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Balancing Massage

Massage Faciale © Hélianthal - Office de Touri...

Massage Faciale © Hélianthal – Office de Tourisme de Saint-Jean-de-Luz (Photo credit: Terre et Côte Basques)

As the phone rings, another booking for a deep tissue massage. I sit back, listening to my client explain the areas of pain and discomfort, most of the time ending with stress. Stress form work, long work commutes, not eating well,up late, the list goes on. You come into the spa, you’ve booked your deep tissue massage, we go through a pre-massage interview, and decide on a more balancing massage.

I do my share of deep tissue massage, and find that my clients have great results, I also see more and more clients needing a lighter, balancing massage. I have spent the last few years working in an Ayurveda clinic, with the goal of working with clients for  a more centered and balanced life through daily routines. Working with Maharishi Ayurveda  therapy, herbs,Transcendental  Meditation,dietary intake, yoga, and daily routines you have a balance through mind and body.

My approach to massage is balance,  bring you a more balancing massage to help you bring that back with you into your daily life. Over time all of the stress and pressures  of daily life will result in different imbalances in the body. Depression, insomnia, weight gain, migraines, digestive problems all can be from the build of time and stress. This is where adding a  balancing massage to routine can help.

Benefits from a balancing massage:

  • Slower, gentler massage strokes, will allow you to go into a meditative space
  • Feeling of well rested, more likely to sleep through
  • Rejuvenated,softer skin
  • More positive outlook
  • Decreased stress
  • More in-tune with self
  • Better digestion
  • Long term help with immune system

A balancing massage  is a lighter, slower,  and more energy balancing,sometimes adding an aroma oil to help your system relax and come into a more meditative space. Added into a regular routine, over time this type of massage will help the body deal with stress, relaxing the system and allowing you to carry this into your daily life, living in a more relaxed state.

So, the next time you call to book a massage, check in with yourself, do you need a lighter, gentler relaxing massage.

You can find me at www.mettaspa.com


Aromatherapy and Massage

We all have some memory that can be brought on with just a simple sound or smell. Think about when you walk along the beach, the sounds of the waves or when you walk into a bakery, and are welcomed by the smell of warm baked goods. This is how aromatherapy works, giving you a smell, then releasing a memory and then relaxation.
When we think about massage we all have different ideas that come to mind. Maybe you go to a massage therapist to relax, help with a painful neck, an old injury, or dealing with stress.
Combining aroma therapy and massage can relax the mind, and help settle discomfort in the body. The scent of ginger, lavender, and orange have a relaxing yet uplifting aroma. When these scents are added to an oil and applied to the body they become heating and relaxing for the body.
Aromatherapy can be added to a massage in several ways. With the right combination, aromatherapy and massage can be used to work with inflammation, stress, pain, and to uplift moods. Adding an aroma diffuser to the massage room can change the atmosphere, to start with a drop or two of lemongrass, which helps uplift the mood in a room. With this method it is important to know the essential oils you are using, making sure they are therapeutic even food grade oils, then add your essential oils on from there. You will only need a drop or two, since essential oils are very concentrated, so a little goes a long way. Remember to start off slow when working with a client new ot aromtherapy, you can always add more as you go.