Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is an effective technique in reaching the deeper layers of muscle fibres in the back, shoulders and neck. It helps loosen the toxins from the muscles and improves blood circulation.
What are the benefits of Deep Tissue Massage?
Most people carry a lot of tension in their back and shoulders, and it only takes a wrong movement or a bad night to crick their neck or do their back in. Massage can often help in releasing the spasm and restore the normal functioning of the back. Regular treatments can prevent these accidents in the first place.
What happens during a Massage?
I have a heated massage table to keep you warm, because as you relax your body temperature falls slightly. There is usually a CD of classical relaxing music playing in the background, to help you take your mind off any stressful thoughts, and the room is lightly fragranced with an essential oil burner. These measures help create a relaxing environment.
I usually spend 40 minutes on the back, shoulders and neck, which leaves a short time for a head massage or a little bit of reflexology during a 60 minute treatment. Many people prefer to book 90 minutes which leaves time for legs, arms, head and feet to be massaged as well.
How will I feel afterwards?
After your massage you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated, and many of the knots in your back will have eased. It is advisable not to do anything too strenuous for the rest of the day. It it also important to drink some water straight afterwards, and to keep warm. A sleep or at least rest may enhance the treatment. Once the body becomes accustomed to having a massage, it will become easier to relax and the benefits can be felt instantly.
What kind of oils do you use?
As a base oil I use almond oil, into which I blend a selection of essential oils. These are divided into four categories: Regulators, Stimulators, Sedatives and Euphorics. Each essential oil has specific properties which are enhanced when several oils are blended together. A pleasantly fragranced massage oil will increase the feeling of well being. I like mixing the base oil with essential oils of chamomile, rose, geranium and ylang ylang.
Can I have a massage when I am pregnant?
Pregnancy can put an extra strain on the neck and shoulders as the distribution of weight changes, and therefore pregnant women benefit from regular pregnancy massage. I have cushions for the top of the massage table specially for pregnant women up to 8 months that support the bones but leave space for the "bump". Tension headaches can be eased naturally as this is a time when you don't want to take painkillers.
I walk in and float out. Thanks. Bassem Abdallah, 13/7/2014