Hands-on therapies that help you relax

Massage and reflexology therapist Jacqueline Barge.
Massage and reflexology therapist Jacqueline Barge.
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Amassage may seem like a relaxing luxury but for many it has become an important aid to getting through the stresses and strains of life.

More people are turning to hands-on therapy to help them recover from injury or reduce the impact of repetitive strain.

And aromatherapy treatments have become an increasingly popular way to aid relaxation and promote a good night’s sleep.

Lee-on-the-Solent massage therapist Jacqueline Barge says: ‘People have been using massage as a therapy for thousands of years and clients who have one for the first time are often amazed at how effective it is.

‘One man has been coming to me for 20 years. He runs a business and deals with a lot of stress. He says it’s the only time he gets a really good night’s sleep.’

Jackie says her clients range from tradespeople to office workers suffering from the effects of bad posture and repetitive strain.

‘I think people have a lot of problems these days because of our lifestyles,’ she says. ‘We sit around for long periods doing the same thing and then when we do try to exercise it can result in injury.’

Massage helps to keep the muscles supple and working effectively. It stimulates the circulation, bringing more blood and oxygen to the muscles, and can eliminate toxins and waste products from them quickly.

Different types include remedial, sports and aromatherapy. Remedial focuses on tension and problems in certain areas like the back and shoulders, and sports massage is deeper and focuses on injuries.

Aromatherapy is a slow rhythmic treatment that induces deep relaxation and is thought to be useful in the battle against stress related conditions.

Therapists can’t make claims as to whether massage aids rehabilitation or helps with health problems but it is increasingly being recognised by many as an effective treatment.

Jackie says: ‘It’s down to the individual to find out the best way for them to reduce stress. Some people go to the gym, for others it’s a massage.’

Jackie is also qualified in reflexology. This involves applying pressure to the feet or hands. It is based on the idea that areas of the feet, for example, correspond to other body parts and treatment can help problems in those areas.

For information call Jacqueline Barge (J B Holistic Therapist) on (07775) 677583 or visit jbholistictherapist.co.uk.