Aromatherapy massage combines traditional massage therapy with the use of aromatic essential oils which make the massage more effective in several ways.
How can aromatherapy massage help me?
The sense of smell is very closely linked with the brain’s limbic system, which is the centre of your emotions and strongly influences both your glandular and nervous systems.The scent of these essential oils affects the limbic system in predictable ways, allowing the aroma and massage therapist to ease your overall stress levels, reduce your blood pressure and heart rate, and stimulate both your immune and digestive systems. These oils are also absorbed into the skin, and can be used to achieve different effects, depending on the mix of oils used.
For example, Lavender and chamomile are known to have a calming influence while rosemary is both energising and cleansing. Rose, sage or ylang ylang oils can lift your mood. Tea tree and eucalyptus oils are also excellent decongestants, perfect for allergy sufferers. Of course, aromatherapy is more complex than this, and your therapist will create a special blend of oils to suit your unique complaints.
What problems can aromatherapy massage treat?
Aromatherapy massage is especially well suited to treat stress-related conditions such as migraines and headaches, insomnia, back pain and even PMS.
Traditional Chinese massage therapy has become popular all around the world in recent years, due primarily to its unique ability to relieve stress and to treat or prevent many common illnesses.
There are really two basic types of Chinese massage therapy, Zhi Ya and Tui Na. The exact technique, or mix of techniques used will vary depending on the patient’s complaints and situation, but both methods focus on improving the flow of the body’s natural life energy or qi, and guiding that flow to combat or prevent the imbalances of energy that lead to illness, infection, injury or stress.
How can Chinese massage help me?
A trained Chinese massage therapist gains an understanding of the natural pathways of energy through the body, and the effects when these pathways are blocked or restricted. Massage techniques closely related to acupuncture and acupressure are used to restore the normal balance of energies and assure the optimal functioning of all organs and systems in the body.
Chinese massage is used by many sports personalities to keep themselves in top physical condition, and has been successfully used to treat arthritis, chronic pain and even many cardiovascular complaints.
Head massage is one of the fastest and most convenient treatments we offer. The stresses and challenges of modern life make true relaxation difficult, and as a result we carry unresolved stress and tension around with us, leading to pain, stiffness and other problems as well.
How can head massage help me?
The chief benefit of a head massage is the near total relaxation and relief from stress the patient experiences. It can also be used to treat frequent migraines or headaches, improve overall neck and shoulder flexibility and range of motion, and to relax the facial muscles to reduce the signs of age.
Neck and shoulder massage works to ease and dissipate the tension that builds up in your neck and shoulders. It can be administered seated or while lying down, and is one of the most commonly requested massage treatments today.
How can neck and shoulder massage help me?
People tend to accumulate stress and tension in the muscles of their neck, shoulders and upper back. If left untreated, this can lead to complaints of headache, stiff neck and aching shoulders. These are often exacerbated by working at a desk job for long hours.
Neck and shoulder massage treatments have been able to restore a normal range of movement to clients who have suffered stiffening of the neck and shoulders due to trauma or stress, and is excellent for relieving muscle pain in the region. It is known to increase overall blood circulation and provides a wonderful sense of well-being which combats the sources of muscle stress directly, leaving you relaxed and happy.
What can I expect from a neck and shoulder massage session?
Most sessions last 30 minutes, and combine relaxation techniques with massage of the upper back, shoulders and neck, focusing on any areas of unusually high stress or pain and stiffness. It would be possible to schedule a session for a lunch break and to return to work relaxed and energised.
Deep tissue massage is a treatment that improves the tone and alignment of your muscles and the deep connective tissues of your body.
How can deep tissue massage help me?
Deep tissue massage differs from classic massage therapy in that it focuses on manipulating the specific areas where stress and tension linger, and is able to penetrate much deeper into the fascia and large muscle groups to do so.
Deep tissue massage has been successfully used to treat both stress- and trauma-related aches and pains, including upper and lower back pain, stiffness of the neck, and even things like restless leg syndrome and arthritis.
Bands of rigid, often painful muscle tissue called adhesions may form due to injury or stress. These adhesions can limit blood circulation and reduce flexibility, in effect preventing the very things which could resolve them. Deep tissue massage manipulates these adhesions directly, and works them free so that the body’s natural healing systems can get back to work.
Is deep tissue massage painful?
There can be a bit of momentary discomfort during the procedure, but it is usually quite mild. Any lingering stiffness should recede within a day or two, and leave you much more limber and comfortable than before the treatment.
Reflexology focuses on stimulating various organs and areas of the body by manipulating the reflex points on the feet that correspond to, and are connected to these areas.
How is reflexology different from a foot massage?
Foot massage is more closely related to Swedish massage, in that it uses an oil or lotion, and gentle stroking motions. Reflexology is more about applying pressure and stimulation to the specific areas of the foot that will promote the well-being of the body systems that are most stressed or disordered.
How can reflexology help me?
Reflexology therapists understand that careful manipulation of reflex points on the feet can promote healing and healthy function of all of the body’s systems through the energetic pathways that connect them.
Reflexology has been used to successfully treat many different stress related complaints, including digestive issues, headaches and migraines, insomnia and back pain. It is also known to help with injury or trauma, certain menstrual complaints, hormonal balance issues and even arthritis.
If you are pregnant, suffer from foot ulcers, blood clots, or certain kinds of diabetes, please consult with your doctor before seeking reflexology treatments.
Swedish massage is one of the best known types of massage in the western world, and is what most people in the UK think of when asked about ‘massage’. It follows the western concept of physiology and anatomy, rather than the more energy-focused eastern style of massage therapy.
The massage generally begins with application of a massage oil, then the patient is given a gentle, stroking massage that warms up their muscles and works to slowly release stored up tensions and knots, also called adhesions. Kneading, stretching, friction and effleurage techniques may also be used.
How can Swedish massage help me?
Swedish massage has several powerful health effects, including relaxation of the muscle and nervous systems, stimulation of blood flow to all areas of the body, pain management, and stimulation of the lymphatic system, one of the body’s chief methods of ridding itself of accumulated toxins.
Swedish massage has been used for decades to treat muscle spasms and cramps, sciatica, arthritis, and even sports based or accidental injuries. It is also one of the most relaxing, healthy ways to combat stress that has yet been developed.
Butterfly massage is a blending of traditional Chinese and Thai massage techniques, with a strong Ayurvedic influence. The therapist will position the patient in yoga-like poses to aid in the effectiveness of the massage. It is very rigorous and energetic, much more so than most other forms of massage therapy. Butterfly massage involves the use of essential oils.
How can Butterfly massage help me?
Some patients have likened a butterfly massage session to ‘yoga, but without the effort’. It is an excellent way to develop your posture and balance, stretch your muscles, and is known to improve blood and lymphatic circulation as well as improve the function of many of the body’s internal organs. It can be used to treat stress and poor circulation, lethargy or lack of energy and stiffness or poor range of motion. Like yoga, butterfly massage can help centre the mind and balance the body’s natural energies.
Butterfly massage is very physical and energetic, so talk to your doctor before making an appointment if you have recently had surgery, are prone to blood clots, or are pregnant.