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.
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 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 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.