Stress is so prevalent in our society as we try to balance work, family and other commitments. For some people, stress is held mostly in the muscles but our minds and emotions are often also tightly wound as stress builds up. Releasing the tension in our muscles with massage can also help the mind unwind and the emotions settle, allowing us to return to our day with a restored sense of calm and a boost in energy as all that stored tension is now available to us to use.
Over my years of practice my massage style has changed from the robust, therapeutic style of Tuina Chinese massage into one that better suits the people I see most often – people who are stressed and often needing both muscular relief and to both physically and mentally unwind and relax. I still use firm strokes and pressure balanced with long strokes and soothing, relaxing pressure to help relax. Massaging of the scalp, hands and feet can really help that stress melt away.
“I feel like I’ve been lying on a beach in Fiji for five days!” — Jayne.
Massages are given on a massage table with clothes off to access the skin and large surface areas such as the back and shoulders and the hamstrings and calves. Towels will cover you to keep you warm and comfortable. I use Tui massage balm from the Tui Collective in Golden Bay.
“I have had the great pleasure of receiving a therapeutic massage from Nicky on more than one occasion and have found her to be an exceptional practitioner. Nicky makes you feel totally at ease and comfortable and her rooms are a peaceful and calming environment. I felt Nicky was 100% focused on providing me with the best possible experience, on both a physical, psychological and spiritual level. I couldn’t recommend her more highly.” — J.A.
Combining Acupuncture and Massage
Some clients enjoy combining acupuncture with their massage, choosing points to add in releasing tension on the shoulders and points to boost energy. We’ll need an hour or 90 minutes to do this.
“I had experienced with acupuncture treatments for several years before I came to Nicky. None of those previous treatments combined acupuncture with massage. Although they were effective, after I experienced massage combined with acupuncture I wouldn’t want to have it any other way. The massage is very relaxing and takes the body and mind to a better state to receive further treatments.” — N.G.
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