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Blissful Back Massage

 'A happy mind is medicine, no better prescription exists.' 
For those who prefer not to have their face and hair worked on we also offer a Back Bliss massage, working the back top to bottom melting away those knots and encouraging the body to let go of tension.  Blissful Back  Massage is the perfect antidote to the stresses and tensions held in the back and shoulders, easing, soothing and releasing those knots and points of tension leaving the back feeling open and happy!  Massage aids in the restoration of joint flexibility and fluidity of movement. 

Bodywork or massage?

 Bodywork or massage: the terms massage and bodywork are often used interchangeably, but both embrace any activity that involves touch, by the application of any pressure, stimulation or vibration to the body; whether its joints, muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, lymphatic vessels, skin, and/or organs of the gastrointestinal system. 

From the earliest times some sort of “massage or rubbing” has been used as a curative function.   The Greeks, Romans, Turks, Egyptians, Hindus, and Persians, have always practised a sort of massage and the Chinese used massage as far back as 3000 BC.  Even the Gladiators benefited from bodywork; Galen, AD130, Physician to the School of Gladiators at Pergamos, ordered the bodies of the Gladiators to be rubbed until they were red and then anointed, as preparation for their exercises. 

Massage has many benefits include pain relief: by blocking nociception (pain gate control theory), reduced anxiety activates the parasympathetic system, which may stimulate the release of endorphins and serotonin.  Improved range of movement and release of muscular tension, so preventing the development of scar tissue/fibrosis.  Stress relief, improved sleep, promoting a sense of calmness and inner peace, increasing the flow of lymph, improved blood and chi flow.  Bodywork is not a panacea for all ills, but has been steadfastly proven to be a good solution in many cases.

 Muscles of the back

With any massage there are certain conditions that it is advisable not to massage with and these are listed below:
- deep vein thrombosis,
- bleeding disorders or taking blood thinners such as Warfarin
- damaged blood vessels
- osteoporosis, broken bones or fractures
- fever
-infectious skin diseases/open wounds
-varicose veins
- muscle/tendon ruptures or contusions
- burns or chilblains
-nausea or vomiting
-cancer/malignant melanomas
- intoxication
-oedema relating to the heart
- untreated high/low BP
-obstructions or kidney dysfunction
-circulatory, heart, or lung diseases or disorders
If any any doubt always check with your GP