Massage may be the oldest and simplest form of medical care.
Egyptian tomb paintings show people being massaged. In Eastern cultures, massage has been practiced continually since ancient times. A Chinese book from 2,700 B.C., The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, recommends 'breathing exercises, massage of skin and flesh, and exercises of hands and feet" as the appropriate treatment for -complete paralysis, chills, and fever."
It was one of the principal methods of relieving pain for Greek and Roman physicians. Julius Caesar was said to have been given a daily massage to treat neuralgia. "The Physician Must Be Experienced In Many Things," wrote Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, in the 5th century B. C., "but assuredly in rubbing.. . for rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose, and
loosen a joint that is too rigid."
Massage and your overall health
Massage is a holistic therapy. It has effect on both body and mind.
Massage increases the circulation of blood and flow of lymph. The direct mechanical effect of rhythmically applied manual pressure and movement used in massage can dramatically increase the rate of blood flow.
Also, the stimulation of nerve receptors causes the blood vessels (by reflex action) to dilate, which also facilitates blood flow. This has a profound effect on one's health.
Reduced muscle tension.
Massage affects the muscles and other soft tissues throughout the body. It loosens contracted, shortened, hardened muscles. Massage can stimulate weak, flaccid muscles. Chronic muscle tension reduces the circulation of the blood and movement of lymph in an area
Improved blood circulation.
The oxygen capacity of the blood can increase 10-15% after massage. By indirectly or directly stimulating nerves that supply internal organs, blood vessels of these organs dilate and allow greater blood supply to them.
Better lymph movement.
Lymph is a milky white fluid that drains impurities and waste away from the tissue cells. A component of these wastes is toxins which are the by-products of metabolism. So, it is a vital to our health. Muscular contraction has a pumping effect that moves lymph. Massage and exercise help to move lymph
Increased mobility and range of motion of joints.
Massage provides a gentle stretching action to both the muscles and connective tissues that surround and support the muscles and many other parts of the body, which helps keep these tissues elastic
Stimulated or soothed nervous system.
Massage balances the nervous system by soothing or stimulating it, depending on which effect is needed by the individual at the time of the massage
Enhanced skin condition.
Massage enhances the skin condition by improving the function of the sebaceous and sweat glands, which keep the skin lubricated, clean, and cool.
Better digestion and intestinal function.
Massage increases the body's secretions and excretions. It increases the production of gastric juices, saliva, and urine. There is also an increased excretion of nitrogen, inorganic phosphorus, and salt. As a result, the metabolic rate increases.
Relief of acute and chronic pain.
Massage can promote recovery from fatigue and from minor aches and pains
As well as...
A beneficial effects on the internal organs and the immune system, easing emotional and physical stress, enhancing relaxation and an overall improvement in physical health and the quality of life.
Holistic & Sports Massage Therapist
Miyuki is ITEC qualified in both Holistic and Sports Massage with outstanding grades.
In order to cater for the individual needs of her clients Miyuki combines the two types of Massage in her treatments, using the Deep Tissue techniques of Sports Massage with the gentler and more relaxing techniques of Holistic Massage to provide a treatment
that both relaxes and soothes tired muscles as well as addressing any specific aches and pains!
Miyuki woks as a self employed, independent practitioner.
Manipulative & Cranial Therapist
I aim to help my patients “stay on the road” using gentle holistic methods.
For the past 40 years I have been in practice and have been using various approaches to assist people in making positive changes to benefit their health and wellbeing.
To achieve this I focus on massage, manipulation where appropriate and cranial techniques to help balance the body systems supported by general health, diet and lifestyle when needed.
Andria woks as a self employed, independent practitioner.