The world of massage
The basis of many Massage therapies is traditional Swedish massage; This classical massage techniques uses five types of movements to compress and manipulate the soft tissue and muscles throughout the body to produce a variety of physiological effects on the joints, blood, lymph, nerves, skin and muscles.
When receiving this treatment you will be unclothed and protected by towels lying on a massage plinth. The therapist will uncover parts of the body in turn to ensure you remain warm and comfortable.
Aromatherapy Aromatherapy massage uses essential oils to create effects within the body systems. Each oil has its own therapeutic value and skilfully blended they have powerful effects on the nervous, digestive, respiratory and endocrine system of the body.
The massage movements are less physically stimulating using more compression and draining movements to allow the oils to do the work.
Thai herbal compress massage combines the use of the therapist’s hands and a tool made
from herbs wrapped in calico and heated in a steamer, the room smells divine during this treatment due
to the infusion of the herbs. The massage is quite stimulating and the movements work deep in to the tissues.
Hot stone massage
Volcanic stones which have been smoothed, they are heated in water and used as tools to massage the body; the heat penetrates the muscles making the movements more effective. One stroke from a stone is equivalent to 6 from the hand, the sides of the stones can be used to work around the scapular producing a much deeper effect on muscle knots.
Lava shell Massage
Lava shell is a 100% natural tiger clam shell. It is sourced in the Philippines and is collected from a food waste product. This not only provides food but also jobs for the local industry on the island. The locals prepare the shell for use in massage by sand polishing them in to a smooth tool and gluing them back together and cutting a small hole to place the sachet inside. The therapist glides the marine polished sea shells smoothly over the body, to create a state of utter relaxation and calm. During the massage, the shells are worked over the palms, arms, neck and shoulder area, with the focus of the massage surrounding pressure points. Deep tissue work on these tension areas such as the feet, back and shoulders, ease away all muscle tension, knots and stress points, unblocking an energy flow and releasing a sense of balance to the entire body and mind.
Myofascial release massage
Myofascial release refers to the manual massage technique for stretching the fascia and releasing bonds between fascia, integument, and muscles with the goal of eliminating pain, increasing range of motion and equilibrioception. Myofascial release usually involves applying shear compression or tension in various directions, or by skin rolling.
Lymphatic drainage massage
Massage technique used to gently work and stimulate the lymphatic system, to assist in reduction of localised swelling
Deep tissue massage
Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is not uncommon for receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two.
Bowen technique involves a rolling movement over fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. It is said not to involve deep or prolonged contact with muscle tissues as in most kinds of massage, but claims to relieve muscle tensions and strains and to restore normal lymphatic flow. Because this technique is so gentle, Bowen Therapy can be suitable for newborn baby to elderly. It is based on practices developed by Australian Tom Bowen and the practitioners are all over the world.