The word holistic originates from the Greek word “holos” meaning whole. The holistic approach from a complementary therapy point of view looks at the cause of the problems rather than the symptoms, so during the consultation, health, wellbeing and lifestyle choices will be looked at in order for the best possible treatment and aftercare to be given to allow the body to reach homeostasis (meaning a balanced body).
Holistic massage is also known as a full body massage. The treatment is performed using Swedish massage techniques and all areas of the body are worked over with the exception of the lower buttocks.
Benefits of massage
In all types of massage therapies, 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.
The effects of massage are both physiological (relating to the structure of the body) and psychological (relating to the mind).
- Relief from everyday aches and pains
- Reduce stress
- Increase relaxation
- Address feelings of anxiety and tension, and aid general wellness.
- Massage therapy can also be used in support of other therapies to assist in the rehabilitation of muscular injuries.
Please also read the Massage Therapy page.
Full Body Massage
In a typical massage therapy session before the first treatment, a consultation will be undertaken to discuss medical history, symptoms presenting and outcomes. The consultation is completely confidential. If it is deemed inappropriate to perform a massage due to medical history, an alternative treatment will be offered, where possible.
During the massage treatment clients are covered with towels with the exposed area of the body uncovered only whilst that particular body part is being worked on.
Oil is used to reduce friction on the skin and at Orchid Therapies, Grapeseed oil or Sweet Almond oil is used during massage treatments.
After receiving a massage treatment, a drink of water will be offered to help flush out toxins. Where possible avoid doing anything strenuous or stressful after receiving a massage to help maintain the benefits of the massage.
Ideally showers or baths should be taken prior to receiving a massage.
Contact Liz at Orchid Therapies
Liz Williams is a professionally trained (ITEC) complementary and beauty therapist, specialising in wellbeing treatments and intimate waxing. To find out more about any of our treatments or to book an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or text or telephone 07796 270 162 today.