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Massage Explained

Balinese Massage:  A variety of techniques including skin rolling, gentle stretches, kneading and stroking, acupressure and reflexology using essential oils to relax and soothe; this stimulates the flow of blood, oxygen and energy bringing deep relaxation and supporting wellbeing. Balinese massage is a rigorous and luxurious spa treatment and great if you want to experience a variety of massage techniques, relax and feel spiritually and physically rejuvenated at the same time. A relaxation massage with attitude.

Swedish Massage: Developed by Dr. Per Henrik Ling, techniques include long gliding strokes, kneading, friction, tapping and shaking motions that affect the nerves, muscles and glands. This is an ideal massage for relaxation, increasing circulation and boosting energy.

Deep Tissue Massage: The technique reaches deep into your muscles and frees the fibres and blockages by the application of deep compression and friction along the grain of the muscle group. This is very effective for stimulating muscle damage repair, such as a back strain, and it helps release toxins and break patterns of tension. Cupping is considered by some to the best deep tissue massage available but will leave you bruised for some days. This is an ancient Chinese method of causing local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction to draw the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place. Cupping has been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues allowing tissues to release toxins, activation within the lymphatic system, clearing colon blockages, clears veins, arteries and capillaries, it can clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins.

Shiatsu: A massage that has been used for over 1,000 years in Japan. In its simplest form it is acupressure applied to specific points to stimulate energy. It is used for pain relief, relaxation and to heal illness. Our experience suggests this needs a highly skilled practitioner to be delivered correctly, but when done so it is amazing.

Thai Massage: A massage used for relaxation and stimulation with the added benefit of stimulating internal organs. Thai massage is a wonderful combination of shiatsu, acupressure and yoga and has been around for over 2,500 years originating in India. Pressure is applied to your body's meridians to help stimulate energy movement while you stretch in yoga-like poses to relieve muscle and joint tension. This is a great massage to reduce tension and help balance the body's energy system.

Lymph System Massage: Massaging the lymph system to help remove toxins from the body and thus improve the flow of the lymph system was developed by Hans Vodder who realised a connection between blocked/swollen lymph glands and an increase in infections and reduced wellbeing. He and his wife developed the technique, which is a fantastic general or specific wellbeing treatment. The technique involves light, rhythmic strokes of the muscle fibre and can be painful if you have blockages but the release is a vital for wellbeing and the pain usually very short lived.

Indian Head Massage: An Indian Head Massage usually includes massage of the shoulders, upper arms, neck, scalp, face, ears and also, with good therapists, energy balancing. Practised in India for over 1,000 years the treatment is a wonderfully relaxing therapy. It is claimed to provide relief from aches and pains, stress symptoms, insomnia, promote hair growth, soothe, comfort and rebalance your energy flow which gives you a deep sense of peace, calm and tranquillity.

Reflexology: Pressure is applied to the feet and hands using specific thumb, finger and hand techniques. Stretch and movement techniques are utilized to provide relaxation to the foot. This works to communicate with the body's nervous system creating relaxation, improved circulation and exercise of the nervous system. Pressure sensors in the feet and hands are a part of the body's reflexive response that makes possible the "fight or flight" reaction to danger. Reflexology provides an exercise of these pressure sensors and thus a conditioning of the internal organs to which they are inextricably tied, as well as an incredible sense of relaxation.

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