Holistic Massage/Swedish massage
Relax, unwind and feel restored with an Holistic Massage........
An Holistic massage treatment here at Marsham Holistic Therapy will be as unique as you are.
Each treatment is tailored to your individual needs and desired outcome wether it is Relaxation, easing aches and pains in muscles or a reduction in stress.
Treatments range from a full body massage to a Holistic back, shoulder and neck massage to a Leg and foot massage.
For those with more specific area's of tension I also offer a Deeper Tissue Holistic Massage targeting the area's that need it most using deeper massage moves and pressure to warm, stretch and release tension.
Massage is available to all subject to contraindications.
What is Holistic Massage
Massage is an ancient technique of using the hands to manually manipulate the soft tissues of the body to bring about physical and psychological benefits to the client.
History of Massage
Massage has been adapted and evolved over thousands of years and has been used by many different cultures and civilisations. Records survive that show massage was being used as far back as 3000bc in china. using specific movements on specific points improved health and well being.
Holistic massage draws on massage techniques which can be traced back to a man called Henrik Ling who after studying in China went on to develop Swedish massage and the moves we use today in Massage.
In the short term massage can benefit the client by:
improving skin elasticity
improve muscle suppleness
improve neural connections
lower high blood pressure
overall reduces tension and aide relaxation
In the long term massage can benefit the client by:
improving skin tone
promote better lymph drainage
relieves soreness, stiffness and fatigue in muscles
relieves stiff and tired joints
Psychological benefits: in the long term massage can increase energy levels, maintain relaxation, aides body awareness, general self esteem, reduces the effects of stress, soothes and comforts thus reducing anxiety while relaxing the mind. There is also some research to suggest that the hormone Oxytocin also known as the Happy hormone can be released through touch aiding low moods and reducing anxiety.
Massage after Pregnancy and Birth
Having a new baby can put our minds and body through stress and tension and can feel like we are on an emotional rollercoaster.
As a mum myself of four I understand this well. I offer a completely client led, relaxing, flexible Holistic full body massage or Indian Head massage.
Massage offers mum's the chance to lie down or sit and relax for an 30-60 minutes while baby sleeps or if baby wakes relaxing bonding time with their baby while having a treatment.
Massage aides relaxation, production of oxytocin 'the happy, bonding' hormone through soothing movements like Effleurage which can aide tension release, circulation and soothing the mind and body after pregnancy and birth.
What can I expect during treatment
Your session will begin with a detailed consultation, this can last up to 15 minutes so please allow extra time for your first appointment. The consultation allows me to ensure your health and wellbeing are looked after and also will give you time to ask questions and for us to form a treatment plan.
During the massage itself I will be using a range of movements such as Effleurage and Petrissage to manipulate the soft tissues with the main aim being to help release toxins such as lactic acid from the muscles and increase oxygen flow which in turn aides circulation.
Your comfort and modesty will be kept in tact at all times. For a full body massage you will be asked to undress to your underwear. With the use of towels you will be kept fully covered. For those who may be nervous please put your mind at ease any questions or fears please feel free to talk to me before treatment. Towel placement will mean only one part of the body will be uncovered at any one time.
If you wish you may fill in the consultation form before arriving please click here for a PDF copy or contact me to arrange one to be sent to you via email.
Please be aware I use grape seed oil, aromatherapy oil's made by Lavencia. If you have a different preference for a massage medium such as another oil please let me know in advance. Please also advise in advance of any health conditions or allergies which may affect treatment.
A typical full body massage treatment will last 60 minutes while a leg and foot massage can be 20-30 minutes. Please contact to discuss.
I work from my own Home where I strive to prepare a quiet, calming space for you to relax and unwind.