What is Holistic Massage?
Holistic massage is an individual treatment that is specifically tailored to each client. A Holistic practitioner treats the client as a whole, taking into account their emotional and spiritual well-being, as well as their physical body. A Holistic therapist works with the client rather than just giving massage to them.
Holistic massage uses the massage techniques of Swedish massage, effleurage, petrissage, friction, vibration, tapotement/percussion and other additional techniques such as holding, compression, trigger points, feathering, passive movements (passive stretches, joint mobilisation) and more.
Massage techniques explained
Holds- one or both hands are in contact with the body, there is none or only minimal movement and minimal pressure. This technique usually at the beginning and also at the end of the massage. It is a first contact with the body, gentle and relaxing – building a trust and relaxed atmosphere between therapist and client. It is saying hello or goodbye to the body.
Stroking, feathering, light effleurage, light vibration
Strokes that engage the skin subcutaneous tissue (superficial fascia, capillaries and lymphatic vessels).
The therapist continues to massage with all or some of these techniques (as appropriate) after the holds. These techniques relax the body and slowly prepare the body tissues for deeper massage if needed.
Deep effleurage, petrissage, kneading, compression, trigger points
Strokes that engage the muscles, rhythmical compression and release of the tissues. These techniques relax the muscles, can stretch the muscles and connective tissue, slowly releasing tension and improving fluid flow in and around the muscles and surrounding tissues. They will also make it possible to work further on the area safely and deeper if needed.
Skin rolling, connective tissue massage, friction
Techniques that address connective tissue – deep massage.
These techniques are only used if the client wishes to receive deep tissue massage and if there are no contraindications with existing health issues.
Percussion – hacking, supping, tapping, pummelling
Strokes that use repeated rhythmical light striking and affect the skin, connective tissue and muscles.
Passive movements – stretches, shaking, rocking, joint mobilisation
Techniques that involve the movement of muscles in relation to bones or joints, or joints relation to the torso. The structures engaged are the muscles and joints.