MASSAGE

There are several types of massage therapies on offer here at Olettesa and one of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm.  This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins – the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing. 

Some of the physical benefits of massage and myotherapy include:

  • reduced muscle tension

  • improved circulation

  • stimulation of the lymphatic system

  • reduction of stress hormones

  • relaxation

  • increased joint mobility and flexibility

  • improved skin tone

  • improved recovery of soft tissue injuries

  • heightened mental alertness

  • reduced anxiety and depression.

Different types of massage

 

Typically, massage practitioners use either oil or talcum powder to allow their hands to slip over a person's skin.  Sometimes, a sheet or thin piece of cloth might be used for the same effect.  

Different types of massage that are on offer at Olettesa are:

  • Myotherapy – involves the assessment and treatment of soft tissue pain, injury and dysfunction affecting movement and mobility.  Myotherapy is applied to restore and maintain the health and function of the soft tissue structure (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) of the human body.

  • Therapeutic – also known as 'Western' or 'Swedish' massage.  One of the most popular forms of massage, this technique is designed to promote relaxation and improve blood circulation.

  • Lymphatic drainage – a gentle whole body treatment which relaxes the nervous system and aids the body's immune system.

  • Aromatherapy – essential oils made from selected flowers and plants are added to the massage oil for their particular therapeutic properties.  For example, the scent of sandalwood is thought to reduce nervous tension.

  • Deep tissue – this is an application of massage, that involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues.  This helps to break up scar tissue that forms following an injury and reduce tension in muscle and tissue.

  • Hot Stone Massage - A hot stone massage is used to help you relax and ease tense muscles and damaged soft tissues throughout your body.  During a hot stone massage, smooth, flat, heated stones are placed on specific parts of your body.  As well as being a nice relaxing warm massage with the use of the heated basalt stones, it's actually easier to access the muscle tissue much faster on a deeper level than with deep tissue massage.

  • Himalayan Salt Stone Massage - Himalayan Salt Stone Massage uses salt crystal stones to soothe away stress and tension, and promote an increased sense of well being.  This can be provided as a Hot Stone Massage or a Cold Stone Massage.  

  • Candle Wax Massage - This is a lovely sensual warming massage with the use of the wax from soy candles and the essential oils blended within the candle.  Soy massage candles are specially designed to be used on the body.

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