A therapeutic massage combined with selected essential oils makes Aromatherapy an excellent aid in countering the effects of stress and inducing relaxation. Massage improves the blood circulation in several ways without putting additional strain on the heart. It helps the flow of blood through the veins and also stimulates the nerves which control the blood vessels. It has the added benefit of relaxing tense muscles and tight connective tissues which may have been constricting blood vessels and thus enabling blood to flow more freely. It is for this reason that soothing massage helps reduce emotional tension; it induces relaxation and calms stress-related cardio-vascular conditions.
A revitalising holistic massage of the Marma (Energy) Points to release blocked energy, thereby creating balance and aligning the body’s healing energies. In Ayurvedic massage, applying soothing warm oils infused with herbs and balancing essential oils is the ultimate form self-love. The ancient Sanskrit word for this is Snehana which means ‘to apply love’. The benefits of massage has long been known to be healing for the body, mind and spirit. A massage in the morning, however brief, will enhance sleep, lubricate stiff painful joints, rejuvenate skin, keeping it supple and youthful, balance the mind and emotions, improve circulation, correct afflictions of the nervous system, improve eyesight, detoxify the body, combat fatigue and increase longevity.
The style of massage is tailored to your requirements and as your requirements change, so the massage type and style change as well.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue, that can sometimes contain knots causing pain and restrictions in a person’s normal range of movement. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist uses a technique known as trigger pointing in which painful knots or trigger points are treated with compression.
E-sen-cia Massage Therapy
This tailor made massage has been developed after training with many teachers and therapists from around the world over a period of more than 25 years. The therapist tunes into your energy to realign, de-stress and relieve tension. Internal organs can also benefit from massage as they share neurological pain pathways with muscles, bones, and nerves; therefore improve symptoms associated with the functioning of both the organ and the muscles. This massage combines meridian, deep tissue, Swedish, lymphatic drainage techniques and Moxibustion, a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials called ‘moxa’ are burned near the surface of the skin using a roller. This roller is used along certain meridians on the body to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi, which will help you feel re-energised, healthier and well balanced. Aches and pains are alleviated and you feel taller and stretched out.
Holistic massage is intuitive and treats the individual as a whole, with flowing movements that are generally slower and meditative bringing the client’s attention inwards and to what the massage may be revealing to them in their physical and emotional responses. A caring and therapeutic massage will promote feelings of deep relaxation with the para-sympathetic nervous system working to help the client to let go of mental and physical stress: specific areas of muscular tension can be relieved with deeper work and a more technical approach when necessary. Quality of touch is the key to creating the alchemy of this healing and rejuvenating treatment.
Hot Stone Massage
This is a variation of classic massage therapy using heated, flat, basalt stones, used for their ability to retain heat. These are immersed in water, and heated in an electric heater. Stones are used to massage the body or they can be placed on key areas to help promote relaxation and healing. Heat relaxes muscles and may improve circulation, calming the nervous system. Hot Stone massage may help benefit conditions such as back pain and aches, poor circulation, arthritis and osteoarthritis, stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Indian Head Massage
This massage concentrates predominately on the head and hair, however techniques often include the neck, shoulders and upper arms. The head, neck and shoulders are important energy zones within the body. If you are feeling stressed or angry, tension tends to accumulate. This tension later rears its’ ugly head in the form of stiff neck and shoulders, eye strain and sometimes even hair loss. Indian Head massage involves working with a firm yet gentle rhythm to help unknot blockages and relieve the uncomfortable build-up of tension. As well as working physically, this is a holistic therapy which works on an emotional level too, calming the spirit, promoting relaxation and relieving stress.
A Reiki massage is exactly as it sounds, it is the combination of Reiki and massage energies to produce a very connective massage. A Reiki massage can vary considerably to suit your preferences. You may choose to have more Reiki than traditional massage, some chakra energy work combined with some light massage producing great skin and facial stretches. Fantastic and very releasing! This type of treatment is similar to a Reiki treatment and you will be fully clothed throughout. Of course, if you prefer a more traditional approach to massage, you could have a normal massage treatment with Reiki to compliment, very relaxing!
Swedish Body Massage
Swedish Body Massage is the use of the hands to manipulate the soft tissue of the body. A range of techniques are used such as effleurage, petrissage, vibration, friction, rolling and slapping. All of which form part of a Swedish massage. These techniques can reduce micro spasm in muscle fibres and separate fibres that have become adhered together allowing greater movement and releasing pressure on trapped capillaries and nerve endings. Aches and pains can be combated, range of movement can be improved, and a general feeling of relaxation aids the whole healing process. It is so popular that many other types of massage derive from Swedish massage and its techniques. Due to the variety of strokes used in Swedish massage, treatments tend to be very varied, and can range from being very light and superficial to something deeper.