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What Is Reiki Massage and How Is It Beneficial?

 

The definition of the word Reiki is ‘mysterious atmosphere, miraculous sign.’ It comes from the Japanese words ‘rei’ (universal) and ‘ki’ (life energy). It is a type of energy healing.

 

According to practitioners this type of massage can help with the stagnation of energy within the body where there has been either physical injury or emotional pain.

 

Reiki has been around for thousands years. Its most current form was developed in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist name Mikao Usui who was said to have taught the technique to 2,000 people during his lifetime.

 

It is also commonly known as palm healing or hands-on healing.

 

How Is Reiki Done In a Massage Clinic?

 

Reiki is best held in a peaceful setting. The patient will sit in a chair or lie on a table, fully clothed. The presence of music is optional.

 

The practitioner places their hands lightly on or over specific areas of the head, limbs and torso using different hand shapes for between two and five minutes. The can can be placed over twenty different areas.

 

If there is a particular injury, such as a burn the hands may be held just above the wound.

 

While the practitioner holds their hand on or over the body, the transfer of energy takes place. During which the practitioners hands may be warm and tingling. Each position is held until the practitioner senses that the energy has stopped flowing.

 

When the practitioner feels that the heat, or energy has subsided they will remove their hands may place them over a different area of the body.

What Is It Like To Have a Reiki Massage?

 

People often comment on how comforting they find the experience of Reiki to be. Another study reported that recipients felt that that they are hovering in a threshold state of consciousness, simultaneously aware of their surroundings and deeply indrawn.

 

Some people fall into a deep, sleep-like meditative state. Sometimes the experience is dramatic, while for others the first session may be uneventful. And yet the also feel somehow better afterward. The most common experience is an almost immediate release of stress and a feeling of deep relaxation.


What Is Pranic Healing?

 

Pranic Healing uses the life energy called Prana in creating a sense of wellbeing within a person. It is based on the fundamental idea that the human body has the ability to heal itself. It works by correcting and clearing Pranic or energy blockages.

 

The prana is a glowing field of light and colours around the body. The process of healing is simply by having a Pranic Healing session and then afterwards the physical body can begin to heal itself as a healthy energy system.

 

What Are the Benefits of Pranic Healing?

The following is some of the benefits that can be gained from pranic healing:

  • It manages your health
  • It may provide preventative maintenance by cleansing the energy body to help prevent diseases from occurring
  • It supports healing by serving as a complement to any medical treatment
  • It can provide self-protection
  • It creates a harmonious environment
  • It can help enhance memory
  • It can increase internal motivation and drive
  • It can manage headaches, fevers, cuts and injuries
  • It can alleviate pain and discomfort
  • It can help in enhancing stamina and strength
  • It can augment self-development
  • It can reduce anxiety and stress-related conditions


What Is A Tui-Na Remedial Massage?

 

Tui-Na massage originated in ancient China and is believed to be the oldest form of massage in the world. It belongs to one of the four branches of traditional Chinese medicine.

 

Based on the theory that an imbalance of qi, which is the body’s life force or energy can cause blockages that lead to symptoms of pain and illness.

 

This massage stimulates the flow of qi to help balance and harmonise the body using many of the same principles as acupuncture.

 

The underlying philosophy of Tui-Na is that true vitality is restored when one has found harmony and balance within themselves and their surroundings.

 

The desired outcome of Tui-Na massage is to create perfect harmony in the ying and yang of the body by ridding it of blockages and disturbances that manifest as illness, disease and emotional issues.

 

What Happens During a Tui-Na Massage?

 

During a session, practitioners use pressure techniques that differ in force and speed. Tui-Na massage can be done as a deep tissue massage or more gentle remedial massage.

 

Some techniques are more yin, in the way that they are more gentle, passive and meditative. While the yang techniques are more active, dynamic and physical, creating more intense sensations in the process.

 

The therapist massages the muscles and tendons and uses the manipulation techniques to realign the body.

 

Depending on your needs, various techniques can be used in a session. Herbal poultices, lotions and salves are also used to enhance the effects of the treatment.

 

What Can Tui-Na Massage Treat?

 

A Tui-Na massage can be used to treat certain health problems or areas in the body. Since it is an alternative treatment, please consult with your doctor before undergoing Tui-Na Massage.

 

Tui-Na massage can be used to treat pain and illness or just to maintain good health. It is very effective at reducing stress, encouraging relaxation and helping with sleep.

 

Here are some conditions that Tui-Na massage can treat:

  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Fatigue and Insomnia
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stress
  • Digestive Conditions
  • Respiratory Conditions

 

What Are the Benefits of Tui-Na Massage?

