Silver Lotus Holistics

Therapies

Swedish / Holistic Massage

Swedish Holistic Massage

This is your everyday classic massage, and is the base point for every other variation of massages that exist.

It uses a combination of light and firm pressure, and long and short strokes, as well as other techniques, such as kneading.

This massage focuses on massaging the superficial layers of the body, and pressure shouldn’t reach further than what is known as the fascia (connective tissue that surrounds all your organs, bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles).

Swedish massage is a great all-round relaxing treatment.

Reflexology

Reflexology

Is a truly masterful treatment when you consider what it actually does. 

Simply put, we have pressure points and zones within our feet and hands that correspond to all the various systems within our bodies, including all the organs and glands.

By stimulating these, we are able to encourage the body to activate its own natural state of healing.

Reflexology, although not to be used as a diagnostic tool, can pick up various blockages within our bodies, and can assist with many ailments.

Reflexology can be used as an add on treatment or a management tool for a wide variety of complaints such as fertility issues, headaches and digestive problems.

Reflexology can also be done on the hands and ears, but the feet are most commonly used.

Reiki

Reiki

Simply put, this is energy healing, and is AMAZINGLY relaxing. 

What I truly love about reiki is hearing clients’ feedback after a treatment.

Some people report seeing colours, or symbols, or even getting a profound message to a problem they’ve been having.

The energy is channeled through the therapist’s hands and into the recipient’s chakras and other areas of the body that need balancing and/or healing.

How is this done?

Reiki uses intention, symbolism and attunement in order to help balance a person’s chakra’s.

Reiki uses the therapist’s hands to convey the energy, and this can be done by touching the person’s skin or by just resting the hands slightly above the person’s body.

In my reiki treatments, I utilize a pendulum as well as crystals, which is a wonderful addition, and intensifies the healing energy sent through.

Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage

This massage is a literal ‘melt into heaven’ massage. 

My personal favourite massage when I need to relax, this massage comprises typical Swedish techniques, however deeper pressure with the knuckles can be applied to say, the shoulders if you are struggling with tension.

Our Indian Head Massage will include your neck, shoulders, face, ears, scalp and hair.

This is an AMAZING treatment to have if you struggle with tension headaches and / or sinus, in which case we customize further to include the pressure points of the face and under the occipital areas.

This customization has proved a great success in all my clients who’ve struggled with tension headaches in the past!

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

This treatment is mainly used for people who have either oedema or lymphedema.

However, it can also be used for things such as detox, sluggishness, brain fog, recovery after colds and flu, post pregnancy swelling, skin tone and cellulite management.

It uses extremely light strokes and pumping movements to convey the fluid to the points of filtration and drainage, otherwise known as lymph nodes.

The lightness of the treatment is due to the lymphatic vessels sitting only 1mm under the skin.

K-tape is not always necessary with MLD and will not always be used.

I do two different types of MLD:

  • Classic MLD: which is used for the things mentioned above, such as fatigue, detox, brain fog, mild cases of swelling from pregnancy, travel or post colds and flu.
  • Post – Op MLD: which is used for people who have had surgery, and are struggling with oedema and bruising.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage

This massage requires the therapist to break through the superficial layers of the skin, and down through the fascia (connective tissue surrounding all organs etc.) to where knots have formed, due to injury or tension. 

In order to work these knots out, and give you a greater range of movement, a very firm pressure needs to be applied.

The massage begins with stretching the skin, and a few Swedish massage techniques to warm up the muscles, then techniques with the knuckles and elbows are used to break down through the fascia and into the knot.

Because of the deep pressure, certain parts of a deep tissue massage can be painful. However, it should not be unbearable, and pressure can always be adjusted until a more tolerable pressure is reached.

Obviously, everyone is different and will benefit from massage individually, however, more often than not, most people feel the benefits of deep tissue massage after just one treatment!

*Sometimes, if a client has a very stubborn knot, or has a lot of tension build up, I will use Myofascia release techniques, in addition to deep tissue massage techniques*

How does Deep tissue Massage differ from Sport Massage?

Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage

This type of massage can be done using Swedish or deep tissue techniques, but it uses hot stones as the main tool for massage. 

The stones used are basalt stones, as these retain the most heat for the longest.

Hot stone massage is great for people with sore muscles, as the heat helps to loosen tension.

It’s also a good choice for people who cannot handle deep tissue massage, but still need the knots and tension worked out.

In the winter months, hot stone massage is a great all-round relaxation treatment!

Kinesiology Taping

Kinesiology Taping KTaping

Also known as K-Taping, this is usually an add on treatment for Manual lymphatic drainage clients. 

