I’ve long had an interest in the use of therapies such as Massage & Reflexology on people with special needs. Over the last year I have had the privelege of treating Matthew. Initially I hoped to use reflexology but the first lesson I learned from Matthew was that He was the Boss. He was very quick to indicate to me he didn’t like Reflexology but loved Massage.
While it can take some time to settle Matthew onto the massage table and get him comfortable, its not long once treatment starts that he settles down & relaxes. Matthew reveals to me what he wants whether it is his back, hands or feet and sometimes he likes all three!!!!
Matthew is hyper active throughout the day, constantly on the go and would rarely sit down or relax. The positive effects of the massage is that Matthew becomes very relaxed & much calmer very quickly. Relaxation can combat fatigue & anxiety, lower blood pressure & heart rate and boost circulation which are all hugely beneficial for Matthew. Also Matthews muscles can be very tight & as I massage them I can feel his tension breakdown.
Matthew & I are building a lovely relationship & I look forward to continuing my work with him.