THERAPY COMPLEMENTARY HEALTH ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES IN LONDON
IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR THE HUMAN TOUCH
those who have already discovered it, massage is just about the
nicest thing on the planet. Better than chocolate, better than …pizza.
It's a great way to feel better, look better, treat people better and
treat yourself better, too.
100% good for you, with no artificial additives or ingredients and
it's easy to do. One of the best things about massage is that you
don't need a lot of fancy expensive equipment to get or give one.
All you really need to get started is a human body.
Do you have one?
Great! Than you are ready to go.
a massage junkie myself I find it difficult to imagine why anybody
would not want to get a massage anytime, anyplace, for any reason
or for no reason at all.
comfort, warmth and reassurance of touch can improve the body's
well being by stimulating its own natural healing abilities giving a
sense of well being, restoring both - the physical and psychological
a neutral environment our bodies are well equipped to deal with
short - term stress situations and the imbalances they create.
Balance is restored to the systems of the body in a repeating cycle
of physiological move and counter move.
stress inhibits the balancing process by denying the body the
opportunity and interrupting the cycle. Chronic long-term stress,
often self-imposed by modern work pressures, economic and social
aspirations coupled with environmental stress of urban living
maintain imbalance with all its attendant problems.
offers the ultimate solution to these damaging effects of
accumulated stress and aid in harmonizing a troubled body and mind.
is a simple mean of communication, comfort and something what we all
do quite naturally. With a little willingness and commitment this
'natural' talent can be turned into a creative skill.
massage strengthens and tones the entire body system. It can
stimulate or alternately calm the nervous system, help to ease
tension, stiffness and pain leaving the recipient with an enhanced
sense of well being.
healing art as old and as cross-cultural as massage has bred
many techniques and approaches. So many modalities that many massage
therapists - experienced and well trained in most techniques - may not know
Often the same technique is practiced quite differently by different massage
therapists. And sometimes the same technique has different names! Or the
name, as for instance in Swedish Massage, is a misnomer - Swedish Massage
was simply developed by Per Ling, a Swede who traveled in the East!
It wouldn't surprise a savvy consumer like you to hear that more than 80% of
the so-called "bodywork" modalities have been developed in the 20th century
- the era of marketing, marketing, marketing. Registration of a technique
and its marketing have become a lucrative business proposition. Hey, we live
in an entrepreneurial age . . . and that sort of thing is understandable.
We will let you in on a secret:
Truth is, massage therapy is a low-tech
healing art with a strong artistic/intuitive component. With very few
exceptions, therefore, an experienced, client-oriented massage therapist
trained in one of the traditional techniques - let's say Swedish Massage or
Tui-Na - can deliver excellent services without the techno bobble dropping on
a busy person like you.
Fact is: most professional-quality massage therapists are trained in a
variety of techniques and become eclectic so as to better serve their
clients' needs. To be sure, continuing education is generally desirable.
Many newbie therapists (and some not-so-newbie ones), however, keep taking
workshops to try to keep up with the "new technology," never giving
themselves a chance to get grounded in one method as a professional routine.
Sadly, before they learn how to "listen with their hands" and hone the art
of massage, they are busy listening to the sales pitch of a new technique .
Therefore, massage technique per se - the most frequent of FAQs - is a
relatively unimportant one.
If I have the choice of an advanced practitioner who is full of himself or a
basic practitioner who genuinely cares, I will go for the caring . . . It is
harder to educate the character, the person of the therapist, the WHO in the
therapeutic relationship than to just tell the student WHAT to do.
Nonetheless, caring deeply remains not only our first concern but our first
resource, Technique remains a distant second. Indeed, when a therapist
is committed to deep caring - which we call client-centeredness - and not to
the latest modality (or the latest massage table on the market), the patient
gets precisely the right kind of massager. No tough choice is needed.
that right kind of therapist only gets better with time!