Massage is probably one of the eldest healing therapies known to man.
The basis of massage is touch – the most fundamental of human needs. Massage relaxes, stimulates, comforts, soothes, shows caring and empathy, relieves stress, anxiety and depression, alleviates pain, reduces symptoms of minor illnesses and improves emotional and physical wellbeing. The most important thing about massage is that anybody can do it, anybody can have it done, and there are no side effects, and the most important, it makes both the receiver and the giver feel good.
It is a “hands-on” treatment in which a therapist manipulates muscles and other soft tissues of the body to improve health and well-being. Varieties of massage range from gentle stroking and kneading of muscles and other soft tissues to deeper manual techniques. Massage has been practiced as a healing therapy for centuries in nearly every culture around the world. It helps relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and evoke feelings of calmness. Although massage affects the body as a whole, it particularly influences the activity of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems.
Swedish massage was pioneered by a Swedish physiologist, Henri Peter Ling, at the University of Stockholm in 1812. It was introduced as “The Swedish Movement Cure.” Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of Western massage, including sports massage, deep tissue massage and aromatherapy massage.,
During Swedish massage, massage therapists use massage oils to facilitate smooth, gliding strokes called effleurage. Other classic Swedish massage moves include kneading, friction, stretching and (sometimes) tapping.
A deep nourishing massage technique, which helps to relieve tension in the head and shoulder areas. A blend of aromatherapy oils is also used. Client can opt to be seated for optimum results or lying down on couch. A pressure point massage is then carried out on the scalp, face and shoulders. This makes an ideal treatment for migraine and sinus sufferers.
Aromatherapy uses essential oils extracted from flowers and plants with an aim to balance the emotions and improve general health and wellbeing. Your therapist will carefully choose a blend of essential oils to address your symptoms or mood. These are added to a carrier oils and applied to your skin through massage. There is evidence that Aromatherapy can alleviate symptoms associated with stress and relieve tension. Essential oils may also be chosen for their detoxifying properties.