All about Massage

MASSAGE THERAPY

Massage therapy is one of the oldest and most effective methods of healing. There are many different methods of massage from many different cultures – some of them ancient.

Varieties of massage range from gentle stroking and kneading of muscles and soft tissue, to deeper manual techniques. Massage therapists may use their hands or other carefully selected implements to manipulate the muscles and soft tissues of the body to improve health and well being. Massage has been practice as a healing therapy for centuries in nearly every culture around the world. It helps to relieve muscle tension, reduce stress and evoke feelings of relaxation and calm. Although massage benefits on both a physical and emotional level, it particularly influences the activity of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems.

HOW MASSAGE WORKS

The healing power of human touch has been employed for centuries for physical and emotional healing. Different massage techniques either stimulate or calm the body’s muscles and tissues, depending on the desired result. When a massage therapist massages soft tissue, electrical signals are transmitted both to the local area and throughout the body. These signals, together with the healing benefits of touch, help to heal damaged muscle, stimulate circulation, clear waste products via the lymphatic system, boost the immune system, reduce pain and tension, and induce a calming affect. Massage may also bring about a feeling of well being by stimulating the release of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators), as well as reducing the levels of certain stress hormones.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A MASSAGE THERAPY SESSION
The massage therapist is likely to ask you about any symptoms you have, and question you about your medical history. He or she will then leave the room to allow you to undress and make yourself comfortable on the massage table. You may retain your underwear if you feel more relaxed that way. A sheet is draped over your body during the session, and moved to expose the part of your body being worked on at any given time. Massage oil or lotion is used to reduce friction between the therapist’s hands and your skin, and also for the healing benefits of the oils and lotions.

The room is kept warm and free of distractions, and soft relaxing music is often played in the background. The manner in which the therapist massages your body depends on the problem being treated, and a massage session may last from half an hour to one and a half hours. Follow-up sessions may be suggested to treat acute problems.

THE BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY
Massage is generally believed to support healing on many different levels, including physical, emotional and spiritual, which makes it an ideal holistic healing therapy. Not only does it support healing, but it also helps to boost energy levels, increase mental alertness, reduce recovery time after injury or surgery, ease pain, enhance relaxation, mood and well-being. Massage therapy may be beneficial in the treatment of many musculoskeletal problems such as back pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and sprains and strains. It may also be beneficial to those suffering from depression as a result of chronic fatigue syndrome, ease constipation, alleviate sleep disorders, and improve self-image.


The A-Z of Massage at Amani Spas

Classic Swedish Massage
Using our signature organic coconut oil, enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating full body massage providing immediate relief for stiff, tired and aching muscles.

Available at Amani Spa: Sandton, Rosebank, Waterfront Cape Town

Punguza Deep Tissue Massage
Punguza meaning “relieve”, is a therapeutic massage, which tackles the deeper layers of muscle tissue. This is perfect for the active individual who is prone to strains and injuries.

Available at Amani Spa: Sandton, Rosebank, Waterfront Cape Town, Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge, Bush Lodge, Earth Lodge, Simbambili Game Lodge, Thornybush Game Lodge

Aromatherapy Massage
A gentle full body massage using therapeutic aromatic plant oils to relax the body, calm the mind and connect with your soul.

Available at Amani Spa: Sandton, Rosebank, Waterfront Cape Town, Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge, Bush Lodge, Earth Lodge, Simbambili Game Lodge, Thornybush Game Lodge

Lefika Hot Stone Massage
A sensory massage using our signature organic coconut oil and natural river stones, which radiate heat, relieving muscular aches and tension while hydrating the skin.

Available at Amani Spa: Sandton, Rosebank, Waterfront Cape Town, Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge, Bush Lodge, Earth Lodge, Simbambili Game Lodge, Thornybush Game Lodge

African Rungu Massage
Using a traditional African wooden baton, long strokes and deep pressure, this unique massage reduces muscle aches and pains, improves blood circulation and lymph drainage, while toning the muscles and providing instant relaxation.

Available at Amani Spa: Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge, Bush Lodge, Earth Lodge, Simbambili Game Lodge, Thornybush Game Lodge

Ikêtla Neck, Back & Shoulder Massage
Ikêtla meaning “unwind”, is a deeply relaxing massage which targets sore muscles from the shoulder, back and neck areas.

Available at Amani Spa: Sandton, Rosebank, Waterfront Cape Town, Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge, Bush Lodge, Earth Lodge, Simbambili Game Lodge, Thornybush Game Lodge

Reflexology (Subject to therapist availability)
A traditional pressure point massage, stimulating energy flows and balancing the body.

Mama Mio treatments available at Amani Spa: Sandton, Rosebank, Waterfront Cape Town

Foot Ritual
This sole indulgence begins with a soak and polish, followed by a relaxing foot massage, soothing sore and tired feet, improving circulation, softening and nourishing dry skin.

Available at Amani Spa: Sandton, Rosebank, Waterfront Cape Town

Scalp & Neck Massage
A relaxing hair, scalp and neck treatment, using a pure blend of our signature organic coconut oil.

Available at Amani Spa: Sandton, Rosebank, Waterfront Cape Town

Soul of Africa Massage
Using our signature organic coconut oil, enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating full body massage providing immediate relief for stiff, tired and aching muscles.

Available at Amani Spa: Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge, Bush Lodge, Earth Lodge, Simbambili Game Lodge, Thornybush Game Lodge

Mom-To-Be Massage
Using natural safe oils for pregnancy, this relaxing full body massage relieves and eliminates the discomforts of pregnancy by soothing tired and aching muscles. (Not recommended in the 1st trimester of pregnancy).

Available at Amani Spa: Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge, Bush Lodge, Earth Lodge, Simbambili Game Lodge, Thornybush Game Lodge

The Traveller
Enjoy an Amani Foot Ritual combined with an Ikêtla Back, Neck & Shoulder massage.

Available at Amani Spa: Sandton, Rosebank, Waterfront Cape Town, Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge, Bush Lodge, Earth Lodge, Simbambili Game Lodge, Thornybush Game Lodge

Couples Massages
Swedish, Punguza, Lefika and Aromatherapy

Available at Amani Spa: Sandton, Rosebank, Waterfront Cape Town