Less than a 100 years ago the word stress did not exist. Today it is used in abundance and everywhere we look there are 5-step articles, wonder products and magic pills that promise to reduce our stress. The reality is that stress has been named as the “health epidemic of the 21st century”. Despite what many million dollar campaigns and the marketing companies behind them would like us to believe – there is no magic recipe to reduce the stress we experience in today’s demanding lifestyle. The only way to combat stress on a daily level is through a holistic approach where we care for our bodies and minds, even if it is in the smallest ways. A visit to a Beauty Salon or Spa is no longer considered as ‘luxurious pampering’. These few minutes spent caring for our bodies can instead be thought of as a legitimate and essential way to combat stress.
Holistic massage is a well-known treatment that not only focusses on tense muscles as a physical result of stress, but it also takes into account a client’s emotional and spiritual wellbeing. It is an ancient method of healing that stimulates the blood circulation and clears the lymphatic drainage system which assists in releasing toxins from the body. By recognizing that illness and stress affects not only one’s physical but also emotional, spiritual and mental well-being, Holistic Massage allows the body’s natural healing abilities to come forth and balance the entire body as a whole. This massage technique has been used for thousands of years in Egypt, China and India. The term “holistic” derives from the ancient Greek word “holos,” which means “whole.” By definition, Holistic Massage treats the whole body as a single entity, and is specifically tailored to each client. Holistic Massage is one of the choice treatments that clients need the most in today’s demanding life style. It is an essential offering on a Salon and Spa’s treatment offering and an equally necessary skill every therapist should acquire.
A sound knowledge of human Anatomy and Physiology is a fundamental requirement and acts as the cornerstone of providing a beneficial massage to clients. As a Massage Therapist, you need to have an understanding of how the body works. Anatomy refers to the structures of the body and the relationship between them. Physiology refers to the study of the function of each body part. The more you learn about these two principles and how they interact in the body, the more proficient you will become in Massage Therapy. Beauty Therapy Institute Somerset West Principal Julia Wills states: ‘It is important to recognize the role Anatomy and Physiology plays in providing a quality massage session, to be up-to-date on industry research and trends of massage. I need to emphasise the importance for Massage Therapists to continue their professional development and education throughout their careers’.
Good Massage Therapists need a range of personal, social and business skills, but most importantly they should seek to expand their physical skills through continuous up-skill training. The Beauty Therapy Institute hence offers a 10% discount on all Holistic and Massage-type courses, including Anatomy and Physiology this ‘Do-Good’ July. Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Stone Massage and Indian Head massage are other examples of what is on offer.