Full Body Holistic Massage differs from other types of massage as by definition, it treats a person as a whole, taking into consideration their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health, helping the body to restore itself to a balanced state. Each massage is individually tailored to how you are at that particular time.
The massage includes a range of different touch techniques, which can vary from deeper tissue release to others which are deeply relaxing. This will produce a sense of connectedness. You will feel that the massage is working "with you", rather than having it done "to you". Holistic massage notices the sensitivities, stresses and strains that your body undergoes on a daily basis through a two-way verbal and touch conversation.
Holistic Massage may be found to bring relief from everyday aches, reduce stress and induce physical and mental relaxation. It helps trigger the release of the endorphins (the body's feel good hormones) and gives a wonderfully relaxed sense of contentment. Holistic Massage is a fantastic support for general health and well-being, and regular sessions can greatly lower stress levels and its associated symptoms (anxiety, depression, headaches, insomnia, etc.).
Deep Tissue Massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.
Deep Tissue Massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist uses massage oil and often uses direct deep pressure. Muscles must be relaxed in order for the therapist to reach the deeper musculature.
At certain points during the massage, most people find there is usually some discomfort and pain. It is important to tell the massage therapist when things hurt and if any soreness or pain you experience is outside your comfort range. There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so.
Thai Massage techniques differ from the scooping strokes of Western massage; it is described by some as a kind of passive yoga. The Thai method uses two primary procedures – applying deep, consistent pressure to specific nerves, tendons and ligaments, and a wide variety of passive stretching movements manipulating the skeleton in order to balance the functions of the body.
The theoretical basis of Thai Massage lies in the theory of energy lines running through the body. Working on important acupressure points along these energy lines helps to remove blockages which allows free flow of energy through the body, balancing the body’s energy system. In Thai Massage it is not just the hands that are used but also the therapist’s feet, forearms, knees and elbows.
Thai massage is carried out through loose clothing on a massage table and no oil is required.
Thai Massage is different from other forms of bodywork – smoothness, rhythm, and flow – are three words that come to mind. Nothing is hurried; there are no sudden changes of rhythm or speed. Every technique melts into the next with total economy of motion; it looks like a beautifully choreographed performance. It is a deeply relaxing experience, extremely effective in relaxing stiff joints, releasing muscular tension and congested toxins.
Benefits of Thai Massage:
- releases blockages
- detoxifies the body and boosts the immune system
- leads to increased vitality and well-being
- restores the body’s own natural healing potential, health and harmony
- aids breathing and circulation
- helps to improve flexibility and body alignments including chronic joint problems
- clears and calms your mind, helping you gain mental clarity
- reduces and relieves stress, tension and anxiety
Lomi Lomi Massage is ancient Hawaiian massage that carries The Spirit of Aloha - breath of life and loving presence that naturally flows and resonates in everybody. The Spirit of Aloha flows freely from the massage therapist to you from the beginning to the end of a Lomi Lomi massage.
Lomi Lomi aims to treat the body, mind and spirit as one whole being. Thus it is more than just a physical massage - it is a holistic healing treatment using body work and intention. Lomi Lomi is focused on creating a state of bliss and deep connection, using loving hands and loving heart and enabling you to relax, give in and simply be. It is a sensual massage but at the same time it has a deeply spiritual sense of connection between you, the therapist and the entire Universe.
The strokes are long and flowing, often covering the full length of the body. These continuous, rhythmic strokes of varying intensity give the delightful impression of many hands working simultaneously. The wave-like motion of the session, carried out using hands, forearms and bodyweight, helps you to drift off and you can almost imagine yourself on seashore lapped by crystal clear waters.
Macadamia, palm and coconut oils are usually used as moisturisers in Lomi Lomi massage, to keep the strokes smooth and to nourish the skin. Lomi Lomi massage is performed with the client lying on a conventional massage table. Instead of being covered with towels, you might just have one towel or a small sheet to preserve your modesty. These steps are taken to avoid interrupting the continuous flow of the massage.
