Karin has been operating a caring, holistic massage clinic to improve health and well-being for over 25 years.
What is massage technique?
Massage is the practice of influencing soft tissue by physical, functional, and in some cases psychological purposes and goals by accredited professionals. Massage involves acting on and inspiring the client's body with pressure (structured, unstructured, stationary, and/or moving), tension, motion, or vibration done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, and/or organs. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, forearm, and feet.
There are many benefits of massage an there are many ways in which the benefits of massage can improve the quality of your life. Many people think the benefits of massage are restricted to relaxation (which in itself is hugely important!), but there are numerous other health and wellbeing benefits.
Peer-reviewed medical research has shown that the benefits of massage include: pain relief, reduced anxiety and depression, and reduced blood pressure, heart rate. The release of endorphins and serotonin can prevent fibrosis or scar tissue, increase the flow of lymph, and improve sleep.
Relief from pain due to musculoskeletal injuries and other causes is one of the other major benefits of massage. It can also relieve tension headaches. Acupressure or trigger point massage may be very beneficial in relieving back pain.
Massage has been shown to reduce subclinical depression.
Massage stimulates the immune system by increasing blood flow and lymph drainage. It improves circulation and relieves congestion in the tissues. It stimulates the production of blood cells and promotes lymph flow which hastens the elimination of cellular wastes. It helps clear muscles of lactic and uric acid that build up during exercise and relaxes muscle hypertonicity as well as relieves muscle tension.
Massage assists the body's natural ability to heal itself. It relaxes and tones the muscles preventing injuries, increases circulation and therefore improves the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to all body cells.
One of the best benefits of massage is that it makes you feels great!!!
Deep massage can separate fascial fibres, and prevent the formation of adhesions and helps reduction of inflammation and oedema in joints and soft tissue. Massage stimulates increased proprieties and kinesthetic awareness of the body.
Following are the techniques Karin uses in her massage clinic.
Fire Dance - has its emphasis on cleansing and purification. Governed by the Heart, Small Intestine, Heart Constrictor and Triple Heater Meridians. Fire is the season of summer, colour of red, emotion of joy and sound of laughter. Fire energy is what gives rise to our passion. The ability to radiate our essence and also transform the dross of our ego/mind into a true reflection of our spirit.
Wood Dance - uses the motivational power of anger to energize and strengthen. Governed by the Liver and Gall Bladder Meridians. Wood is the season of spring, colour of green, emotion of anger and sound of shouting. The wood element gives us the raw vital energy to create and express our potential and purpose into the world. Through this dance we embody flow, vitality, self- expression and purpose. We also allow ourselves to simply be who we are, be true to our selves.
Water Dance - deals with fear through surrender and acceptance. Governed by the bladder and Kidney Meridians. Water is the season of winter, colour of dark blue/black, emotion of fear and sound of groaning. The water element is responsible for building and storing our energy or Qi.
Air Dance - acknowledges grief, encouraging release and transformation. Governed by the Lung and Large Intestine Meridians. Air is the season of autumn, colour white, emotion of grief and sound of weeping. The air element relates to how well we are able to deal with the past, release what no longer serves us and open to new life and the present moment.
Wu Tao Dance - aims to liberate and balance the flow of Qi, the life force energy, through the body. Based on the Oriental Medicine principle of the five elements that make up our physical universe, the dances celebrate air, water, wood, fire and earth. Each dance works specific meridians in the body and addresses a dominant emotional component.
Makko Stretches - Specific shiatsu stretches use the body's own weight, applying pressure to the meridians as you lean this way and that way. By stimulating meridians, shiatsu stretches may assist in freeing up blocked energy and drawing it toward areas of weakness, thus releasing tensions and limbering you up.