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Swedish massage (also known as “classic massage” is one of the most common and widely-known forms of massage. But for the uninitiated, you may be wondering: what exactly is Swedish massage, and what does it involve?
In a nutshell, Swedish massage is a whole-body therapeutic treatment that targets the soft tissue and muscles. It aims to energise the body and promote overall health. relaxation, and wellbeing.
It is widely acknowledged as the foundation of many other Western massage practises, and incorporates five basic strokes: effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (rubbing with thumbs and fingers), and vibration (rhythmic shaking of the massage area).
Potential health benefits of Swedish massage
Receiving a Swedish massage not only feels good, but it also comes with a host of potential health benefits. According to WebMD, a Swedish massage may: stimulate nerves in a way that helps to manage pain and discomfort; boost mood by promoting the production of dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin; relieve tension; and improve flexibility.
How does it feel and who is it for?
Most people would say that a Swedish massage is, first and foremost, relaxing. It’s generally considered to be a soothing experience, promoting a sense of calmness and clarity. And its relative gentleness makes it a great option for those who are new to massage.
It is worth noting, however, that if you are new to massage therapy you may experience slight muscle soreness in the days following your treatment.
But the real beauty of Swedish massage lies in its versatility. It can be of benefit to almost anyone. So whether you’re hoping for pain relief or simple relaxation, it’s a fantastic all-rounder that will almost certainly leave you feeling fresh and fantastic. There’s a reason why it’s so popular, after all.
Where to get one?
If Swedish massage sounds like your cup of tea, then why not book a session at Jesmond Pool? Jala Therapies offer a range of time slots throughout the week, with a choice of a 30, 45, 60, or 90 minute sessions.
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Reflexology is a form of holistic treatment rooted in Chinese healing principles. It’s based on the idea that the soles of the feet (or hands), which are sometimes referred to as reflex zones, contain multitudes of nerve endings which correspond to the rest of the body. By stimulating these small areas it is believed that the body goes into a process of self-healing, helping to improve circulation, reduce stress, and restore balance.
How does reflexology work?
There are over 7000 nerve endings in the human foot, each of which is a reflex point that corresponds to a certain part of the body.
In reflexology, finger and thumb pressure is applied to reflex points in order to stimulate the associated body parts, which in turn encourages homeostasis and self-healing.
A reflexologist works from a ‘map’ of the feet, which is made up of a series of zones. Each zone is internally linked to another part of the body. So by working a particular zone, its intertwining body part is soothed.
Who’s it for?
As with many holistic treatments, reflexology can be enjoyed by a broad range of individuals. Typically, if you’re someone who spends a lot of time standing up, reflexology can provide a good release for offsetting the built-up tension associated with being on your feet all day.
Some people claim that, because reflexology can stimulate nervous function, it can help to increase energy levels and circulation, prevent migraines, and alleviate sleep disorders.
It is also believed that reflexology can help with arthritis, hypertension, and anxiety and depression.
There are, however, times when reflexology may not be the best choice of treatment. To find out more about whether it’s suitable for you, refer to this helpful article. Or, alternatively, speak with a qualified reflexologist.
It’s also worth noting that one of the main goal’s of reflexology is to induce relaxation. It’s not a therapy designed to relieve chronic pain or cure existing ailments. So bear that in mind when considering your reasons for seeking treatment.
During a typical reflexology session, the reflexologist will perform a massage routine which encompasses the entire foot. During the treatment, the therapist will employ a number of techniques designed to target all the pressure points on both feet (sometimes also incorporating the hands and ears).
By working with the full range of reflex points, the therapist can cover, over the course of a session, all the patient’s corresponding internal organs, glands, muscle groups, bones, and nerves.
Of course, the reflexologist will also try to work on any specific problems the client has. But the focus in generally on the whole foot, because the theory of reflexology is based on the idea of overall physical and emotional harmony.
How does it feel?
Generally speaking, most people find reflexology to be very relaxing. Of course, it helps if you don’t mind people touching your feet to begin with!
The nature of this type of treatment is incredibly gentle and non-intrusive, and is unlikely to cause stress and discomfort. And because the pressure applied during reflexology is gentle, it rarely turns out to be an uncomfortable experience.
Get off your feet
If you’re interested in learning more about this type of holistic treatment, why not get in touch with Jala Therapies. They’re experts at all things reflexology, and will happily answer any questions!
A hot stone massage (also known as hot stone therapy) is a type of massage designed to promote relaxation and relieve tension in muscles and tissues.
It involves (as you might imagine) a series of flat, hot, stones being placed on particular parts of the body. These can include the spine, chest, face, stomach, palms, feet, and toes.
