A combination of massage techniques, from the most subtle forms of Reiki and Abhyanga to the more dynamic forms of Deep Tissue and Thai Yogic Massage, to provide relief from muscular tension, aid relaxation and create an overall sense of well-being.
Each massage is tailored to your specific wishes and therapeutic need, and therefore may employ all or just one or two massage styles. Treatments can focus on the full body, include the head, face and feet, or just target specific areas such as the back, shoulders and neck.
Typically using the Abhyanga technique to apply oil to the body, encouraging the circulation of blood, lymph and energy before moving into the more vigorous deep tissue work that will relieve tension and remove blockages. Thai Yogic techniques may be introduced when working on specific areas if a stretching and realigning approach would yield greater results. To create balance in the body, energy is channeled through the use of Reiki throughout the massage.
All techniques to be used will be agreed with you beforehand to ensure that they meet with your expectations.
Authentic massage sessions employing just one style, such as Reiki or Thai Yogic Massage are also available.
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Massage plays a significant role in Ayurveda, a natural health system that originated in India over 4000 years ago. Unlike Western healthcare where, until recently, massage is regarded as a luxury, massage in India is considered to be an essential part of the daily regimen required to maintain optimum health.
Abhyanga is viewed as one of Ayurveda’s most important body treatments due to its power to detoxify and boost immunity. It uses a rhythmic technique where oil is applied to the body in long sweeping strokes, helping to increase blood and energy circulation whilst stimulating the lymphatic system to expel toxins. Although relatively gentle, it has an incredibly profound effect on the more subtle layers of the body and is an excellent method to relieve pain, fatigue and mental stress.
As the name suggests Deep Tissue massage applies pressure to the muscular tissue that lies deep below the skin’s surface. It is here where chronic pain can occur as a result of adhesions (bands of rigid tissue) built up through injury or repetitive strain. These adhesions are responsible for blocking circulation and causing the inflammation and chronic muscle tension that limits movement. To access the deep tissues therapists use their fingertips, fists, knuckles and elbows to ‘strip’ the muscle tissues that lie close to the bone, working across the muscle fibre to break up adhesions and realign the muscle tissue. This type of massage is ideal for those with moderate day to day aches and pains to those involved in heavy physical activity or recovering from injury.
Thai massage has roots in Indian Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and combines both the physical and energetic aspects of bodywork. In its traditional form this full body treatment progresses from the feet up, following 'sen' energy lines to clear blockages and stimulate blood and lymphatic flow.
Drawing on techniques from yoga, acupressure and reflexology the therapist uses a mixture of tissue manipulation techniques, applied by their hands or feet, to release tension and a series of stretches to improve flexibility. The massage is performed on a mattress at floor level so that the therapist is able to move the client’s body with ease. Whilst it is has many of the benefits of deep tissue massage, Thai Yogic massage has the additional advantage of increasing flexibility and therefore is most beneficial to those whose movement has be limited due to tight muscles and joints.
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese energetic healing therapy, administered by laying the hands on the body to encourage the flow of chi (a form of energy) through the body’s meridians (energy channels) to release blockages that may be the cause of tension or disease.
During the treatment the recipient may experience subtle sensations of heat or colourful visualisations as the energy shifts in the body. Other recipients may not experience any physical effects but just feel a sense of relaxation and well-being. Occasionally stronger emotional feelings may emerge as blockages within the physical, mental and emotional bodies are released.
Reiki is a gentle yet deeply profound therapy which activates the body’s natural ability to heal itself and consequently promotes a holistic balancing of body, mind and spirit.
Sessions are with Susi, an experienced massage therapist who has studied and practiced in India, Thailand, Laos, Australia and France, during which time she gained experience working as a yoga & meditation instructor, yoga therapist and bodyworker. She also has additional qualifications in nutrition and Ayurvedic therapies which are useful tools in yoga and massage work.
All prices are subject to a €10 surcharge per visit to La Jouanade (not per treatment).
Payment to Susi on the day of your booking in €Euros cash.
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