The giving and receiving of nurturing touch is a fundamental human need. Holistic massage draws techniques from many traditions combining them with natural sensitivity to meet the needs of each invidual as a whole.
Physically, this can relax tight muscles and improve circulation, nervous function and joint mobility. This increases the body's fluidity and can ease many short and long term ailments, such as back pain, arthritis and insomnia.
At an emotional level, massage can provide the caring, non-intrusive touch we have longed for. This soothes the busy mind, reduces stress and makes us feel loved again.
At a deeper level, massage can release the personal history we have stored in our body tissues. This can lead to powerful changes in our energy and provide a vital ingredient in each person's process of growth.
Massage therapy can be an important part of your health maintenance plan by
- Reducing or eliminating pain
- Improving join moblity
- Improving circulation
- Improving lymphatic drainage
- Reducing muscle tension
Massage therapy can be used for the treatment of both acute and chronic conditions. A registered therapist can work with a wide variety of clients, of all ages, in the treatment of illness, injury rehabilitation and disability.
- Anxiety and depression
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- High blood pressure
- Muscle tension and spasm
- Post surgical rehabilitation
- Asthma and emphysema
- Cancer symptoms
- Chronic fatigue
- Paliative care
Indian Head Massage
IHM has been in existance in some form or other for thousands of years.
An indian head massage is a seated massage treatment that consists of a flowing range of massage movements to the upper back, shoulders, arms, hands and working up through the neck, scalp and face, concluding with chakra balancing. By stretching and moblising the tissues of the upper back, neck and shoulders, massage helps eliminate muscle tension and restore joint movement.
Circulation is improved to the skin and underlying tissues, helping to increase oxygen and nutrients to tense areas and remove waste products.
IHM can be soothing and comforting as it rebalances the enegy flow, often resulting in an experience of peace and tranquility.
Additional benefit can be gained from the (optional) use of virgin oils which is thought to nourish the hair roots, promote improvements in the texture and condition of the hair and harmonise the Dosha (constitution).
One advantage of this holistic treatment, is that it can be given fully clothed. It is easy to use anywhere, any place and any time.
The westernised adaptation of IHM is especially useful in office environments, as the massage is focussed on the upper body areas that are most affected by office based work. With no disrobing involved, IHM can also be a "safe" introduction to massage for people in public situations, such as exihibitions, events, health fairs etc.
Benefits of IHM:
- Improved circulation and lymphatic flow to the upper body
- Helps to relieve muscle tension, improves/normalises muscle tone
- can help relieve and prevent tension headaches
- Helps to restore joint mobility to the upper body
- Helps to improve posture of the upper back neck and shoulders
- Helps to improve concentration, clears the mind, enables the person to focus his/her attention
- Aids relaxation and helps to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety and mental tension, by encouraging and stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system.
- Helps to rest the eyes and relieves eye strain
- Helps to clear nasal and sinus congestion
- Increases circulation and therefore nourishment and oxygen to the hair folicles, which may help improve the texture, strength and condition of the hair and promote healthy hair growth.
- induces feelings of peace and tranquiliuty
- Works on the subtle energiges of the body to bring balance, harmony and improve the flow of Prana (life-force energy)