This is a soothing gentle massage which involves long flowing rhythmic strokes. Pressure is deeply relaxing but not painful.
The goal of relaxation massage is to
- Reduce stress
- Relieve minor muscle tension
- Improve circulation, nourish cells, remove waste products
- Promote overall wellness
Great if you’re looking for a bit of TLC.
Helps to relieve the discomforts of pregnancy such as back and joint pain, improve circulation and reduce swelling, soothe inflamed nerves relieving sciatica, promote relaxation, a sense of wellbeing and improved sleep.
Therapeutic (Remedial) Massage – This uses a range of special techniques to assess, treat and manage musculoskeletal dysfunction and disability generally through a series of massage sessions. The goal is to achieve structural change within the body.
- Releasing muscle tension and pain. Good massage techniques are a wonderful way of releasing trigger points, stretching and elongating muscles and breaking down adhesions. The therapist can focus on areas that are stiff, injured or sore. By increasing the blood flow to the tissues and releasing the tension, massage not only helps alleviate the pain, but can also help eliminate toxins and oxygenate the cells.
- Increased Joint Mobility. By releasing muscle tension around joints the range of movement in the joint can be increased. When a joint is no longer hampered by stiffness, muscle function can return to support and improve joint movement.
- Improved Posture. Massage helps relieve a lot of tension, particularly in the neck and shoulder areas, common in those who sit a lot or use a computer at work. Lower backs are also prone to tightening from prolonged sitting. Therapeutic massage can help remedy these problems by lengthening the muscles and balancing out the body for improved postural alignment.
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Reflexology is an ancient therapy which has been practiced for over 5000 years. It is a gentle and effective form of therapeutic treatment applied to the feet and sometimes to the hands. Reflexology is considered to be a holistic healing technique that aims to treat the individual as a whole, in order to induce a state of balance and harmony in body, mind and spirit.
It is based on the belief that there are reflex points on the feet and hands that correspond with all parts of the body. When these points are stimulated by applying pressure to the feet with thumb and fingers, it assists the body to rebalance itself reducing tension, promoting relaxation and a sense of wellbeing.
What to Expect
A treatment lasts between 40 minutes and 1 hour. During the first visit, a case history is taken in order to assess where there may be possible imbalances or problem areas. The client is seated in some form of recliner chair or similar seated (or laying) position and asked to remove shoes and socks. Once the feet have been cleansed, the treatment starts with a gentle relaxation sequence which helps to relax the client and guide the therapist to any problem areas.
Most people can benefit from Reflexology; it can bring relief to a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions and is suitable for all ages, including children. Once the body has been rebalanced, regular treatments can help to maintain health and general well-being.
On the whole, a Reflexology treatment is pleasant and soothing, it relaxes and at the same time stimulates the body’s own healing processes. However, each person responds to a treatment in a unique way and on occasions may experience a variety of short term reactions, for example, extreme relaxation, tiredness, lethargy or tearfulness.
Benefits and Effects
Reflexology does not claim to be a ‘cure-all’ but numerous disorders have been successfully treated by this method. These disorders include migraine, sinus problems, hormone imbalance, breathing disorders, digestive problems, circulatory problems, back problems, tension and stress. Most people who have experienced a treatment would agree that the method can be most beneficial and is a very relaxing therapy.
Reiki is a complementary vibrational hands-on practice which uses the Universal (Rei) life force energy fields (Ki), or biofields, to improve health. Energy biofield therapies generally reflect the concept that human beings are instilled with subtle forms of energy, which are thought to surround and flow through the human form nourishing organs and cells. Conscious or unconscious negative thoughts and feelings can disrupt this energy field and effect the function of organs and cells. Energy therapies such as Reiki are believed to balance these subtle energy fields. During a session the client lies down or sits fully clothed while the practitioner gently places their hands on or above certain areas of the body using a set of systematic hand placements.
Benefits and Effects
Research studies support the ability of Reiki to reduce anxiety and pain, and suggest its usefulness to induce relaxation, reduce fatigue and depressive symptoms, and strengthen overall wellbeing. Reiki is used in a range of settings such as complementary therapy centres, GP practices, hospitals, hospices, cancer support groups, post-operative recovery, drug rehabilitation, prison and in the care of the elderly.