This massage works into the body via the rhythms of the body (the rhythmic system), most tangibly manifest in breathing, digestion, heart rhythm, circulation, sleeping, warmth and the tone of the muscles.
Many of us are conscious of our experience of stress and its undermining effect on our emotional and physical health. We may have pain, we may feel ill, feel less able to ‘cope’, suffer insomnia, or we may be recovering from an illness, surgery, or we may have had an accident. The list goes on, but in all of these situations the balance of the nervous system and metabolic system is altered, and in all of these situations Rhythmical Massage Therapy can help the body restore its balance.
Broadly speaking illness falls into two categories, acute and chronic. If our underlying state of health is good, recovery from illness is usually rapid. Sometimes, however, we may need some help to get better again and a short series of massage therapy treatments can restore the balance of good health.
With chronic ongoing conditions we have to find a way to keep the discomfort to a minimum, so we need to keep well, keep our stress at bay and take care of our well being. Rhythmical Massage Therapy does this.
When you come for an appointment I will ask some questions about your medical history and current state of health, and although I no longer work within a doctor’s practice I will always suggest that you go to see your doctor if I think it advisable or necessary.
Before beginning the first treatment I ask various questions which will inform me about your wellbeing ie. Sleeping, digestion, breathing and circulation, as the individual’s variations of these systems give a good indication of the balance within the rhythmic system.
During a treatment the therapist directs his/her attention to balancing the rhythmic system, so a back treatment will be followed by a selected area of the body such as the abdomen, legs and feet, or arms and may include what is termed a liver, spleen, or kidney treatment.
A session will last between 20 and 35 minutes followed by a 20 minute rest which is considered an essential part of the treatment, therefore each appointment lasts approximately one hour.
Rhythmical Massage Therapy was born out of the work of Dr. Rudolf Steiner and developed by Frau Dr. Ita Wegman and Frau Dr. Hauschka. The underlying principle is the view that as human beings we are made of physical, life, soul and spiritual forces and when these forces are working in balance we enjoy good health.
When these forces are out of balance ill health and un-ease are a consequence. Each of us is unique and as a massage therapist I work to restore balance.