Gloucester Holistic Massage

Firstly what is  Gloucester Holistic Massage?

Holistic is a term used to describe an approach to treating the whole person and all aspects of their health including psychological and societal factors, rather than just treating an illness or the symptoms of that illness;  in Gloucester  at Holistic Massage  we can treat your ailments the latter is more common in western medicine whereas in contrast the Eastern philosophies are more aligned with the holistic approach. The roots of the word Holistic are Greek meaning “whole”, “entire ” or total. We are coming to accept that the mind, physical body and spirit of the person are all interdependent and interconnected; so if the mind is unwell this is likely to manifest as a physical illness; or spiritually if we can not forgive and harbour resentments in our very cells then this is also likely to manifest as illness. Likewise the mind and spirit can be affected by physical injury or long term pain. Therefore the “holistic approach” in my opinion is a more sensible one. Some Western Doctors are better at this approach than others but I believe we are still a long way behind Eastern philosophy in this regard.

Massage can be defined as physical manipulation of the skin, tissues, muscles, ligaments and tendons. The hands of the masseur are used for this manipulation; although in some massage the feet and the whole body can be used. It can be used to stimulate, for example the circulatory system. Massage can be used for rehabilitation, to promote relaxation and to lower stress levels. Massage has been performed for thousands of years; to provide relief, comfort and relaxation. Sometimes instruments can be used such as wooden rollers in place of the hands and now there are electrical massage machines that can provide some relief for knotted or tired muscles.  In my opinion the mechanical versions do not replicate the comfort and relaxation of a “hands on” massage. Massage is restorative to physical, mental and spiritual health. It can also be preventative of ill health by reducing stress which can be precursor to many diseases, such as anxiety, depression, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes to name a few.

What are the benefits of Massage?

Three of the  short term physical effects of massage are: It encourages better sleep; It promotes relaxation; improved skin tone and colour and removal of dead skin cells.

Three of the long term emotional effects of massage are: It increases the energy levels; improves the self-esteem; and it improves the clients self worth.

The body systems most affected by massage are the skin, the circulatory, the lymphatic, muscular and nervous systems; however saying that massage does have a positive effect on all the systems.

What is Shiatsu Massage?

Shiatsu originates from Japan as the Japanese developed “Amma” massage which includes pressing, rubbing, wringing and stretching.  This was carried out by blind practitioners; they probably had a heightened sense of touch due to the loss of sight.  Now, However Shiatsu comes from the ancient massage “Amma ” but it also has an element of acupressure by applying pressure on the acupressure points.  These pressure points are called ‘Tsubo’. The message can be traced back to 2700 years in China.  The Chinese book “Nei Ching” which is the yellow Emperor’s book of medicine; here is where massage is described as “Amma” using particular points on the body and honed movements used for relaxation and restoration.

Where do the origins of the word  Massage come from?

What does ‘masser’ mean and what language does it come from?  The word Masser comes from French language meaning massage; although the word  Massage comes from several languages. Massin is Greeek and it means to knead. Or Arabic Mass or Hebrew Mashesh meaning to press. In Latin Mass translates to “knead that which forms a lump” In Arabic Mass translates to touch or feel; which is fundamental to massage. 

A bit of history scroll down if you are not interested in the past!

Modern massage was originally developed by the principles and techniques  developed and described by Per HenrikLing (1776-1839) who came from Sweden; he was a master of fencing and a physiologist. After studying in China he developed his own system of techniques and movements in order to improve general health and physical condition.  So Swedish Massage is the basis of all European massage; it was first developed from existing techniques as part  of a system of gymnastic movements.  He then started teaching in Stockholm in the early 19th Century. His system then spread throughout Europe.  Just before Ling’s death a pupil of his started a clinic in St Petersburg and this then formed the basis of Russian Medical massage that was then widespread in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe.  It was brought to Britain in 1840 by Dr Mathias Roth who was also a Ling pupil. He then wrote the first English book on Swedish movements in massage in 1850. Two of Roth’s students Charles and George R Taylor (brothers) established the massage in the US in 1856.  Over the next 30 years they published extensively”Ling’s’ ‘ system and they published their own research. Massage was growing in popularity by the 1880’sin Europe and North American.  Queen Victoria heightened the popularity by having successful treatment which gave Swedish Massage credibility as well as publicity. 

Towards the end of the 19th Century problems with respectability were beginning to form as an association was formed with the sex industry.  This prompted 8 qualified professional masseuses’ to form “The Society of Trained Masseuses 1884”.  Later this organisation was renamed The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy; since then massage has been accepted for medicinal purposes.  Massage was then used in World Wars One and Two on injured soldiers. This was the start of handheld devices for massage due to a shortage of trained people.  Sports massage began to develop around this time.  More recently a growth in the complementary therapies has seen the reintroduction of traditional Eastern and Western approaches.  It is now used in hospices as a treatment.

The concept of massage goes way back to 2700 years BC in China and is referenced in the Nei Ching. It has been mentioned in medical texts in Egypt, Persia, and Japan in 500 years BC. Roman Physicians wrote about chronic head pain being treated by rubbing and paralysed limbs strengthened by rubbing. In the 5th Century it was used by the Greeks as part of a daily routine even Hippocrates preached the benefits of massage.  Although cave art in Europe and Africia predates all of this. The modern massage concept originates on the techniques developed by Per Henril Ling in the early 19th Century.  In short the concept of massage has been documented in a large percentage of the world for many many centuries and has continued to be developed in Europe due to the efforts of Ling and the 8 women who started the professional Society of trained masseuses.  Julius Caesar had a connection with Massage as he was pinched daily to relieve Neuralgia and he had daily massage and swore by it. He was not alone as Claudius Galen, a physician 130-210 AD wrote many texts stressing the health benefits of massage  and the use of it in preparing the gladiators for combat. The oldest recorded reference to massage is probably referenced by cave art  pre 3000BC; however it is in the Nei Ching 2700 years BC that actual massage is referenced and described including the techniques used. (this is known as the  yellow Emperor’s book of medicine).