The tape creates space between the skin and muscle, aiding in continued flow of the lymph and blood.

Apart from this, K-Taping is a wonderful way to help reduce swelling and bruising. It also helps support joints and reduces pain, making it a great aftercare tool.

The tape is water resistant, and feels very light on the skin.

Occasionally, I also use it for deep tissue massage clients who have a lot of muscle tension.

This helps facilitate blood flow and aids better movement of the muscle. It also supports and lengthens the muscle.

K-Taping is not always essential in an lymph drainage but if I feel you would benefit you will get the first one free.

Please do not book any re-taping unless we have applied tape in your first Lymph Drainage Treatment.

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Pressure Points


These are points on the body that when pressure is applied, may offer relief to a specific area of the body.

Pressure points can be stimulated by using gentle pressure with the fingers, and held for anywhere from 10 seconds - 3 minutes.

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Techniques


This refers to the various different ways that are used by the therapist to carry out your treatment, such as:

  • Effleurage: this is used to warm up and stretch out the muscles. It is the basis for all massages, and is commonly used at the beginning of a treatment.  It is very relaxing, and comprises long, slow and lengthening movements with flat hands and fingers.
  • Petrissage: These include kneading, and skin rolling - anything that lifts the skin up and will help to break up the tension.
  • Friction: the thumbs are used in a back-and-forth motion on a small tight area to increase blood flow.
  • Vibration: using the hand to gently shake an area of tension.
  • Tapotement: includes hacking (with the sides of the hands in chopping motion) or cupping (making concave shapes with the hands to create a light suction, to increase blood flow to an area).

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Kneading


This is a petrissage technique that involves kneading the skin and soft muscle tissue, almost as if you were kneading bread dough.

It encourages blood flow and lifts the muscles fibres to encourage any tension to break up.

Kneading is soft enough to be relaxing, but also firm enough to encourage the start of breaking down the tension, and to prepare the muscles for any further deeper work needed to be done.

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Fascia


Think of fascia as a big piece of clingfilm. This 'cling film' covers all your organs, bones, nerves and muscles to protect and hold them in place.

When we do a classic Swedish massage for relaxation purposes, we are only massaging the superficial layers of the fascia.

When we do a deep tissue massage, the therapist has to break through the rest of the fascia in order to reach the muscles to where the knots and areas of tension are.

Healthy fascia is flexible and stretchy, which is why when you feel tight, and have limited range of motion, it is an indication that you need to lengthen and loosen it up.

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Knots


Knots are when the muscle fibres form a tight cluster that are tender and painful, and can decrease range of motion, which in turn causes a decrease in blood flow.

Knots, also known as trigger points, need something like a deep tissue massage to help work them out.

Trigger point therapy can be used on a knot to help oxygenate the area and increase the blood flow to the area - this is what helps break them down.

There is also a debatable theory that perhaps muscle knots contain lactic acid, and this is what forms the hard like knob that you can feel under the skin.

When trigger point therapy is used, this crystallization breaks down, because oxygenated blood can now flow to the area, and oxygen helps to break down lactic acid.

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Myofascia Release Techniques


Myofascial release can be used on its own or else as an addition to a deep tissue massage.

These techniques are performed incredibly slowly, and when used in conjunction with a deep tissue massage, can be used at the start of the treatment to relax the fascia in order to assist in breaking through it more easily.

Myofascial release helps increase the range of motion, and can help to decrease pain.

Myofascial Release is said to be the missing link in deep tissue massage, and can also be used for people who cannot cope with the deeper and often painful pressure of a full-on deep tissue massage, as it's non-invasive and actually very relaxing.

However, as mentioned before, this massage is done at a very slow, detailed and controlled pace, and requires a lot of patience, both from the therapist and the recipient.

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How does Deep tissue Massage differ from Sport Massage?


Deep Tissue and Sport Massage are very similar in the fact that they both are aimed at reducing pain, tension and increasing range of motion, however they also have slight differences.

Deep Tissue massages usually focus on a larger surface area, such as the back, neck and shoulders, or even the full body, whereas a Sport Massage tends to focus on a localized area, such as an athlete's calves or hamstrings.

Sport Massage is also most commonly used by people who do a lot of sport related activities. This is not to say that a non-sporty person cannot have a sport massage, but sport massage is generally used for sport related injuries, pre-activity, post-activity and maintenance.

The other difference is that sport massage therapists require more in-depth training to be able to deal with sport related issues.

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Oedema


This is a type of acute swelling that occurs when there is too much fluid in the tissues.

