The most commonly used massage is Swedish or Classical. In a Swedish massage the skin is lubricated with oil or cream and the therapist works in a sequence of deep pressure strokes to warm up and work the muscle tissue, to release tension and break up muscle ‘knots’. Swedish massage is designed to relax you, ease muscle tension and improve circulation.
Before the massage, the therapist should ask you about any injuries or other conditions that may be affected by massage, such as areas that are tight or painful, any allergies or a condition such as pregnancy. The therapist will also ask your preference for light or firm pressure.
Indian Head Massage
Indian Head Massage is derived from the Ayurvedic medicine of ancient and modern India. The therapist focuses on the muscle, joints and tissue in the neck, head, shoulders and face. Different techniques are used, such as deep kneading and compression movements over the neck, shoulder and scalp, while also gently stimulating and stroking pressure points on the face.
A treatment usually lasts 25-40 minutes, and you may like to sit quietly for 10-20 minutes after the session is complete.
Indian Head Massage stimulates circulation and lymphatic flow, relaxes muscle tension and helps you eliminate toxins. It is particularly relaxing if you are stressed or tense.
Compressions, pressure and stretches help to release blockages and increase flow of energy
Traditional Thai Massage dates back over 2500 years and helps relax body and mind. Many physical and emotional problems can be helped by this ancient technique which is usually performed fully clothed on a mat on the floor.
Thai Massage differs from other forms of massage as the pressure used is firm but gentle and involves the stretching of limbs and back using palms and thumbs. The massage works on skin, muscle, organs and the skeletal structure, increasing blood and lymph circulation moving waste products and toxins out of the tissue.
Lomi Lomi is a unique healing massage derived from the ancient Polynesians and the Huna tradition of Hawaai. The words Lomi Lomi mean simply ‘Massage’ and an alternative interpretation is ‘Loving Hands’.
Lomi Lomi works gently but deeply into the muscles with flowing strokes, allowing you to relax and let go of everyday life to be in the moment. The massage uses a fluid, rhythmic movement using forearms as well as hands. It can feel like waves moving over the body. The practitioner may also massage different parts of the body simultaneously, perhaps working on a shoulder with one hand while using the other to work on the opposite hip. This assists you in relaxing completely as it is very difficult for the brain to focus on two areas at once. This enables a deep sense of harmony and relaxation to develop.
While the technique is important, the focus of the practitioner is also vital to the effect and the work is highly intuitive, much like a dance between the therapist and recipient. Each session begins and ends with stillness and can be considered a meditative form of massage, suitable for stilling the mind and body to allow balance to be restored.
Sports massage is a form of bodywork geared toward participants in sports and is a deep tissue massage especially geared towards people with sports injuries, restricted movement and chronic pain.
The pressure used in Sports Massage is generally more intense than in other forms of massage, stretching the muscle tissue and fascia to reduce muscle spasm, tightness and adhesions. You should notice improved joint mobility, flexibility and better posture as a result of your Sports Massage.
A session is normally 60-90 minutes.