Treatments and Therapies
Holistic Massage/Deep Tissue
The word holistic derives from whole; In this context it is used to highlight the multiple benefits it can have for the individual – affecting the four aspects of being: physical, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional.
The massage consists of a full body massage using different strokes for specific purposes such as relaxation, tissue stimulation, tension release, muscle toning and increasing range of motion. Pressure application is adapted to each client’s individual needs, however it is never intrusive or painful. The massage works on the bigger primary muscles of the body and is recommended to anyone who is in need of body restoration, relaxation and vitality.
A difference with the Holistic Massage, Deep tissue uses a stronger pressure and slow strokes to target the inner layers of muscles and connective tissues. Deep Tissue technique relieves contracted and damaged muscle tissues and is used to treat musculoskeletal issues, therefore it is recommended for those experiencing pain and stiffness.
Kansa Vakti is an Ayurvedic foot massage treatment performed with a small bowl made out of tin and bronze called a Kansa. The treatment works by applying pressure to 6 “Marma” points. Marma energy points are situated in specific areas of the body. The treatment focuses on those located in the feet and the lower leg. The aim of the treatment is to bring balance to the tri-doshas, the life force energies as according to Ayurveda, and the mind and spirit.
The treatment lasts for 45 minutes. The client lies down with their feet near the edge of the massage table. Feet and lower leg are massaged with bare hands and the bowl with oil. This is a deeply relaxing treatment that benefits the physical and the mental state by:
- Relaxing tired feet
- Improving blood and lymphatic circulation
- Enhancing joint mobility in the lower limbs
- Reducing stress
- Promotion of good sleep
- Restoration and balance of the body’s innate energy
- Assisting the detoxification of internal organs
Mukha Abhyanga (Ayurvedic natural face lifting)
Mukah Abhyagam is a face massage that provides a lifting sensation to the face.
It is a relaxing experience that softens facial muscles, unlocks tension and promotes blood circulation to the head, face and neck.
The first part of the treatment works on 12 of the 37 “Marma” points located between the face and neck and between the two chakras (Ajna and Vishuddha) which are located between the eyebrows and the throat respectively. When massaged, Marma points are believed to help sustain the flow of energy throughout your body.
Kneading the muscles of the face brings nutrients to the area, stimulating collagen fibres to maintain their elasticity – giving you a fresher look. Periodic treatments will give your face a natural facelift effect.
The treatment last for 50 minutes, the client lies down on the massage table uncovering the area of the face, neck and sternal notch (base of neck). The massage is given with natural oils.
The benefits of the Mukah Abhyangam are:
- Reduces dark circles and puffiness under the eyes
- Tones and increases elasticity in the facial muscles
- Refines pores and tightens facial contours
- Improves blood circulation to the facial muscles
- Relaxes the face and jaw muscles
- Relieves tension headaches and eye strain
- Improves lymph circulation
- Eases mental tiredness and anxiety
- Helps to release serotonin into the bloodstream giving a sense of pleasure.
People with the following ailments should not undertake the treatment:
- Cold sores
- Recent sunburn
- Recent face injuries
- Any infectious/contagious disease like for example: conjunctivitis.
What is dry cupping therapy?
Dry cupping is a type of alternative medicine that uses cups to treat connective and muscles tissues by suction. This therapy dates back to ancient Egypt.
The cups vary in size and material (plastic, silicone, bamboo, glass, metal) to suit different areas of the body.
What is dry cupping good for?
Dry cupping can be used as a deep tissue treatment, which alleviates muscles tension, trigger points (see below for more information on trigger points), pain, and inflammation. It also improves blood circulation by realising stagnation around the muscles tissues and boost relaxation.
Will I get marked with the treatment?
Cupping therapy will mark your body to the areas where the cups are applied. The suction can be uncomfortable; though many say the therapy brings relief and the marks aren’t usually painful. Any marks normally disappear within 5 to 7 days after the treatment.
The more (blood) stagnation in your body, the darker the marks tend to be. This is most noticeable on the back.
Suction intensity can be adjusted to suit your preference and is normally gradually applied starting lower and increasing in intensity (light, medium, strong cupping).
Am I suitable for cupping therapy?
Some people should not receive cupping treatment. People with the following conditions are excluded from treatment:
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Blood cloths
- High blood pressure
- Open wounds
- Inflamed skin
- Skin diseases
- Infectious diseases
- Recent operations
- High fever
- People underweight
- Very young children
Cupping therapy it is also an excellent to treat Trigger Points
What is a trigger point?
A trigger point is a spot of tension located in a muscle, ligament or fascia (connective tissue that surrounds muscles). It is sometimes referred to as a knot, is painful at touch and the pain can radiate to other parts of the body via connective tissue.