It usually occurs after something like travelling for long periods, pregnancy, sedentary lifestyles or surgery.

Manual lymphatic drainage can help with this.

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Lymphedema


This is a chronic and incurable condition that occurs when the lymphatic system has failed.

This results in a build-up of lymph in the tissues, resulting in swelling in most commonly the legs and arms, but can also happen in other areas.

Lymphedema can be caused by illnesses such as cancer, but can also occur in obese people or people who lead very sedentary lifestyles.

Lymphedema can be managed by having regular manual lymph drainage treatments, but a person with this condition needs to be under the care of a lymphedema specialist who can diagnose the condition and help you manage it properly.

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Lymph Nodes


These are your little filtration areas where lymph is drained from. In a manual lymph drainage massage, this is where we direct all the fluid to, where it is 'filtered' and cleaned of any waste before being drained back into the bloodstream.

They are composed of white blood cells, which also aid in good immunity.

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Blockages


Blockages are usually a reference used with treatments such as reiki and reflexology. The term 'blockage' refers to energy blockage that restricts the free flow of energy.

In reflexology, a certain pressure point in the foot can sometimes feel tender to the recipient and / or, the therapist will feel something similar to grains of sand under the skin.

This can indicate a blockage within that point. Reflexology aims to relieve that 'blockage' by stimulating it, and activating the body's own natural healing mechanism.

In reiki, an unbalanced chakra can be blocked, when this happens, it prevents energy from flowing efficiently, and can manifest as physical and mental ailments related to that chakra.

An example would be a blocked heart chakra, which results in feelings of hurt, pain and grief. Perhaps this person has lost someone they love, or they are struggling to give love or love themselves.

A blocked throat chakra could manifest in someone who has trouble speaking up, whereas an overstimulated throat chakra could be someone who speaks up and gives their opinion too much, or perhaps the person with a blocked throat chakra has a lot of throat related illnesses.

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Symbolism


Reiki symbols are sacred, and are imperative for any reiki session. They are also supposed to be only known by reiki practitioners.

Unfortunately, though, with the internet, blogs and social media, these symbols can now be accessed by anyone, which is a real shame, as they really should remain confidential.

The symbols are used by the practitioner to focus energy and direct energy. Because the reiki practitioner has been 'attuned' with these symbols, it allows them to go deep within, and to connect on a deeper level in order to channel the energy.

They also enhance the healing process.

In the Usui Reiki system, there are four main symbols, which I'm not going to share on here, but I'd like to tell the story of how these symbols came about:

It is said that Dr. Mikao Usui, who while on a spiritual retreat on Mount Kurama, decided to fast and meditate for 21 days, and on the last day, he had a very deep spiritual experience that resulted in him 'receiving' these sacred symbols.

He said that the symbols gave him the ability to access the healing energy he was seeking, and thus this is how reiki was founded.

The symbols can be drawn, visualized or chanted.

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Attunement


This is kind of like a spiritual initiation or ritual and is when the reiki student is aligned and allows them to be forever connected to the universal life energy.

This enables the channeling of energy.

Attunements can only be done by reiki masters, and special symbols and hand placements are used in the ritual to help link the student for life to reiki energy.

Attunements are very deep and enlightening experiences that can result in the person feeling warm, tingly and very relaxed with a deeper spiritual understanding and connection.

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Chakra's


These are our energy centres and run down from the top of your head to the base of your pubic region.

There are 7 in total:
Crown, third eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, sacral and base or root chakra.

They each relate to our physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

They also each have their own colours and vibrations, and correspond to foods, sound, and crystals. In order to be holistically healthy, they chakra's need to be aligned and balanced.

As mentioned before, when one of these is blocked, overactive or underactive, disease and/or ailments can present themselves.

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Pendulum


A pendulum is a tool that can be used in a healing session to help the practitioner see which way energy is being directed.

It can either sway to and-fro, or else go in both a clockwise or anti clockwise motion, and can also be slow or fast in its movements.

In chakra balancing, it can help a practitioner see or rather get confirmation as to the energy the chakra is holding onto. It is also useful in helping us seek answers to any questions we might have.

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Crystals


These beautiful stones come from the earth, and are vast in their colour, shape and texture.

Crystals can be a valuable tool in not just a healing session, but in everyday life as well. Just placing a crystal in your home can change the energy, and they make a fabulous addition to a reiki treatment.

Crystals have their own vibrations, and each one has its own properties that can assist in various types of healing.

When a crystal is placed on the body or in a place with stagnant energy, what we are trying to achieve is to have that energy match the vibration of the crystal.

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