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Have a massage to enjoy the ultimate full body relaxation experience, tone up muscles, promote increased circulation, eliminate toxins, or help alleviate pain and tension.

Why is massage so good for you?

Massage has good physical and psychological benefits. Long, sweeping strokes enable you to relax, unwind, and reduce muscular tension, helping you to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Deeper strokes focused in those tired spots can help reduce pain and remove knots.

The muscle suppleness, improved circulation, and reduced anxiety that massage can provide helps you whether at work in the office, driving the car, playing sports, working around the home, or even sleeping.

How does massage work?

By using hands (or hot stones) the soft tissues of your body such as muscles, tendons and ligaments are manipulated and pressed against harder tissue such as bone. This movement helps stretch and realign muscle fibre, reduce knots in the muscle fibre, and increase blood and lymphatic circulation, which helps remove toxins and metabolic wastes.

Lubricants such as oils, lotions, and waxes lower the friction of the hands (or stones) and may carry essential oils into the body. The application of heat can speed up muscle penetration and promote further relaxation and soothing.

How will massage help me?

  • give you a deep experience of relaxation
  • reduce emotional and physical stress and anxiety
  • aid your lymphatic circulation and increase blood flow, leading to increased muscle recovery
  • tone your muscles, ligaments, and tendons
  • ease or aid your recovery from aches, pains, and muscle fatigue
  • help relieve or reduce your muscle spasm or cramp
  • help you to sleep better
  • stimulate your nerves and enhance your body awareness, making you feel refreshed and revitalized
  • stimulate glands and skin and aid the immune system

What do others say about massage?

"Massage is a pleasurable experience and as such it assists the mind/body mechanisms to produce endorphins, which are the body’s own natural pain relievers.… When muscles are relaxed, all our physical processes show improvement and work more efficiently." Bernie Rowen, Massage, p16, NHP 2002

"Massage has profound effects on the health of the person being massaged. It improves circulation, relaxes muscles, aids digestion and, by stimulating the lymphatic system, it speeds up the elimination of waste products." Clare Maxwell-Hudson, The Complete Book of Massage, p8, Dorling Kindersley 1992

Does massage use hands only or other instruments too?

Depending on the preference of the person being massaged, just hands may be used. However, hot stone massage uses hands and stones. The stones are smooth and their heat and movement (using stone surface and edge) can give a very pleasurable massage experience.

Other instruments can be used that give good muscle penetration or are used to encourage blood circulation to the surface of the skin. Such instruments are usually made of plastic, ceramics, metal, or wood, and can often be used over the top of clothing. I prefer to use wooden instruments, if any, because there is a natural feel about them and they are not "cold" to touch, which others can be.

What options are there?

There are several types of massage depending on preference and what you are wanting to achieve with your body treatment. I offer Swedish style massage for relaxation and general well-being, hot stone massage treatment where heat penetrates deeply into muscles, aroma massage with the use of essential oils, sports massage particularly for those involved in active sports, and pregnancy massage from the second trimester leading up to the babys birth. 

What happens on my first appointment?

For a few minutes before the start of your session, I review your health history relating to considerations for massage such as allergies, injuries, blood pressure and more. We then discuss what goals you want for the massage session, which you can change at any time during the session. I will give you a choice of oils, lotions, or waxes you would prefer. Of course more than one may be used. E.g. the face and feet are often massaged with something different than has been used on the torso and legs.

How do I make an appointment?

Your next step: phone for appointment, 410 3197, or email me, mark@saffrongold.co.nz.

Don’t wait till you’re stressed out, look after your body; get regular massage for a balanced, happy life.

Is there a code of ethics?

Yes, regarding code of ethics and quality or care, therapeutic masseurs fall under the jurisdiction of the Health & Disabilities Commission, www.hdc.org.nz

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