The power of human touch
Some form of massage or laying on of hands has been used to heal and soothe the sick for thousands of years. To the ancient Greek and Roman physicians, massage was one of the principal means of healing and relieving pain. In the early fifth century BC, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, stated: "The physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly in rubbing…For rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose and loosen a joint that is too rigid."
For many of us, stiffness and pain are a way of life to which we have become habituated. Often, it’s not until we get a massage that we realize our muscles are tight and how much of our energy is consumed by tension. Massage goes further than skin deep, deeper even than muscles and bones. A good caring massage affects all levels of our being. Many of the body’s systems are affected, including lymphatic and venous, circulatory, the nervous system and the subtle energies. My philosophy is holistic – nurture and nourish the entire being – body, mind, and spirit.
My massages always begin with foot reflexology. Reflexology has an amazing relaxing effect so by the time the massage begins, the session will be even more therapeutic.
Reasons for getting a massage include:
- Improves circulation to the heart and elimination of waste, thus lowering blood pressure and increasing oxygen in the tissues
- Stimulates lymphatic flow and helps removal of lactic acid
- Relaxes and tones the nerves, which improves all organs