As more and more people are turning to natural, holistic therapies to treat many conditons over medication (where possible), massage is beneficial to all body systems and is a natural and effective way to treat medical conditions. For these reasons, we at The South Wales MS Therapy Centre decided to incorporate a number of these into our list of therapies. All of which are proving popular.
About Holistic Massage
Holistic massage benefits the whole body, both physiologically and psychologically. However some of the systems are more directly affected, particularly the skin, blood and lymph circulation, and the muscles and nerves.
Massage is the use of hands to manipulate the soft tissues of the body, particularly muscles. It can be used for relaxation, stimulation or rehabilitation of the whole body or part of it.
It promotes suppleness of the muscles, improves circulation and reduces stress.
Main benefits and effects
Holistic Massage is
- soothing: touch is known to be soothing and comforting and massage uses touch to soothe and relax the body. Since 75% of disease is thought to be caused by stress, massage (which reduces stress) may well improve health.
- stimulating: the systems of the body are stimulated and activated by massage. It therefore encourages improved circulation, aids digestion, waste removal and neural communication, invigorates and relaxes muscles thus preventing spasm and stiffness, speeds up skin desquamation and promotes cell regeneration.
- instinctive: when we knock or hurt ourselves, we often use our hands to rub or touch the affected area. Massage is an extension of this natural and instinctive method of soothing aches and pains.
- comforting: touch is natural and comforting. People of all ages use touch to gain a sense of security and well-being and consequently massage has psychological as well as physiological benefits.
- universal: most people, from children to adults, can benefit from massage treatments.
- safe: massage is a non-threatening, non-invasive and natural therapy.
Holistic Massage and MS
Multiple Sclerosis causes loss of the protective myelin sheath from nerve fibres in the central nervous system. As sufferers lose muscular coordination, sensation and have problems with speech and vision, massage can help prevent spasm and stiffness in these muscles.
Information taken from An Introductory Guide to Massage by Louise Tucker
Please contact us at MSTC Swansea for further information or to arrange an appointment.
Our complementary Therapist
“Hi I am Mandy Wall, I joined the M.S Therapy Centre in Swansea in 2012. I trained at the R.N.C, Hereford and qualified in Sports Massage, Holistic Massage, OnSite Chair Massage and Reflexology. I would like to further expand my skills in the near future to include other complementary Therapies. “