Yoga Massage is different to most other forms of massage such as deep tissue massage, or sports and remedial massage. The treatment is carried out on a comfortable floor mat and you remain fully clothed throughout. It is applied using hands, feet, forearms and elbows in a flowing series of moves to help free the tension trapped within the body. Energy lines, acupressure points, muscles, ligaments and joints are stretched and opened, stimulating flow and encouraging more freedom of movement.
Although the massage is very physical, the overall objective is to bring balance and harmony to the “energetic” body and mind of the receiver as well as the physical body. It is usually given in silence, allowing me to tune in fully to your needs.
Often called ‘yoga for lazy people’, Yoga Massage is the ultimate lazy way of getting all the benefits of yoga and more without having to do it yourself.
Treatments can last from 1 hour to 2 hours. Each session is different and is specifically designed for you.
There are four main positions: lying on your back, on your front, on your side, or sitting up. A one-hour treatment usually combines two or three of these positions, depending on your preferences and requirements. A full 1.5 hour or 2 hour treatment will combine all four positions.
The treatment begins at the feet and works up through the body, finishing with the shoulders, neck and head. This follows the flow of energy through the body, ensuring that every part of your body can be fully stretched to its maximum and benefits from the openness it brings.
The massage is given in silence and can either be a wonderful opportunity to switch off or used as a form of meditation.
Regular Yoga Massage treatments can relieve general muscle tightness and reverse the loss of flexibility that is often regarded as the inevitable result of the ageing process – making you feel younger and more energized.
It can relieve tense, tight muscles that are the result of overworking them (e.g. in sport or physical activity such as heavy gardening) or the result of not using them enough (often as a result from long hours sitting at a desk or driving).
Yoga Massage can bring relief from aches, pains and stiffness, particularly in any tight joints – knees, ankles, wrists, hips, shoulders and neck. It can also relieve chronic tension such as back pain and some type of headaches.
It stretches muscles and manipulates joints just a little more than if you attempted the same moves unaided. This gives the benefit of increasing your flexibility, suppleness and range of movement. It also helps to restore balance within and between the major muscle groups, easing pain and improving posture, thus helping to prevent injury.
In addition it can…
– relieve stress and give you time for yourself
– increase your sense of well-being
Interested in learning Yoga Massage?
Are you interested in learning how to do Yoga Massage? I teach a range of massage courses from one-day workshops to practitioner diplomas at the Central School of Massage.