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.
Acupressure is a technique of Chinese Traditional Medicine and is often described as 'acupuncture without needles'. Deep finger pressure is applied at certain points and can reduce tension, increase circulation and offer pain relief for many complaints, and removes energy blockages to promote good health. These points follow the energy channels of the body's meridian lines. Acupressure is one of the massage therapies that encompasses the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit.
Aromatherapy is the art of applying essential oils combined with relaxation massage. These types of massage are designed to improve physical and emotional well-being. The essential oils have been extracted from various parts of certain plants. They are easily absorbed through the skin with a gentle caring massage by a professional aromatherapist and works on a physical, mental and emotional level. The selected essential oils and base massage oil are combined to create a unique mix for each persons needs. The oils can also be used in oil burners for inhalation or in the bath to provide therapeutic outcomes.
Foot Reflexology is an entire system of massage therapies devoted to the feet. The feet map out the entire body through a reflex mechanism so that by stimulating a certain area of the foot a corresponding organ or body part is simultaneously stimulated. The hands and ears are other areas of the body which have similar reflex maps inherent in their structure, but the feet correspond to the chronic state of the organs, etc., rather than to acute or sub-acute levels. Periodic deep massage of the feet in a systematic manner can provide beneficial results in clearing up deep-seated metabolic irregularities and malfunctions. Reflexology delivers thorough and deep types of massage which are primarily therapeutic in intent, although, because of the reflex action involved, one's entire body feels as if it had just received a full massage after a Reflexology treatment.
Lymphatic Drainage a gentle whole body treatment which relaxes the nervous system and aids the body's immune system. It involves a range of specialised and gentle rhythmic pumping techniques to move skin in the direction of the lymph flow through a network of lymph vessels and lymph nodes. This supports the body to naturally eliminate excess toxins, dead cells, viruses, bacteria and chemicals. Other benefits of these types of massage are: relieving fluid congestion, promoting wound healing, relieve stress and anxiety. Dr Emil Vodder has created a unique range of movement regarding the lymph system and this method is gaining acceptance in the treatment and control of lymphedema.
Remedial Massage / Deep Tissue Massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body, through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, by either following or crossing over the muscle fibres, fascia and tendons. These types of massage therapy are usually used to address specific problems associated with chronic muscular pain, injury rehabilitations, sporting and occupational injuries, RSI, and physical and mental fatigue. The techniques can include Trigger Point Therapy, deep tissue massage and stretching thereby creating an improved range of motion through the joints. It's important to drink plenty of water after a deep-tissue session to help eliminate toxins from the body.
Shiatsu is a traditional healing art based on TCM. It combines massage, stretching, and gentle physical pressure along meridian channels and pressure points. Acupuncture also uses these meridians and pressure points to balance the body's energy (known as "Ki" or "Chi"). Each meridian relates to an organ function. When the meridians are balanced, the tissues, muscles, nerves, metabolism and emotions are balanced. The practitioner uses fingers, palms, elbows, knees and feet to unblock and stimulate the flow of energy along the meridian lines. This is a holistic therapy designed to uplift and harmonise your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. Can provide relief from specific problems such as: lower back pain, migraines, insomnia, depression, sinusitis, asthma etc. The therapist can also complement massage therapies by offering additional support with corrective yoga exercises, nutritional guidance and holistic counselling.