Massage comes from the Greek word 'mass' meaning, 'to touch'. Touch, in itself, has been well documented in it's benefits to healing and well-being, so this body therapy has many benefits for people from all walks of life.
As a healing modality, massage has been used for centuries in almost every culture, with mention made of it in medical literature some 4000 years ago.
Massage is a body treatment in which, generally the hands and fingers of a therapist, are used to manipulate soft tissues of the body to improve health and vitality. A wide variety of techniques can be utilised, according to what type of massage is being given. These techniques include; stroking, rubbing, kneading, gliding, cross fibre friction, pressing, vibration, pummelling and tapping.
Here at the HealTHY Self Centre, Erina & Kulnura we offer:
- Remedial massage
- Hot stones
Often the massage therapist will, upon consultation, work out your individual needs and use a combination of types and techniques as is necessary. The firmness of the touch used will vary according to need and patient comfort. Please feel free to discuss clearly what you prefer in this regard.
Particular techniques will either stimulate or calm the body.
When a soft tissue is massaged electrical signals are transmitted to both the local area and more distant sites enabling:
- Decreased pain and tension
- Increased movement in joints/body
- Decreased stress and improved relaxation
- Boost to energy levels
- Increased well-being
- Healing of damaged muscles
- Reduced recovery time after injury
- Stimulation of the circulation
- Clearing of waste via the lymphatic system
- Increased activity of the immune system
Massage stimulates the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers and mood elevators, so this gives an overall feeling of well-being and happiness.
By research, it has been shown that a wide range of health problems benefit. Some of these include: Low back pain, arthritis, joint issues, infant weight/development problems, fibromyalgia, constipation, depression, asthma, digestive issues, autism, eczema, ADHD, bulimia, diabetes, headaches, insomnia.
Meet our HealTHY Self Centre Practitioner at both Erina & Kulnura...
Guy Villari, Massage Therapist Erina & Kulnura
Hi my name is Guy and I have been a massage therapist for the last fifteen years. I have diplomas in Advanced Remedial Massage, Sports Massage, Polarity Therapy and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.
I started with massage as a general interest, mostly because I benefited from it, but it soon became clear to me that it was what I was meant to do (although I do enjoy cooking, gardening and travel as well!). I still consider myself a learning practitioner and I get great pleasure from seeing people get better and become more positive as their discomfort eases. Bodywork to me, is about getting grounded and in touch with ourselves, about facilitating the healing process.
My main belief is that the body and the mind cannot be separated, therefore getting well has as much to do with our belief system as it has with our body. Be well!