Massage therapy is the systematized manipulation of soft tissues for
the purpose of normalizing them. Practitioners use a variety of
physical methods including applying fixed or movable pressure, holding,
or causing movement to the body. Therapists primarily use their hands,
but may also use their forearms, elbows, or feet.
The basic goal of massage therapy is to help the body heal itself and
to increase health and well-being.
Touch is the core ingredient of massage therapy and also combines
science and art. Practitioners learn specific techniques for massage
and use their sense of touch to determine the right amount of pressure
to apply to each person and locate areas of tension and other
soft-tissue problems. Touch also conveys a sense of caring, an
important component in the healing relationship.
Massage improves circulation, which increases blood flow, bringing
fresh oxygen to body tissues. This can assist the elimination of waste
products, speed healing after injury, and enhance recovery from
was originally developed in the late
eighteenth century by a Swedish fencing master as the first systematic
application of therapeutic massage in the West. It was based on
European folk massage, oriental techniques from the Middle East and the
then emerging knowledge of modern anatomy and physiology. The strokes
and manipulations of Swedish Massage are each conceived as having a
specific therapeutic benefit. One of the primary goals of Swedish
Massage is to speed the venous return of unoxygenated and toxic blood
from the extremities. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from
muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and
other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing
heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple
and young. Swedish Massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system
and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. It reduces stress,
both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for
stress man agement. It also has many specific clinical uses in medical
or remedial therapy.A therapeutic massage consisting of continuous
effleurage strokes, deep kneading and stretching to tight muscles,
lasting anywhere from thirty minutes to one hour. Usually uses oils or
lotions. It is the technique upon which most other styles of massage
therapy are based. Benefits: Reduces stress levels, stretches and tones
muscles, helps the body to maintain homeostasis.
is based on the Chinese theory of the circulation of subtle energy, or
Qi, through meridians running through and over the body which
ultimately govern the internal organs and thus our entire metabolism.
Situated along these meridians are points, the same as those used in
Acupuncture, where this energy can be effectively manipulated by the
therapist. Although the foundation of this massage is deep pressure
exerted upon these specific localized points, this system also includes
a wide variety of stretches, rubbing, hacking and other common massage
techniques. It is a somewhat subtler form of massage since it deals
with a higher level of body mechanism - the etheric Qi prana -- or
energy, rather than just the gross physical bones, joints, muscles,
etc. It can be used as a complete system of health maintenance, or
simply for stress reduction, relaxation, and a general improvement of
feeling-tone. Unlike Swedish Massage, Shiatsu requires the recipient’s
participation with the therapist in coordinating the breath with the
manipulations. It is a quiet and contemplative form of massage having
Sports Massage is for the athlete who wants to stay as finely trained
as possible without going over the edge. The massage includes
assisted/resisted stretching and is focused on the muscles of the
specific sport. The results are: less soreness after a workout or
event, and thereby a faster recovery time; an avoidance of injury due
to more supple muscles; a better performance due to increased range of
motion - such as a longer stride; and a faster injury recovery. Both
the competition athlete and the "week-end warrior" can
appreciate these benefits.Serious training to improve performance means
that you are always working your muscles harder and harder, so even
with regular stretching and warming up they are likely to become tight
and sore. Tight muscles are more susceptible to both acute muscle pull
injuries, and overuse injuries. They also lose their flexibility so for
each stride you take you move less far and therefore take longer to
cover the ground.
Regular massage will increase flexibility and prevent pulls, tears and
overuse injuries. Recovery time and muscle soreness from hard training
or competition will be reduced and performance enhanced.
Scar tissue from an old injury will restrict movement or cause pain,
and can be broken down over a number of sessions.
Recovery from recent injury can be speeded up and the formation of scar
is focused on the specific muscular needs
of pregnancy caused by the change in posture, length of ligaments,
tension, and weight. The massage can include myofascial technique,
circulatory work, acupressure, reflexology, and other techniques.
