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maintain a balanced and stress free lifestyle, to recover from injury or simply to relieve tired muscles.
Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. These include the muscles, the skin, tendons, ligaments and other forms of connective
tissue. It is something we all do naturally. The simple act of stroking the skin to relieve a localised pain or discomfort is a natural and basic form of
massage. Massage therapy is a safe and effective procedure to assist in stress management. In conjunction with any medical treatment already
in place, massage therapy is an effective way to assist the body to regain balance in many areas and to assist in the management of musculo-skeletal
problems. Massage is generally done using the light application of an oil on the skin to allow for a steady and continuous flow of movement.
Remedial Massage treats both the cause and the symptoms of wide range of muscular conditions. The cause of pain and symptoms is often soft-tissue
in origin and may come from ‘tightness’ or trigger points (often known as ‘knots’) in the muscles. There are many causes of trigger points
such as poor posture, overuse or misuse of muscles, stress, incorrect lifting techniques, sporting or work related injuries, and plenty of other
everyday activities. Remedial Massage involves assessing the presenting condition, identifying the problem and consequent treatment through a
variety of techniques. Remedial Massage uses a number of different treatment techniques. Among these are;
· Soft Tissue Techniques
Various deep tissue massage techniques used for treatment.
Therapist assisted and self stretching to lengthen muscle fibres as appropriate to the treatment.
· Thermal Therapies
The use of heat packs and ice packs appropriate to the treatment.
· Rehabilitative Exercises
Exercises for strengthening, stabilising and stretching.
Conditions effectively treated by Remedial Massage include; Muscular aches and pains, sporting injuries, acute muscle strains and tears, chronic muscle
injuries, tendonitis, headaches, neck pain and stiffness, shoulder strains and impingement syndromes, tennis and golfers elbow, carpal tunnel
syndrome, mid back stiffness, lower back pain and stiffness, lumbar instability, gluteal pain, sciatic pain, leg pain, muscle spasm associated with
The Benefits and Therapeutic Response of the body to massage
· Lowering stress levels.
· Assist in relief of some forms of headache. · Calming affect which can assist in improving sleep patterns
· Improves joint range of movement. · Relieves muscular tension – neck and shoulder areas.
· Stimulates the blood flow and the lymphatic system, improves circulation locally – this can assist in removal of waste products and healing
in localised areas.
· Assists in the management of some musculo-skeletal problems.
· Post-operative rehabilitation.
Relaxation Massage/ Swedish Massage
This is a smooth, relaxing massage composed of gently increasing levels of pressure. It improves the circulation, relieves muscular tension, improves
the range of movement, and promotes an increased feeling of well-being and relaxation. Relaxation massages can be done on individual areas of the body,
such as back, face, hands, feet, or they can be done as a whole body massage. These massages can often be combined with essential oils to give
added balance and harmony
This is a combination of massage and the therapeutic properties of essential oils. It promotes relaxation, harmony and balance. The plant-based essential
oils are chosen for their specific properties and actions on the body. For relaxing and calming effects, oils such as Lavender, Geranium, Sandalwood
are used. For invigorating and stimulating effects, oils such as Peppermint, Lemon, Rosemary, Pine and Basil are used
Hot Stone Massage
This deeply relaxing Hot Stone Massage is quite an experience, the unique indulgence that connects you with Mother Earth. It is a magical healing that
enables the whole body to finally let go of all stresses held within your body. The stones used are Basalt stones which are formed from volcanic
molten rock and over time have been shaped by the movements of rivers and seas. Using aromatherapy oils the hot stones glide along your body from the
soles of the feet to the crown of the head transferring their thermal energy deep into the body and penetrate deep into the muscle preparing the body
for deeper work to relieve pain, cramps and spasm. Hot stones can assist in pain management in conditions such as rheumatism and arthritis.
The warmth of the stones stimulates the body’s organs, expanding the blood vessels which help to move blood faster around the body delivering
oxygen and nutrients to the cell. The lymph flow of waste is stimulated releasing toxins stored under muscle fibres which carry away the body’s
waste products. Many people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting. The stones may be placed at specific points on the body; across on the
back, in the palms of the hands, under the neck for warmth or gently wedged between the toes. The stones open up energy pathways to rebalance
the body and mind while soothing the nervous system. Stress is dissolved, and blockages are removed reconnecting you to your inner strength
Experience the sacred connection of the stones as they take you into a deeper level of relaxation. Offer your body luxurious hot stones – a
gift from Mother Earth.
Let me take you on a Ka Huna Journey known as an ancient form of Hawaiian bodywork, traditionally performed to honour the body as the temple of the
soul. The Ka Huna experience starts when you make the decision to nurture yourself and make the phone call to book this powerful and magical
healing. You will be lead into a massage room, an environment that is created with soft candle light to soothe the eyes, aromatic oils dispersed in the
air, music softly playing to relax the mind & enhance the spirit. Firstly, you will be consulted regarding the current state of your physical, mental and emotional health so that treatment can be tailored to your specific needs. The treatment begins with you laying on your stomach, draped with a sarong, the
practitioner’s hands placed over your heart centre tuning into your energy and body. Undraping the sarong which is placed over your buttocks, aroma
oils will be applied over the whole body. Music and the breath are important elements of the Ka Huna experience as both help you to relax and let go.
To the pulse of music and breath, the practitioner moves around the massage table in a flowing tai chi style movement, working with the energy while
applying soft and deep tissue massage. The hands, forearms and elbows are swept over and under the body, sometimes working both top and under
the body at the same time. From the soles of your feet to the crown of your head; the whole body, back and front, is thoroughly worked during
an hour to two hour treatment. Ka Huna is more a deeper experience than just a massage, this nurturing blend is a cleansing treatment.
It heals the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. In the days following you may experience a range of emotions as energies are still shifting, cleansing
and re-balancing. At the end of your massage you will be left feeling in a state of complete harmony and bliss.
Deep Tissue/ Sports Massage
Deep Tissue/Sports Massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It is designed to reach the deep sections of thisck muscles, specifically
the individual muscle fibres. Using deep muscle compression & friction, it can unstick the fibres & release both toxins & deeply held tension points.
Breathing & movement techniques may also be employed to release muscular congestion. Deep Tissue/ Sports Massage helps to loosen muscle
tissue, release toxins from the muscles & get blood & oxygen circulating properly, making it both corrective and therapeutic.
These are usually pure cold pressed vegetable oils. Petroleum based bi-products such as mineral oils (baby oil, vasoline, sorbolene) are not used. The
vegetable oils can include Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Safflower Oil, Macadamia Oil and others. These can be used on their own or with the addition
of a small amount of an Essential Oil.
These are extracted from plants. They give a pleasant perfume to the vegetable oil. More importantly they have specific individual properties which can be
used to enhance the effect of the massage. When used in this form they are combining the effects of massage and aromatherapy.