 

There’s plenty of evidence to back the effectiveness of Tui-Na massage in treating certain health conditions. These are some of the benefits of Tui-Na massage:

  • Boosts Blood Circulation
  • Reduces Neck Pain
  • Relives Lower Back Pain
  • Treats Depression
  • Promotes Healthy Lactation
  • Treats Osteoarthritis
  • Eases Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Treats Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Foot Issues From Diabetes
  • Improves Quality of Life In Cancer Patients

 

Possible Side Effects

 

Tui-Na massage is generally a very safe treatment. However given the amount of pressure often used in this massage you might experience some light bruising in the areas where you were massaged.

 

The Bottom Line

 

Tui-Na massage is a technique that offers a variety of health benefits. As with many healing modalities Tui-Na massage works best when combined with other natural treatments and a healthy lifestyle.

 


Enlighten Massage Blog: Lymphatic Drainage Massage, What Is It and How It Can Benefit You

 

 

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

 

Simply put, a lymphatic drainage massage is a form of soft massage that restores the movement of lymph fluids around the body. Initially developed in the 1930s by Danish physicians Emil and Estrid Vodder as a treatment for lymphedema. Lymphedema is the swelling that occurs in your arms or legs, it is most caused by the removal of or damage to your lymph nodes as part of cancer treatment. When blockage occurs, this prevents lymph fluid from draining and the build-up causes swelling.

 

Lymphatic drainage massage uses very mild pressure and long, gentle rhythmic strokes to increase the flow of lymph and reduce toxins in your body. This type of massage often leaves people feeling sleepy and relaxed, you may want to rest or minimize your commitments for the remainder of the day.

 

What is the Lymphatic System?

 

The lymphatic system is our bodies ‘discharge system’, made up of a network of delicate tubes that run throughout the body draining fluid that has been removed from the blood vessels into the tissues and back into the bloodstream via lymph nodes. A lymphatic system that is blocked with fluid can become toxic and harm our immune system.

The fluid in the lymphatic systems helps remove toxins from bodily tissues. Lymphatic drainage massages can benefit with lymphedema, fibromyalgia and other conditions such as:

  • Swelling or Edema
  • Skin Disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive Problems
  • Arthritis
  • Migraine Episodes

 

How Can a Lymphatic Drainage Massage Benefit You?

 

An effective lymphatic system is integral to a person’s immunity, inflammation and overall healing. Lymphatic drainage is one of the ways to achieving that efficiency. There are many benefits to receiving a lymphatic drainage massage and even if you don’t have any of the conditions listed above, you can still walk away feeling very relaxed and even revived afterwards. Some of the benefits of lymphatic drainage are:

 

  • Improves Appearance of Skin
  • Detoxes Your Body
  • Reduces Headaches
  • Promotes Healing
  • Reduces Swelling
  • Helps You to Feel Relaxed


Cupping Therapy, Is It Right the Treatment for You?

 

 

What is Cupping Therapy?

 

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine where in a massage therapist places specially designed cups on your skin for a few minutes at a time in order to create suction. The purpose of doing so is to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and over all well being. It is also a type of deep-tissue massage. Cups are generally made of one of the following; glass, bamboo, earthenware or silicone.

 

While cupping therapy has risen in popularity over the last few years, its origins go back as far as ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures. The Ebers Papyrus one of the oldest medical texts known to mankind describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1550 B.C. So even so it might seem like a new form of alternative medicine, it is actually quite ancient has been in use for thousands of years, which speaks of its effectiveness as a form of massage therapy.

 

There are two different kinds of the cupping: Dry and Wet. During both types of cupping, a massage therapist will put a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper in a cup set it on fire. As the fire dies down, they place the cup upside down on your skin. As the air in the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels begin to expand. The cup is generally left in place for up to three minutes.

 

A more modernized version of this is done with a rubber pump instead of fire to create the vacuum. Sometimes a therapist might use silicone cups, which can easily be moved from place to place on your skin for an effect similar to a massage.


Has It Been Proven as Effective Form of Alternative Medicine?

 

Supporters of cupping therapy believe that wet cupping removes harmful substance and toxins from the body to promote healing. Do take note however, that this form of therapy has not been proven in any kind of scientific study and the effects should be considered as potential but not guaranteed. One report published in 2015 in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine states that cupping therapy could help with skin problems like acne, herpes zoster and pain management.


What Are the Benefits of Cupping Therapy?

 

 

The British Cupping Society says that cupping therapy is used to treat:

  • Blood Disorders Such as Anemia and Hemophilia
  • Rheumatic Diseases Such as Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
  • Fertility and Gynecological Disorders
  • Skin Problems Such as Eczema and Acne
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Migraines
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Bronchial Congestion Caused by Allergies and Asthma
  • Varicose

 

Once again it must be reiterated that there is not nearly enough evidence, research or conclusive studies to confirm that cupping therapy has proven to be effective and providing the benefits listed above. Cupping therapy is a form of holistic medicine and has no scientific ground on which to outright provide any or all substantial benefit to those who choose to undertake it.


