Body Massage & Scrub
What is massage therapy?
Massage is the stroking, kneading, warming, rolling and pressing of skin and muscles. There are lots of different kinds of massage, each with broadly different origins and aims - some focus on soothing muscle pain; others on increasing energy levels; some aim to improve a specific physical condition; others simply to help you relax.
Massage makes you feel good in lots of ways, and can have a positive effect on your whole body - your bones, your muscles, your heart, your skin, your breathing, digestion, and your mental health.
Massage works in various ways:
- It relaxes and refreshes tired or knotted muscles
- It increases blood circulation
- It stimulates deep circulation, both of blood and lymph which helps your body to heal, and generally work more efficiently
- It encourages your body to produce endorphins - the natural chemicals in your body that make you feel happy
What are the health benefits of massage?
Massage encourages blood flow, which increases the amount of oxygen and nutrients that reach your organs and tissues. Whilst massage encourages your body to circulate the "good stuff"; it also encourages it to get rid of the "bad stuff" - waste products, toxins, carbon dioxide, and excess water. Stimulating the nervous system and improving the lymphatic system will also boost the immune system.
One of the greatest effects of most complementary massages is that it can make you feel much better about yourself, more relaxed in your own skin, calm and peaceful.
Before any massage treatment, avoid large meals or alcohol. It's also a good idea to drink plenty of water, which will help your body to flush the toxins out of your body.
You should always tell your therapist in advance if you:
- are, or think you might be, Pregnant
- have any medical conditions or are receiving any treatment or medication
- have recently had an injury or operation
- are allergic to anything, particularly skin allergies
- have any broken skin or sores on your scalp
- have a fever or infection
as this may affect the kind of oil and treatment you receive.
What to expect:
Whatever kind of massage you are having, We will ask you some basic questions about your medical history, lifestyle and general health.
Massages usually take place on a massage table or bed in a private area. Massage therapists will massage you with their bare hands, and possibly with their feet or elbows as well. They may use some massage oil to make it easier to glide their hands across your skin. The strength of pressure will vary according to the massage-type and the parts of the body they are massaging.
You can expect to feel relaxed and calm after a massage. After some, you may feel a little achy, after others so relaxed that you are a bit vague or sleepy. On the other hand, some massages will leave you feeling really energized.
Body Scrub and polish:
scrub or body polish is a spa treatment which exfoliates the skin on your body leaving it feeling fresh, smooth, moisturized and soft. An abrasive product is rubbed vigorously, and massaged across and into your skin, and is then rinsed away to reveal a moisturized layer of fresh, clean and smooth skin
What is a scrub good for?
There are many benefits to a body scrub or polish. A body scrub will exfoliate your skin, sloughing off dead skin cells and rubbing away hard and flaky skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth. Scrub or polishing products usually include an oily base which moisturizes and soothes your skin as it is scrubbed.
A scrub can be really invigorating as well, and improve the circulation of blood and lymph to the surface of the skin, helping to fight cellulite and improve your skin tone.
A good body scrub or polish forms the basis of other body treatments
- it prepares your skin for an even tan
- it opens the pores and wakens the skin Before Application of any Masks
- the oils used can relax or stimulate your senses ready for any similarly-focused treatment that you might be having afterwards.
Scrubs and body polishes are suitable and safe for just about everyone. It's not an invasive treatment, and doesn't involve you assuming any odd positions.
You should not have a scrub if you have cancer or if you have a fever. You should also seek expert advice if you are allergic to anything or have a skin condition of any kind. Anyone with fragile, broken or sunburnt skin is well advised to skip this treatment as well, as a very vigorous scrub may hurt more than heal, Some conditions make some products, and some kinds of scrub a bad idea for you.
As with all spa treatments, make sure you are clear about any medical condition you have, or treatment you are receiving, so that you can be sure of a treatment that is safe and appropriate for you.
A body scrub is a great treatment as it makes you look and feel good. After a good body scrub, your skin should feel really soft, smooth and silky; you should feel pampered and energized. It's a great one-stop treatment as well as fitting in well with others, as part of a spa ritual or spa package.