Massage is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.
Arthur Hamilton C.M.T
Arthur believes Total Reflexology is not a luxury but a necessity for those who depend on keeping themselves pain free and reducing muscle stress in order to make a living. This also includes Moms and Dads who throw out their backs by picking up their small children for their first few years.Arthur also participates with and is on the staff of Holistic Living Expos, which yearly produces 34 weekend events throughout California. He has taught classes in Massage for Couples for City College and is available for private classes and lectures.
Arthur believes that Total Reflexology works well in combination with other healing modalities. He devotes his life to Total Reflexology and serving his patients. Packages of Four treatment sessions are offered to make the treatments more affordable to clients who are seriously committed to their own well-being. If Total Reflexology works for everyone else, can it make a difference in your life, can it work for you as well?
“Pain Erasure” by Bonnie Prudden is one of the definitive textbooks of Total Reflexology. The other and more comprehensive text is “Total Reflexology” by Dr. Martine Faure-Alderson D.O. The results of Total Reflexology are felt immediately and the pain goes away or is noticeably reduced. During treatment Arthur is able to ascertain exactly what his client needs. He does this by feeling the muscles involved in the problem area and uses Myofascial Massage to relax and loosen the body up. He then pinpoints the “triggers” involved using techniques developed over many years of hands on experience. After a treatment session, the client is given self-help tips on how to work on themselves between visits.
So What Is It Exactly?
Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies are defined as the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the human body. Specifically:
Massage: The application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. The many variations of massage account for several different techniques.
Bodywork: Various forms of touch therapies that may use manipulation, movement, and/or repatterning to affect structural changes to the body.
Somatic: Meaning “of the body.” Many times this term is used to denote a body/mind or whole-body approach as distinguished from a physiology-only or environmental perspective.
There are more than 250 variations of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies and many practitioners utilize multiple techniques. The application of these techniques may include, but is not limited to, stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, and pressure to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the human body. This may also include non-forceful passive or active movement and/or application of techniques intended to affect the energetic systems of the body. The use of oils, lotions, and powders may also be included to reduce friction on the skin.