A wonderful aromatic massage using essential oils, blended to suit your individual needs. Our Aromatherapists, who specialise in the practice of aromatherapy, utilise blends of therapeutic essential oils that can be issued through topical application, massage, inhalation or water immersion to stimulate a desired response.
The use of essential oils for therapeutic, spiritual, hygienic and ritualistic purposes goes back to a number of ancient civilisations including the Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Aromatherapy is the treatment or prevention of disease by use of essential oils. Other stated uses include pain and anxiety reduction, enhancement of energy and short-term memory, relaxation, hair loss prevention, and reduction of eczema-induced itching.
Two basic mechanisms are offered to explain the purported effects. One is the influence of aroma on the brain, especially the limbic system through the olfactory system. The other is the direct pharmacological effects of the essential oils. Some preliminary clinical studies of aromatherapy in combination with other techniques show positive effects. Aromatherapy does not cure conditions, but it is suggested that it helps the body to find a natural way to cure itself and improve immune response.
The benefits of aromatherapy are many and varied and so most people can benefit from a treatment. Some conditions aromatherapy can be effective for include: Anxiety, Headaches, Stress, Menstrual or menopausal problems, Insomnia, Muscular aches and pains and Digestive problems.
Holistic massage is an individual treatment that is specifically tailored to each client. A truly relaxing massage based on traditional Swedish techniques to restore balance within the body. This massage uses a base oil to nourish the skin. Practitioners take into account the person's whole being not just their physical symptoms or ailments. Holistic massage combines a therapeutic and nurturing process of touch and response with each treatment adapted to the client’s unique needs, physical characteristics and personality.
Our holistic massage therapists work with you the clients, applying techniques and skills in an appropriate manner. Massage speeds up the natural healing processes of the body, calming the mind and settling emotions. Benefits can include;
Relieving tension and relaxing tight, sore muscles
Improving skin and muscle tone
Encouraging better circulation
Awareness of body and breathing to improve posture
Relieving stiff joints
Promoting relaxation, thus reducing the effects of stress and anxiety
Inducing a deeper sleep
Increasing energy by invigorating all the body systems therefore reducing fatigue
A calming therapeutic foot treatment which stimulates reflex points that connect to different areas of the body.
Reflexology is a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head linked to every part of the body. It is a relaxing and gentle technique involving the application of pressure to specific reflex points or ‘reflex zones’ on the feet or hands that correspond to all major organs, glands and body parts.
Through the manipulation of certain reflex points, this therapy aims to relax and balance the body, improve circulation and promote the body’s own natural healing processes. Some benefits of Reflexology are that it can help replenish the whole body by encouraging it to naturally restore its own health balance.
Most people can benefit from treatment for areas such as;
Back pain, Sports injuries, Migraine Hormonal imbalances, Infertility Sleep disorders, Arthritis Digestive disorders, Stress-related conditions
Thai Foot Massage
A sensational massage of the feet and lower leg, using traditional Thai techniques and tools to stimulate energy flow throughout the body. Thai foot massage is the application of pressure onto particular areas of the soles of the feet. A reflex action in another part of the body is stimulated by the manipulation of each specific area. Foot reflexology massage uses hands, fingers, thumbs, knuckles, and a rounded wooden stick with lotion or oil.
Reflexology foot massage as practiced in Thailand is an ancient therapeutic procedure that has become popular today. Originally the knowledge and techniques were closely held secrets kept alive and passed down through generations by the Buddhist monks of the Thai Royal Palace. Thai foot reflexology is a marriage between the ancient healing arts of Reflexology, Chinese Tuina, Japanese Shiatsu and Indian Ayurvedi yoga. Working with the feet, lower leg and knees, this 2000 year old, highly reputed session frees up blocked energy within the body's many sens lines (Thai-based meridians) to produce a deep and unique feeling of balance, relaxation and well-being.
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Benefits of Thai Foot Massage continued:
•Improves circulation in feet and legs
•Improves lymphatic drainage
•A boost for the immune system
•Reduces stiffness and improves flexibility
•Encorages physical healing
•Lifts your mood
•Improves concentration and clarity of mind
•Leaves you with a general feeling of tranquility, calmness, and well being
Ayurveda is a science of life which provides the way to simple and healthy lifestyle to balance mind, body, soul and senses and is useful to anyone who wants to make their lifestyle natural and healthy. It is beneficial to those who are suffering from stress, anxiety or any diseases. Benefits of Ayuryedic Massage are Reduction of Stress, Body Cleansing and Achieving Overall Balance,.
Ayurveda is the ancient Indian holistic medical system, based on achieving physical and mental harmony with nature, which has been practised for more than 5000 years. It means science of life and was first recorded in the Vedas, the world's oldest surviving literature. Ayurveda is prevention-oriented, is free from harmful side-effects and treats the root cause of a disease rather than just the symptoms. Ayurveda views illness as caused by an imbalance in a person's physical or mental constitution and therefore seeks to gently bring a person's body and mind back into a healthy balance.
One of the greatest benefits of Ayurveda and other holistic forms of medicine is that it allows for individualizing treatments and improving the whole body a little at a time, all of the time. It is a lifestyle as much as a complementary and alternative medicine, so within reason and depending on health needs, it is practical for every day.
