Advanced Massage Techniques

Advanced massage techniques may be incorporated into any complementary therapy to enhance the therapeutic benefits of the treatment.

Soft Tissue Release

A quick and effective technique which releases localised areas of muscle tension by combining pressure and stretching. Local areas of tight and adhered muscle fibres are locked and the tissue stretched away from the point.

Myofascial Trigger Points

Muscles which have been held in excessive tone for some time result in the formation of narrow bands of fibres which become hardened. These areas are very tender and may 'twitch' when a finger is slid over the muscle fibres. By applying pressure directly on the area, pain and muscle tone are reduced. This is followed by passive or active stretches which provide relief. A stretching programme will help to prevent reoccurrence and is advisable.

Ayurvedic Massage

The Rig Veda, the oldest and most important ancient Hindu manuscript, dating back over 4000 years, depicts a high regard for plants, as humanity was seen as a part of nature and the handling of herbs as a sacred task. Their understanding of the healing properties of plants developed into the traditional Indian and Ayurvedic system of medicine still practised today.

Ayurvedic massage is only a small part of this total natural health care system. Abhyanga is a specialised synchronised massage performed by two therapists which incorporates the use of oils and gentle lymphatic drainage techniques which treats the whole body resulting in complete relaxation.