This is a therapeutic massage aimed to bring balance to the body and mind. Gentle techniques include long, soothing strokes and kneading of the muscles. This form of massage creates pure relaxation, resulting in a calm and peaceful state.
A gentle massage technique called ‘lymphatic drainage’, greatly improves the circulation of blood and lymph. It works as a detox aiding the general health of the tissues and enhancing the removal of waste products. A slightly deeper massage involves varying degrees of pressure and stretching movements. This helps to ease stiff joints and reduce muscular tension.
Swedish massage stimulates the production of endorphins. These chemicals, often referred to as ‘happy hormones’, result in a feeling of well being and function as a natural pain killer. Regular massage helps to reduce physical and emotional tension. It helps to restore vitality and promotes health and wellbeing.
Our sense of touch is registered by our skin – our largest and most sensitive organ. In the developing embryo the skin is formed from the same cell layer as the nervous system. As such, our skin is said to be the external part of our nervous system. Just like our nervous system it is able to receive and register a wide variety of signals, and to make a wide range of responses to them.
In today’s society it is very easy to get caught up in striving, accomplishing and wanting or needing to do more. During this state of mind it is easy to become very head orientated and out of touch with our bodies. In being so, our sense of reality is dramatically compromised, because it is through our body that we receive sensory messages that indicate what we need, what we feel emotionally and what is happening in the immediate environment. This is vital information that we use for self regulation.