An introduction to Holistic Massage
‘Healing the whole of you’ – Interview with Tara Pearce, holistic massage therapist.
What does it mean holistic and where holistic massages were used in the past?
‘Holistic’ a term that comes from the Greek word ‘Holos’ meaning whole, and massage is the ancient art of healing dating back to 15,000BC where cave paintings were found to show what appears to be the use of therapeutic touch.
Around 3000BC China uses massage methods to balance the energy in the meridians (the body’s healing energy pathways) guiding the pathways to flow harmoniously helping the body to heal naturally.
India in 1800 BC where in Hindu tradition uses ‘Ayurveda’ a Sanskrit word meaning ‘Ayus’ life and ‘Veda’ meaning sacred knowledge, which like China is based on maintaining balance of the energies in this case the five elements ‘Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Ether.
In Japan where monks used massage to balance the physical and emotional body, and Greece where they introduced herbs in the oils for athletes when they were performing and for beauty.
To Rome when physicians would use massage for Julius Ceasers epilepsy.
When and where your journey exploring holistic massage started? How did you find it or it found you?
I learned to massage ten years ago as I was becoming more interested in natural medicines and healing your body without conventional methods, I found eating well and homeopathy great for building up your constitution and I wanted to explore more healing your body through the power of touch. As a mother your first reaction if your child bumps his knee is to touch, A gesture to reassure is to touch, I feel that it is evident everywhere so thought what a marvelous way to help others heal!
Are there any particular techniques you use or essential oils etc?
Everybody is different so I usually mix a couple of essential oils with a carrier oil depending on the clients mood or what they feel like to use, I used a little ginger on a client yesterday as she felt like she was a bit low, Ginger is not only great for colds it gives you self confidence. And after a consultation I start to massage I like to keep a steady flow with long strokes using my forearms, kind of ironing out your stresses as you float away into bliss!
How do you apply your practise, and what people can expect to get?
As a Holistic Massage Therapist I recognize the ancient art of healing and I use it in my practise everyday, not only taking into account how your physical body feels I also take time to discover how I can help with persons emotional, mental and spiritual well being and guide them to feel balanced. And after lie back as I kneed away their stresses, quieting your mind sending love from my heart, from the earth and the powers that be, through my hands, letting blood flow freely, easing their muscles and healing their body from inside and out.
How often people should have holistic massage and how to know now it’s the time for one?
I think Holistic massage (or any massage) is beneficial to have regularly, we are living in a fast pace world and a bit of slow down time, grounding ourselves becoming whole again can give us strength. Our bodies are incredible we need to remember to love and nourish ourselves with goodness. Massages are here to help us do that!
Find more about Tara and her work at Mama Tipi Massage