Massage is known as one of the oldest forms of healing and benefits your entire being. Research has shown that massage provides effective relief from pain in 9 out of 10 people, and can even be used to treat depression and other non-physical conditions. At Bodycraft we work to provide you with the therapy and relief that will change your life.
Select the length of your massage and choose a technique from the list below, or get in touch for an expert opinion.
Neck, back & shoulders
It’s a fast life nowadays, resulting in tense neck, back and shoulders. Sometimes it’s so severe that you’re unable to relax. Wouldn’t you agree? A neck, back and shoulder massage puts the focus on tension hotspots. It is designed to soothe away strains and muscular discomforts in the upper half of your body, and restores you to a more refreshed state of body and mind.
Legs, feet & buttocks
Your legs, feet and buttocks carry most of your weight, and deserve the lasting relief this technique offers. It has been designed to target hidden tension areas which often cause pain and discomfort in other parts of the body, giving you more energy and mobility in the long run.
Face, scalp & neck
A soft, soothing touch runs over your face, gently applying pressure to your scalp and soothing away the tension in your neck. Your eyes are closed and your thoughts drift away as you relax. More than relaxation, this technique improves facial posture and restores natural beauty through increased circulation.
Indian Head Massage
This technique has been practiced for over 3000 years on the Indian sub-continent and is described in the sacred Aryuveda (Art of Life) texts. It focuses on the face, neck, scalp and shoulders, but benefits the entire body. Your blood circulation will improve and your lymphatic flow, too. This means less toxins in your body, more energy and an energised immune system.
But, as they say, there’s more… This technique stimulates the body to generate new, soft skin, leaving you looking healthier and a little bit younger. And since Indian mothers use it on their own daughters to ensure a vibrant, healthy, look with glossy hair, it’s definitely good for you too.
The Indian head massage is recommended for young and old, male and female, with emotional, physical and mental therapeutic benefits.
Unlike other massage techniques you’re free to leave your clothes on while receiving the full benefits of a professional chair massage. There’s also no need to lie down – just sit, lean forward and relax.
The chair massage is an ancient technique that focuses on the head, neck and shoulders while you remain seated. This massage is especially beneficial if you only have a couple of minutes to spare, but, like other techniques, provides you with quick relief from stress and tension. And since it helps to increase your flexibility and range of movement, you’ll also be protected against muscular imbalance and its injuries.
During a chair massage the focus is on trigger points, which are areas on the body where discomfort and aches originate. As the session progresses you’ll feel revitalised as your energy levels rise. You’ll also feel your mental fatigue dripping away and your concentration restored… after only a couple of comfortable minutes in a chair.
Postural assessment determines your body type (endomorph, ectomorph or mesomorph) and examines how your posture is affected by your muscles. A lack of exercise, pregnancy, illness or a sedentary lifestyle can result in slack muscles which may lead to a figure fault.
Our goal is to provide you with an accurate assessment and subsequent advice to help you correct your posture for a more comfortable, ache-free life.
The specialist attention of a holistic massage uses a variety of skilful strokes and other touch techniques for a rebalanced being beaming with wholesome wellness. It relaxes taut muscles, drains away headaches and detoxifies as much as it nourishes.
The holistic massage is especially beneficial for individuals suffering from irregular sleep patterns, muscle tension and stiffness, emotional anxiety and decreased energy levels. It also boosts the body’s natural immune system and improves circulation, which means you’ll have more energy, you’ll be more relaxed.
Our customers recommend the holistic massage as a vital part of a weekly routine. And since it helps them perform at their best, fend off illnesses as a result of daily stress and strain, and avoid injury, we’ll have you bursting with zest and vitality too!
Deep Tissue Massage
The intense therapy of a deep tissue massage places the focus on the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. The slow strokes and increased pressure reach deeper to work away chronically tight and constricted areas. This means increased movement, better blood circulation and healthier tissue. However a deep tissue massage is even more encompassing since it aims to treat neuro-muscular tissues to benefit both body and mind.
The underlying principle of a deep tissue massage is to release toxins that have accumulated in tissue through digestion, physical work and chemical reactions in cells. This enables the body to absorb more nutrients and function smoothly. And since there are fewer toxins in the system, a deep tissue massage can also help delay the ageing process.
Other ailments addressed by a deep tissue massage include stress and fatigue, headaches and back pain.
