Therapeutic massage: Gentle touch for stressful times

By Jo Song A.P.N.T

As a Therapist I see clients arrive stressed, anxious and weary, with restless minds and aching bodies. I see them leave relaxed and peaceful, with a lift in their mood .I am always struck by the powerful effect of simple nurturing touch, this most basic of human needs, which seems to be less and less part of our culture. Touch goes beyond words and gets us out of our busy minds and into our bodies. I see the effect of relaxation extending to the whole person. Inner feelings of tension and anxiety are replaced by calm, tranquillity and a sense of emotional well being. Tense muscles register this change and their relaxation becomes deeper and more permanent..

Massage is very effective in the reversal of stress. It calms the nervous system, reduces blood pressure, lowers the heart rate, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and feels fantastic! Massage lowers the levels of Cortisol, the stress hormone and increases levels of Seratonin which restores sleep patterns. Clients who have regular massage report that they feel emotionally and physically stronger and more able to meet with the stresses that everyday life brings.

As well as being deeply relaxing and enjoyable, Therapeutic Massage can help with a broad range of ailments such as back, neck and shoulder pains, sciatica, headaches, anxiety attacks, insomnia, depression, asthma and high blood pressure. It optimises the flow of blood and lymph to the body, circulating fresh nutrients and oxygen and aiding the elimination of toxins.

You don’t need to have aches and pains to benefit from massage. Many people now use Therapeutic Massage as a regular part of their health care programme, thrilled to have found such a great way to look after themselves!

Jo, a mother of three, is a member of the Association of Physical and Natural Therapists (A.P.N.T) and the General Council of Massage Therapists. She is trained in both Swedish and Therapeutic Massage and always takes a detailed case history at the first session to identify appropriate treatment for each client

For more information, or to buy a gift voucher, contact Monmouth natural health centre

Comments are closed.