What is NO HANDS® massage?
Just over 2 years ago I went on a training course and on the table was a leaflet about NO HANDS massage, I asked the instructor what's NO HANDS massage? The instructor was heavily involved with the massage company and she enthusiastically told me all about it, at the time I was planning to leave my job to work as a therapist full time and I thought it sounded like something a bit different that would add to the portfolio of therapies I had already trained in, so I though i'd try it out. I completed my first year of training, my 'immersion year' in 2014 and I am now about to start my second year at mastery training. I have loved every minute of it! What a journey. NO HANDS massage is approximately 90% of the treatments I give, its extremely popular, so why is it so popular and what exactly is NO HANDS massage all about?
If you're not using your hands what do you use?
Elbows? No we don't use elbows unless you want deep tissue work. Is it that woo-woo stuff where you just hover your hands over the body? - No it's definitely not that, there is touch involved! NO HANDS massage is a technique developed by Gerry Pyves a massage therapist and psychotherapist, he developed repetitive strain injury after years of massaging and could no longer use his hands, rather than loose his valuable clients he developed, over many years, a range of techniques using primarily the soft part of his forearm. Using the forearm (the soft squishy bit just before the elbow) ensures the strokes are always soft, but what about depth? When you go for a NO HANDS massage you will see the massage table is set up very low, much lower than conventional massage, this is so the therapist can use their bodyweight to get the depth. So the massage is always soft but can be very deep or light, the choice is yours.
Why is it so effective?
At the start of the session a NO HANDS therapist will ask you a few questions, this is to determine the outcome of the massage, what would you like to get out out of this treatment today? So you may want to feel more calm, looser, energised, clearheaded, balanced? It's your choice, unlike conventional massage where the same routine is used on each client no matter what, with NO HANDS the choice is yours, not just about what the outcome of the session is but about the style of massage you would like. I say to new clients that it's like the Tesco of massage, you choose what you want. The therapist will guide you through the different styles of NO HANDS massage and the choice is yours. You can choose from:
Releasing – Allow the body to realign itself and feel free, loose and balanced.
Connecting – Improve your body awareness and bring your mind back to your body
Nurturing – use the flow to go into that safe space from which your body can heal itself
Energising – helping you to feel cleansed, revitalised and rejuvenated.
Repleting – Take time out for yourself to be still, replenish your energy and feel uplifted
Transforming – Discover your truth and become who you were born to be
Looking after the therapist
As i am not constantly using my hands, i will have a very long career as a therapist, the average massage therapist is usually only able to continue in their career for an average of 10 years before developing some sort of repetitive strain injury in their hands or wrists. I can work strain free for as long as i decide!
Why have a regular NO HANDS massage?
Massage has a cumulative effect. Just like going to the gym, where you can reach a level of fitness, but need to maintain it by regular visits. Massage can help to make you feel good, but the feelings and benefits last longer by continuing to have regular treatments. Your body “remembers’ how good it felt after the previous session, and automatically starts to release tension the moment you get on the table! This means that your third session is ten times more effective than your first. This is just how 'touch medicine’ works. It is probably the most ancient medicine on the planet. You owe it to yourself to make it part of your general health and wellbeing.
Hopefully this has helped you to understand more about this fantastically effective massage, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to call Louise at Louisa Brown Holistic therapies on 07966688465 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Right now we have a fantastic offer of 4 x NO HANDS massages taken over 4 weeks for just £100! Spaces are limited so don't delay!