About Massage

Massage therapy promotes relaxation and can help ease aches and pains.  It helps trigger the release of the body's natural painkillers and gives a general sense of contentment.

Massage is a general term and encompasses many forms of massage, including Swedish, sports, remedial and aromatherapy massage.  Each has its own benefits.

Origins of massage

The Chinese were practising massage as long ago as 3000BC. In India, sacred, ancient and Hindu texts include massage in their guidelines for hygiene and well-being.  Egyptian tombs contain evidence that shows that massage was also important in their culture.

Mary Queen of Scots helped to get massage established as a recognised form of therapy after experiencing many health benefits from its use.

Per Henrik Ling developed our present day basis for massage around 1800 and many of today's massage techniques have been formulated using these earlier ideas and methods.

During your session

During your treatment, towels will be used to ensure your privacy and modesty.  The specific techniques used may help reduce muscle stiffness, or increase joint mobility, releasing tension.  There are psychological benefits too, such as improving self-esteem.  Overall, a massage helps to relax, and unwind which makes it an ideal antidote to today's stressful lifestyles.

The Benefits

  • Relief from pain, e.g. headaches and back pain and from stress and tension

  • Release of muscular tightness and tension

  • Enhanced feelings of relaxation

  • Improved blood and lymph circulation

  • Increased energy levels and feelings of vitality

  • Injury recovery

  • A general sense of health and well-bein

Practitioners at Hollytree Healing Centre

Louisa Cook -


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