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Massage Therapies : Questions & Answers
Q. What is an Indian Head Massage?
A. Indian Head Massage is an ancient technique practiced in India under the Ayurvedic methods of medicine.
It’s a type of massage that focuses on the head, neck, face, shoulders and upper arms. These important energy “pots” are areas where tension and stress can accumulate, the main aim of an Indian Head Massage is to release the stress and tension which in turn relieves the pain, tightness and stiffness.
A firm but gentle rhythm is applied to release any blockages that have accumulated in the upper body over time
Q. What are the benefits of Indian Head Massage?
A. The therapeutic benefits of Indian Head Massage last for a long time after the treatment is over. The short and long-term benefits of the massage vary from person to person and can be varied as well as cumulative. It can also help to:
Relieve eyestrain and headaches
Improve concentration
Relieve physical and mental fatigue
Relieve stress and muscular tension
It’s a very relaxing treatment but it can also be an invigorating and refreshing experience. The recipient of the treatment has been known to report a feeling of 'balance' and a feeling of peace and calm. Also they usually feel more alert and revitalised following a treatment.
Holistic Therapies like Indian Head Massage are aimed at treating the whole person and not just the symptoms they are displaying. This treatment helps greatly in restoring a state of balance simply by relieving stress through the body's natural healing process. Once "in tune & balance" with your body, having a regular treatment either weekly or bi weekly is recommended
Q. Is it safe to have Indian Head Massage if I am pregnant?
A. During first 3 months of gestation it is not advisable to have Indian Head Massage. After this period it is quite safe unless there are some other complications of pregnancy. Always check with your health care professional and midwife before embarking on any treatments when pregnant.
Q. What is a Thai Foot Massage?
A. Thai foot massage involves the feet, lower legs and hands. These areas are massaged and worked with either cream or oil. Thai Foot massage is an ancient Chinese and Indian massage that has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. It is based upon the belief that there are more than 7,200 sensory nerves spread throughout the body that relay signals to internal organs. The sensory nerves come together in the sole of one’s feet where each of the organs and large muscles are connected.
Q. What does a Thai Foot massage do?
A. A Thai foot massage is very good at stimulating the activity of the internal organs. The many benefits of a Thai foot massage session include:
Balance both physically & emotionally,
Improved circulation,
Increased Energy and concentration,
Better Lymph flow.
A Thai Foot massage is also a great stress reliever and can help greatly with aches and pains. In the long term in can also lower the chance of back pain and injury. In addition to leaving you feeling better all over, a foot massage invigorates tired, aching, and sore feet, leaving your feet refreshed.
Q. Who can benefit from Thai massage?
1. Athletes or anyone who participates in strenuous exercise, e.g., cycling, running, dancing, golfing, swimming, wrestling, working out, yoga practitioners or weight lifting. It helps to relax the muscles, increase flexibility and allow the body to recuperate.
2. Professionals, e.g. educators, office workers, business people - the deep pressure points help to loosen your tense body, while reducing stress & increasing energy levels.
3. Musicians and other artists - proper pressure applied along the energy lines helps to reduce pain and numbness in shoulders, arms, hands, fingers, and muscles.
4. Anyone who is on their feet all day and is involved in physical work such as construction workers, electricians, factory employees, plumbers - it helps to reduce back pains and relaxes the entire body.
5. Travellers - if you drive or fly; it helps to reduce numb muscles and to increase blood circulation.
Q. What is Japanese Hand Massage?
A. Anyone who has ever experienced a good hand massage will sigh with pleasure at the recollection. How often are our hands touched apart from a handshake. Our hands are one of the most overused parts of our body and work very hard, but in general they are sadly neglected. Even if we visit a salon for a treatment we will often only leave with beautiful nails and will probably have missed one of the greatest little physical luxuries one can experience - a hand massage.
A good hand massage will help tremendously to de-stress a person, open energy channels and create a feeling of well being. A Japanese Hand Massage lasts about 30 minutes to 45 minutes.
Q. What are the Benefits of a Japanese Hand Massage?
A. Your arms and hands have many acupressure and reflexology points that are related to various internal organs and parts of the body. So when you have your hands, fingers and joints massaged this will not only relieve problems with arms and hands, but they can also solve many problems like poor blood circulation and arthritis.
The arms and hand massage is very easy to do and can be easily done with people of all ages - children, teens and adults. The massagecan be done with or without lotion.