popular massage treatments
Aromatherapy massage uses essential oils, derived from plants, to affect your mood and alleviate pain. In aromatherapy massage, essential oils are mixed with a carrier oil like sweet almond, apricot kernel, or grapeseed oil. The massage therapist uses up to five oils in a mixture, and chooses the oils based on what you need. A relaxing aromatherapy massage might have lavender or bergamot, for instance, while a massage for sore muscles might include peppermint and eucalyptus.
ayurvedic yoga massage
Ayurvedic yoga massage (AYM) combines deep tissue massage with coordinated breath-work and yoga stretching. Similar to Thai massage, AYM is performed on a mat allowing for a full range of stretching. In addition; the deep tissue massage dissolves physical tension, while the assisted stretches and breath exercises realign the body and stimulate the natural flow of energy. Ayurvedic oils and herbs are utilised for their healing properties. This technique will help dissolve physical and emotional blocks, eliminate toxins from the body, promote correct posture, improve respiratory patterns and leave the client with a deep sense of well-being.
specialist massage options
chi nei tsang
Chi Nei Tsang is a blend of Thai and Chinese massage and ancient meditation techniques. Chi means energy and Nei Tsang means organs; so literally the energy which are contained by our organs. Chi Nei Tsang is a very effective and unique form of bodywork which works directly on the abdomen, organs and their associated emotions. The abdomen contains our energetic and physical centres, an area sometimes referred to as our second brain, the importance of this area to our overall health cannot be overstated. Modern life can lead to an accumulation of toxins, emotions, twists and tangles in the abdomen. This accumulation may influence our health and show up as digestive dysfunction, aches/pains, lack of energy, backache or even feelings of malaise, worry, stress or anxiety.
Chi Nei Tsang helps to unwind the tensions, relaxes, detoxifies and generally restores natural energy flow to the area. The result is a much healthier system and a more relaxed body and mind.
chavutti thirumal massage
Chavutti thirumal massage is a very powerful treatment, that can relieve serious back problems, increase flexibility, stimulate the flow of vital energy, and develop mental sharpness. The treatment is given by the therapist suspending his weight from ropes overhead, and applying pressure with long strokes of the soles of his feet, after the patient’s body has been prepared with specially medicated oil. He also makes use of strokes with his hands, as well as some manipulation of the joints and limbs. Chavutti thirumal massage also helps the client to reach beyond their psycho-physical limitations and is particularly suitable for yoga students, athletes, dancers, and stage performers.
lomi lomi massage
Lomi lomi massage is the traditional style of massage from Hawaii. Unlike conventional massage, Lomi lomi strokes are performed with the use of the whole forearms. Rolling and gliding actions with varied degrees of pressure effectively ease out areas of tension and, combined with sweeping strokes over larger areas of the body, ensure a sense of deep relaxation and wholeness in the client.
manual lymphatic drainage
A gentle technique that works through the body’s fluid system to activate the circulation of the tissues and stimulate the functioning of the immune + parasympathetic nervous systems. These subtle manual manoeuvres activate lymph + interstitial fluid circulation, reducing oedemas + detoxifying the body.
Some of the disorders that can be treated with Manual Lymphatic Drainage are; fluid retention conditions, swollen tissue conditions, arthritis, sinus problems, sprains and injuries (where Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a very useful adjunct to physiotherapy).
Tui Na is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with Acupuncture, Cupping and Chinese Herbalism. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques, Tuina seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of energy or “Qi” through the body’s system of energy channels, allowing the body to naturally heal itself.
Walking massage is done exclusively with the feet. By using the body weight the practitioner is able to achieve fast improvements in chronically tight areas. The amount of weight used is modified according to the client so that it is not painful. Most people say that they feel taller and that they can move more freely after these sessions.
deep tissue massage
This is a massage technique that works on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. Deep Tissue Massage uses slower and firmer strokes and pressure than other treatments to help refresh and relax muscles, increasing the blood flow, and therefore the oxygen flow, around the body. This gets rid of toxins in very sore and strained muscles, which helps them to strengthen and heal. Deep tissue massage is often used to treat people who are recovering from accidents, and for sports injuries as it increases blood circulation in muscles that are underused, relieves chronic muscle tension throughout the body, and can also break down scar tissue and “knots” deep in the muscles.
uzhichil (kalari deep tissue massage)
This very effective treatment is the complete deep tissue Kalari massage, which is a traditional form of ancient healing with its roots in Ayurveda and Siddhaveda. Uzhichil massage restores the youthful condition or appearance, improves the blood circulation as well as the activity of the nervous and muscular systems. It enhances the circulation of the bodily fluids and activates the lymphatic system to further aid the detoxification. Uzhichil Kalari massage strengthens the body by relaxing it and opening up its energy pathways.
hot stone massage
A deeply relaxing and detoxifying treatment, which involves the use of heated basalt lava stones and cooled marble stones, applied to the body in specific ways, in combination with massage using oil. The treatment can be used either for isolated areas of injury or as a full relaxing body treatment. It can bring about relief to stiff and sore muscles and is an effective way of bringing balance back into your life with a general feeling of inner peace and well-being.
A full body massage, which integrates the emotional + Physical needs of the client, giving a treatment to the ‘whole’ + connecting mind, body + spirit. Holistic comes from the Greek word “holos” meaning whole. The holistic approach to treatments takes into account a person’s whole being – mind, body + spirit – not just the symptom or ailment.
indian head massage
Indian Head Massage is also known as “champissage”. The head, neck + face are massaged to manipulate and clear energy channels.
During an Indian Head Massage the practitioner will use a series of gentle massage strokes to ease both mental and physical stress and tension by stimulating nerves, loosening muscles and relaxing tissues. The treatment will help relieve tension, pains and headaches and can help calm the mind. It can also increase circulation to the brain, aid relaxation and improve hair and scalp conditions. It is therefore highly beneficial for those with stress and tension related disorders.
Shiatsu is a relaxing yet powerful Japanese massage used to relieve a variety of physical problems and internal imbalances. It works by applying rhythmic pressure, gentle stretches and range-of-motion manipulations along the body’s meridian pathways (energy lines) to release tension, influence vital energy flow and activate the body’s own healing mechanisms.
thai foot massage
Thai Foot Massage combines some reflexology + Thai massage techniques for the feet and lower legs. The feet are bathed, oiled, stretched and massaged with hands + stick, whilst wrapped in warm towels, and will feel lightness, expansion + release. Thai Foot Massage takes it’s origins from China where the art has been practiced for over 5,000 years, and Thai Foot Massage, as seen everywhere in Thailand today, has developed from Chinese, Japanese, and Korean foot masseuses. Some of the disorders that can be treated with Thai foot massage include: circulation condition, stiffness, aches and pain, stress relief, insomnia, menstrual syndromes
thai yoga massage
Thai Yoga Massage works to stimulate, open and balance the flow of energy through the sen lines to assist the body in its natural tendency towards self-healing. This is achieved through rhythmic manipulation of sen lines; mobilization of joints; passive stretches and applied Hatha Yoga asanas. Thai Massage balances the elements of the mind and body.
sports + remedial massage
Sports + Remedial Massage involves the use of massage, soft tissue manipulation + exercise advice to reduce physical aches + pains, whether they’re caused by sport, injury, or simply the stresses of modern life. People all over the world are discovering its wide ranging benefits which can also help a variety of medical conditions. It addresses specific areas of tension within soft tissue to help facilitate muscle balance + postural health.