Ever Wondered What a Holistic Massage Is?
Norwich’s Orange Grove Founder and Senior Massage Therapist Jackie Heffer-Cooke explains all…
Holism defined, is the belief that the parts of something are interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole. Therefore, a Holistic Massage is characterised by the belief that the body needs to be treated as a whole entity, rather than a series of parts. For example if you have chronic neck pain, occasionally it is because you have pulled a muscle in the neck. However, it is most likely to do with your posture, the way you sit at work, perhaps the result of an injury elsewhere in the body, or a misalignment within the skeletal frame.
Finding the origin of the issue
When our professionally trained massage therapist sees you for a treatment they will spend some time going through a short consultation with you. They will ask questions about any areas of discomfort. They do this with the aim of getting to the root, or as we would say the origin, of the issue, rather than just massaging the obviously affected area.
A holistic massage doesn’t just have to be about physical issues. You can tailor a massage to be about supporting your mental health too. For example, a migraine, or tinnitus, can be inflamed by periods of stress. In this situation a deeply relaxing massage, boosting your ‘wellbeing’ hormones and giving your stress response system a break is probably more effective than simply ‘pummelling’ your trapezius muscle with a deep tissue release.
Hand-crafting the massage to meet your needs
Fundamentally the massage therapist will aim to give you the best treatment she can. This is done by literally hand-crafting the massage to your individual needs. As a result, this ensures you to have the best massage experience, with the best results possible.