Benefits of Lomi Lomi:
- dissolve negative beliefs, patterns and memories, stored in cells of the human body, inviting permanent change
- create inner assurance, self-love and acceptance
- give a refreshingly new perspective to life
- promote the release of blockages and open energy pathways within the body
- instil a sense of peace, harmony and well-being
- rejuvenate the body
Hawaiian Massage allows heart feel clarity, purpose and joy. Participants leave the table as they born again, extremely relaxed and cleansed by waves of loving touch.
Hot stones have been used as a therapeutic tool for massage for centuries with evidence dating back to ancient Egypt, China, Japan, South America and Australia. Ancient civilizations believed that hot stones cleansed the body and relaxed the heart, grounding the soul and soothing the mind.
This long, luxurious treatment uses massage and natural deep heat in the form of heated basalt stones to relieve muscle tension and stimulate the body’s own detoxification processes.
Hot Stone Massage begins with placing warm, oiled stones on multiple acupressure points around your body, perhaps even tiny ones between your toes. You may drift off into a dreamy state and lose track of where the hot stones are arranged.
Hot stone massage employs a variety of strokes and techniques using the stones and hands, working over kinks in your muscles. You are unlikely to feel the intensity, since your muscles will be relaxed by the heat of the stones.
Hot stone massage should trigger a deeply relaxed, blissed-out and meditative state. Some people have reported closing their eyes and seeing bright colours. Enjoy the afterglow - float slowly back to the real world and re-hydrate your body by sipping plenty of water.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage:
- melts away all your knots, aches and worries
- increases lymph flow and helps to flush out waste
- increases your sense of relaxation
- helps you feel nurtured, pampered and special
Hot stone massage is a treat, so indulge as much as you can!
Originally from Asia and gaining popularity in the UK, this new therapy is wonderful to have if you like deep tissue work. It will leaves you feeling relaxed and energised and with a sense that your muscles have been stretched, warmed and elongated.
Hot Bamboo Massage uses solid bamboo sticks of different lengths and diameters to massage the body. The sticks are gently warmed and applied to give deep and long massage strokes to break down tension and stretch tight muscles. Massage lotion or oil is used with the bamboo.
This treatment especially works well for runners and cyclists experiencing tightness in their legs, feet and IT band. It is also of great benefit to anyone suffering from shortened muscles due to postural imbalances.
Hot bamboo massage is a unique new way to relax tight muscles and release stress and tension and improve sports performance.
If you like deep tissue work, this treatment is for you.
Hot Oil Aroma Massage is a powerful therapeutic treatment which combines all the benefits of relaxing massage with added healing effects of heated pre-blended aromatherapy oils.
An expertly blended infusion of pure essential oils and rich carrier oils assists the mind and body in its natural healing abilities and leaves the skin soft and silky. Choose a pre-blended aromatherapy oil that suits your needs - whether you are seeking relaxation, emotional balance, detoxification or muscle tension relief - there's a blend of aromatherapy massage oil for you.
Choose from the following:
- Relaxation Massage Oil: Blends the soothing scents of Cardamom, Cedar Leaf and Chamomile, with Vetiver - the oil of tranquility, to relax and comfort. This blend is excellent if you are feeling tense or anxious, or finding it difficult to relax due to overactive thoughts.
- Detox Massage Oil: Invigorating Juniperberry, Grapefruit & Palmarosa essential oils stimulate circulation, encourage the elimination of toxins, help tone and firm the skin and target the appearance of cellulite. It is particularly useful for anyone who has recently had weight changes resulting in saggy skin.
- Equilibrum Massage Oil: A unique blend of Ho Wood, Bergamot, Frankincense, Orange, Lime, Rose and Vetiver essential oils is beneficial for anyone feeling out of balance during times of emotional upheaval. Equilibrium can help to soothe and restore, and is especially helpful for women during menstruation and the menopause.
- Mobility Massage Oil: Mobility is a warming and invigorating blend of Spruce, Basil, Cedarwood, Peppermint, Marjoram, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Fennel and Ginger essential oils. It is great for anyone who suffers from muscle and joint stiffness and every day aches and pains, maybe owing to sports activity, over-exertion, or even age.
Absolute Aromas massage oils range is used for this treatment. Their blends are 100% natural, are made using premium grade essential oils and organic carier oils and are ethically sourced from established producers. Absolute Aromas is certified by The Soil Association as a supplier of organic product.