In my personal practice as a massage therapist, I have always tried to get a good overview of the client I am treating, even if they are only on my couch for a short amount of time. Holistic therapy is about addressing the whole person, including their physical, mental, and emotional health. We take all of these internal and external influencing factors into consideration when using massage therapy as a holistic healing tool, which in my eye it always is. Always. Holistic Massage allows the body’s natural healing abilities to come forth and balance the entire body as a whole.
The term “holistic” derives from the ancient Greek word “holos,” which means “whole.”
Stress is so prevalant in our society that it's become the norm to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders, metaphrocially speaking. The evidence is clear to see when a client enters the treatment room, the evidence is clear in my own shoulders as I type right now. Less than a 100 years ago the word stress did not exist. There is no magic cure to reduce the stress we experience in today’s fast paced lifestyle. The only way to combat stress on a daily basis is through a holistic approach where we care for our bodies and minds, even if it's in the smallest of ways.
Spa should be our culture
Holistic massage is an ancient method of healing that stimulates the blood circulation and clears the lymphatic drainage system which assists in releasing toxins from the body. By recognizing that illness and stress affects not only one’s physical but also emotional, spiritual and mental well-being, Holistic Massage allows the body’s natural healing abilities to come forth and balance the entire body as a whole. This massage technique has been used for thousands of years in Egypt, China and India. In Eastern cultures massage is woven into the fabric of life, in our Western society we should definietly adopt this way of thinking. No longer a luxury but a necessity, as these few minutes spent caring for our bodies are a legitimate way to combat stress.
Gaining balance in life
Our top five holistic treatments at Secret Beautique:
September is all about the Soul Sensation, this feels like a perfect fit following those hot and stressful summer months. The holidays are nearly over, it's time to check in (or out!) and take some time for you now. The Soul Sensation is our 2 hour full body experience, we start with a Foot Ritual and Tea Ceremony to ground you, then we move to the couch for an organic full body scrub (I forgot just how good a scrub feels and I bet you have too, it's soooo good), we remove with cocooning hot towels, and then dive straight in with your Power Massage - full body, plus your back is massaged twice. This is the Signature body treatment and it is full of special little touches, and of course we fully bespoke with oils and scrubs to your needs.
Everyone should experience a body treatment like this. Massage is one of the best things that we can do for our own mental wellbeing, the uplifting effects are long lasting and definitely underrated.
If there's any doubt then here are five clinically proven health benefits:
1. Boost Immune System
Many studies have linked massage to improved functioning of the immune system. In one 2010 study, massage was shown to improve production of white blood cells which fight against disease. The same study was repeated with a focus on how massage effects hormone levels and it showed that people who had Swedish massage twice a week had decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol and more oxytocin, the love hormone. (Have you ever had a course of massages? You really can notice the difference)
2. Improves Well-Being
Massage is great at reducing anxiety, stress and depression. It has been proven to reduce levels of the stress hormones and lower blood pressure which improves your overall feeling of well being. Massage increases levels of the feel good neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which is great for people suffering from depression.
3. Reduces Inflammation
Massage helps speed the recovery of muscles and soft tissue damage. A study published in Science Translational Medicine in 2012 found that massage greatly relieves sore muscles after physical exercise. Just 10 minutes of massage can reduce inflammation and help your body recover more quickly.
4. Reduces Pain
A 2011 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found benefits of massage therapy as effective as other methods of treatment for chronic back pain.
A 2006 study published in the American Archives of Internal Medicine showed that frequent massages could decrease stiffness and pain and improve movement in people with osteoarthritis.
5. Improve Sleep
Even insomniacs may find it easier to get a good night’s rest after a massage. Some people even fall asleep while they are being massaged! Many studies have addressed this phenomenon and accredit it to massage’s affect on delta waves, which are the brain waves associated with deep sleep. Also, massages help infants sleep more, cry less and be less stressed, according to research from the University of Warwick. Baby massage is fantastic!
I need a massage!
We've got your back! And maybe a back massage is all your schedule will allow right now and that's fine too, even 30 minutes on the couch works wonders. But if you can carve out 2 hours of spa time then the Soul Sensation is available for £75 with Amanda throughout September. Her massage promos get quite busy so booking ahead is, as always highly recommended.
Signature Body Soul Sensation - 2hours
Available Tuesday - Friday with Amanda
Between 10am - 2pm
Ends 27th September