Touching your body where it hurts is natural instinct similar to eating when you are hungry or covering up when you are cold. Massage is the most natural and ancient of natural remedies. Back in the days before myprodol humans treated their sore bodies the old fashioned way: by rubbing it.
Massage has however come a long way over the centuries.
Three massages that we can almost classify as classics have made their mark and maintained top of the choice list of massage services.
SWEDISH MASSAGE uses soothing, tapping and kneading movements over the entire body, relieving muscle tension and loosening sore joints. Swedish massage therapists use five basic strokes, which anyone can learn and use on themselves and others. They are termed: effleurage (stroking); petrissage (muscles are lightly grabbed and lifted); friction (thumbs and fingertips work in deep circles into the thickest part of muscles); tapotement (chopping, beating, and tapping strokes); and vibration (fingers are pressed or flattened firmly on a muscle, then the area is shaken rapidly for a few seconds).
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE targets chronic tension in muscles that lie far below the surface of your body. You have five layers of muscle in your back, for instance, and while Swedish massage may help the first couple of layers, it won’t do much directly for the muscle underneath. Deep tissue muscle techniques usually involve slow strokes, direct pressure or friction movements that go across the grain of the muscles. Massage therapists will use their fingers, thumbs or occasionally even elbows to apply the needed pressure. Not the most relaxing experience but does the job of relieving muscle tension very effectively.
AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE combines the use of essential oils and therapeutic massage. A tailor made oil blend is mixed with oils suited to meet your specific needs As the massage begins, the oils quickly penetrate the skin and become absorbed into the bloodstream, loosening muscles and helping to release any suppressed tension and stress. As the essences evaporate, you’ll also begin to inhale them subconsciously via your super sensitive nasal passage. These nose nerves will then send messages to your brain encouraging your mind to work together with your body, and sending you into a totally relaxed state, both emotionally and physically. The massage movements are light and flowy.
Then we have some more specific, very technical type massages, some are considered medical in nature and covered by certain medical aid policies.
SPORTS MASSAGE is designed to help you train better, the techniques are similar to those in Swedish and deep tissue massage, but sports massage is specifically adapted to meet the athlete’s special needs. Pre-event massage can help warm up muscles and improve circulation before sporting event whilst also energizing and relaxing an athlete to help him focus on the event. Post-event massage can push waste products out of the body and improve recovery by reducing lactic acid build up.
CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY focuses on the skull and spinal column. Therapists use very gently pressure no more than the weight of a nickel to massage the bones, membranes and fluids that support your skull and spinal column. The theory is that these manipulations will reduce tension and counteract any physical trauma you may have experienced to your head over the years. This form of massage is very specific and if not done correctly has no benefit at all on the patient.
About fifteen years ago massage therapy saw the introduction of tools to be incorporated in the treatment for enhanced benefit. The first tool to be introduced was the use of smooth heated stones to either massage with as part of their hand movements or to place them on specific areas of the body while massaging other parts. The heat is deeply relaxing and can also warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply.
An ancient Asian massage tool that originated in northern Thailand and has been passed from generation to generation is the Thai herb compress massage or herbal dumpling massage. A combination of authentic herbs usually from Thailand such as Ginger Purpuream Rose, Curcuma Domestica Valeton, Alpina Nigra B.L Burtt, Leaves Tamarindus Indica L, Leaves Bauhinia Retusa, Camphor among others are filled into a muslin type of material to form two round balls with handles which are steamed prior to massage so the guest benefits from the heat of the dumpling and most importantly the therapeutic benefit of the herbs. This massage combines traditional remedies with modern massage techniques using deep massage movements. This natural, holistic and lifestyle type of massage is the ultimate in detoxification, rebalancing and relaxation.
Making a debut less than ten years ago is the African Rungu massage, a unique massage administered with the help of a rungu, a wooden throwing club or baton, which has special symbolism and significance in certain East African tribal cultures.
The smooth texture, heavy feel and different surfaces are combined to offer a massage with deep friction and leaves the client with thoroughly massaged and stimulated muscles. Rungu Massage promotes circulation, sensory nerve perception and lymph drainage as well as a deep sense of relaxation and wellbeing. The gentle stretching movement alternated with light touches brings about a heightened sense of relaxation.
And most recently the world’s first naturally self-heating massage tool designed to allow a massage therapist the ability to add heat into their techniques is the lava shell massage. Real shells from the Philippines are used to massage with and heat comes from inside the shell with a mixture of minerals and algae with salt water and essential oils which creates a chemical reaction giving heat for one to two hours.
Finally we look at a few most unusual massages found around the globe that are trending at the moment, will they keep a spot in the treatment menu for years to come, this remains to be seen.
It sounds uncomfortable but the cactus massage is a specialty at the Four Seasons Punta Mita, Mexico. Don’t worry! Thorns are pulled out before the cactus paddles are heated in warm water. They are then cut in half to expose the gooey interior used to massage your body.
Spas in Russia, Japan, and the U.K. have taken facials to a new level. The snails are placed on your face and left to glide around your face, leaving behind their slime, which can recover damaged skin.
A spa in Israel uses a combination of six non-venomous snakes to massage your body, alleviating muscle pain and soreness. The bigger the snakes, the deeper the massage. In Indonesia, the combination of pythons slithering on your back and the inducing fear is thought to help with metabolism.
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