Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, as opposed to energy work on “meridiens” or sen lines in Asian massage systems. In Swedish massage the therapist performs various massage strokes that warm up and work the muscle tissue, releasing tension and breaking up the muscle ‘knots’ or adhered tissue, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, eases muscle tension and creates other health benefits.
Hot Stones Massage (relaxation or Sports)
Hot stone massage is a speciality massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones, either as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body while they massage other parts of the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more effectively. A hot stone massage, takes a lot of skill and sensitivity on the part of the therapist, and Dawn (our holistic and massage therapist) is highly trained and has many years experience. She will ask what sort of massage you would like continually check you are getting the experience you require.
Please note, Hot Stone massage is not appropriate if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or you are on medication that thins your blood. You shouldn’t get a hot stone massage if you are pregnant or have sunburn. You also may want to reconsider if you are menopausal, as it may trigger a hot flash.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being. The inhaled aroma from these “essential” oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing. On request aromatherapy oils can be used as part of your massage experience to help with pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function.
Indian Head Massage
Indian Head Massage works on areas affected by mental and emotional stress. In Western culture today we spend much of our time in our heads, so this treatment can really help to calm the mind and is surprisingly deeply relaxing. Working with a firm and gentle rhythm it helps to relieve muscular discomfort and tension as well as calming the spirit and aiding relaxation, it also improves circulation in the head, enhances the senses and promotes clear thinking.
The massage usually begins with the upper back, where a combination of deep massage and pressure points help to relax the muscles and to loosen and melt knots. Moving through the shoulders and upper arms further releases the common spots for holding stress and tension, and then working deeply into the neck where tension accumulates relieves headaches and improves cerebral spinal fluid circulation. Moving up to the scalp, techniques are used that stimulate, relax and revive the whole of the head, increasing circulation and promoting healthy hair. Finally the treatment may include a gentle face massage with techniques that help circulation, skin tone, and sinus and headache problems.
Indian head massage will sooth away stress leaving you relaxed, revitalised and re-energised. This is a very popular treatment, perfect for promoting a calm mind, a stress-free body and for maintaining optimum health.
Physical benefits include significant improvement of migraines/headaches, sin
sinusitis, stress related disorders, insomnia and disturbed sleep, Temporor – Mandibular Joint tension (TMJ), suppleness and flexibility to head, neck and shoulders, increase of oxygen and glucose supply to the brain, scalp stimulation increasing blood circulation, promoting healthy hair, increases cerebral spinal fluid circulation, improves muscle tone, calms the respiratory system, helping asthma.
Mental Benefits include a sense of calmness, peace and tranquility, release from anxiety, stress and mental stain, relief from depression, high levels of concentration, clearer thinking and focus, relaxation, sound sleep and relief from nightmares, renewed energy, and aid memory.
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage, which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph from the tissues space body. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to the lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts, which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.