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Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic Massage – An holistic treatment which generates feeling of harmonious wellbeing and a sense of unity in which the healing energies of the body can be released. Primary function is to increase circulation, stimulate digestive and endocrine systems thereby aiding the removal of toxins and waste. This in turn brings a balance to the system, which aids emotional feelings. Work is done mainly on tissue.

Pain Relief – using Muscle Energy Technique, Positional Release, Temporo-mandibular Pain and Dysfunction, Chronic Headaches, etc

Swedish Massage – A much stronger massage which concentrates more on the muscle and skeletal form. This massage includes Tapotement (kneading, hacking, cupping, etc). In Sweden it is called Traditional Massage.

Hot Stone Therapy – Using heated basalt stones and oils, this treatment is soothing and relaxing while at the same time energising muscle and tissue.

Thermo Auricular Therapy – Also known as Hopi Ear Candling, this treatment can help with problems concerning excessive wax, sinus congestion, loss of balance, etc.

Aromatherapy Massage – Use of essential oils to stimulate the senses and give relaxation or energy, blended to individual needs.

Thai Foot Massage – Massage of the feet and lower leg which uses trigger points to stimulate organs producing results similar to Therapeutic Massage. This is a milder form of Reflexology.

Ayurvedic Massage - see separate page for details

Tantrism Massage – see separate page for details

Therapeutic massage is most common in the Western world and has evolved from more severe treatments such as Sport’s Injuries, Physiotherapy following serious trauma, etc. However in the rest of the world the World Health Organisation estimates that approximately 80% of the global population still rely on traditional methods from their cultural beliefs.

Aboriginal –The tribal medicine of the indigenous people of Australia has been practised for thousands of years throughout the Southern hemisphere and relies on plant materials such as bark, leaves and seeds. The two most widely used plants are eucalyptus and tea tree as it believes that these are the two causes of illness both natural and supernatural, and so are used in what we now recognise as a homeopathic treatment. Massages include the use of steam, mud baths, charcoal and animal fats, and often include chanting.

Bali Usada – Balinese traditional holistic healing includes both spiritual and physical elements. It uses herbs and spices. In Balinese culture there are two worlds, the conscious reality called sekala and the psychic world called nisekala. When healing illness they believe that both elements have to be used to be successful. The traditional healers are called shamans and often rely on ancestral intervention in their ceremonies

Native American – These people believe that all things in nature are interconnected, including humans, and that every living creature has a corresponding presence in the spiritual world. Shamans will use ceremonial chants and dances and the use of herbs, mainly sage, ginseng, willow bark, feverwort and hops.

Native Hawaiian – Hawaiians practise a sophisticated form of traditional medicine combining healing herbs with fasting, seawater cleansing, steam baths, massage and prayer. This includes l’au lapa’au
which is herbal healing using kava kava, turmeric and other herbs along with energy work and chanting. The main massage used is lomilomi which balances the spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing. Lomilomi translates as “to knead, rub or soothe as with the paws of a contented cat.”

Find out more about the benefits of massage here.
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