For thousands of years the art of massaging has been used to prevent and cure disease. The earliest definitive medical reference for healing massage comes from Ancient Egypt around 3000 BC. Massage improves all of the functions of the skin, blood flow through the muscles improves and therefore the transport of waste products from the muscle improves and muscle tone is brought back to normal. Blood circulation, especially the venous blood return is stimulated which has a positive outcome for the lymph system. Moreover the healing touch reduces blood pressure and slows down the heart rate; it calms the nervous system helping to release tension and gives a feeling of well-being and relaxation.
Hypnosis describes a mental state in which a person has an increased openness to suggestions. Hypnotherapy uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. The person’s attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on around him is temporarily blocked out or ignored. In fact it is a natural state we move into when becoming completely absorbed in a good book, good film or a beautiful piece of music.
A holistic approach is practiced, intuitively treating the physical, mental and emotional levels of the body. The aim is to return the body to its harmonious state of well-being. Reflexology is the study of foot reflexes ('pressure points') that in turn correspond to every part of our body. By applying pressure to these reflexes using specific thumb techniques, the body undergoes a physiological change which stimulates the body's own healing process. This process helps the body regain its natural state of equilibrium. Reflexology is particularly beneficial during pregnancy and childbirth.
Rachel also offers Indian Head Massage and Aromatherapy.