Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
SWEDISH MASSAGE TECHNIQUES
Additional Swedish massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Before and during your Swedish massage session, communication is encouraged with your professional massage therapist so that your massage is customized to your specific needs.
Level of training
I have been trained at Technikon Natal over 24 years ago and find most Spa’s advocate they do SWEDISH MASSAGE but actually do not. I have made sure all my therapist have followed all the correct techniques and pressure when doing a Swedish massage so the client can indeed feel rejuvenated and their muscles relaxed thereafter.
MANUAL LYMPH DRAINAGE
Lymphatic drainage massage is a form of gentle massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body.
The fluid in the lymphatic system helps remove waste and toxins from the bodily tissues. Some health conditions can cause lymph fluid to build up. Lymphatic drainage massages can benefit people with lymphedema, fibromyalgia, and other conditions.
What are the benefits?
Lymphatic massage on the fingers
Lymphatic massage can improve circulation and reduce swelling.
While the heart continuously pumps blood through the blood vessels, the lymphatic system relies on the movement of smooth muscles to transport the fluid through the lymph vessels. Health conditions can interrupt the normal flow of lymph, causing lymph fluid to build up in a particular area of the body, often in the arms or legs, where it can causing swelling. This condition is called lymphedema. People can develop lymphedema as a result of infections, cancer treatments that involve the removal of lymph nodes, and any condition that damages the lymphatic system. Lymphatic massage can reduce swelling and improve circulation throughout the lymphatic system. The lymphatic massage usually forms part of a treatment program called decongestive lymphatic therapy (DLT).
DLT for lymphedema includes:
- lymphatic drainage massage
- compression garments
- skin care
Who can benefit?
Lymphatic drainage massage can benefit people who are experiencing the following:
- swelling or oedema
- skin disorders
- digestive problems
- migraine episodes
People should not have a lymphatic massage if they have congestive heart failure, blood clots, kidney problems, infections, or circulation problems. If a person has any medical conditions, they should talk to a doctor before trying a lymphatic massage.
What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a form of therapeutic bodywork from Japan. It uses kneading, pressing, soothing, tapping, and stretching techniques and is performed without oils through light, comfortable clothing.
“Shiatsu” translates as “finger pressure.” There are different styles of Shiatsu, all of which have roots in one of three systems that developed in Japan in the early 1900s as a result of a resurgence of Japan’s traditional medical therapies, including acupuncture and anma massage. Shiatsu developed at this time from the integration of traditional Japanese manual therapies with modern western medical knowledge.
How can Shiatsu benefit your health and wellbeing?
Shiatsu is a non-invasive therapy that may help reduce stress and contribute to overall wellbeing. Proponents believe that it has both preventative and remedial effects.
Shiatsu can be used in the treatment of a wide range of internal, musculoskeletal, and emotional conditions. It is thought to reduce muscle stiffness, stimulate the skin, aid digestion, and influence the nervous system. Shiatsu is used to treat a wide range of chronic conditions, such as headaches, PMS, digestive disorders, fatigue, insomnia, fibromyalgia, stress, anxiety, and musculoskeletal pain, including low back, neck, and joint pain. The effect may be stimulating and invigorating or calming and sedative, depending on the goal of the session.
What are the principles of Shiatsu?
One of the fundamental concepts of Chinese/Japanese medicine is Qi (pronounced “chee”). This is the vital energy in our body that underlies all functioning. Qi flows in specific pathways called meridians. The Shiatsu therapist accesses the Qi through points along the meridians called Vital Points. Health is present when there is abundant Qi in the meridians and the flow is unobstructed. When the Qi becomes deficient or out of balance or the flow is obstructed, symptoms arise. Seemingly minor signs emerge, such as regular colds and flu, weekly or daily headaches, body aches and muscular pain, or digestive difficulties. These are indications of the imbalance of Qi. Shiatsu stimulates and harmonizes the flow of Qi throughout the body.
Foot-Therapy-2The IIR is the only reflexology school licensed to teach the Original Ingham Method® of Reflexology. The foot and hand reflexology charts used during our classes are exactly as Eunice Ingham produced them back in the 1930s. If you want to achieve the best results, beware of imitations.
The Original Ingham Method Of Reflexology
The Original Ingham Method® of Reflexology has survived for over sixty years because it works. Whilst we continue to develop our techniques, the basis of our work is exactly the same as Eunice documented.
“Stories the Feet Can Tell Through Reflexology” and “Stories the Feet Have Told Through Reflexology” are two books written by Eunice Ingham, which give case studies demonstrating the effectiveness of her work.
Graduates of the Reflexology have reported thousands of case studies, each demonstrating that Reflexology has delivered significant health benefits to clients of all ages and presenting with a wide range of health problems.
Foot Therapy Foot reflexology is by far the most popular form of reflexology practised in South Africa
It is based on the principle that there are reflex points on the feet that correspond to every organ, gland and part of the body. For example, the toes represent the head and the ball of the foot represents the chest and lung region.
A reflexologist will begin a foot reflexology treatment by undertaking a thorough health, diet and lifestyle consultation. Following this, they will examine your feet and may ask further questions. The treatment will then begin with some general relaxation techniques, followed by a precise thumb and finger-walking technique aimed at applying pressure to every reflex area on the top and bottom of the foot.
A reflexologist will always work both feet as part of a full treatment. The left foot represents the left side of the body and the right foot represents the right side of the body. Reflexology is not ticklish as a firm pressure is used. If a particular part of the body is out of balance, the corresponding reflex may feel tender or sore during the treatment. It is important that you let the practitioner know so that steps may be taken to rectify this discomfort. Generally, people describe any areas of tenderness as a ‘sweet pain’ which is both bearable and beneficial. A full foot reflexology treatment will generally last 30-40 minutes.