Types of Massage
Sports massage – Many years of study, practice and field work went into this treatment. This is an extremely deep form of massage. I use combination of deep tissue work, stretches and manipulation pressure points and myofascial work to release deep tension, stress and injuries. One can choose to work the whole body or work more focused on specific ‘problem’ areas. Brilliant massage if you are very tense and stressed. Very enjoyable if one likes deep work.
Aromatherapy – With the use of aromatic and base oils, the body is massaged and stimulated both through touch and the aromatic essences. These are likened to human pheromones. These aromatic essences affect a person on a physical, mental and emotional level. Both deep and light treatments are available to meet ones specific requirements. The deeper treatments work on a more physical level, where as the lighter massages work more on an emotional level.
Usui Reiki – Reiki is literally hands on healing. The practitioner becomes a hollow channel that allows without any judgment or active participation, the energy around us, to flow through him into the client. The client usually experiences deep relaxation but may also have past traumas coming up. This sometimes results in convulsions, erratic laughter or memories of deep pain. Either way, the healing is taking place particularly when pain does come up.
Traditional Thai massage – This massage is probably the precursor to Shiatsu and both these treatments are very similar. The focus of the Thai massage is however more on stretching, manipulating and opening the body. By means of finger, hand and elbow pressure the sen lines are stimulated to bring the body into balance. This treatment feels like passive yoga. Just lie down and enjoy your whole body being stretched and opened. Like Shiatsu, this treatment is also performed on the floor.
Zen Shiatsu– The term Shiatsu comes from Japan and literally means ‘finger pressure’. In Shiatsu one primarily focuses on meridians and the energetic system of the body and their associated organs. Through the wear and tear and stress of life, both the chakras as well as meridians become imbalanced and blocked. The result is sluggish function. This impairs the organs ability to effectively carry out their functions. By means of finger, hand and elbow pressure and stretches, the meridians are stimulated. A sense of physical, emotional and mental balance is restored. The client is fully clothed and the treatment is performed on a mat on the floor.
Pregnancy massage – Nothing is more important for a pregnant lady to eat healthy foods and to be emotionally nurtured. The baby experiences everything that mommy does. What better way to nurture oneself than through massage. Most masseurs are too frightened to work deeply on pregnant ladies, who, through the extra weight they carry often experience backache. I work both deeply as well as sensitively, adjusting the massage to individual needs. This massage is performed lying on the side, with cushions supporting the head, tummy and legs.
Reflexology– This foot massage stimulates the whole body through the reflex points in the feet. The reflex points have nerve endings that connect the whole body to ones feet and can thus be stimulated and soothed through massage and pressure. Having ones feet massaged is deeply relaxing and nurturing. One can thus release physical and emotional blockages. Pregnant ladies respond fantastically to this form of treatment.