Massage therapy draws on a number of techniques from many traditions including Swedish Massage, combining them with the massage therapist’s natural sensitivity, to meet the needs of each individual as a whole. This means whether you are looking for deep relaxation, relief from pain or to be left feeling revitalised and renewed, a qualified holistic massage therapist is ideally suited. We have been trained in a wide variety of techniques that may be adapted to you rather than applying a set routine to treat all.
Every massage given is uniquely tailored to suit how you feel at your appointment, which may well be slightly different each time you meet.
Working with you and your body, they will call upon their knowledge in a wide variety of methods including deep tissue work, stretching, mobilising and holds to offer your body deep relaxation, rejuvenation and the opportunity to ease tense muscles, relieve stress and anxiety, and to improve flexibility. Ultimately this will help you to move and use your body more effectively, and to feel more connected with yourself, which is great news no matter why you originally wanted or needed to receive massage.
This is what the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) have to say:
In all types of massage therapy, the intention is to relax the soft tissues, increase delivery of blood and oxygen to the massaged areas, warm them, and help the body to relax.
In a typical massage therapy session, the practitioner will discuss symptoms, medical history and the desired results. The practitioner generally performs some evaluation through touch before beginning the massage. Oil or powder help reduce friction on the skin and the therapist may use other aids, such as ice, heat, fragrances, or machines.
Massage may be found to bring relief from everyday aches, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address feelings of anxiety and tension, and aid general wellness. It can also be used in support of other therapies to assist in the rehabilitation of muscular injuries.
The benefits to our bodies
There are a huge numbers of ways in which massage could benefit our bodies. The most common request is that the massage relaxes or releases tight muscles, which can also help improve circulation, joint mobility and flexibility, which can help you to move more freely and ease many short and long-term niggles.
But holistic massage therapy goes further than just the physical body – it provides a sanctuary, a caring space in time to help soothe and quieten busy minds, reducing stress and helping to reconnect the ‘whole person’ so you may be complete once more. Several clients of Bristol Massage Therapy have long term chronic conditions or life limiting illnesses and find that massage helps them to live with the symptoms of these conditions.