Asian cultures have always believed in the benefits withheld in the bamboo, such as life energy, prosperity, longevity, sexuality, and fertility. In Japan, stalks of bamboo still symbolize eternal youth, strength, prosperity, and peace. What may appear like a new practice, bamboo massage, has ancient origins. Today, bamboo massage is advertised as Bamboo-Fusion, or simply touted at high-end spas as the latest in exotic treatments. Warm Bamboo offers many of the benefits of Hot Stones however is recommended for those looking for a deeper treatment or where focus on a specified area of tension is required. Hot Stone Massage is a deeply grounding and restorative treatment, well suited to those in need of relaxation and energy balance.
My name is William and I am happy to introduce myself as a new associate massage therapist at the You Massage & Therapy Centre, Southampton. This article is here to welcome you to my world of therapy and how i can help you!
As winter approaches it’s almost like our bodies know that the cold is going to make us less mobile and alert. Our bodies become less agile, due to the cold weather, as our muscles contract and joints start to stiffen. We become more tired and can start to feel low in mood due to the decrease in natural sunlight.
Having massage during the winter months is almost more beneficial to us than it is in the summer. Massage can improve the flow and drainage of the Lymphatic system and increases the activity level of our natural ‘killer cells’ which in turn, improves the function of our immune system. We will all struggle with viruses and bugs more over the winter months so, by having a regular massage it can decrease your chances of getting ill. The lymph system is boosted and kept flowing properly to remove waste from the tissues and promote production of bug fighting cells. This can allow the body to fight off illness more effectively, keeping you well and healthy and decreasing the number of sick days you have in the long run.
A little while ago we were given the great pleasure of being involved with a workshop being run at the University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust… They had a day of training with local GPs, where their aim was to introduce them to a series of complementary therapies and see what they thought.
In addition to a number of other complementary therapies (such as colonic irrigation!) being done elsewhere around town, we had the pleasure of seeing eight GPs for Energy Healing, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Pregnancy Massage, Accupressure, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Hot Stones, and Indian Head Massages.
When ordering coffee there is a lot of choice – do you want a quick and effective espresso, a luxurious cappuccino, or a gentle latte (maybe with a flavor shot of something sweet or nutty)? There are a lot of options, and making sure that you get what you actually want is going to make or break the experience. Like coffee, massage now comes in many styles – all different, all designed to suit different needs; and just as important to get right when it comes to choosing which one to have.
In Thailand it is important to begin each treatment with “Wi Kru”, a prayer to thank the teacher and warm the heart.
When performing a hot stones massage inThailand, like in Indian Head Massage and Thai Massage, the therapist also works with the chakras to enhance the treatments. The concept of the chakras originates from India and the theory behind the chakras is that the energy of life in the human body flows up and down two lines. The cross point of these two lines are called the chakras. It is believed that there are seven main chakras in the body that all control the function of various organs, keeping them balanced (see picture). They are as follows: one at the middle of the crown of the head, a second at the forehead associated with the third eye, third at the neck linked to the throat, forth in the middle of the chest linked to the heart, fifth just above the navel associated with the solar plexus, sixth in the sacral chakra and seventh the base chakra (coccyx). Continue reading
Recently, a long-term client came in for a Holistic Massage, and while he waited we chatted about our other, newer, therapies. He mentioned that he thought that Hot Stone Massage sounded awful – the idea of having “a bunch of rocks dumped on you to warm you up – why not just go home to a hot water bottle!”. It turned out that he thought that Hot Stone Massage didn’t involve any massage – that it was the application of stones, without any intervention or touch from the therapist. As this is not the case, I thought we’d better clear the air, and explain a little more about Hot Stone Massage.
Guest Author: Thai, Holistic and Hot Stones Therapist Melissa:
Hi my name is Melissa and I have been a therapist for 12 years. I started my career as a beauty therapist providing a range of beauty treatments including massage, facials, waxing and nail treatments, but have always been most interested in massage and pampering treatments. Continue reading