Michael Hopkins MCHP, MCThA, Holistic Massage Therapist
Michaela developed an interest in holistic massage more than two decades ago, experiencing its many benefits first-hand while working in highly pressurised office environments. Massage proved a useful antidote to daily stresses and strains, not only helping to alleviate physical pain from long hours in front of a computer, but also helping to lower generalised levels of stress and anxiety – allowing the brain some time to ‘switch off’.
Michaela holds an ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage (distinction obtained), having trained with the Richdales Institute in London. She is a member of both the Complementary Therapists Association (CThA) and Complementary Health Professionals (CHP).
Additionally, Michaela holds an Itec Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (Covid-19) for Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage. She is also a MOE Certified Life Coach who specialises in working with young adults, as well as a Mental Health First Aider.
What is holistic massage?
Holistic massage is a person-centred therapy that seeks to restore equilibrium to the whole person. It places emphasis on the interconnectivity of the body and its systems, seeking to address physical well-being, as well as mental and spiritual well-being. Its primary purpose is to encourage harmony between the body and mind using a wide range of therapeutic, hands-on massage techniques.
The benefits of holistic massage can potentially include:
- Alleviation of muscle tension and stiffness
- Improved flexibility and mobility
- Better circulation and lymphatic flow (helping to boost the immune system)
- Improved skin elasticity and muscle tone
- A reduction in anxiety and stress levels (by encouraging the switch between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems)
- Promotion of better relaxation and sleep
- Increase energy levels due to an invigoration of all of the body’s systems
- Improved digestion.