Massage, Aromatherapy & Hot Stones
Hi my name is Gill, I have been qualified as a Holistic Practitioner for over twenty years. I practice a selection of therapies along with Beauty treatments.
The main treatments I have found that MS clients have responded to are; reflexology and massage. If you are affected by MS, reflexology is a method of stimulating the body’s healing mechanism. The therapy works on certain reflex points on the feet or hands. It may help to improve sensory symptoms and urinary symptoms. It can also improve circulation and muscular stiffness.
The relaxation it brings helps combat the stresses of living with this condition. The treatments are tailored to your individual needs and with regular sessions,the treatment may also benefit and alleviate anxiety and stress.
Many people with MS use massage for relief of the following symptoms:
Spasticity. Massage can help relax muscles and thus facilitate range of movement exercises.
Poor circulation. Massage can increase blood flow through superficial veins by friction, and through deeper arteries and veins by petrissage. It can increase capillary dilation by light stroking. It may be helpful in preventing the development of pressure sores but should not be used if pressure sores or reddened areas of inflammation are present.
Pain. Massage is useful in any condition in which swelling of tissues leads to pain. If massage is used as an aid for controlling pain, this should be done under the advice of a physician.
Stress and depression. Massage is an enjoyable therapy, giving the person with MS a chance to relax, so relieving anxiety and fear and increasing the person’s feeling of wellbeing.
Aromatherapy is the art of applying essential oils to suit individual needs. The oils work directly on the chemistry of the body, via the skin and bloodstream.
Essential oils are extracts that contain the substances that give plants their smell. They are produced by tiny glands in the petals, leaves, stems, bark and wood of many plants and trees. In nature, they are released slowly, but when heated or crushed, their oil glands burst, releasing the plant’s aroma.
It isn’t known exactly when or where the art of aromatherapy began but it is thought that Chinese knowledge of medicinal oils may have reached the West by way of the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. The first recorded use of plants in Britain was in the 13th century and from then on, manufacture increased and the oils became widely used as perfumes, antiseptics and medicines.
Aromatherapy is believed to be suitable for people of all ages, even babies. Aromatherapists claim that they can treat many conditions, and often see a great improvement in nervous disorders, such as depression, anger, stress and other related symptoms such as headaches and insomnia.
Hot stones warmed by fire were used by Native Americans to treat aching muscles.
Nowadays the smooth stones are heated in a temperature-controlled basin of water, and used by the therapist as an extension of her or his hands, or placed on the body while she or he works on another part of the body. This allows the gentle heat to penetrate, thus relaxing and warming tight muscles, so that the therapist can work more deeply and more quickly.