How can massage help?
Touch is necessary to our emotional and physical well-being and it has been found that massage may help to:-
- Reduce stress and chronic muscle tension a ‘letting go’ of those ‘held’ areas, either of physical or emotional origin.
- Relieve or lessen pain.
- Release chronic neck and shoulder tension in particular.
- Improve circulation and muscle function.
- Relax body and mind.
- Treat and prevent some forms of ill-health.
- Increase the awareness of self and body, so recognise more easily what is happening to you when under stress, and be able to do something about it.
- Improve self esteem.
- Eliminate toxins.
- Relieve mental and physical fatigue.
- Stimulate the body and mind, if necessary.
- Break down ‘knots’ in tissues so muscles function better.
- Relieve tired and aching limbs.
What happens when you come for a massage?
On the first visit I will take a case history to find out if there are any reasons why, because of a health condition, I cannot give you a massage. I will also discover what ailments you may have and general state of health, and whether you would like a relaxing or stimulating massage or a firm or gentle touch. The room will be warm and softly lit and scented by aromatic oils. Music to calm and soothe the mind will be playing.
I will leave the room while you undress and ask you to lie on the couch and cover yourself with the towel provided. You may keep your underpants on or take them off, whichever you are more comfortable with. When you are ready I will re-enter the room and start the massage. You will always be covered by a towel apart from the area I am massaging. It is important for your comfort and enjoyment of the massage not to be too cold or too hot and I will also check that the pressure is right. If giving a deeper massage, I will work to your pain threshold on those knotty areas and ask whether it feels like a ‘good’ pain or is too much to bear. You need to let go and not try to help when I lift an arm, leg or head. This is a time to receive, not a time to do; a time to let go and not hang on.
How long or how often?
The massage session will last about one hour and twenty minutes. Regular massage sessions are needed at first but once the condition has eased or been redressed many clients like to have a massage every one or two months for a ‘top up’.
Massage is a passive form of exercise. It has been found that massage may help to:-
Bring ease where people cannot move easily – where walking is an effort, if managed at all. By working on the circulation it improves the muscle tone and reduces muscular atrophy. It also helps to eliminate toxins and ‘lifts the spirits’.
Relieve stiffness and pain caused by walking aids putting extra strain on arm and shoulder muscles.
Bring comfort and reassurance of touch to those who may otherwise very seldom get touched or held.
About the Therapist
My name is Cynthia Vincent, I am a mature qualified Therapeutic Massage Therapist and I have a diploma from the London College of Massage.
I started my training in September 1994, gained my diploma in 1995, and also attended a course in Pathology for Massage in 1997. I take private clients here at the Mill but one afternoon a week I massage at a local day centre for the Disabled that caters for a wide range of disabilities. I have been doing this since May 1995.
My training included various massage techniques, the use of essential oils, an Anatomy and Physiology course and examination, and a Practitioner’s course and assessment that involved taking massage into the community where it had not been previously available. I have also been trained to use massage and essential oils in the control of some forms of epilepsy.