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Massage, the systematic manipulation of muscles and soft-tissue, has proven over centuries to restore and enhance a physical sense of well being and fitness. Besides reducing the negative effects of daily stress on your body, regular massage will help normalize blood pressure, decrease insomnia, strengthen the immune system and restore the elasticity of muscles and joints. While there are many ‘clinical’ proofs of the benefits, massage will prove itself to you when you experience it at its best.
Here at Kure Spa our Licensed Massage Therapists have broad training and deep experience in many of the most popular modalities. These include:
Swedish Massage is the most common and best known type of massage. It involves long, fluid strokes of muscles and tissues with pressure that varies from light to medium to fir
m. This type of massage is considered to be one of the most relaxing styles. Your massage therapists will adjust the pressure according to your sensitivity and preference.
A no-nonsense massage that aims to stretch tight muscles, stimulate inactive muscles and improve soft tissue condition. Sports Massage can enable you to move your body more freely with more flexibility and in time can improve your posture. As the name suggests it is popular with sports people, as it enhances performance, assists recovery and prevents injury. These are benefits we can all enjoy.
Deep Tissue/Deep Trigger Massage
Deep Tissue Massage, is a deeper more intense massage. This technique uses slow, deep-guided strokes and firm pressure designed to relieve severe tension and reach below the superficial muscles. Deep Tissue Massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain and soreness in both large and small muscle groups.
Although commonly referred to as reflexology massage, the process is not actually a massage in the the usual sense. In a massage, pressure is applied over large parts of the body to target circulatory and muscular systems. Reflexology massage is a therapeutic alternative treatment that is based on the notion that certain areas of the feet are connected by nerves to other parts of the body. In reflexology, pressure that is applied to a particular reflex point can remedy problems that are associated with specific body parts and organs. A point that is on the arch of your foot for example can correspond to the proper functioning of the liver. Stimulating those points with finger pressure promotes health in those organs and glands via the body’s energetic pathways. When done by a skilled practitioner, reflexology is a deeply relaxing treatment with benefits that can be felt throughout the body. The therapist will use various techniques that include holds, finger pressure, kneading, rotation and rubbing.
Benefits of Reflexology Massage
- Reduces Stress – stress makes our body more prone to diseases. Reflexology aids in reducing stress by helping the body heal itself and regain balance. The moment reflexology massage is started; relaxation begins immediately as confirmed by brain activity measured by EEG.
- Improves Blood Circulation – blood carries nutrients to the cells and oxygen all over the body while at the same time removing toxins such as metabolic wastes. Our blood needs to flow freely to be able to perform its tasks efficiently. With reflexology, the flow of blood to the brain, feet, intestines and kidneys is increased. The reason could be that reflexology relaxes the body, which includes our cardiovascular system, and thus allow it to pump blood easily and naturally.
- Stimulates Function of the Nerve – reflexology massage encourages clearing and opening of neural pathways and stimulates more than 7,000 nerves located in the feet. In addition, reflexology reduces pain by interrupting pain pathways.
- Improves the Immune System – through a reflexology massage, the lymphatic system is induced thereby reducing the danger of infection. The massage eliminates toxins and encourages production of endorphins, which increases the feeling of well-being and immune power.
- Increases the Level of Energy – energy is revitalized by reflexology massage by relaxing and stimulating energy pathways.
- Helps in Recovery after Operation – reflexology massage aids in faster recovery from surgery through the reduction of pain. Thus it helps in reducing the use of analgesics.
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Cranial Sacral Therapy
Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction, and improve whole-body health and performance. With a light touch, the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the cranial sacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the cranial sacral system. By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord, and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, Cranial Sacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.
What conditions does Cranial Sacral Therapy address?
Migraines and Headaches – Chronic Neck and Back Pain – Autism –
Stress and Tension-Related Disorders – Motor-Coordination Impairments –
Infant and Childhood Disorders – Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries – Chronic Fatigue – Fibromyalgia – TMJ Syndrome – Scoliosis – Central Nervous System Disorders – Learning Disabilities – ADD/ADHD – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Orthopedic Problems
It is easy to think of massage as a luxury to indulge on occasions, but one of the most beneficial times for massage may be during pregnancy. Prenatal Massage is specifically tailored to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies. Carrying a baby inside of woman changes her center of gravity and puts a lot of stress on her back, neck, abdominal muscles and shoulders. Pregnancy also relaxes her ligaments, so that her pelvic joints are less stable, and changes her posture, pulling her pelvis forward. In addition, the extra weight she carries also puts stress on the lower back. Prenatal Massage is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness because it relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling).
Thai Yoga Massage and Body Work
Thai Yoga Body Work is a dynamic bodywork therapy with origins dating back 2,500 years. It is based upon both yoga and Ayurveda practices. In this unique healing system of Thai Yoga body work the practitioner guides the client through a series of supine and seated yoga postures, while palming, stretching, and thumbing along the body’s energy (‘Sen’) lines and pressure points. By pressing and stretching specific muscle groups and pressure points in the body, Thai Yoga body work can enhance the flow of energy thereby promoting optimal health.
Yoga is generally accepted as being an effective way of remaining healthy and flexible. Thai body work is ultimately a passive way of obtaining these benefits of yoga and more. When muscles are tense, they become shorter even when not consciously contracting. This can happen due to overworking them, under-using them, and/or constrained by emotional tension. Thai yoga manipulation techniques can be used to relieve these types of tension, chronic pain, stiffness and loss of flexibility. These manipulations are designed to stretch the accessible muscles just a little more than they would normally be stretched under the action of the antagonistic muscles. Together these actions result in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically.
Thai yoga bodywork can be done for the whole body but it is more effective to focus bodywork on those regions that can be adequately treated in the time. Thai Yoga Massage is performed on a mat or on the floor. Both the client and practitioner are dressed in comfortable clothing allowing ease of movement and flexibility. Thai Bodywork is especially beneficial for upper and lower back pain, shoulder and neck pain, headaches and sore, tight hamstrings. It is not recommended to anyone with serious heart conditions, high blood pressure, people with severe osteoporosis, or who have artificial joints, certain skin conditions or for pregnant women.
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