THERAPEUTIC HOLISTIC MASSAGE
What is massage or bodywork therapy?
Massage is as old as human itself. It has evolved through time through the need to relieve soreness in the body. From early days, touch has played a central role as an instrument of healing and a facilitator of concern and compassion. Massage can be divided into variety of classical movements such as effleurage, petrissage (kneading, wringling, lifting and rolling), tapotement and friction.
How can massage benefit you?
Reflex vascular and nervous response from the skin causes increased temperature and colour, increased circulation and lymphatic activity, removes congestions from arteries, frees surface adhesions, cleansing the skin, relaxes tired, tense muscle fibres. It helps to reduce stress and tiredness, aids recovery.
PREGNANCY & POSTNATAL MASSAGE
Pregnancy massage as masssage itself is very relaxing and soothing. Although pregnancy is a wonderful time, many changes take place in the mum-to-be’s body as the baby grows. This can put strain and pressure on the joints, ligaments and organs causing some pain and discomfort which massage may help to alleviate. In addition research also shows that the baby can greatly benefit from massage as endorphins (feel good chemicals) are released by the mother during massage that are passed onto the baby.
I am trained in pregnancy and further Advanced Pregnancy Massage by excellent Jing Institute in Brighton. Full body pregnancy massage includes, back, neck, arms, legs, abdomen, legs, face and scalp. It includes mixture of techniques including stretches. Pregnancy massage is done in side lying position.
Pregnancy massage is save and beneficial complimentary therapy and can be enjoyed from the first trimester. There is no evidence that massage increases risk of miscarriage. Skilled therapist will recognise any contraindications and always checked for any “red flags”. You can also combine pregnancy massage and reflexology depending on your preference and the ailment you want to relieve. It is also very relaxing and nurturing to receive massage postnatally.
Pregnancy massage can help with/to:
• Muscle tension
• Muscle spasm & cramping
• Sciatic Pain
• Back, neck and shoulder discomfort caused by hormonal and postural changes
• Quality of Sleep
• Reduce headaches
• Relieve heartburn
• Balance mood-swings and depression
April T., Virginia Water
ABDOMINAL SACRAL MASSAGE FOR FERTILITY AND DIGESTIVE HEALTH
AS massage concentrate on area of abdomen and lumbar and sacral spine. Abdominal cavity and pevic area house small and large intestines, reproductive organs and are supplied by nerves from the lumbar and sacral spine. The essence of this massage is to enervate and nourish all tissue within the abdomen, pelvis and sacrum. The Masage is performed slowly, gently and with respect.
AS massage strengthens muscles and ligaments and relieves tension. It also realigns organs that may have shifted position due to falls, tensions, blockages or operations. The massage gently encourages them back into place and relieves pressure on them. The deep colon part of the massage also helps to loosen hardened debris and encourages a natural movement. As most serotonin (or “the happiness hormone”) is produced in the gut, relieving any problems or blockages here often leaves you with a feeling of wellbeing. On the other hand persistent constipation may cause you feel down and depressed.
AS massage also improves the blood, nerve and lymph supply helping your body to heal itself. This allows the healing to continue after the massage and also reduces any scar tissue.
HOT STONE MASSAGE
Hot stone massage is body massage with preheated basalt stones that are applied to the body. Hot stones allow to work deeper than standard massage. Combining of massage and deep heat creates deeply relaxing and beneficial treatment.
Hot stone are uses actively - while doing massage movements or statically - left on the body with no movement. Please note that hot stone are never placed statically on the bare skins but always placed on towel to prevent burning the skin.
Hot Stone Massage can benefit you if you have / helps with:
* Stress and stres related problems
* Detoxification, stimulation of lymphatic system and increasing circulation
* Muscular aches and pains
Hot stone massage is contraindicated if:
* you are pregnant
* have lymphoedema
* recent operation
* being in active cancer treatment
Please note that it is save to have reflexology with all the above conditions. Read more about here.
INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE
Indian Head Massage (IHM) is based on the ancient Ayurvedic healing system. It is ideal for people with tension in the upper body. Can be used as a standalone 30 minute treatment or in combination with massage or reflexology. It focuses on shoulder, neck, scalp and face areas. I use very little oil on the shoulder area and the face.
IHM is known to
• Relieve tension, headaches, neck and back pain, alleviates stress and promotes relaxation
• Assist lymphatic drainage, removing toxins and boosting the immune system
• Improve joint mobility, circulation and concentration
• IHM reaches all energy centres where tension accumulates