Massage Definition

Professional therapeutic massage is an age-old healing art, which can alleviate physical, mental and emotional ailments. Systematic, scientific manipulation of body tissues with the hands to relieve pain and reduce swelling, relaxmuscles, and speed healing after strains and sprains. It has been used for more than 3, 000 years by the Chinese. Early inthe 19th century. which was later extended to relieve deformities of arthritis and re-educate muscles following paralysis. Manipulations include light or hard stroking, compression (kneading, squeezing, and friction), and percussion (striking with the edges of the hands in rapid alternation). In acupressure, a style of massage derived from China, pressure is exerted on Chinese acupuncture points for healing effects.

Massage is a scientific method of manipulating the soft tissues of the body to have specific effect. Its objective is the restoration of function, release of tension and the re-establishment of the contours where this is desirable.
Massage Therapy is :

  • The holistic application of physical touch to affect the systems of the body; ie. the muscular, skeletal, digestive, elimination, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine, emotional, mental and nervous systems.
  • It is the manipulation the soft tissues of the body with the hands for therapeutic, healing, relaxing and pleasurable effects.
  • It is the loving touch of the heart expressed through the hands.
  • It is not physiotherapy or any practice of manipulation of the skeletal structure.

Massage Category

There are many different approaches and applications to massage.

Chinese Massage

Chinese massage is the name for a family of massage therapies practiced within traditional Chinese medicine. In traditional Chinese practice, massage is one of the fundamental treatment modalities, along with dietary regulation, herbal medicine, acupuncture / moxibustion, and therapeutic exercise.

Massage as a part of Chinese medical treatment goes back about 4, 000 years. Written massage textbooks began to appear as early as the fourth century B. C. along with the earliest Chinese medical texts. Massage appears to have developed alongside both therapeutic exercise (qigong) and acupuncture, as it depends on the same understanding of the meridians and the flow of qi in the human body. The type of massage known as qi healing, or curing with external qi, was developed by master teachers of qigong.

Foot Massage

Foot massage or foot reflexology has a Chinese origin. It dates back to more than 3, 000 years ago and is used in the prevention and cure of many health ailments. The principle of foot massage rests in the premise that the meridian network connects all tissues, organs and cells in our body. Each organ in the body is connected to a specific reflex point on the foot through the intermediary of 300 nerves. A trained foot reflexologist can put pressure on different meridians or energy lines on the sole and side of the feet to determine the cause of illness.

By using pressure to these the reflex points, the foot massage is good for stimulating the activity internal organs, and to improve blood and lymph circulation. Thus, the top to bottom well being of a person can be made through the foot.

Foot massage is fast gaining much popularity and acceptance as an alternative health treatment. Fans of foot massage believe it can cure not only colds and minor ailments, but more serious ailments as well. These ailments include liver dysfunction, constipation problems, chronic headaches, skin allergies, etc.

Infant Massage

Infant massage has been practiced by other cultures for centuries. Vimala Schneider McClure brought this ancient art to the United States in the 1970's, after she observed the positive effect it had on infants in India. She practiced the Indian massage strokes on her own baby and observed its benefits first hand.

Facial Massage

Facial massage is a very popular Western beauty treatment to slow down the aging process and achieve younger looking and healthier skin. It is also used to relieve stress, migraine headache, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and sinus congestion. It may involve a whole massage session, a portion of a whole-body massage or a part of a facial treatment. Facial massage can be done by a professional massage therapist, an esthetician, or a cosmetologist. Simple massage can also be done at home. Massage of the face is usually done with the hands; however, mechanical massaging devices are also used in beauty salons or spas. A small amount of oil or lotion is often applied to facilitate movement over the delicate facial areas.

Swedish Massage

a general whole body massage using oils on the skin to facilitate treatment. This is the basis of all Western forms of massage treatment.

Shiatsu

with this Japanese style you generally stay dressed and are treated on the floor shiatsu. This system balances all bodily systems. Deep Tissue, this approach is powerful and often painful although the benefits can be great. It is helpful in restructuring the body, improving posture.

Holistic Pulsing

clothes on, you are gently rocked, the rocking or pulsing releasing tension.

Sensual Massage

usually both the client and therapist are naked and there is usually some sexual arousal. This is excellent for couples to help develop intimacy.

Tantric Massage

usually a sensual massage whereby the therapist assists you to understand and control or re-direct energy. A basic understanding and acceptance of the human aura and energy centers is advisable before taking this treatment (although some therapists within the sex industry use this term for sensual - sexual massage without any real knowledge of what tantra is, as it is a trendy concept). With a qualified therapist it can be of great benefit toward liberation of body, mind and spirit.

Skydance Spiritual Massage

a new style lasting two to three hours that is a combination of massage styles that works to balance the physical structure, induce deep relaxation in a way that promotes your spiritual awareness and empowers your consciousness skydance. It has similarities to Kahuna, Tantric and Lomi-Lomi massage.

Aroma Therapy

the use of naturally occurring essential oils to enhance treatment. Often used as a treatment in themselves with different oils being applied to different parts of the body.

In All There Are Over 400 Recognised Styles Of Massage.

Massage Benefits

Massage Therapy helps relaxation, releasing stress and tension in our bodies. Too much unresolved stress in our lives can cause constant muscular tension. This tension or tightness reduces the flow of blood and oxygen to the muscles and organs and also restricts nerve & lymph supply. Tension creates a tendency for a build up of toxins in the body, and reduces the flow of the more subtle energy or life force (Prana or Chi). Tension can lead to symptomatic feelings of fatigue, heaviness, aches and pains, tightness of muscles and stiffness. Muscular stress can increase the likelihood of strains and injuries. Muscular stress also distorts the skeletal structure which further compounds existing problems and creates new ones.

The following are some of the beneficial results that you can receive from massage treatments:

  • Improve circulation Increase blood circulation and the flow of tissue fluid (lymph).
  • Improve lymphatic drainage
  • Help breathing Stimulate breathing Assist the flow of nutrients & oxygen to tissues
  • Lower the heart and pulse rate
  • Detoxify the body systems Hasten excretion or waste products
  • Assist weight loss
  • Nourish the skin (with the right oils) Promote nourishment, repair and renewal of body cells
  • Assist in removal of deposits of tissue
  • Stimulate activity in skin and its glands
  • Improve muscle tone Induce muscle tone
  • Soothe and relax nerves
  • Relieve Stress
  • Release emotional tension
  • Relieve pain in certain conditions
  • Relax mind and body deeply
  • Give pleasure
  • Create a feeling of well-being

Contra-indications are situations where it is advisable to be cautious about having massage treatment.
Conditions such as : Acute inflammation, redness, swelling, marked breathing difficulty, fever, skin rash, Varicose veins.
If you have any of these conditions or other concerns, check with your therapist at the time of booking your treatment.