All about Massage
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 effect. 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
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Classic Swedish Massage
A full body massage using an array of techniques, provides immediate relief for aching muscles, improves circulation and reduces stress.
Deep Tissue Sports Massage
A deep massage designed to alleviate tension of overstressed muscles, stimulating the lymphatic and circulatory systems.
A gentle, therapeutic full body massage using a blend of aromatic plant oils to induce relaxation and equilibrium in the body.
Lefika Hot Stone Massage
A sensory massage using heated natural river stones and organic coconut oils to relieve muscle aches & tension.
Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage
Relieves tension in the back, neck & shoulders.
A traditional pressure point foot massage to balance the body, stimulate energy flows and relieve stress.
A luxurious foot soak and scrub is followed by a relaxing massage, soothing tired and aching feet.
Scalp and Neck Massage
A relaxing treatment using organic coconut oil and pressure points to relieve tension in the scalp, neck & shoulders.
A therapeutic foot ritual followed by a relaxing back, neck and shoulder massage.
African Rungu Massage
Using a traditional african wooden baton, this unique massage reduces muscle tension, providing instant relaxation.
Focuses on relieving tension in the back, neck & shoulder areas.
This relaxing full body massage relieves and soothes tired and aching muscles. (not recommended in the 1st trimester).