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Nikki Anderson

Professional Practitioner in Holistic Therapy


Generally we can view reasons and benefits of massage on 3 levels:-

* Physiological

* Psychological

* Emotional

Physiological Benefits

  • Stimulates blood circulation
  • Assists the lymphatic system, improving the elimination of waste
  • Relieves accumulated tension and restores flexibility to tight, sore muscles
  • Improves muscle tone
  • Stimulates or calms the nervous system depending on what is required
  • Improves posture by enhancing one's own awareness of the body
  • Slows and regulates respiration, promoting deeper and easier breathing
  • Increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to cells and tissue
  • Relieves cramps and muscle spasms
  • Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments
  • Stretches connective tissue and increases tissue metabolism
  • Increases joint mobility and range of motion
  • Lowers blood pressure and reduces heart rate
  • Increases red blood cell count
  • Stimulates the immune system and strengthens resistance to disease
  • Improves skin tone by removing dead cells and improving circulation
  • Enables the body to withstand fatigue
  • Increases physical stress tolerance
  • The body becomes less prone to injury
  • Increases physical confidence
  • Lengthens compressed joints
  • Improves the flow of nutrients to soft tissues and joints
  • Regenerates tissue, including burns, wounds and wrinkles.
  • Reduces pain and swelling by stimulating the release of endorphins
    (the body's own natural painkiller) into the brain and nervous system

Psychological Benefits

  • Reduces mental stress and promotes better sleep
  • Induces mental relaxation and calms temper
  • Fosters peace of mind
  • Provides a relaxed state of mental alertness
  • Improves concentration
  • Enhances the capacity for calm thinking and creativity
  • Improves ability to monitor stress and respond appropriately
  • Enables a person to make peace between their ambitions and limitations

Emotional Benefits

  • Reduces anxiety
  • Generates confidence and a feeling of well being
  • Enhances self-image and self worth
  • Satisfies the need for caring and nourishing touch
  • Reduces the sense of isolation
  • Increases awareness of mind-body connection.
  • Provides a soothing and comforting alternative to verbal therapeutic techniques,
  • such as counselling

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Member of

The Guild of Holistic Therapists