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Massage is essentially an extension of touch, given with an intention of relaxation, respite, release and overall, care.
It can be given through clothes or with oil onto bare skin. Massage can be received seated, lying on a massage couch, on the floor, side lying, prone (on your front) and supine (on your back).
There are many styles and modalities of massage from all around the world; some are fast and powerful, some slow and strong, some dance like, some light and mesmerising. Some, like Thai massage, will stretch you to the point where you feel taller.
Others, like Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, use forearms as well as hand massage techniques to enhance deep connection, encouraging you back into your right condition, whilst feeling massaged to the bone and soothed to your heart.
Some styles will massage your whole body in one stroke, others utilise a deep, fixed pressure point to release stuck energy. Massage should have a depth, rhythm and pace that works with your own unique body and headspace, allowing you to focus inwards, experience deeper and deeper relaxation, promoting an ultimate sense of calm and wellbeing.
Lomilomi; a deep, energising and healing focused massage that incorporates calming holds, rocking, forearm techniques, long full body strokes, stretches and joint mobilisations.
Thai Massage ; usually given on a futon on the floor, with you wearing loose comfortable clothing. Known as ‘the lazy man’s yoga’, Thai massage combines energy work with deep stretching. Techniques can also be incorporated into couch based massage if preferred.
Tuina Acupressure; often given through clothes, either seated or on a massage couch. This is a deep, vigorous and energising massage that can leave you both relaxed and invigorated.
Ayurvedic Shirobhyanga Massage; an oiled head, neck & shoulder massage that can be given on a chair or couch. The massage incorporates vigorous and releasing movements with marma points.