Pre-natal massage decreases neck, back and joint pain; relieves muscle
spasms and cramps, and sooths nerves. Special attention is made to body
support and draping.Prenatal, labor and postpartum massage techniques
are useful in helping to relieve soreness in the back, neck and
shoulders; reduce stretch marks & swelling; reduce pain and labor
time; improve recovery time and reduce connective tissue damage after
Reiki is a Japanese form of healing that is becoming
increasingly popular worldwide. What makes Reiki unique is that it
incorporates elements of just about every other alternative healing
practices such as spiritual healing, auras, crystals, chakra balancing,
meditation, aromatherapy, naturopathy, and homeopathy.
Reiki is a Japanese word representing universal life energy, the energy
which is all around us. It is derived from REI,
meaning "free passage" or "transcendental spirit"
KI, meaning "vital
life force energy" or " universal life energy".
massage/Deep Tissue Massage
Reiki is believed to have begun in Tibet several thousand years ago.
Seers in the Orient studied energies and developed a system of sounds
and symbols for universal healing energies. Various healing systems,
which crossed many different cultures, emerged from this single root
system. Unfortunately, the original source itself was forgotten.This
2500 year old technique involves the laying on of the practitioner's
hands along strategic "energy doors" or "chakras"
in the body, accelerating healing by promoting the relaxation
response.Reiki involves the transfer of energy from practitioner to
patient to enhance the body's natural ability to heal itself through
the balancing of energy. Reiki utilizes specific techniques for
restoring and balancing the natural life force energy within the body.
It is a holistic, natural, hands-on energy healing system that touches
on all levels: body, mind, and spirit.
can be used to promote general
well-being and enhance self-esteem, while boosting the circulatory and
immune systems to benefit blood pressure, circulation, muscle tone,
digestion, and skin tone. It has been incorporated into many health
systems, and different massage techniques have been developed and
integrated into various complementary therapies. This type of
treatment is the oil-based massage that is better-known in the West. It
has similar properties to Tuina but the differences are that this
massage calms the body rather than boosting energy. It is ideally
suited to those who feel their body is tight, tense and taut –
perhaps with a mind that is anxious, restless and unable to relax or
Because treatment utilises oil and balms directly onto the skin, this
massage is excellent for working into the deeper muscles and structures
to relieve pain that has built up over time. The oils have properties
to stimulate circulation and activate the body’s own healing
- Chinese Massage
is a dynamic, energising-but-relaxing
treatment that helps all the body’s systems to function normally. In
China, massage is practised in the hospitals and clinics alongside
acupuncture and herbal medicine. Tuina means "push and grasp"
and is massage in its loosest sense. It is used to treat a variety of
ailments - including those to which a Western doctor may comment
"you’ll just have to live with it". Chinese doctors use
Tuina to help people who have, for instance, suffered a mild stroke or
acute digestive conditions. It often gives immediate relief from pain,
improves mobility and function and provides the sufferer with a better
quality of life
Tuina has been described as "acupuncture without needles" It
works on the same principles as acupuncture but uses the practitioner’s
thumb/hand/elbow pressure on the points and meridians instead of
needles, so it is perfect for those who are needle-phobic!
Diseases and Conditions treated at our Clinic
back and shoulder pain
inflammation of the joints
joint pain and spasm.
Alleviates stress or tension induced headaches, insomnia and depression.
Joint pain which may be caused by tight muscles
Tendonitis eg Achilles tendon pain, tennis elbow<
Muscle soreness or tension
Pulled or strained muscles
Backache & sciatica
Shiatsu can be used to treat a large range of health problems, but it is particularly effective for headaches, tension, depression and fatigue, as well as bowel and back problems.
As a preventive therapy there is a good chance that some illnesses will be caught very early as a result of Shiatsu treatment.
Reiki is useful in treating serious serious illnesses as well as others. Examples are: sports injuries, cuts, burns, internal diseases, emotional disorders, and stress-related illnesses.