Holistic therapies have been around for thousands of years and were commonly used in Ancient Egypt, China and India for their therapeutic effects. Holistic means care for the whole person – mind, body and spirit.
Reflexology is a safe non-invasive holistic therapy and treats the whole person rather than just a set of physical symptoms. It works on the principle that all the glands, organs and structures of the body are mapped out on the feet (and hands) and by applying pressure to specific reflex points the corresponding parts of the body are treated.
Following illness, stress, injury or disease, the body is in a state of imbalance and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. Reflexology can help the body to heal itself by restoring the energy flow, eliminating toxins, improving blood circulation, relieving tension and inducing a deep state of relaxation.
Indian Head Massage is based on the ancient system of medicine known as Ayurveda which has been practised in India for thousands of years. Ayurveda comes from Sanskrit and means the ‘science of life and longevity’. In the West, the traditional technique has been adapted to include the massage of not only the scalp, but the neck, shoulders, arms, face and upper back too. This is to target the specific negative effects that stress has upon our bodies. It is performed fully-clothed on a low-back chair.
The benefits of the treatment are widespread even though it only focuses on the upper body. It helps reduce stress and anxiety, can help in alleviating symptoms of pain, tension and fatigue, aids the elimination of toxins and waste products and helps improve posture and flexibility.
Facial Rejuvenation (natural face lift massage) also draws on the wisdom of Ayurvedic healers. Using a variety of gentle facial massage techniques, lymphatic drainage, acupressure, energy balancing and scalp massage, the treatment can help to reduce tension in the face, smooth out fine lines, reduce puffiness and helps lift the face.
The treatment works primarily by freeing constrictions within the facial muscles and connective tissues. It also acts on the nervous system and induces a rapid relaxation response. Positive effects of facial rejuvenation can generally be seen from the first session. For optimum benefits a course of six treatments is advised.
Holistic Massage is based on classical Swedish massage techniques. It is particularly beneficial for relaxation, for reducing muscle tension, promoting suppleness of the muscles, improving circulation and reducing stress and is combined with individually-blended aromatherapy oils for added therapeutic benefits.
Kansa Vatki (KV) Foot Massage™ is an Ayurvedic massage of the feet incorporating vital energy techniques. KV foot massage is considered most helpful in the prevention and treatment of illness. Oils (usually coconut oil) or ghee is used during the massage which is a mixture of hand and bowl techniques. The bowl is made of 3 metals: copper, zinc and tin. Copper helps in reducing pain and inflammation. Zinc helps in proper functioning of the immune system and digestion. Tin is believed to be helpful for digestion, headaches and insomnia. Vigorous circular and stroking movements are made with the back of the bowl on the feet and lower legs. Using the Kansa Vatki bowl relaxes tired feet, improves joint mobility, promotes sound sleep and relieves eyestrain. It also helps in balancing the bio-energetic principles (doshas) of Ayurveda that regulates body functions. The hand techniques stimulate the blood and lymphatic flow and the treatment also rebalances the body’s energy.