It’s a very relaxing and interesting form of massage. And for those who are unfamiliar with it, we’re going to share 5 reasons why a hot stone massage makes for such a wonderful experience.
As mentioned above, a hot stone massage loosens up and relaxes the muscles. The heat from the stones encourages blood flow and opens the muscles up for deeper manipulation. The total effect being a very deep physical relaxation. Good for those with tight and sore muscles!
Though all types of massage can be beneficial in this area, a hot stone massage may prove particularly effective for those seeking pain relief. Due to the temperature of the stones and the extent of muscle relaxation (mentioned above), the therapist is able to go deeper with their massage. This means that a hot stone massage may leave you feeling more rejuvenated than alternative methods that don’t employ heat.
But always remember to let your therapist know if the stones are causing any pain during the massage!
Usually, the heated stones will be placed on specific parts of the body which some people refer to as “energy centres”. When heated, the blood vessels beneath these areas will dilate, which increases blood flow and ultimately encourages better circulation.
Increased circulation also helps to deliver more oxygen to the muscles, which may help to reduce general aches and pains.
Massages are generally known for their stress-relieving qualities, but there’s some real evidence to back up this claim. One study, for example, found that massage therapy can improve both sleep quality and mood. Whilst another showed that cortisol (a stress-related hormone) levels in participants’ saliva had actually decreased after a massage.
Massages in general may also be a way to aid treatment for existing illnesses. According to Mary Beth Braun, President of the AMTA, “Massage therapy can be effective for a variety of conditions, including arthritis, lower back pain, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, circulatory problems, and recovery from a sports injury.” This, then, could potentially help to alleviate symptom-related stress.
Makes you feel good!
If there’s one thing massages are universally praised for, it’s their ability to induce feelings of deep relaxation. They can be incredibly refreshing, especially at the end of a hectic day/week.
Not only that, but a study has found that the pleasurable qualities of a massage can lead to improved body image.
Get some stones
Ultimately a hot stone massage is an experience worth trying. Not only is it relaxing, satisfying, and rejuvenating, but it offers something a little bit different to the average massage. Who knows, it may become your new favourite!
If you’d like more information on this type of massage therapy, keep an eye on the Jala Therapies website (where it will be coming soon). And always remember to consult with a professional if you feel uncertain about whether this type of massage is right for you. Or, for more massage-related content, take a look at The Soothing, Healing Benefits Of An Indian Head Massage.
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The Indian Head Massage is part of an ancient Ayurvedic healing system originated in India thousands of years ago.
Originally developed as a way to promote healthy hair growth in women, it has gone on to become a widely popular form of holistic therapy in the West.
And in an age when we’re constantly on the alert, ever bouncing from stimulus to stimulus, feeling overworked and overburdened, an Indian Head Massage can act as a wonderful anti-stressor.
But as well as being a deeply satisfying way to relax and unwind, an Indian Head Massage may also promote general health and wellbeing. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of this powerful holistic treatment.
Indian Head Massages focus on the upper back, shoulders, neck, and scalp, applying pressure to these areas in order to relieve tension. This physical release has often been associated with the relief of migraine symptoms.
And although the exact causes migraines are unknown, it seems that the increased circulation of cerebral fluid encouraged by a head massage may help ease the symptoms.
Helps with insomnia
As a by-product of the tension relief mentioned above, an Indian Head Massage can also promote feelings of deep relaxation.
Not only will it leave you with an increased sense of well being and calm, but it should also work to induce a more relaxed state of mind. This, in turn, may have a positive effect on your sleep cycle and overall sleep quality.
Promotes hair growth
Tried and true. This is the reason it all began.
When the head and scalp are massaged, oxygen flow to the hair follicles is increased, which in turns helps to encourage hair growth. The contact of the fingers against the scalp also dilates the blood vessels, increasing their levels of absorption.
In order for hair follicles to experience healthy growth, they need lots of nutrients and stimulation. These are both provided through an Indian Head Massage (which also includes oils and moisturisers).
Because an Indian Head Massage stimulates both the body and the mind, promoting cerebral fluid circulation and relaxing the muscles, it can be an extremely energising experience.
This combination of relaxation and stimulation provides an excellent way to reset, both emotionally and physically, and bring balance back to your whole body.
Sinus and respiratory clearing
The pressure points targeted by an Indian Head Massage may also help in clearing and draining blocked sinuses. As well as this, it’s thought that it can also be a beneficial treatment for cleansing the respiratory system.
Get your head screwed on
If all this talk of Indian Head Massages has got your scalp tingling, why not head over to the Jala Therapies website. They offer a wide range of massages and holistic treatments, including, you guessed it, Indian Head Massages!