Holistic Body Massage

Holistic Body Massage

Focused on superficial layers of muscle using massage oil

What is Holistic Body Massage?

Holistic Body Massage at the Westoe Practice involves the massage therapist using long, smooth, kneading strokes and other movements, on the body.

This is focused on superficial layers of muscle using massage oil or the optional choice of blended aromatherapy oils.

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How does Massage work?

People come to the Westoe Practice, South Shields to get Massage Therapy for relaxation and for a variety of health conditions:

Massage Therapy relieves stress. It is thought to help the body’s stress response by lowering levels of hormones such as cortisol.

In addition to the benefits listed above, massage can: promote general wellbeing and relaxation, whilst boosting the circulatory and immune systems to benefit blood pressure, circulation, muscle tone, digestion and skin tone.

A Typical Massage session

A typical Massage at the Westoe Practice, South Shields will take approximately 45 minutes, 60 minutes, or 90 minutes. A back massage includes the back, neck and shoulders. A full-body massage also includes upper chest, face and scalp

Your massage will begin with a brief consultation and review of symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle.

You will be asked to undress while the massage therapist is out of the room, and lie down on a padded massage table. The massage therapist uses a light oil or aromatherapy oils on the skin and begins the massage.

Clients are encouraged to return regularly for maintenance treatments to maximise the benefits of the treatment and to make time for themselves to destress and relax.

How does Massage work?

Massage is one of the most ancient forms of therapy, physiologically increasing circulation throughout the body, helping people to relax and stimulating the workings of various bodily systems.

The Massage Therapists at the Westoe Practice are able to use massage to affect the nervous system through nerve endings in the skin, stimulating the release of endorphins, the body’s natural ‘feel good’ chemicals. Endorphins help induce relaxation and a sense of wellbeing, relieve pain and reduce levels of stress chemicals such as cortisol and noradrenaline — reversing the damaging effects of stress by slowing heart rate, respiration and metabolism and lowering raised blood pressure.

It is said to increase activity of the vagus nerve, one of 10 cranial nerves, that affects the secretion of food absorption hormones, heart rate and respiration. It has proven to be an effective therapy for a variety of health conditions — particularly stress related tension.


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