I have been lucky to have many massages in some of the best spas in the world, some great and some plain ” really, I must pay for that?”. Laughs aside, I have been on both the receiving side and the giving side. I love giving massage, it is truly a masterpiece set to music.
I have studied various techniques: Swedish, Advanced Aromatherapy ( under eve Taylor..the matriarch of Aromatherapy), Dr Vodder Lymph ( yes, so different to bog -standard lymph drainage), Sports, Thai, Ayurveda and Mama point ( under Melanie Sachs,California), Acupressure, Chinese massage, Shiatsu, Japanese Shiatsu ( under Ohashi at the Touch Institute in New York), Lastone , Reflexology, Spinal Stress therapy, Indian Head… and Hydrotherm massage.
When I have the time, I train the staff to better their repertoires, broaden their knowledge and understanding of what a true masterpiece feels like to give a client. Massage is like a symphony. Notes of high and low must swing, rhythmically over a body. Varying pressure to induce specific and different responses. How sad it is to hear that clients only want a deep tissue massage. No fault of their own, as our industry has portrayed this massage as the only method to help alleviate stressed muscles, pain and fatigue.
My response is always this…”Ever want someone to rub a dark bruise on your body? Has anyone ever poked your bruise? “. Our muscles lying below layers of skin and fat are in fact bruised, we just can’t see the bruise. Then we order up a 60min deep tissue massage, lie prostrate on the bed with tense expectations that pain will ensue and that it is good to feel the pain. Our minds cannot switch off, we breath through the worst parts and then gingerly ease our way home for a hot shower, red wine and anti-inflammatories.
Dear reader, please don’t get me wrong, I am not against deep tissue. It is a valuable tool, but needs to be in its’ place in the symphony. Imagine just listening to the heavy drum beat in the orchestra, mind-numbing!. And that is exactly what happens when you apply the same deep pressure all the time, the nerves become agitated and area becomes numb. No, we need our skills and understanding of the body to recreate an individual masterpiece for each client by using various techniques, pressures and speed. And we want our clients to be given the knowledge that there is more to a massage than just deep tissue:)
Over the next few blogs, I’ll be introducing you to the world of massage and the “WHAT/WHY/HOW” our new Cortisol Reducing-Treatment came about… ( and of which our client, Anton is raving about…thanks Anton!)