For stress, anxiety, illness or bereavement

with Leora Sharp

How might massage help?

Why does the word ‘MIGHT’ appear on this page so often?

* The Advertising Standards Agency limits what we can say about the efficacy of massage and other complimentary therapies. So I cannot make any claims. However, I believe massage is amazing and can help you in many ways.

So many magical things happen during and after massage.
Some of them are quite intangible.
And of course it varies from person to person and from one treatment to the next.

Why don’t you book in for a massage and see what the benefits are for you?

You might*…

  • reduce your stress and anxiety by relaxing both mind and body
  • create a feeling of well-being and enhance self-esteem
  • promote positive body awareness and improve body image through relaxation
  • ease emotional trauma through relaxation
  • nurture your soul through recognition of your spirit and energy
  • soothe your body and connect with your baby during pregnancy

For bones and joints, massage might*

  • help to increase joint mobility by reducing any thickening of the connective tissue (tissue separating or binding muscles and bone) and helps to release restrictions in this tissue
  • free adhesion, breaks down scar tissue and decreases inflammation which helps to restore range of motion to stiff joints
  • improve muscle tone and balance, reducing the physical stress placed on bones and joints

For muscles, massage might*

  • relieve muscular tightness, stiffness, spasms and restrictions in muscle tissue
  • increase flexibility in the muscles due to muscular relaxation
  • increase blood circulation which brings more oxygen and nutrients into the muscle in turn reducing muscle fatigue and soreness
  • promote rapid removal of toxins and waste products from muscle

For YOUR HEART, massage might*

  • decrease the heart rate due to relaxation
  • dilate blood vessels helping them to work more efficiently
  • temporarily decrease blood pressure due to dilation of blood vessels
  • improve circulation by mechanically assisting the flow of blood back to the heart
  • enhance blood flow; delivery of fresh oxygen and nutrients to the tissues is improved and the removal of waste products, toxins and carbon dioxide is hastened
  • reduce ischaemia (restriction in blood supply resulting in damage or dysfunction of tissue)

For NERVES, massage might*

  • stimulate sensory nerves which can either stimulate or soothe nerves depending on the techniques used
  • stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (the system that helps us slow down) which helps to promote relaxation and stress reduction
  • help to reduce pain by the release of endorphins (endorphins also elevate the mood) breath

For BREATHING, massage might*

  • deepen breathing and improves lung capacity by relaxing any tightness in the respiratory muscles (asthma related tension)
  • reduce the activity of the sympathetic nervous system (the system that ‘keeps us going’, which is activated under conditions of stress) which in turn slows down breathing

For your SKIN, massage might*

  • dilate the surface blood vessels helps to improve the skin’s colour
  • improve skin elasticity
  • improve circulation which increases cell nutrition and encourages cell regeneration
  • increase sebum production which helps to improve skin suppleness and resistance to infection
  • increase production of sweat from the sweat glands, helping to excrete urea and waste products through the skin

For DIGESTION, massage might*

  • increase movement in the large intestine which helps to relieve constipation, colic and gas
  • promote the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system (the system that helps us slow down) which in turn stimulates digestion

For the LYMPHATICS (fluid balance and immunity), massage might*

  • reduce excess fluid in tissues by increasing lymphatic drainage and the removal of waste
  • regular massage might help to strengthen the immune system as massage may increase white blood cells which help fight infection and disease
  • reduce levels of the stress hormone Cortisol (long term raised levels of cortisol can cause insomnia, lowered immunity, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, weak bones and muscles)

For the URINARY SYSTEM, massage might*

  • increase urinary output due to the increased circulation and lymph drainage from the tissues

* PLEASE NOTE: The Advertising Standards Agency limits what we can say about the efficacy of massage and other complimentary therapies. So I cannot make any claims. That’s why the word ‘MIGHT’ appears on this page so often.