My Massage Philosophy
To me, body massage means to give my clients well-being through one of the most natural ways in history, via body-touch. Well-being in its definition is to reinforce the mind-body-spirit connection. Massage helps this by releasing tensions, reducing mental and physical stresses and by creating feelings of increased energy levels and relaxation.
In its holistic approach, massage fulfills a fundamental need for both emotional and physical well-being. Touch and sensory input from the external world has been proven to be essential, whether to help fight infection and disease, reduce muscle tensions and aches or provide a mental break from our daily tasks and activities through relaxation.
When receiving massage, you are given the opportunity to stop completely, to allow your body and mind to fully relax and receive the many therapeutic effects of touch and soft-tissue manipulation.
To underline the holistic approach of body-work I integrate a muscle-release technique into my massages, which aims to focus particularly on treatment of muscle pain and mobility issues.
Learn more about it here.
My aim for you as my client is to work with you on your individual requirements. Your first visit will include your initial consultation before treatment. During a massage you will never be completely exposed; I will uncover only one area at a time, which I will focus on. Experiencing the power of massage can easily get you into a state of deep relaxation and sometimes sleep.
'Relaxation is the prerequisite for that inner expansion that allows
a person to express the source of inspiration and joy within.'
A brief History
Massage has been practised throughout the centuries since the earliest civilisations. It is an instinctive act for relieving pain and discomfort and for soothing and calming.
The word 'massage' has its origin in the Arabic word mass or mass'h, which means 'to press gently'.
The earliest evidence of massage being used is found in the cave paintings of ancient cave dwellers. As early as 3000 BC, the Chinese practised massage to cure ailments and improve general health. Massage techniques spread to Japan where they were further developed.
The Greeks believed in the cultivation of a healthy mind and body, which is similar to the 'holistic approach' practised today. The Romans followed similar massage routines to the Greeks. They practised bathing, exercise and massage for health and social relaxation.
Little is known about massage practices throughout the Dark and Middle Ages, from around 500 CE until 1400 CE as little value was placed on the arts, physical health and fitness.
In the sixteenth century, the French surgeon Ambroise Paré (1517-90) promoted and developed the use of massage.
Development of modern massage techniques by:
Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839) - Swedish Massage movements
Dr Johann Mezgner (1839-1909) - massage development for use in rehabilitation and to treat many diseases and disorders
John Harvey Kellogg (1852-1943) - used a holistic approach as a medical doctor and focussed on the physiological effects of massage, the underlying structures and joint movements.