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REFLEXOLOGY

Reflexology is a therapy which involves using the thumb and fingers to apply pressure to the feet and/or hands. There are points on the hands and feet that relate to organs, glands and systems of the body. These points are known as reflex points: a reflex is when stimulation is when stimulation at one point brings about a response in another area.

Reflexology is non-evasive technique that needs no pills, potions or lotions to be effective. It promotes the body’s own self-healing.

Through touch the brain releases endorphins: the body’s own natural pain relievers.

Reflexology can be likened to a lightbulb: the switch is touched at a distance from the bulb, yet when the switch is touched the bulb comes to life and fills the room with light.

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TUI NA

Tui na is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, fire cupping, Chinese herbalism, tai chi, and qigong.

Tui na is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese taoist and martial art principles to bring the body into balance. The principles being balanced are the eight principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press and rub the areas between each of the joints (known as the eight gates) to open the body’s defensive (wei) chi and get the energy moving in the meridians as well as the muscles.

The practitioner can then use a range of motion, traction, massage, with the stimulation of acupressure points.

This is claimed to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions.

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INDIAN CHAMPISSAGE (Head Massage)

Indian head massage is based on the Ayurvedic system of healing which has been practiced in India for over a thousand years.

It involves a full range of different movements including the application of deep kneading and compression movements over the neck, shoulder and scalp areas, as well as the gentle stimulation of pressure points on the face.

Indian head massage releases stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders.

It helps increase joint mobility and flexibility in the neck and is good for relieving tension, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, and sinusitis.

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THAI MASSAGE

Thai massage is a type of massage in Thai style that involves stretching and deep massage. This form of bodywork is usually performed on the floor and the client wears comfortable clothes that allow for movement. No oils are used in Thai massage. It is known in Thailand as “nuat phaen boran” literally, the ancient-manner massage.

The massage recipient changes into loose, comfortable clothes and lies on a mat or firm mattress on the floor. It can be done solo or in a group of a dozen or so patients in the same large room. The receiver is put into many yoga-like positions during the course of the massage.

The massage practitioner leans on the recipient’s body using hands and usually straight forearms locked at the elbow to apply firm rhythmic pressure. The massage generally follows the Sen lines on the body — somewhat analogous to meridians or Channel (Chinese medicine) and Indian nadis. The legs and feet of the giver can be used to fixate the body or limbs of the recipient. In other positions, hands fixate the body, while the feet do the massaging action.

A full Thai massage session typically lasts two hours or more, and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body; this may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking the knuckles, walking on the recipient’s back, and arching the recipient’s into Bhujangasana or (cobra position). There is a standard procedure and rhythm to this massage.

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