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Health Spas and Massage – Health Tourism

Massage has been used for centuries to relieve stress and treat a variety of health conditions.  Ancient civilizations from Rome and Japan to India incorporated massage techniques into their medical treatment regimens. Today, most people are familiar with massage as a luxury spa treatment, and many new techniques have been developed to appeal to an ever widening taste for exotic and effective wellness experiences.

The term 'massage' is generally used to describe treatments that use pressure to manipulate the body's soft tissues. Target areas can include skin, muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, and other connective tissue. In addition, some massage therapies target lymph vessels and various organs of the body. The goal is to promote healing, support wellness, relieve stress, and clear the mind of clutter.

The massage practitioner may use hands, feet, fingers, elbows, forearms, or massage aids during the treatment. Scented or unscented oil is often used while heated stones are now used in one of today's popular massages. Depending on the type of massage, clients are clothed or unclothed. If unclothed, towels or sheets are draped for privacy  and only the area being worked on is uncovered. Clients may be seated on a massage chair or lie on a massage table or a mat on the floor.


The types of massage most familiar include Swedish, deep tissue and sports massage.

 

 

 

 


Asian massage techniques include Ayurvedic, Thai, Shiatsu and reflexology. Beyond these traditional methods, there are many types of massage that combine techniques, incorporate stretches, or target specific trigger points.

 

 

 

 

 


Medical massage is used increasingly for conditions such as breast cancer, sinus relief, and temporarily reducing blood pressure. Other types of medical massage are used to relieve pain.

 

 

 

 


Health Spa Treatments

Acupressure massage -  Several different kinds of acupressure are currently practiced, although the same ancient trigger points are used in all of them. Varying rhythms, pressures, and techniques create different styles of acupressure, just as different forms of music use the same notes but combine them in distinctive ways.

 

 


Aromatherapy massage - Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy but with highly concentrated plant oils, called essential oils, added to the massage oil or lotion. When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and affectheart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system.

 

 


Cranio Sacral massage - therapy deals with the bones of the head, spinal column, sacrum and the underlying structures. This type of massage employs a very light touch and uses specifically designed techniques to release restrictions and compression in these areas.

 

 


Endermologie - is a non-invasive technique for reducing the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite often shows up as dimpling on the skin, sometimes called the cottage cheese look, even in those who are fit. The look of cellulite does not necessary diminish with weight loss and liposuction fails to address this top layer of fat under the skin.

 

 


Hot stone massage - Hot stone massage is a specialty massage that uses smooth, heated stones. They are often basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well, but they can be other types. The heat is both deeply relaxing and helps tight muscles release.

 

 


Fusion massage therapy – a unique combination of therapeutic massage, specialised bodywork, and subtle energy therapy. Fusion's therapeutic approach assists and encourages the wisdom of the body, mind, and spirit to accelerate the healing process. Imagine combining the most effective components of modern hands-on therapy with the profound principles of the ancient healing arts. This eclectic synthesis produces lasting results that may otherwise be unattainable by single conventional therapies.

 

 

 


Myofascial Release – subtle yet profound, this treatment unwinds restrictions in your fascial web. The fascial system infuses with the entire anatomy of the body: muscles, nerves and bones. Myofascial release is characterised by pulls, and holds applied for sustained periods of time.Myofascial Release – subtle yet profound, this treatment unwinds restrictions in your fascial web. The fascial system infuses with the entire anatomy of the body: muscles, nerves and bones. Myofascial release is characterised by pulls, and holds applied for sustained periods of time.

 


Lymph drainage massage -  is a little more different than the regular massage. For one reason, a drainage massage allows you to heighten the flow of lymph fluids in areas of your body where you feel pain or suffering. To prevent further damages to your skin and to increase the drainage of the collected lymph fluids, a special technique needs to be used. Very light pressure should be applied compared to a strong pressure used for a deep tissue massage. This light pressure is done on the areas of the body where you want the lymph fluids to be directed before the massage therapist—or you, for self massages—will massage the lymph fluids towards the outside of the affected areas. Remember that you should take special precautions when performing the massage to yourself.


Microdermabrasion - is a procedure where tiny particles “sand” or “polish” the skin and gradually remove scarred or discolored epidermal tissue. It is used to gain a deeper mechanical exfoliation, versus a chemical exfoliation like an enzyme or acid peel.

 

 

 


Reflexology -  is a non-invasive form of treatment where the practitioner works with her thumbs to massage all areas of the feet (and sometimes hands.). In this way she covers all the reflex areas, each of which corresponds to a part of the body. By massaging specific areas, the Reflexologist deduces which parts of the body are out of balance and works to redress this balance and return the body to a state of homeostasis. As well as treating ill-health, Reflexology helps maintain good health and promotes a pro-active approach to one’s own well-being.


Salt glow - a salt glow (also known as a salt scrub or sea salt scrub) is the most popular body treatment at the spa. The primary purpose of a salt glow is to exfoliate your skin. A salt glow also hydrates your skin because the salt is combined with oil and usually some aromatic like lemon, lavender, or even figs. (Spas can get very creative here.) The salt glow is followed by a shower and an application of body lotion, and leaves your skin feeling very soft and fragrant.

 


Shiatsu -  Literally, shiatsu means “finger pressure,” which is exactly what happens in the therapy. Shiatsu massage therapists apply direct pressure with the hands, touching acupressure or acupuncture points that in turn stimulate and start to heal other sensitive areas. Some variations of shiatsu use other body parts (elbows, wrists, or feet) to massage pressure points.

 

 

 


Sports massage - is the term applied to the discipline of using Massage Therapy for the specific benefit of management, manipulation, rehabilitation and muscle balance of the soft tissues of the body.  Massage Therapy is useful in relieving stress, strain, tension, postural imbalances and chronic pain as well as preventing injury and enhancing rehabilitation. The benefits of Sports Massage Therapy are becoming more widely recognised and understood by the general public as a valuable form of treatment. Sports Massage can be applied to everyone and not just to sports people as the title suggests.

 

 


Swedish massage - is one of the most common offered and best known type of massage. This was developed by a Swedish physiologist, Henri Peter Ling at the University of Stockholm in 1812. It is said to be the base for other types of Western massage, including sports, deep tissue and aromatherapy. This technique uses a firm but gentle pressure to improve circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, improve flexibility and create relaxation. The therapist makes use of massage oil to make long, smooth strokes over the body. The receiver is covered by a sheet, a technique called “draping”.


Thai massage - is also referred to as the “Thai Yoga Massage,” because the massage therapist actually massages you into different yoga positions. You’ll stretch the muscles you would in yoga, without feeling the straining and pain. It’s described as both “relaxing and energizing.” Instead of just the old hands routine, the masseuse actually uses his or her arms and legs to move you into these positions. This is the ultimate stretch, people. Your muscles will totally breathe and be ready for anything after this. If you’ve always wanted to try yoga but just don’t think you can bend that way, this might be the massage for you.

 

 


Wellness - What is the definition of wellness? Wellness is a state of mind as well as a physical state. Wellness is the physical state of good health as well as the mental ability to enjoy and appreciate being healthy and fit.Wellness is not just the state of being free of disease symptoms. A person can achieve a state of wellness and be riddled with disease if the symptoms are controlled and balance is maintained.


 

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