What Is Holistic Massage Therapy

Nina Dali Friday, March 25, 2022

There are many different types of massage treatments available, so you are sure to find something that fits your needs. Some individuals find that holistic massage therapy provides a non-intrusive method of healing that is derived from their direct needs.

Holistic Massage Therapy is a method of treating people holistically by considering their mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. A holistic massage may include shiatsu, traditional Chinese medicine, acupressure, energy work, rocking and shaking, or Thai massage. These types of massage take a more Eastern approach than other types of massage such as aromatherapy, prenatal massage, deep tissue massage, and so on.  

Pains such as lower back pain, neck, and joint pain, headaches, and more can be alleviated by massage therapy. Other benefits of holistic massage therapy include sore muscles, increased circulation, increased nerve flow, lower blood pressure, improved immune system, relief from depression and anxiety, increased flexibility and mobility, and reduced inflammation. 

These are more detailed descriptions of each type of holistic massage therapy:

  • Shiatsu, meaning finger pressure in Japanese, combines gentle finger stretching to find pressure points on the client.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine - herbal medicine and acupuncture are some techniques that fall under this category, and they are known to treat headaches, nausea, and premenstrual syndrome.
  • Hand & Foot Reflexology - based on practices that have been used in different cultures for thousands of years to heal ailments, this method focuses on locating specific reflex points on the hands and feet that correspond to every part of the body.
  • Acupressure involves gently pressing the fingertips against points along major "meridians", with the intention of bringing the body's energy into balance.
  • Energy work - in Chinese medicine, "chi" is the person's life force energy. Energy work balances the body's energy field by applying electric currents.
  • Rocking and shaking - as simple as it sounds, rocking and shaking, just as you might have done as a child, has been shown to relax muscles, calm the nervous system, and bring the body into balance.
  • Thai Massage - sometimes referred to as having someone "perform yoga on you," this practice involves rhythmic pressure, gentle guidance along certain lines, and stretches.

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