A brief history

Therapeutic massage is a most ancient healing art.

In China there are references to massage in the oldest recorded medical text, the Nei ching written by the Yellow Emperor. The Romans and Greeks used massage therapy and Julius Caesar who suffered from neuralgia and headaches received daily massage.
After the decline of the Roman Empire there is little record of it in Europe until interest was revived by the French physician Ambrose Pare, who established the credibility of massage amongst the medical profession.

In 1877 the Swedish professor per Henrik Ling(1776-1839) established the first Swedish massage school and was introduced to the United States by Dr Mitchell where it has gained in popularity. Sports massage and other therapeutic modalities have developed since this time.

In the East, massage techniques along with herbal lore were the two primary medical modalities used for thousands of years. The eastern approach not only recognizes muscles and joints but invisible pathways of energy called meridians and in India energy centers known as chakras. These meridians present special points which can be treated with needles (acupuncture) or fingers (acupressure) to help strengthen depleted energy or release blocked energy, enabling it to flow freely and allow the recipient to feel balanced and whole again. The energy or life force that courses through these meridians is called chi or Qi (pronounced’ chee’)

The benefits of massage

Massage is a touch therapy that, is not only a wonderfully pleasurable and relaxing experience, but also brings countless health benefits. A massage treatment can relieve tension in the body, calm the mind and nourish the soul, bringing healing on a number of different levels simultaneously.

Therapeutic massage improves blood supply to muscles by releasing tension that is felt as knots and smoothing the muscle fibers. It mobilizes joints, aids lymphatic flow and reduces stress hormones circulating in the blood - the 21st-century epidemic. It nourishes and oils the skin, relieves aches and pains, stimulates digestion and improves immune function.

A good massage should take you to a place I call ‘the zone’ or in scientific terms ‘the alpha state’ - a place of deep conscious relaxation, letting go in trust and safety, resting down in your being and retraining your body to let go of unwanted tensions and holding patterns. Learning to receive deep relaxation and pleasure allows you to love being at home in your body Temple.

So put a smile on your dial and a relaxed spring in your step !

Contra-indications - when not to have a massage

In the 1st trimester of pregnancy, high fever, influenza, contagious skin conditions, unmedicated high blood pressure, sunburn (ouch!), recent haemorrhages, a history of thrombosis or embolism.
Please seek medical advise before having massage if you have: high blood pressure, cancer, epilepsy, brittle bones, osteoporosis or spondylitis.
Please tell your massage therapist of any medical conditions before the session commences.