Why massage?

In my expérience, massage is a personal and effective way for the client to receive energy (Ki) through the masseur. The masseur acts as a channel of Ki. Ki is the Chinese term for ‘universal life force energy’ which is the essence of everything.

After receiving a massage I personally feel uplifted and positive, profoundly relaxed and calm, with a fresh and renewed sense of perspective.

Of course, there are many physical and psychological benefits to massage but, to me, the way a receiver “feels” during and following a massage is what attracts him or her to the experience. However, massage really is a health investment in terms of maintaining and supporting metabolic and psycho/endocrinological equilibrium. This process, in turn, prevents (dis)ease and alleviates certain existing symptoms.

Benefits of Massage:
Improve 02 to body parts & increase the efficiency of muscles, tendons and body systems, thereby:

  • Destressing and Revitalising
  • Increasing Alertness
  • Reducing Fatigue
  • Relieving Pain
  • Restoring calm, Centredness & Perspective

If you’ve ever had a professional massage, then you’ll know it’s the ultimate in heavenly indulgencies. But the good news is research shows massages are also extremely good for your health.

For thousands of years, people have used massage as a healing technique and doctors today recognize that it’s particularly good for easing back or neck pain, lowering blood pressure and easing problems related to stress (headaches, insomnia, anxiety and even chronic fatigue).

As well as relieving muscle aches, it also boosts your body’s level of endorphins, which are natural painkillers and mood-boosting chemicals, making it ideal for people suffering depression, anxiety disorders or even PMS.

There are different types of massage, but a good therapist should be able to tailor your treatment to match your lifestyle and illness.

Here are some more of the many benefits of massage:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow-the body’s natural defense system.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ-the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins-amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain.

Remedial Massage

Remedial massage is a holistic treatment; that is, a treatment for the whole of the body, as well as the area being treated.  The primary aim of Remedial Massage is to find and treat the cause of the disorder, not only the symptoms.
A remedial massage therapist studies anatomy, physiology, related pathology and the techniques of Swedish massage, heat and cold therapies, Kinesthetics and many other related fields.
At the initial consultation, your therapist will ask about your lifestyle; i.e., jobs, sport, age, eating and drinking habits, dress, posture, relevant hobbies, medical history etc.   This information, combined with a full examination, helps the Remedial Massage therapist to determine the relevant application of treatment.
Remedial massage has short and long term effects on the body, bringing about the process of healing. It is one of the most effective and natural treatments for stress related conditions.  Some short term and long term effects are shown below.
Short term effects are:
to increase the blood flow, both in the area being massaged and generally
to increase the lymphatic flow to and from the area treated, reducing pain, swelling and inflammation and speeding up the body’s own healing process
to relieve stress and tension, factors which are known to hinder healing or slow it down, and cause problems of their own
to reduce muscle tension, thereby improving the blood supply to an area
to increase muscle tone
Long term effects are:
improved general circulation
balance of the muscles and joints, leading to a better state of health
breaking down of scar or fibrous tissue, restoring elasticity to the joints
greater mobility within the joints of the body
overall relief of stress
greater immunity to further injuries of the same area
What kind of ailments benefit from Remedial Massage treatment?
Here are just a few conditions that will benefit from Remedial Massage treatment:
stress related disorders such as migraines, frozen shoulders, neurasthenia, nervous exhaustion, headaches, aches and pains related to stress
sports and accidental injuries, sprains, strains etc.
post pregnancy and post surgery
long term disorders such as temporary or permanent paralysis, post stroke, arthritis, poly-arthritic disorders
abdominal problems such as cramps, irritable bowels, constipation
back pain and shoulder problems
The healing power of touch.
Touch is a most effective form of healing.  The energy which flows through the hands can refresh, regenerate and revitalise.  Massage brings about beneficial physical and psychological changes and restores balance to the body as a whole.
A well trained remedial massage therapist’s touch may be as effective a treatment as medicines or surgery and often doctors will refer a patient to a massage therapist.

Sports Massage
Sports Massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain toxins, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injury.
Purpose of Sports Massage?

The main purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. The massage will help prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Sports massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a once a week jogger.
Types of Techniques?
Depending on the needs of the athlete, a variety of techniques are used. The technique often involves a blend of traditional Deep Tissue Massage and Shiatsu specifically designed to treat professional athletes.
Each type of sport has different demands on the players. Each sport uses muscle groups in a different way. Sports massage is designed to address those specific concerns and may differ according to the sport the athlete plays. Sports massage can be aimed to help heal strained muscles and allow healthy ones to reach peak performance and maintain it while minimizing the risk of injury.
Benefits of Sports Massage?
Sports massage has many benefits. In addition to FEELING GOOD, it reduces the heart rate and blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, reduces muscle tension, improves flexibility, and relieves pain. Each sport and athletic event uses muscle groups in a different way.
Sports Massage can also include pre-event, post-event and maintenance techniques that promote greater athletic endurance and performance, lessen chances of injury and reduce recovery time.

Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibres of the muscles, tendons and fascia.
Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic muscle tension through slower strokes and more direct deep pressure or friction. Deep tissue massage helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue. Deep tissue massage usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage. However, if the massage is done correctly you should feel better than ever within a day or two.
Why get a Deep Tissue Massage?
It feels good and it is beneficial to your health. When muscles are stressed, they block oxygen and nutrients, leading to inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissue. A deep-tissue massage helps loosen muscle tissues, release toxins from muscles and get blood and oxygen circulating properly. Because many toxins are released, it’s important to drink plenty of water after a deep-tissue session to help eliminate these toxins from the body.
What is the purpose of Deep Tissue Massage?
The purpose is to “unstick” the fibers of a muscle while releasing deeply-held patterns of tension, removing toxins, while relaxing and soothing the muscle. It is both corrective and therapeutic.
Indian Head Massage
Indian Head Massage is guaranteed to lift you out of the hustle and bustle of everyday stressful living. The techniques used are based on the ancient Ayurvedic Healing System.

Indian Head Massage has been practiced in India for over a thousand years. It was originally used by women who found it helped to keep their long hair thick, healthy and in beautiful condition.

These simple techniques (anyone can learn them!) have been superbly adapted for the 21st century by Narendra Mehta to help counteract the stress which affects everyone today.

Champissage is a wonderfully relaxing therapy. It does not require the need to undress or the use of oils. You can enjoy this very special massage in the office, at home, in the clinic or in fact anywhere there is a chair.

The passage of universal light energy, unconditional love and good will, from the cosmos, through the channel (giver) and to the receiver, for the greater good. Reiki is invited by thought. Reiki is surely experiential, giving a feeling of calm, light emptiness to both parties as they become connected with the Source of Ki. This may create a response in the receiver during and/or after the session. The key word to describe your feeling afterwards is, ‘humbled’, as if you have just had a meeting with the divine. Of course, your life situation can change if you have allowed the change to take place in your heart. You are now being taught to ‘listen with your heart and feel with your soul’. Sounds beautiful – doesn’t it.

Reiki can be performed hands on, hands off, and can be transmitted through what we call time and space. In reality time and space are manifestations of the human mind and, do not really exist, although we constantly remind ourselves that this cannot be so! The irony of ego.

When Reiki takes place, both the giver and receiver are fully knowledgeable that change is taking place.

When one is initially introduced to Reiki as a channel – it is a way of saying that you wish to know yourself more fully and meet with your life challenges head on. Of course, as is everything in life, it is a matter of personal interpretation, but generally speaking, meeting with the Reiki way is fulfilling and sometimes very difficult to accept. It is fulfilling in the respect that you can feel at one with the source of all energy – a very moving and humbling experience. It is occasionally difficult to accept because you enter into an agreement to work on yourself to clear conscience. The difficulty can arrive if you feel that you do not like what you see when you look into the mirror. This is, however, an important aspect of the cleansing process.

As a receiver of Reiki, the experience may be influenced by certain factors: firstly, that all participants wish to participate; secondly, whether receiving Reiki is appropriate; thirdly, the preconceptions of the receiver, and last of all; the setting.

If either party does not wish to participate, the doors to healing will not fully open. Reiki is a form of help, given for the greater good. If the receiver can benefit from this perspective then Reiki will take place. Certain individuals deserve to be where they are and must learn the lesson(s) of their attracted situation before they can move on. Why not say something like “Certain individuals are not ready to move on because they haven’t yet fully understood the lessons to be learned from their present situation”, because ‘deserve’ is a strong word and might be taken in the wrong context. I believe Reiki can assist in the moving on process, giving new perspective and ideals. If the receiver has certain preconceptions then this may affect the experience (positive or negatively) especially if they are not particularly open to receive: this takes trust. Ideally the receiver is open and inviting of positive help. Being in natural surrounding is a perfect setting for Shiatsu, although not absolutely necessary.

Enjoying writing this reminds me of the wonders of Reiki. I wish Reiki light on all living creatures.

Dr Usui’s 5 Principles of Reiki
1. Don’t get angry today
2. Don’t worry today
3. Be grateful today
4. Work hard today (meditative practice)
5. Be kind to others today

Lymphatic Drainage
A hands-on method for lymphatic drainage (LD) involving flat hands, utilizing all of the fingers to stimulate wave-like movements. This enables the practitioner to feel the rhythm of the body fluids to determine the exact pressure, direction and rhythm needed.
The lymphatic system has three interrelated functions:
It is responsible for the removal of interstitial fluid from tissues.
It absorbs and transports fatty acids and fats to the circulatory system.
It transports immune cells to and from the lymph nodes to bones. The lymph transports antigen-presenting cells (APCs), cells, to the lymph nodes where an immune response is stimulated
These functions are supported by LD. Individuals who live with low levels of immunity can really benefit from LD.
The study of lymphatic drainage of various organs is important in diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of cancer. The lymphatic system, because of its physical proximity to many tissues of the body, is responsible for carrying cancerous cells between the various parts of the body in a process called metastasis. The intervening lymph nodes can trap the cancer cells. If they are not successful in destroying the cancer cells the nodes may become sites of secondary tumors.
Diseases and other problems of the lymphatic system can cause swelling and other symptoms. Problems with the system can impair the body’s ability to fight infections.