The word ‘holistic’ comes from the Greek word ‘holos’, meaning ‘whole’. A holistic therapy is one that treats the whole person, body mind and spirit. Not all health professionals treat in a holistic way; it’s how a therapy is administered, rather than what is administered which makes it holistic. Diet, posture, personality, emotional history, illness and lifestyle are all considered. The body has an inherent ability and desire to heal itself – we just have to allow it to do so.
General health and wellbeing deteriorates as a result of continuous stress and anxiety. Under this stress or high levels of anxiety a person can have difficulty digesting food properly, breathing properly standing and sleeping properly. Hormones become unbalanced; circulation is inefficient and toxins within the body increase. Illnesses and other ailments can be slower to heal or recover and toxins increase within.
Pressures from work and a busy lifestyle can often take there toll and affect people in different ways, helping to cause or increase stress and anxiety. Holistic therapy has been used to treat these disorders for many years, it’s time to let go, help us to help you.
‘Look after you, who else will?’
Stress, anxiety, tension and pressure can all be alleviated, some of the methods used can be easily taught so managing your own levels will become easier.
Some of these pressures and symptoms from stress can be alleviated through exercise, gentle activity and relaxation techniques or by therapeutic massage. Allow yourself time to learn how to totally relax and become revitalised, give yourself the opportunity to experience the positive effects throughout your body and mind, resulting in a gradual restoration of inner balance, health and general wellbeing.
A person doesn’t have to be ill or have a problem to receive the benefits of relaxation techniques or massage therapy. You may already have a healthy lifestyle and wish to pamper yourself and who can blame you.
‘Why not use a therapy as a gift idea?’
Treatments and therapies can be administered in the comfort of your own home or in an environment that suits you and all resources required for the treatment will be supplied by the therapist. You can rest assured you are in safe hands; all Activate Health staff are qualified and experienced to cater for your needs safely and effectively.
‘Be good to yourself, you’re worth it.’
Massage can be defined as the systematic and manual manipulation of the body’s soft tissue for therapeutic purposes promoting health and wellbeing. It has evolved from a combination of Eastern and Western traditions and consists of five basic strokes:
- Effleurage (stroking)
- Petrissage (kneading)
- Tapotement (percussion)
(Not all of these strokes are not used on every part of the body)
Today, massage is a multi-dimensional skill encompassing a wide variety of ever evolving techniques, many of which have their roots in the Swedish system. The general public is now very aware of the value of massage in combating the stresses and tensions of modern living. Athletes and dancers include massage in their training schedules to aid recovery and to prevent or treat soft tissue injuries. Most massage therapists utilise Swedish massage as the foundation for a treatment and blend in various techniques, depending upon training and experience, to address the specific needs of the client.
The therapist uses the hands in a gentle, flowing massage technique applying varying degrees of pressure and stretching movements. The massage is performed with oil (grape seed, sweet almond, and many others to suit the client’s individual needs and desires). Good oil will nourish the skin and allow a free-flowing movement as it allows the hands to glide over the area. The therapist will sense responses but will also ask the client about the strength of their touch.
A typical full-body massage session lasts for about one hour, many therapists will offer shorter sessions for treating specific areas such as backs, shoulders and necks or any areas giving discomfort, aches or pains. On the first visit clients are given a ‘Health Consultation’ which involves asking a number of questions concerning general health, wellbeing, injuries and medical conditions that the therapist should know about, in order to determine if there are any contra-indications (physical conditions that would prohibit or limit a massage treatment).
Some of the benefits of Massage:
- Reducing stress and anxiety by relaxing both mind and body
- Creating a feeling of well-being and enhanced self-esteem
- Easing emotional trauma through relaxation
- Helping increase joint mobility
- Deepening respiration and improving lung capacity by relaxing any tightness in the respiratory muscles
- Improving elasticity of the skin
- Strengthening the immune system, due to increase in white blood cells
- Reducing oedema (excess fluid in the tissue) by increasing lymphatic drainage and the removal of waste from the system
- Improving circulation by mechanically assisting the venous flow of blood back to the heart
- Relieving muscular tightness, stiffness, spasms and restrictions in the muscle tissue.
- Increasing flexibility in the muscles due to muscular relaxation.
- Increasing blood circulation bringing more oxygen and nutrients into the muscle (This reduces muscle fatigue and soreness)
- Promoting rapid removal of toxins and waste products from the muscle
- Improving muscle tone and balance, reducing the physical stress placed on bones and joints.