Therapies for Wellbeing
The Power of Touch through massage
Touch is the first sense we acquire, and from the moment we are born until our final day the experience of touch touch acts as a central aspect of the human experience — impacting our physical, mental and emotional health, and quite literally shaping the way our brain develops and how we go through our lives. Being touched as a child literally grows our brain, creating neural pathways and igniting emotional connections. A lack of touch can have devastating consequences for the brain in the early years but it is also essential through our whole lives.
We use touch in many ways, the obvious being with intimate a partner. However, nurturing touch is something we are biologically programmed to do because of the therapeutic benefits. A hand on the shoulder, a pat on the back, holding hands and hugs. We even use touch as first aid! 'let me rub it better' or 'come and sit on my knee' or a gentle stroke of the hand.
Somewhere along the line we are loosing this instinctive action - or loosing the will to carry it out. Coming from a career in childcare where the fear of being accused of inappropriate touching is at the forefront of mind in some early years settings, children are loosing this opportunity from all angles. Knowing the benefit of touch and the link between brain development and 'appropriate' physical contact this is something which I have never stopped. Children need to be held, hugged and patted on the back by people they are card for. They need to know they can come to you for comfort and support which also helps to build positive, secure relationships between you both and this in turn creates happy children who will earn and develop - it's not rocket science. Happy, healthy children will always thrive no matter what else is going on around them.
Massage brings many benefits, including reducing levels of the stress hormone, cortisol in the body. Continued or prolonged stress has a negative impact on body and mind and can cause many conditions which affect health and wellbeing. To name a few;
Memory and concentration impairment
Many of these conditions are also symptoms of Fibromyalgia. In 2014 I was diagnosed with this condition and through educating myself and researching ways to improve my own health, I came across a book called 'The Stress Solution' by Dr Rangan Chattergee. This was an eye opener and for the first time I could see why my health had been affected through prolonged stress.
One technique I used to recover and still use to maintain positive health is massage. The feeling of total relaxation and where you can almost feel tension melt away is almost indescribable. It is from this experience which Listening Touch Therapies has been formed and I wish to bring wellness to every-body!
Read 21 ways massage can improve your health here.
I provide therapeutic massage in the form of Swedish massage, and deep tissue massage where appropriate and requested. Massage takes place in your own home and is non invasive. There is no need to undress, just wear loose clothing, sit back and relax!
Treatments are available to people of all ages, sizes and abilities, including those with special educational needs and disabilities and those affected by dementia.
Mini massage for children is not recommended for children under the age of 3, unless conducted by a main carer.
1-1 advice and guidance for under 3 year olds is available.
Baby massage workshops available here.
Mini-massage treatments for adults
Treatments last approx 30 minutes each
Hands and arms - £20
Feet and legs - £20
Shoulders, top of back - £20
Any two treatments £35
Any three treatments £50
*An additional charge for mileage over 10 miles may be requested.
Mini massage treatments for children
Treatments last approx 20 minutes each
Hands and arms - £15
Feet and legs - £15
Any two treatments £25
Children's pamper parties are also available - contact me for details
Indian Head massage
If you prefer to book and pay in person, no problem.
Give me a call to arrange.