Karin has been operating a caring, holistic massage clinic to improve health and well-being for over 25 years.
What is massage technique?
Massage is the practice of influencing soft tissue by physical, functional, and in some cases psychological purposes and goals by accredited professionals. Massage involves acting on and inspiring the client's body with pressure (structured, unstructured, stationary, and/or moving), tension, motion, or vibration done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, and/or organs. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, forearm, and feet.
There are many benefits of massage an there are many ways in which the benefits of massage can improve the quality of your life. Many people think the benefits of massage are restricted to relaxation (which in itself is hugely important!), but there are numerous other health and wellbeing benefits.
Peer-reviewed medical research has shown that the benefits of massage include: pain relief, reduced anxiety and depression, and reduced blood pressure, heart rate. The release of endorphins and serotonin can prevent fibrosis or scar tissue, increase the flow of lymph, and improve sleep.
Relief from pain due to musculoskeletal injuries and other causes is one of the other major benefits of massage. It can also relieve tension headaches. Acupressure or trigger point massage may be very beneficial in relieving back pain.
Massage has been shown to reduce subclinical depression.
Massage stimulates the immune system by increasing blood flow and lymph drainage. It improves circulation and relieves congestion in the tissues. It stimulates the production of blood cells and promotes lymph flow which hastens the elimination of cellular wastes. It helps clear muscles of lactic and uric acid that build up during exercise and relaxes muscle hypertonicity as well as relieves muscle tension.
Massage assists the body's natural ability to heal itself. It relaxes and tones the muscles preventing injuries, increases circulation and therefore improves the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to all body cells.
One of the best benefits of massage is that it makes you feels great!!!
Deep massage can separate fascial fibres, and prevent the formation of adhesions and helps reduction of inflammation and oedema in joints and soft tissue. Massage stimulates increased proprieties and kinesthetic awareness of the body.
Following are the techniques Karin uses in her massage clinic.
Trigger Point Work - Trigger points or trigger sites are described as hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibres. Trigger point practitioners believe that palpable nodules are tight muscle bands and a common cause of pain.
Deep Myofascial Massage - this method works directly on the restricted fascia. The practitioners use knuckle or elbow, or other tools, to slowly sink into the fascia. The pressure, a few kg of force, contacts the restricted fascia, then puts a tension or stretch on the fascia. Fascia is sometimes referred to as deep tissue.
Did you know that each essential oil has different healing properties? For example, some calm while others energize. Here are some widely used essential oils and their properties:
calming – chamomile, lavender, geranium
uplifting – ylang ylang, clary sage, rose, neroli
energizing – rosemary
cleansing – rosemary
decongesting – eucalyptus, pine, tea tree
Did you know that as a holistic treatment, aromatherapy can have a profound effect on physical and psychological well-being? There exists the belief that scent, as the most enduring of our senses, has the power to transform our emotions and heal our bodies.
Karin uses pure Aromatherapy oils for your massage. Aromatherapy has been around for some 6000 years and involves the use of pure essential oils (fragrant plant extracts). In an aromatherapy massage, individual blends are prepared by the practitioner in a base of cold pressed oil and then applied to the patient's skin through a remedial or relaxing massage.