourage a patient to practice yoga, eat nutritious and healthy foods, and continue living a healthier lifestyle. Since holistic massage is based upon total body healing, everyday life is also a part of this type of massage therapy.

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