Massage is an ancient therapy which has been used for thousands of years to heal, balance and nurture the body. Holistic massage treats the whole body - physical and emotional - and as such has a beneficial effect on all systems of the body, allowing it to return to a state of balance.
Physically: massage helps to reduce aches and pains by relaxing and soothing the muscles, stimulating blood and lymph circulation and encouraging the removal of waste and toxins from the body.
Emotionally: massage has been shown to decrease cortisol (a key stress hormone) in the body. This allows the body to enter a relaxing rest-and-recovery mode: an effect that lingers long after the massage is over.
In fact, massage triggers a host of brain chemistry responses that can result in lasting feelings of relaxation, lowered stress and improved mood.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage therapy involves applying heated stones to key points on the body, and the use of other heated stones to perform an active massage. The application of direct heat relaxes the muscles, allowing a greater degree of manipulation and flexibility than a regular massage. Some cool stones can also be used, for example, in cases of inflammation and muscular injury.
The use of hot stone massage therapy has a wide range of benefits for the body. Hot stone massage is excellent for releasing stress and tension, while cold stone massage allows the cells to remove waste more efficiently and receive more oxygen and nutrients. Hot stone therapy is a beneficial and healing method for approaching rheumatic and arthritic conditions, poor circulation, back pain, muscular aches and strains, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis, insomnia and depression.
Hot stone therapy is a soothing, invigorating and cleansing experience for anyone with tense or sore muscles, medical conditions that affect the body, or those who simply wish to experience a deep heated massage with profound effects.
Warm Bamboo Massage
Warm bamboo massage uses solid bamboo sticks of different lengths and diameters, held in the therapists hands, to massage the body. The sticks are gently warmed prior to treatment, and applied to give deep and long massage strokes, breaking down tension and stretching tight muscles.
Warm bamboo massage is a unique way to relax tight muscles and release stress and tension. As the soothing heat penetrates the muscles it triggers the body’s automatic relaxation response, making it easier to access areas of underlying tension.
Warm bamboo massage is a great therapy that will leave you feeling relaxed and energised, and with a sense that your muscles have been stretched, warmed and elongated.
For an ultimate relaxing and stretching experience, try a combined hot stones with warm bamboo massage. Using hot stones to warm and relax the body and then warm bamboo to go deeper into the muscles, releasing, stretching and relaxing the body at the same time.
Japanese Facial Massage
A Japanese facial massage combines releasing and toning massage techniques to the neck and face with shiatsu meridians and acupressure points. It is an invigorating facial treatment that will leave your skin glowing. Stimulating the circulation to the neck, head and face, the treatment helps to drain toxins and improve muscle tone.
The face is a complex network of muscles which are used constantly. Smiling, chewing, laughing, speaking, yawning, sneezing - all cause facial muscles to contract. As a result the facial muscles are in almost constant use and begin to collect tension, just like any other muscle in the body. Eventually this causes constriction in the muscle tissue and decreased circulation to the surface tissues.
When blood is unable to circulate properly through these tissues, the facial tissues near the surface begins to lose it's natural elasticity. Japanese facial massage affects both deep and superficial muscles of the face, and regular treatment can help to tone and lift the face muscles, prevent and reduce lines, wrinkles and puffiness - a natural facelift!
There are four stages to the massage: first we massage the neck to release any tension and improve circulation to the head and face. Next we massage the neck and face using oil to improve the condition of the skin, and relax and tone the muscles. The third stage involves working on 50 acupressure points on the face using finger pressure to activate facial nerves and increase the meridian energy flow to the face. The final stage is a lymphatic drainage massage to encourage the elimination of toxins from the tissues and reduce any puffiness.
This treatment is not suitable during pregnancy.
What is Reiki
Reiki works with the life energy that flows through all living things. When a person’s “ki” or energy is strong and free flowing, their body and mind are in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked, it can lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.
What is Reiki used to Treat?
Reiki is a great treatment for stress reduction and relaxation. It is not a cure for a disease or illness, however, the profound relaxation produced by Reiki has been reported to alleviate stress, the perception of pain, and promote a feeling of wellbeing.
For patients with chronic health conditions, Reiki has been found to be effective at reducing pain and anxiety, depression, and for improving self-esteem and quality of life. As such, Reiki is a great tool to use as a complement to traditional medicine and is increasingly practiced in hospitals and medical care settings.
Receiving a Treatment
Reiki is received fully clothed, lying down on a treatment table. It involves hands on or off the body to transmit and channel healing energies, working on the physical and subtle energy fields of the body. It can be felt as warm, sometimes cool, radiating, tingling and calming energy.
It allows the mind to slow down and relax as the body moves from sympathetic nervous system dominance – the constantly active ‘fight or flight’ state - to the relax, rest and replenish state of the parasympathetic nervous system, initiating the innate healing system in the body.