|For those who have already discovered it, massage is just about the nicest thing on the planet. Better than chocolate, better than pizza. It’s a great way to feel better, look better, treat people better and treat yourself better, too.
It’s 100% good for you, with no artificial additives or ingredients and it’s easy to do. One of the best things about massage is that you don’t need a lot of fancy expensive equipment to get or give one. All you really need to get started is a human body . Do you have one? Great! Than you are ready to go.
Being a massage junkie myself I find it difficult to imagine why anybody would not want to get a massage anytime, anyplace, for any reason or for no reason at all.
The comfort, warmth and reassurance of touch can improve the body’s well being by stimulating its own natural healing abilities giving a sense of well being, restoring both – the physical and psychological self.
In a neutral environment our bodies are well equipped to deal with short – term stress situations and the imbalances they create. Balance is restored to the systems of the body in a repeating cycle of physiological move and counter move.
Long-term stress inhibits the balancing process by denying the body the opportunity and interrupting the cycle. Chronic long-term stress, often self-imposed by modern work pressures , economic and social aspirations coupled with environmental stress of urban living maintain imbalance with all its attendant problems.
Massage offers the ultimate solution to these damaging effects of accumulated stress and aid in harmonizing a troubled body and mind.
Touch is a simple mean of communication, comfort and something what we all do quite naturally. With a little willingness and commitment this ‘natural’ talent can be turned into a creative skill.
Regular massage strengthens and tones the entire body system. It can stimulate or alternately calm the nervous system, help to ease tension, stiffness and pain leaving the recipient with an enhanced sense of well being.
A healing art as old and as cross-cultural as massage has bred many techniques and approaches. So many modalities that many massage therapists – experienced and well trained in most techniques – may not know them all.
|Often the same technique is practiced quite differently by different massage therapists . And sometimes the same technique has different names! Or the name, as for instance in Swedish Massage, is a misnomer – Swedish Massage was simply developed by Per Ling, a Swede who traveled in the East!
It wouldn’t surprise a savvy consumer like you to hear that more than 80% of the so-called “bodywork” modalities have been developed in the 20th century – the era of marketing, marketing, marketing . Registration of a technique and its marketing have become a lucrative business proposition. Hey, we live in an entrepreneurial age . . . and that sort of thing is understandable.We will let you in on a secret: Truth is, massage therapy is a low-tech healing art with a strong artistic/intuitive component. With very few exceptions, therefore, an experienced, client-oriented massage therapist trained in one of the traditional techniques – let’s say Swedish Massage or Tui-Na – can deliver excellent services without the techno bobble dropping on a busy person like you.
Fact is: most professional-quality massage therapists are trained in a variety of techniques and become eclectic so as to better serve their clients’ needs. To be sure, continuing education is generally desirable.
Many newbie therapists (and some not-so-newbie ones), however, keep taking workshops to try to keep up with the “new technology,” never giving themselves a chance to get grounded in one method as a professional routine. Sadly, before they learn how to “listen with their hands” and hone the art of massage, they are busy listening to the sales pitch of a new technique . Therefore, massage technique per se – the most frequent of FAQs – is a relatively unimportant one.
If I have the choice of an advanced practitioner who is full of himself or a basic practitioner who genuinely cares, I will go for the caring . . . It is harder to educate the character, the person of the therapist, the WHO in the therapeutic relationship than to just tell the student WHAT to do.
Nonetheless, caring deeply remains not only our first concern but our first resource, Technique remains a distant second. Indeed, when a therapist is committed to deep caring – which we call client-centeredness – and not to the latest modality (or the latest massage table on the market), the patient gets precisely the right kind of massager. No tough choice is needed.
And that right kind of therapist only gets better with time!
| There are so many more benefits of massage and if you’ve never had a massage before – now is definitely the time to get one Remember prevention is better than cure. Once you show signs of improvement we will continue to work with you to keep harmony and balance already achieved. A regular treatment, depending on your timetable, will stop future stress accumulating.
We encourage you to have regular treatments to prevent illness and maintain a state of well being