Techniques that utilize deep tissue, or deep muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep tissue massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature.
Deep tissue massage helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis and it is used to treat particular muscular disorders. Benefits include a regulation in the circulatory function of the body, increased energy level, stimulation of the lymphatic flow, which helps eliminate toxins, increased muscle tone and a restored sense of calm and wellbeing.
One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energise the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic techniques, all flowing towards the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body.
Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, effleurage, friction, percussive and tapping strokes, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin.
The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalised relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions and improved circulation, without increasing heart rate. It also helps in speeding healing and reducing swelling from injury.
Lymphatic drainage is a delicate form of massage that stimulates the body’s lymphatic system, in order to improve the metabolism, by helping the body to eliminate toxins and by providing a boost to the immune system.
Lymphatic drainage utilises a very light pressure combined with soft pumping movements in the direction of the lymph nodes. The style of massage is especially useful for individuals who seem to suffer regularly from common illnesses like colds and flu, or for people who lead sedentary lifestyles, or those who want to reduce swelling or puffiness.
Lymphatic drainage massage boosts the immune system so, as well as helping the body ward off illness, treatment can facilitate general feelings of health and vitality. It also has a positive physical effect, improving the appearance of the skin and reducing puffiness caused by water retention, poor circulation or pregnancy.
Based on an ancient Chinese therapy, reflexology involves the manipulation of specific reflex areas in the feet, hands and ears that correspond to other parts of the body. Sometimes referred to as zone therapy, this bodywork involves application of pressure to these reflex areas to stimulate body organs and relieve areas of congestion.
Similar to acupressure principles, reflexology works with the body’s energy flow to stimulate self-healing and maintain balance in physical function. This technique is used to reduce pain, increase relaxation and stimulate circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids. It is especially useful in stress related illness and emotional disorders. Reflexology is also convenient in cases where an area of the body is traumatised or diseased to the
LomiLomi means “rub-rub” in Hawaiian. This massage style utilizes very large, broad movements across soft tissue and muscles. Two-handed, forearm and elbow application of strokes, which cover a broad area and a relaxing touch are the characteristics of LomiLomi.
Similar to Swedish massage in many aspects, LomiLomi takes into account the healing of the entire self, from physical level, up to mental, emotional and even spiritual levels.
LomiLomi was described as “the loving touch – a connection between heart, hand and soul with the source of all life”. The therapist will utilize the intuition to find and restore harmony, energy flow and balance to the entire being.
Indian head massage is based on the ayurvedic system of healing, which has been practiced in India for over a thousand years. It provides relaxation and healing on a daily basis in Indian families and plays a part in rituals such as weddings and births.
The aim of Indian head massage is to release the stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, neck and shoulders. The therapist will use a range of different techniques, including application of deep kneading and compression movements over the neck, shoulder and scalp