Where did reflexology come from?
The art of Reflexology is traced back to 2,500 BC ancient Egypt, India and China. Over the years various forms of reflexology have been practiced and developed in the USA, Africa and the Far East.
How does reflexology work?
Reflexology is based on the principle that certain parts of the body reflect the whole. Reflex points are connected to all parts of the body, the glands and organs. These points can be found throughout the body, in the feet, hands, ears, head and face. The left foot represents the left side of the body and the right foot represents the right side of the body.
Stimulating reflex points with gentle pressure and massage techniques help dissolve crystallised deposits, clear the energy blocks and bring about balance harmony and a sense of well-being to the body.
Reflexology is a holistic therapy that aims at treating a whole person as an entity incorporating mind, body and spirit.
A holistic approach is to see your life/lifestyle as a whole. Symptoms or discomfort are regarded as the body's expression of imbalance and attempt to restore a state of balance and harmony ( homeostasis ). Reflexology supports and helps the body to heal and revitalise itself.
Reflexologists work on the whole integrated person, physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually. However all healing comes from within and active involvement is expected of you. Each of us a responsible in making ourselves as healthy as possible.
Which reflexology method?
The Rwo Shur (Eastern Reflexology) is employed as a base incorporating other methods such as lymphatic drainage and acupressure points massage to regulate the flow of Qi through the meridians. The Row Shur method uses a combination of thumb-sliding and pressure techniques with the knuckles and sometimes small wooden sticks and tools.
Treatment is aimed for relaxation and balancing the body's system. The pressure is constantly adjusted to ensure the maximum comfort yet enough stimulation for the reflexes. The sequence is also adjusted suite each person and for optimum benefits. It is very important to work within your comfort-zone and the session to be nurturing on all levels.
INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE
Where did Indian Head Massage come from?
As the name suggests, it originates from ancient India. It has its roots in Ayurveda which is known as the :science of longevity", one of the oldest healthcare systems in the world that dates back more than 4000 years ago. Ayurveda offers spiritual, philosophical and practical guidelines for how to achieve health and wellbeing.
The healing power of touch to restore and maintain wellbeing is deeply embedded in the Indian culture and head massage has to been seen within this context. Massage is seen as one of life's essentials and plays an important part in many major life events in India. Being a head masseur is a fully recognised profession and there is even a special caste attributed to it and passed down through the generations.
How does Indian Head Massage work?
Indian Head Massage is stimulating yet promotes deep relaxation and a feeling of peace. It restores harmony and wellbeing.
The massage helps nerves system to release endorphins, the body's happy hormone and natural painkillers and the touch can send messages of calm and relaxation to the brain. It works on the body's underlying muscles, easing tension and stiffness. It is especially beneficial for stress management as the scalp and the face usually hold much tension under stress and the muscles become very stiff.
There are reflex points in the head and the ear by stimulating those reflex points, musculoskeletal system and internal organs will also be addressed.
The head massage is also great for beauty. It boosts the circulation and improves the appearance and quality of the skin. The head massage particularly helps to improve the condition of the hair and scalp by bringing the necessary nutrients needed for healthy hair growth. It is an ultimate beauty therapy.
The Indian head massage is also known to help aligning body and soul through massage to regain balance and works on the energetic balance of the body through the chakra system, which centres around its spiritual dimension.
Where did Aromatherapy come from?
Throughout the ancient world, aromatic substances were used by the ancient Egyptians, the ancient Greeks and Romans, as well as in the Middle East and Asia. However it was the 20th century French chemist coined the term aromatherapy. Aromatherapy was developed as a medically based therapy utilising essential oils. The properties of essential oils were proven and researched and could be seen as equal to conventional drugs of the time.
How does aromatherapy body massage work?
As with reflexology, aromatherapy is a holistic therapy and wonderful preventative medicine.
Aromatherapy massage involves the use of natural essential oils extracted from plants for healing. They are made up of tiny molecules and are liquid volatile compounds. Each essential oil has particular therapeutic properties as each plant has different compounds and own set of beneficial healing properties.
Essential oils stimulate the sense of smell (olfactory sense) which sends an immediate message to the brain and elicits an emotional response. The oils are also absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin and promote healing and optimise health in the body. For the treatment, usually a few different essential oils will be blended in a carrier oil (s) to suit your needs.
The massage is a very gentle, soft touched relaxing massage and works on many levels of our being. It includes energy balancing, lymphatic drainage, acupressure and reflex points stimulation and helps to relax the nervous and muscular systems . Also very beneficial for the skin conditions.
It is immensely relaxing and revitalising. A feeling of wellbeing will last for many hours afterwards.
Which aromatherapy massage method?
"Micheline Arcier Aromatherapy Massage" technique is employed. The technique focuses on the autonomic nervous system and the energetic dimension. It incorporates classical swedish massage movements, neuromuscular techniques that restore balance to the autonomic nervous system, lymphatic drainage, acupressure points massage, polarity therapy technique that rebalance the body's electromagnetic energy field and reflex points stimulation on the feet.