Body Tune Massage

Angela Harrison

Angela attended her first massage course in 1986 and loved it. Unfortunately back at that time there were no massage schools that were recognized internationally. So in order to get a good grounding in anatomy and physiology and various forms of modalities including Swedish Massage, Angela attended the Joyce Block Beauty Therapy School, attaining ConFed, CIDESCO, and NZBThA.

Post graduate training includes the following from the NZ College of Massage – Sports Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Sports Injury and Coaching from AUT. Practitioner level Bowen Technique. General interest is Shiatsu, Chinese facial Diagnosis. Angela attended the Dr Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage Course. Below is the service Angela offers to help you achieve pure relaxation and relief from aches, pains and sore muscles.

To book email info@tranquilitymindbody.com or call (09) 9301597.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body.

This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension. Additional Swedish massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Your massage is customized to your specific needs.

Sport Massage

Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The particulars of the sports massage technique are specific to the athlete’s sport of choice. Focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements. Sports massage therapy can be used as a means to enhance pre-event preparation and reduce recovery time for maximum performance during training or after an event.

Athletes have discovered that specially designed sports massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries and prepares their body and mind for optimal performance.One of the key benefits of Sports massage therapy compared to other modalities is its ability to target muscle-tendon junctions. A study conducted by Margaret Jones, Ph.D. of the American College of Sports Medicine, demonstrated a notable trend toward decreased muscle soreness in the athletes who received massage either before or after exercise.For anyone participating in regular physical activity, Sports massage therapy every week or two may be a great addition to your normal regimen.

Deep Tissue

Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).

A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people’s blood pressure fell after a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue massage.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to promote healing and a feeling of well-being and relaxation. The essential oils are extracted from the parts of herbs and plants and contain all the properties of the plants themselves.

There are several ways of applying the oils, including adding the oils to your bath, or inhaling them, but the most popular and effective is through massage.

Oils are chosen according to the needs of the client and added to a carrier oil - they affect your mood, alleviate pain, help the body detoxify, and a variety of other effects, depending on the essential oil.
“A blend of Lavender and Ylang Ylang can be more effective in normalising blood pressure than either of the oils used on their own.”

During aromatherapy massage, the skin is warmed and the blood drawn to the surface, increasing circulation and encouraging the elimination of toxins from the body, which has the consequence of speeding up recovery time from any illness or injury.

As the circulation increases, the oils are absorbed through the skin and carried round the body. By the time the massage is over you should be deeply relaxed, and feeling calm.

Facial Massage

Facial massage speeds up our circulation, allowing for skin to heal and repair itself from the damage and traumas we put it through on a daily basis a lot quicker.

Facial massage decreases anxiety and can improve a negative mood, according to a study conducted by the User Science Institute.

A relaxing facial massage may be just what you need to reduce stress. Daily stress often results in tension buildup in the muscles. Foreheads furrow and lines form between the brows and along the lip line.

Gentle, routine facial massage can help relax these tight and drawn muscles, decreasing the lines that they form. Massage combined with a hydrating moisturizer can also help minimize lines and dryness.

Therapeutic massage can help relieve allergy symptoms, such as sinus congestion. A buildup of mucus in the sinus areas can result in pressure, puffiness and headaches.

Reflexology

Is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears. Reflexologists believe that these reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them creates real benefits for the person’s health. This allows the nerve pathways and congestion to release and promotes the relaxation respone for the entire body helping balance the body.

Regardless of your health condition(s) (for example, migraine, nausea, sciatica, etc.), the reflexologist focuses on the entire pattern of the reflexology therapy, starting at the toes and working down the foot. A complete reflexology therapy session uses many different techniques and includes all of the points on both feet.

By working all of the points, the reflexologist addresses internal organs and glands as well as muscle groups, bones, nerve ganglions (solar plexus, brachial plexus) and nerves (sciatic) during a session.