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Massage Therapy

Swedish Relaxation Massage
Swedish Relaxation massage is a gentle form of massage that uses slow, smooth strokes with the purpose of encouraging relaxation in the body. The basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage is commonly used for stress management and as a method of maintaining a healthy sense of well-being.

Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage, as its name says, focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It is designed to reach the deep sections of muscles, specifically the individual muscle fibres. It usually focuses on releasing chronic tension and muscle pain. Each treatment is tailored to your individual needs, thereby giving more localised attention to the area concerned, so you gain maximum benefit.

Myofascial Release
Myofascial Release Therapy uses hands-on manipulation of the entire body to promote healing, Release pain and restriction of movement. MyoFascial Release works on the connective tissue (fascia), which lies under the skin and surrounds all our muscles, organs and bones. Gentle pressure and stretch is applied to the skin over areas of tension and restriction, until a Release is felt. Releasing these restrictions and adhesions allows the client to move pain free.

Triggers Point Therapy
Trigger points, also known as muscle knots, are those areas of tenderness in a muscle that represent the problem areas associated with pain. Based on the extensive works of Dr. Janet Travell and Dr. David Simons, trigger point therapy involves a systematic de-activation of trigger points which are tight bands in the muscles, tendons or ligaments which refer pain to other areas. The treatment is followed by stretches, heat and then movement. Trigger point work is often a part of Neuromuscular Therapy and is beneficial wherever chronic, aching pain is felt.

Indian Head/Scalp Massage
Indian head massage is based on the ancient healing system called Ayurveda. The massage works on the upper back, shoulders, scalp and face. These areas are massaged with a firm and gentle rhythmic fashion involving Marma points (acupressure points). Traditionally Ayurvedic oils are massaged into the scalp for their many therapeutic properties. Scalp massage is a part of Indian Head Massage and it is one of the most invigorating massages you can experience. Scalp massage is not only beneficial for your hair, but also helps in relaxing your nervous system and distressing your mind.

Pregnancy Massage
Pregnancy is a time to be pampered. Primary treatment goal is to promote a healthy pregnancy by including relaxation techniques and providing a supportive environment as part of every massage. A therapist trained to perform pregnancy massage understands the changes occurring in the motherís body during pregnancy and adapts the massage to suit. You may experience greater energy, less fatigue and reduced swelling as a result. Pre-labour massage helps sedate the nervous system and release endorphins, which are natural pain killers, and so lead to a state of deep relaxation.

Infant Massage
Baby massage can be a continuation of pregnancy massage. Studies indicate that infant massage may promote a faster release from birth trauma, increase infant growth, reduce irritability, deepen sleep and ease digestive difficulties including colic. It can be especially effective with premature babies to promote weight gain. Infant massage can be taught to parents by qualified instructors.

Sports Massage
Sports Massage treatment is a hands-on treatment method, that includes injury prevention and rehabilitation programs, which helps athletes become more aware of their surroundings and how far they can push the boundaries. It involves techniques to meet the performance needs of the athlete or physically active person. A thorough knowledge is required of the movements, exercises, injuries and training protocols involved in team and individual sports. It may include pre-event, inter-event, post-event and maintenance massage in order to reduce the risk of injury, improve flexibility and encourage relaxation.