The therapist uses smooth, flowing techniques to relieve tension and stress, increasing oxygen flow in the blood, range of motion and releasing toxins. Pressure can be gentle to firm, depending on the needs of the individual.
Remedial massage or deep tissue massage works on the deeper layers of the muscle, connective tissue and fascia. The practitioner may use firm pressure and massage techniques such as myofascial release, muscle, stripping, transverse friction and trigger point therapy. Deep tissue massage flushes the tissues of lactic acid and other metabolic waste therefore releasing problem areas and helping to relieve chronic pain. By having remedial massage after an injury it can improve the healing process and aid a full recovery.
Pregnancy massage is used to promote relaxation, decrease swelling, improve circulation, reduce stress and relieve aches and pains that accompany pregnancy. The massage is customised to meet the expectant mother’s needs.
Designed for professional and recreational athletes and for individuals maintaining regular exercise routines. Restorative sports massage is used to reduce lactic acid and relieve tight muscles and trigger points. Using massage routinely in a training program not only helps prevent injury and increase circulation to the muscles but also can also improve sporting performance and recovery.
Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a unique method developed in France in the 1930s by Dr Emil and Estrid Vodder. It also has a very powerful relaxing and calming effect on the nervous system. The MLD practitioner uses light pressure, in rhythmic circular movements to stimulate the flow of fluid through the lymphatic system. This subtle , precise and focused technique can be applied to a wide variety of both acute and chronic conditions including:
Oedema resulting from trauma like sprains, strains and fractures
Aiding recovery from illness like respiratory infections
Carpel tunnel syndrome
Aiding pain with dental treatments/ orthodontics
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is beneficial in many ways. The heat is retained in the special basalt stones, to give a lasting heated massage, which relaxes muscle pain and tension, reduces stress and anxiety, releases toxins to improve skin appearance, improves blood circulation and flow of energy, promotes better sleep, reduces and manages stress, may relieve symptoms of autoimmune disease, and relieves joint pain.
It has been found that the hot stones warm your muscles, increase circulation, which carries nutrients and oxygen more effectively making the body function better not to mention releasing knots quicker than a normal massage.
Hot Stone Massage also helps increase endorphins, enhancing the immune system, relieving pain, reducing stress and retarding the ageing process. Plus it increases lymphatic flow which boosts immunity and releases toxins and waste. All of this promotes better sleep, reduces anxiety and brings about improved energy.
It is possible to either have a full body hot stone relaxation massage or have the stones incorporated into a remedial massage.
Shar Bakken and Benjamin Osborn are both trained in this technique. Benjamin often incorporates them in Myotherapy. Shar can incorporate them in her remedial massage and yet has also been trained in full body relaxation hot stone massage at Japanese Mountain retreat. Please give it a go it is simply amazing.
Note: People with heart or skin conditions, diabetes or high blood pressure are not recommended to have this type of massage.