Is Cupping Therapy Safe?

 

Cupping therapy is generally considered to be quite safe as long as it is performed by a trained health professional such as a qualified massage or beauty therapist. There are however, some mild side effects that could occur in the areas where the cups have come into contact with your skin:

  • Mild Discomfort
  • Burns
  • Bruising
  • Skin Infection

 

Always consult your General Practitioner before you start cupping or any other kind of holistic or alternative medicine. Also be sure to talk extensively with the person performing the cupping therapy.

 

Is Cupping Therapy the Right Treatment for Me?

 

As with all kinds of alternative medicine, it is always up to the individual decide whether they should undertake any kind of therapy. It’s important to ask your doctor about your decision and to take into consideration any health or medical conditions that you may have that could be impacted by the therapy.


Hot Stone Massages: Origins and Benefits

 

Origins

 

Hot Stone Massage is an ancient technique that has been used in massage therapy as far back as five thousand years ago. It began in India when Hindus started using the placement of hot stones on the body to relax tense muscles and to alleviate pain, this practice was called Ayurveda. – Burke Williams A Brief History of Hot Stone Massage.


How We Use Them Today

 

Today, hot stones are still used in combination with massages to aid with blood circulation and energy flow. Hot stone massages are often described as being comforting and deeply relaxing. It is believed that having a hot stone massage can also bring about the movement of energy known as chi, which eliminates stress and brings about healing.

 

In short, it is the practice of heating smooth stones (usually made of basalt) and having them placed on various areas of the body during a massage. The massage therapist will place the hot stones along both sides of the spine, palms, legs, abdomen or feet. After the stones are placed, oil is applied all over the back and arms as to allow the stones to move smoothly over the skin. This technique can be incorporated into almost any massage treatment, from relaxation, remedial or even deep tissue massage.

 


Benefits

Hot stone massages are deeply beneficial to the health of your mind, body and soul. The benefits of having a hot stone massage are:

 

Relieves Muscular Aches and Pains

Improves Circulation and Energy Flow

Energy Healing

Promotes Better Sleep

Releases Toxins and Assists in Self-Healing

Improves Skin Appearance

Helps to Create a Sense of Comfort and Warmth

Activates Productivity

Boosts Immunity

Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Treats Symptoms of Autoimmune Diseases

Improves Flexibility

Aids in Faster Injury Recoveries

 

Take a tip from the ancients and let the power of heat take your next massage to a higher level of healing and ultimate relaxation.

 


Body Massage: Myths and Facts

 

 

Massage therapy is the most common and effective therapy that people prefer for so many reasons. Massage does not just offer you varied health benefits, but also takes away all sorts of your emotional and physical stress and, offering you fresh being. Alongside, there are also sports massage therapies that can be taken, before, after or during any sports activity to stabilize and support your body in a way which is very comforting and safe. Ever since long time back, body massage is widely undertaken for its innumerable body benefits. This boosts your energy level and also helps you to undertake the daily course of activities at a better pace.

 

The best facts addressed with right massage technique are demonstrated to benefit you with:

 

  • Better blood flow and circulation: Since kneading activity helps relaxation, this results in better blood circulation in your body. Helping you to get rid of so much body pain and different tensions, it also makes oxygen flow good and continuously active in your body.

 

  • Getting rid of physical and emotional stress and anxiety: Even for the pregnant women, there are the best techniques of massage that helps them to overcome anxiety, making them feel comfortable. You need the touch and services of professional masseuse who know the various body points to comfort and offer you the best massage, to replenish the senses in you.

 

  • Health and skin tone benefits: With the use of effective herbal oils in the massaging, you get better body treatment which automatically reflects through your happy skin tone and lively mood. Also, the body massage is centered to help you get rid of body pain, making your muscles responsive and better muscular.

 

  • Beneficial for sports activities: This has been a very lavish trend and the sports persons have been taking up sports massage fir so many reasons. This not just helps them to strengthen their body for undertaking games, but also revitalize their body parts for quick action. This massage is not taken for soothing effects, but to prepare and stand your body for the best sports activities. You can easily get over the joint pain and notice better activities in your body which are very supportive for different sports.

 

However, the conclusion of this all, is the reliable services of professional massage therapist. For the best services visit Enlighten Massage. Located in Brisbane they are able to effectively help you get the best kneading movements and advantages.


To help you further achieve optimal health and complete your fitness needs we recommend seeking an allied health professional, better known as a personal trainer for gym fitness.

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