Holistic Massage

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.

Many people with MS are unable to travel easily so attending the Centre regularly for any of the therapies or services has the advantage over traveling to different clinics. Allowing clients to have these for minimal cost encourages regular therapy.

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.

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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • Universal

    most people, from children to adults, can benefit from massage treatments.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Safe

    Massage is a non-threatening, non-invasive, and natural therapy.

     

Information is taken from An Introductory Guide to Massage by Louise Tucker

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