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Emmett Cairns

Emmett Cairns

emmett cairns

emmett cairns

Massage is one of the easiest ways of attaining and maintaining good health and something we all do naturally.

Cairns Massage

113 McManus Street

Whitfield 4870

0408 054 538

It is a healing instinct, innate in all of us to rub an aching shoulder or stroke a sore leg or hold a 0 furrowed brow.  emmett cairns

Headaches, aches and pains, insomnia, tension and stress can all be alleviated, with one simple instrument – our hands. The basis of massage is touch, and there is increasing medical evidence to show the great value of touch. In a research project at Harvard Medical School a number of patients all about to undergo similar operations were divided into two groups. The anaesthetist visited all the patients the night before the operation. To one group he gave the usual information about the procedure for the following day. The other group he gave similar information, but spent about five minutes longer with each patient; he sat on their beds, held their hands and was generally warm and sympathetic. emmett cairns

After the operation, patients who had received the friendly approach asked for only about half the quantity of drugs that the others requested, and on average were discharged from hospital three days earlier. This suggests the powerful effect that are sympathy can have on general health. emmett cairns

Touch is so natural to us that without it people can become depressed and irritable. Observations show that children brought up in families where the parents and children touch each other are healthier and more able to withstand pain and infection. emmett cairns

They appear better, are more sociable and generally happier. But our need for touch does not stop at childhood, we all need it to give us a feeling of love. Marriage Guidance Council advises couples to touch each other more. It goes as far as to say that the rising rate of divorce could be put down to lack of touch… perhaps just a few minutes spent massaging each other could prevent divorce! emmett cairns


Despite all this evidence to show the benefits of touch, we are still hesitant about touching each other. I think this is due to a confusion between sensuality and sexuality. Because we are so afraid of the connection between sex and touch, we have formalized touch. There are only a few occasions when adults are allowed to touch each other freely- Massage removes the taboos of touching and allows people to touch in a positive way. emmett cairns


Not feeling free to touch each other, we turn to our children or our pets. It is natural for mothers – to cuddle and rock their babies.

Other adults are also permitted to cuddle and kiss babies and small children, as something which not only comforts the child, but pleases the adult as well. Cuddle our cats, hug our horses and pat our dogs. In cultures where touching is more accepted, people touch each other tar more but, unlike us, do not spend hours petting their animals. That we want to touch is evident from the fact that we need do not touch signs in our art galleries. We have an instinct to touch and Our sense to touch is perhaps our most basic sensation. The foetus’s first impressions in the womb are to touch, and maybe that is why touch spells security and comfort. emmett cairns


We need to be encouraged to touch each other more, and massage is the perfect way of doing this in a non-aggressive, non-sexual way. Even the most simple form of massage can have a tremendously comforting effect. Recover more quickly and need fewer drugs after having their hand held for just five minutes, think how effective massage would be regularly to your health and wellbeing. With massage you show that you care about someone, you convey a sense of sharing and intuitive under standing, reassurance and pleasure. emmett cairns


Massage has profound effects on the health of the person being massaged. It improves circulation, relaxes muscles, aids digestion and, by stimulating the lymphatic system, it speeds up the eliminate waste products. These direct benefits, feeling cared for and cosseted, quickly produce a marvellous feeling of well-being that cannot be matched by modern drugs. emmett cairns

The benefits of massage are felt not only by the person being massaged: the masseur benefits just because of the relaxing mindset of the massage and the feeling it also brings up in the massage therapist. Clinical observations back this up: it has been discovered that when stroking a pet we soothe ourselves too, pressure goes down. Scientists maintain that giving a massage produces the same effect stroking a person has the same relaxing quality for both the giver and receiver. emmett cairns


To me, giving a massage is like active meditation. In order to give a good massage, You should be calm and completely absorbed in what you are doing. Concentrating on the rhythm of your massage, you will soon relax totally relaxation will be transmitted to the person you 1 massaging, when you massage in this state, you that you not only ive a better I but that when you finish You are full Even if  you start giving a massage feeling irritated, anxious or upset, you will find that it is virtually impossible v to remain in a bad mood while doing the soothing Hypnotic massage strokes. emmett cairns


Massage probably goes as far back in history as early as the existence of man. It is something that we all do – apes grooming each other, animals licking their wounds and men rubbing a joint are all using massage. And h has been used throughout history by all cultures. It was called anatripsis by the Greek physician, friction, manipulation, rubbing or shampooing by other -writers. Our use of the word massage is relatively new, and probably derives from the Arabic word. Tasan , which means to stroke with the hand. emmett cairns

In ancient Greek literature there are numerous references to massage. It was instead of exercise during convalescence, after bathing or as a medical treatment for such varied conditions as melancholia, digestive problems and even sterility.

The Roman emperors physician, Galen (131-210 AD), wrote least 16 books relating to massage and exercise, and many of his ideas are still relevant today. He classified massage into firm, gentle and moderate that the strokes and circuits of the hands should be made of many sorts, in order that as far as possible all the muscle fibres should be rubbed in every direction. He prescribes massage to the Gladiators before and after the sessions. They were anointed with oil and nibbed until Julius Caesar was massaged daily to relieve neuralgia the Roman writer was so indebted to his foreign masseur that he requested the emperor to grant him the highest Roman citizenship. emmett cairns

Massage has always greatly valued India, and practically everyone you meet there knows how to massage. Mothers massage their babies, and later these children are tan to do the same for their parents. Massage is incorporated in Ayurvedic treatments an Indian system of medicine dating back to 1800 BC with herbs, spices and aromatic oils being rubbed into herbs, spices emmett cairns

Other cultures, too, In Sir George, record of his travels, he writes of the Sandwich Islanders: “He or she fares sumptuously every and takes little no exercise, while the constant habit of being shampooed (massaged) after every meal, oftener if desirable or expedient, circulation or digestion without super inducing Captain Cook recorded how, in 1779, his painful sciatica was cured when twelve women from Tahiti massaged Th him from head to foot. emmett cairns

In the 18th and 19th centuries, massage grew in popularity in Europe, under the influence of a Swede, per Henrik Ling (X77^”l83p)9 whose r system of Swedish massage spread throughout Europe. He laid great emphasis medical and massage, and classified his treatments as passive or gymnastic movements, friction, vibration, percussion or rotation. Work was rewarded by the Crown, an institute and in 183S a Swedish Institute was opened in London. The century? Such institutes could, be found in trance and America. Has lasted, and massage is still frequently referred to as Swedish massage. emmett cairns

At the end of the 19th century massage was a popular medical treatment, and was frequently used by eminent surgeons,cardiologists and ii physicians, who either performed the massage to do it for them. But houses of ill fame also used the word activities. emmett cairns

During the First World war, massage was used extensively in the treatment of nerve injury and the use of electrical ( apparatus became increasingly fashionable and, in the UK, hand massage was relegated to a back in the UK nana massage was relegated to a back was believed that equally r good results could be obtained with modern drugs or machinery? But experience has shown that drugs have side-effects and nothing can replace the human hand. emmett cairns

Today once again, the therapeutic value massage is being recognized. It is regaining its rightful place in health care, as a complement to other medical treatments, and as a means helping us all to maintain positive health. emmett cairns

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