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 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.
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!
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
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.
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
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
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
Massage enhances the skin condition by improving the function of the sebaceous and sweat glands, which keep the skin lubricated, clean, and cool.
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.
Massage can promote recovery from fatigue and from minor aches and pains
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.