Massage

Massage

The potential benefits of massage can be found on two  levels: Physiological and Psychological.

Potential Physiological benefits: stimulates blood circulation which aids elimination of waste throughout the body,  relieves accumulated tension and restores flexibility to tight and sore muscles and improves posture. It promotes healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments by preventing and reducing excessive scar tissue, increases joint mobility and range of motion. Massage  lowers blood pressure and reduces heart rate and makes us less prone to injury.

Potential Psychological benefits: reduces mental stress,promotes better sleep,  improves concentration enhance capacity for calm thinking and creativity.

Remember prevention is better than cure. Once you show signs of improvement we will continue to work with you to help stop future tension and stress accumulating.

What to expect: Your massage will begin with a brief consultation and review of symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. You will be asked to undress (people keep their underwear on) while the massage therapist is out of the room, and lie face down under a sheet on a padded massage table. You are underneath the towel at all times, and only the part of the body being treated at any one time is uncovered.

How Will I Feel After a Massage?  Most people feel calm and relaxed after a treatment. Occasionally, people experience mild temporary aching for a day.

Precautions: Massage therapy is not recommended for  people with infectious skin diseases, rash, or open wounds. It is not recommended immediately after surgery,immediately after chemotherapy or radiation.  If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage. Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage. Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.

Aromatherapy

This combines massage and the use of essential oils to help a multitude of conditions or just for pure enjoyment and relaxation. Some essential oils stimulate, others calm and some boost the body’s ability to fight infection. the oils are absorbed by the skin and pass, via the bloodstream, to alll parts of the body. Each person is treated on  an individual basis after careful consultation  so that the oils suit your own particvular needs.

Massage for Pregnancy

As well as easing fatigue and tension, and relieving some of the minor ailments associated with preganancy , such as fluid retention, backache, aching legs and  insomnia, massage can help the mother, and therefore the baby remain in a balanced and healthy state physically, mentally and spiritually.

Pregnancy massage may be given using only vegetable oil, or enhanced by using a dilution of aromatherapy essential  oils specifically blended to your individual needs.

Swedish Massage

A relaxing massage using essential oils to  eliminate toxins, improve circulation and alleviate muscle tension. This can include a deeper tissue tecnique, lymphatic stimulation and basic body stretching.

Hot Stones Massage

A luxurious treatment using hot volcanic stones to deeply penetrate the muscles. The warming effect of the stones stimulates muscles and promotes circulation.