Branislava Ilic - Branka Specialist Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Lymphoedema Management
Harley Street / Central London / SW London

Reflexology / Swedish Full Body Massage / Deep Tissue Massage / On-site(Chair) Massage / Indian Head Massage

REFLEXOLOGY

Reflexology is a holistic treatment based on the principle that there are areas and points on the feet, hands, and ears that map via the nervous system to corresponding parts of the body. When pressure is applied to these areas and points it stimulates the movement of energy (nerve impulse) along the nerve channels, and helps to restore homeostasis in the whole body. There are 7,000-7,200 nerve endings in the human foot, and each of these is a reflex point that corresponds to a body part.
Reflexology uses special finger/thumb manipulations to stimulate reflex points, which will stimulate the flow of energy to the corresponding body part.
It can work alongside conventional Western medical medicine to promote healing and improve wellbeing and vitality.
Reflexology is a deeply relaxing treatment with benefits that can be felt throughout the body.

Benefits of Reflexology
symptoms of
stress
insomnia
irritable bowel syndrome
digestive problems
headaches
migraines
sinus congestion
stiffness in the neck and back
hormonal problems
Most people who have experienced a reflexology session would agree that the method is a very relaxing therapy which may reduce tension and lead to an improved sense of well-being.


SWEDISH MASSAGE

Swedish massage is the most commonly used form of Western Massage and is named for the country of it’s origine Sweden.
It’s generally performed in the direction of the hart.
If you don't get massage often, Swedish massage is the best place to start. It involves the use of hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles to improve mental and physical health.
Swedish massage uses five styles of strokes. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber or with the fibers) and vibration/shaking.

Benefits of Swedish Masage
Swedish massage It is used especially for relaxation, but also improves blood circulation and range of motions, increases the level of oxygen in the blood, helps the body removes toxins, improves flexibility, eases tension and helps with pain management.


DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue we commonly calling a knots) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.
Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist uses massage oil and often uses direct deep pressure. Muscles must be relaxed in order for the therapist to reach the deeper musculature.

Does Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?
At certain points during the massage, most people find there is usually some discomfort and pain.
It is important to tell the massage therapist when things hurt and if any soreness or pain you experience is outside your comfort range.
There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so. The massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:

Chronic pain
Lower back pain
Limited mobility
Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
Postural problems
Muscle tension and spasm
Osteoarthritis pain
Sciatica
Piriformis syndrome
Tennis elbow
Fibromyalgia
After a workout or body building


ON-SITE (Chair) MASSAGE

On site massage or seated acupressure chair massage is a rejuvenating massage for the upper body that’s an ideal massage for workplace and quick stress release. An On-site massage can be both relaxing and invigorating, helping to relieve stress and muscle tension and to renew energy levels. Massage therapist uses a combination of massage and acupressure techniques to the back, neck, shoulders, arms, hands and scalp whilst you sit in a specially designed chair. It is a short 15 to 30 minutes treatment. You don’t need to undress and therapist doesn’t have to use any oils so you can go straight back to work or other activities and duties feeling refreshed and revitalised
Treatment is based on a traditional Chinese Acupressure sequence, which incorporates gentle movements and pressure, applied to areas of the head, neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands.

With today’s high pressure living and working environment more and more people are suffering from stress-related illnesses, including back problems, repetitive strain injuries and other postural and physical problems caused by sitting at workstations for long periods of time. Receiving massage, especially in the workplace, helps create awareness in the recipient of their posture and their body in general making them more receptive to healthy attitudes and ideas.

Benefits of on-site massage
Relieves muscle soreness and tension
Relieves anxiety and stress
Helps induce relaxation and a sense of well-being
Improves flexibility and increases range of movement, reducing risk of injury
Stimulates the circulation, improving oxygen flow and toxin removal
Increases mental alertness and clarity


INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE

As implied by the name, the Indian Head Massage is a form of massage therapy created in India thousands of years ago. It is deep style of massage derived from the Ayurvedic tradition that focuses on the head, shoulders and neck.
An Indian Head massage is the ideal way to get a person “out of their head”, far away from everyday emotional and mental stress.
The massage usually goes between 25 – 45 minutes, and may or may not use certain oils in the hair and on the body. Starting at the upper back, the Indian Head masseuse begins by applying pressure to points that dissolve knots and relax the muscles. They then move to the shoulders and upper arms to release other common areas of tension, and to the neck and head to release headache-causing blockages and to encourage better circulation of the cerebral fluid. The massage then progresses to the scalp, relaxing the entire head, encouraging circulation and stimulating hair growth. Lastly, the masseuse may choose to perform a gentle face massage that may relieve symptoms of sinusitis & headaches, and encourages good circulation and a glowing complexion.

Benefits of Indian Head Massage
Relieving built up tension that can often result in headaches, migraines, neck and back pain..
Improving circulation, which in turn increases energy levels.
Promoting clarity and increased concentration.
Soothes symptoms of asthma by calming the respiratory system.
Relieves Mandibular Joint Tension.
Relieves symptoms of sinusitis.
Boosts cerebral spinal fluid circulation.
Relieves sleeplessness, restlessness and insomnia.





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