Even from its start, Ayurveda was believed to be effective for psychiatry, sexual energy, surgery and internal medicine. If health is waning or emotional stress and the blues have set in, diet, physical activity and connectivity to things spiritual -- in whatever religious tradition you adhere to -- can be "applied" to correct the imbalance and promote harmony.
A lot of the work of even the most traditional physician's treatments involves getting rid of junk that makes our bodies sick, and Ayurveda complements that basic approach to healing by helping us de-junk and de-clutter the mind and spirit while taking care of our bodies.
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Indian Head Massage
Indian Head Massage is a form of massage therapy created in India thousands of years ago. It is deep style a massage derived from the Ayurvedic tradition that focuses on the head, shoulders and neck.
Through a variety of different techniques, the massage works to release any blocked negative energy in the body that may be manifesting itself as disease or injury in any one of the seven Chakras (energy centres) of the body. It does so by applying pressure to certain points on the neck, shoulders and head that correspond to each Chakra (which is a similar approach to that of reflexology). This unblocks the Chakras, and allows for a free flow of energy around the body, restoring the individual to optimum health and feelings of wellbeing.
An Indian Head Massage may prove beneficial by:
Relieving built up tension that can often result in headaches, migraines, neck and back pain..
Detoxifying the body by stimulating lymphatic drainage
Boosting overall immunity
Improving circulation, which in turn increases energy levels.
Promoting clarity and increased concentration.
Soothes symptoms of asthma by calming the respiratory system.
Relieves Mandibular Joint Tension.
Increases muscle tone.
Relieves symptoms of sinusitis.
Boosts cerebral spinal fluid circulation.
Relieves sleeplessness, restlessness and insomnia.
An Indian Head massage may also improve overall mental health by:
Relieving symptoms of anxiety and depression
Providing relief from stress and promotes relaxation
Improving concentration levels
Renewing energy levels
Increasing feelings of peace, calm and well being.
Boosting memory capabilities
An Indian Head massage is the ideal way to get a person “out of their head”, far far away from everyday emotional and mental stress.
Traditional Indian techniques are used to relax and rejuvenate.
The prime purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, ardent keep-fitter or a once a week jogger.
This treatment is not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious (occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries).
Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu. The skilled therapist brings together this blend of techniques, knowledge and advice during treatment, to work effectively with the client to bring about optimum performance and to provide injury-free training and minimise post event injuries.
Sports massage has long been recognised as valuable in both the prevention and treatment of sports injuries, ensuring that muscles are in peak condition, aiding recovery and enhancing performance. Sports massage is a form of massage typically used before, during and after sporting events. It is effective for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the muscular-skeletal system. Benefits include:
Improving circulation and lymphatic flow
Assisting in the removal of metabolic waste
Improving muscle flexibility, range and freedom of joint movement
Reducing stress and tension in the body’s soft tissues
Relaxing tired and aching muscles
Breaking down scar tissue
Improving posture and general body awareness
Assisting in mental preparation for sporting participation
Neuro-muscular Realignment ( NSRT )
NSRT is a non-manipulative technique for working with pain, limited movement associated with injury, misalignment and bad posture. By definition, Neuromuscular Therapy is the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial points known as trigger points (TrPs) to relieve pain. This comprehensive system of soft tissue manipulation creates a balance of the central nervous system with the musculoskeletal system.
The purpose of neuromuscular physical therapy is to help individuals experiencing structural distortion, biomechanical dysfunction, and the accompanying pain that is often symptomatic of the underlying problem. It is used to locate and release tissue spasms and hypercontraction; eliminate trigger points that cause referred pain; restore postural alignment, proper biomechanics and flexibility to the tissues; rebuild the strength of injured tissues and assist venous and lymphatic flow.
In an effort to restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health, neuromuscular physical therapists examine patients’ medical histories, test and measure patients’ strength, range of motion, balance, coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration, and motor function. Neuromuscular physical therapists determine patients’ ability to be independent and reintegrate into the community or workplace. Based on a patient’s medical history and test results, therapists develop treatment plans that describe treatment strategy, purpose, and anticipated outcome.
Neuromuscular Therapy will be used to address five elements that cause pain:
Ischemia: Lack of blood supply to soft tissues which causes hypersensitivity to touch.
Trigger Points: Are highly irritated points in muscles which refer pain or sensation into other areas. These occur when nerves fire impulses at a rapid speed into an area of the body other than that which has been traumatized. Because of this the cause of severe pain may be quite removed from the actual site of pain.
Nerve Compression or Entrapment: Pressure on a nerve by soft tissue, cartilage or bone. Realigning vertebrae without treating associated soft tissues frequently treats the symptom and not the cause. Treating the surrounding soft tissues that cause or maintain the dislocation is imperative.
Postural Distortion: Imbalance of the muscular system resulting from the movement of the body off its axis. The body will compensate in an effort to retain balance. Trauma, gravitational pressure or psychological patterning causes the soft tissue to become thicker, denser and harder. Muscle contraction, body distortion, and pain are the result. By determining why the compensation has occurred, the distorted patterns can be eliminated, proper posture restored, and associated pain diminished or eliminated in most cases.
Biomechanical Dysfunction: Imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in faulty movement patterns (i.e., poor lifting habits, bad mechanics in a golf swing or tennis stroke, computer keyboarding). Repetitive strain of certain soft tissues results in adapted movement patterns that become muscular “habits” and must be re-educated.
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