Massage is a touch therapy that is not only a pleasurable and relaxing experience, but also brings countless health benefits. Massage makes you feel good in lots of ways, and can have a positive effect on your whole body – your bones, muscles, heart, skin, breathing, digestion and also your mental health as a massage treatment can relieve tension in the body and calm the mind. Research e.g. shows that with massage people suffering from arthritis notify less stiffness and pain, high blood pressure patients register lower diastolic blood pressure, and women suffering from PMT have decreased water retention and cramping. Massage can help manage stress due to decreased anxiety, enhanced sleep quality, improved concentration and energy level, increased circulation and reduced fatigue.
Massage for Relaxation and Stress Relief
Swedish Body Massage – the most common massage therapy which involves different types of touch, pressure and flowing movements applied to the skin and underlying tissues to release muscular tension, relieve pain, facilitate healing from injury, alleviate stress, relax the body and enhance wellbeing. You can have either full body massage (usually 1 hour or 90 min session) or just only feet/hands or back and shoulders massage (from 30 till 40 min session).
Indian Head Massage – a very popular treatment perfect for promoting a calm mind, a stress-free body and maintaining optimum health. There can be significant improvements with people who suffer from migraines, insomnia, stress related disorders, lack of concentration…all but a few examples to be named. Can be performed either in a special chair or a massage table.
Chair Massage – for this kind of massage you are sitting face forward in a special chair so the therapist can massage mostly your neck, shoulders, and upper back, can include also arms and hands. The good thing is you don’t have to take off your clothes or have oils slathered all over you. Also this massage can be done at your workplace as it can really get the tension out of your upper body.
Hot Stone Massage – very relaxing and invigorating therapy – for more information see Healing Heat Therapy.
Breuss Massage – gentle and sensitive yet very profound manual massage to stretch the spine and to tone and energise your whole body, also might help dissolve deeply buried emotional trauma.
Massage for Specific Conditions
Traditional massage treatments are great when you just need a stress relief and relaxation. When you have knotted muscles, however, or have more specific ailments or injuries more attentive techniques are required.
The Dorn Method – Gentle manual therapy for common back and joint pain, developed in Germany 40 years ago. It is used to correct misalignments of the spine and other joints, targeting common health problems including: back pain, neck pain, headaches, leg length difference, sciatica. It is extremely safe and involves no clicking or crunching of joints, therapist and client work together to achieve the maximum benefit. Client is also shown how to carry out simple exercises at home
Lymphatic Drainage Massage – a delicate form of massage that stimulates the body’s lymphatic system and can improve the metabolism, help the body to eliminate waste and toxins and provide a boost to the immune system. LMD can be combined with another complementary therapies such as Hopi Ear Candles or Hot and Cold Stones Massage.
Sinus Drainage Massage – a unique treatment combining different massage techniques including cold and hot stone massage and reflexology. Pressure points on the face are gently stimulated and massaged. A blend of special herbal oils is used to aid sinus healing. To complete the treatment specific reflex points in the feet and hands are stimulated. SDM can help with sinusitis, rhinitis, catarrh/nasal congestion and hayfever.
Deep Tissue Massage – This therapy involves deep pressure and a range of techniques by using knuckles and elbows to work on specific trouble points. This massage is recommended when stiff, tense and painful muscles and joints need an expert treatment. From 40 min session only.
Sports Massage – Despite its name, sports massage is not used for very physically active only but whenever the special techniques (such as Trigger Point Massage, Soft Tissue Release Technique, Neuromuscular Techniques and so on) is needed to maintain or improve range of motion and muscle flexibility. Sports massage techniques are effective in the management of both acute and chronic injuries, can speed healing and reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process and reduce the spasm and pain in the injured and overused muscles. From 40 min session only.