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Massage 101

Massage 101

What is a Massage

Massage is the manipulation of soft tissue in the body. Massage techniques are commonly applied in the body with hands, finger, elbows, knees, forearms, feet or a device. The purpose of massage is generally for the treatment of body stress or pain.

Massage is good for people of all ages. There are several benefits for having a good massage- one good experience with us will enlighten you.

Benefits of Massage

Reduces stress:

A massage session is a great way to unwind and de-stress. However clients are sure to notice themselves feeling relaxed and at ease for days and even weeks after their appointment

Reduce pain:

Massage is a great alternative for painkillers. Instead of choking up your liver with NSAID drugs, you should invest in a massage. A massage session will help you reduce pain, chronic stiffness, lower back pain etc.

Eliminate toxins:

Stimulating your soft body tissue will help to release toxins through your blood and lymphatic systems.

Improve flexibility:

Massage therapist will lose and relax your muscles helping your body to achieve its full range of body reflexes.

Improve sleep:

A massage will enhance body relaxation and help boost your mood. Going to bed with relaxed and loosened muscles promotes a good night sleep, and you will feel less tired in the morning.

What to do after a Massage

Drink lots of fluid (water)

Eat lots of fruit (good diet)

Rest as much as you can

Have a bath

Our Massage Services:

  • Deep Tissue
  • Hot stone massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Aromatherapy
  • Pregnancy massage
  • Thai yoga massage
  • Shiatsu massage
  • Nuru body-to-body Massage
  • Reflexology [Foot Massage]
  • Body steamer (etc)

HOT STONE MASSAGE

This type of massage therapy is basically recommended for persons with tough muscle pains. The hot stone massage is initiated to help soften your hard tissue knots and relieve acute-to-medium body aches.

The process: – Hot stone massage is done with already heated round-smooth flat stones made of basalt, (a type of volcanic rocks that retain heat). The stones are placed on some specific areas of the body. The stones may be placed on the unclad body of the, around the spine, stomach, chest, face(there are specific sizes for the face), palms and feet… by the masseuse to heat up those body parts before applying medium to mild massaging.

The stones are usually heated between 130 to 145 degrees, specific heat capacity that is ideal for the skin.

Benefits:

  • Helps relieve sharp pain and muscle tension
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Promotes good sleep
  • Boost immunity

Swedish massage

This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long strokes in the direction of blood retuning to the heart with massage oil. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for promoting an increase in the level of oxygen in the blood stream-decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.

Deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage. But the deeper pressure applied in deep tissue massage is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of the muscle tissues.

Nuru massage

Nuru massage is a Japanese erotic massage which originated from Kawasaki, Japan. This massage technique requires a masseuse to rub their body against the client’s body when both parties are unclad- but covered with an odorless and transparent massage oil/lotion.

The term Nuru means “smooth” in the Japanese language. To achieve a Nuru massage session, client and masseur has to be neat (bathed) before the session begins. Nuru massage may stir up emotions and sexual fantasies, but is quite different from an erotic massage and it is legal and ideal for those who are looking for something to spice up their life.

Benefits:

  • Helps build confidence and sensuality
  • Provides rejuvenation that your body deserves
  • A powerful way to get pleasurable experience and also help your organs work best
  • Keep your mind healthy and your body in perfect harmony
  • Enhance your sense of touch in body and awake sensuality
  • Nuru massage is intimate in nature and has effective result you can only feel
  • Nuru massage is best for the enhancement of emotional and physical connection within
  • It is beneficial for both genders.

Body steaming as a form of massage

Body steaming is a process where both men and women are seated in a steam room or sauna steam tent with a towel, for a period of 15 to 20 minutes. Steaming the body is another way to relax, unwind and clear their skin.

Steam rooms can help your heart, lungs, sinuses, muscles and mental health. This is usually found in a gym house or spa. A mobile sauna tent can also be brought to you at your home or hotel.

The temperature inside a steam room is generally between 110 and 114 with humidity level of 100 percent.

Benefits of body steaming

Relief of Tension:

A well-known fact is: heat can be of big assistance when it comes to relieving tension and pain. Heat is energy transfer; and it is great at stimulating blood supply thus delivering more oxygen and nutrients to your muscles, nerves and bones, which ultimately facilitate a healing process.

Heat causes you to sweat, therefore helps your body to eliminate toxins that may be causing your pain and stiffness.

Stress Relief:

 Tension causes body stress but the good news is; visiting a steam room can help eliminate massive stress. However, a steam room can also help to relieve mental stress effectively.

Our bodies are full of adrenaline, and a stressful lifestyle can eventually cause both mental and physical health issues.

During a steam session, the body reduces production of adrenaline due to the heat present environment, thereby causing your brain to relax.

The heat and moisture in air present in a steam room secretes a hormone called endorphins.

Weight Loss:

Losing weight is a goal that many people have and if you eat right, exercise, and go into a steam room too, your chances of being successful are much higher.

The simple fact: a 30 minutes body steaming session can help you burn as much as 500 calories. Since being in steam room is almost like an exercise for your body, it also helps to increase your metabolism.

Your metabolic rate refers to how fast your body can process calories and turn them into energy instead of storing those calories as body fat.

Promotes Healthy Skin:

One of the surprised benefits you might not know about steam rooms or sweat rooms is that: they can greatly enhance the appearance of your skin. You might need to exfoliate the skin and shower after steaming for that beautiful skin glow.

Opens the sinuses:

The heat from a steam room opens up the mucous membranes, thereby enabling free passage of air through the lungs and nasal cavity.

Steam rooms will help eradicate congestion in the sinuses and lungs, therefore it is locally (applied to modern day) used to treat cold and aid breathing.

Risks

To avoid risk of dehydrating the body due to the heat, it is advisable to spend not longer than 15 to 20 minutes inside the steam room or sauna tent. It is important to drink plenty of water beforehand, as well.

Due to this extreme heat in the steam rooms, there are certain people who are advised to avoid them:

  • Pregnant women
  • Anyone with heart disease
  • Those with very low or high blood pressure
  • Anyone with epilepsy
  • Those taking antibiotic
  • Users of mind-altering drugs, such as stimulants, or alcohol

Note

If someone with the listed health issues above has any concern about using a steam room, or sauna tent please consult with your doctor

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