Aroma Therapy Massage
An aroma therapy massage has been proven ideal for pregnant mums-to-be as well as post-partum mums, with results showing less depression, more energy and a better bond with their children. This technique is also ideal if you want to rid yourself of the stresses of daily life and really improves your state of mind.
The secret is the oils used during the massage, which influence the limbic system – that part of the brain that controls emotions and influences the nervous system as well as hormonal levels. This makes it an ideal treatment that helps regulate blood pressure, heart rate, memory, digestion and your immune system. In short, it’s more than pleasant-smelling pampering –it’s a natural boost that helps you feel great.
Hot & Cold Stone Therapy
The Bodycraft Hot & Cold stone therapy revitalises while it energises. It refreshes whilst increasing circulation and stimulates the mind. It also helps bring high blood pressure under control and is perfect for warms days. Women experiencing hot flushes will benefit tremendously from this treatment since it leaves you cool and de-stressed, ready to take on the world again.
So how does it work? The premise of this technique is very simple: the stones are placed on the energy centres of the body and help open up the nadis, or energy pathways. The heat of the stones radiate into your muscles, dilating blood vessels in your tissue to help with the production of blood and nutrients needed for healing. Cold stones, on the other hand, act as a decongestant, which aids circulation.
The subsequent result is a relaxed, detoxified and pampered, you. Now isn’t that something worth smiling about?
The pregnancy massage is a specialised technique that provides you with the comfort and care you need to make the journey to labour feel less like a job, and more like the blessing it is. It is intended for both pre-natal and post-natal women.
Although a special time, pregnancy can take its toll on the mum-to-be. Aside from the aches and pains, it’s sometimes just downright stressful. And what affects mum, affects baby, too. Wouldn’t you agree?
The prenatal pregnancy massage helps reduce stress and provides relief from aches and pains in the muscles and joints, especially in the lower back, neck, hips and legs. You’ll see swelling going down and feel your skin becoming more supple. And since it also stimulates the flow of lymphatic fluids, your immune system will be stimulated to do more for you and your unborn child.
A pregnancy massage can even help new mums deal with the stresses of caring for their newborn. It reduces stress, can help combat postnatal depression and alleviates physical aches and pains. You’ll be really glad to know that this massage can also help reduce stretch marks, improve your skin tone and restore your muscle tone to ensure that you get back to your beautiful self in no time at all.
Full body massage
A full body massage focuses on the scalp, face, neck, arms, back, palms, buttocks, legs, calves and feet. Like many other techniques, a full body massage also provides a distinct benefit to the mind and can be used to improve the general quality of life.
The first thing you’ll notice after one or two sessions of full body massage is that you are more relaxed. You’ll also sleep better and, because of improved circulation, you’ll also look healthier because this technique is also good for the skin. And since digestion is accelerated, you might find that you’re losing a bit of weight, too.
A full body massage also improves bodily functions by increasing lymph and blood circulation, and works to stimulate the various systems within the body. It also soothes, relaxes and helps with the release of mental and emotional tension, which leaves you filled with a sense of enjoyment and complete wellbeing.
Remedial massage succeeds where other treatments, including conventional medicine, have failed. Whether it’s an old injury, back pain or a sprained ankle, this technique unlocks your body’s healing potential and promotes optimal physical performance. And since it boosts your body’s immune system, you can count on increased resilience to the effects of strain and stress.
Remedial massage is a deep tissue massage that successfully treats sprains, strains, broken bones and other injuries where the skin has remained in tact. It is also used to treat scar tissue, eliminate blockages and increases blood circulation, and has been proven to successfully treat conditions such as repetitive strain injury, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis, to name a few.
And if you’re suffering from irregular sleeping patters, this all encompassing technique will help you get more quality rest.
Need instant pain relief? The neuromuscular technique manipulates the brain to reset communication with the body. This is achieved by applying pressure to the affected spot. The brain responds by relaxing muscles in the area of treatment, resulting in immediate relief.
This technique has benefited many clients over the years, some of whom have been experience pain in certain areas for years.
You’ll feel the difference with a sports massage before the big event, since it helps you warm up and also increases your flexibility, which means a greater range of motion. It also combats tension, which means you’ll be ready to perform with a focused state of mind.
Post-event sports massages are equally important; it aids relaxation, loosens stiff muscles and increases the flow of blood to the muscles. And, of course, there’s a definite benefit to your state of mind.
Different techniques may be used during a sports massage, each with their own unique benefit. These techniques include:
- Effleurage – A rhythmic stroking with the hands that increases the flow of blood to the muscle
- Petrissage – A two-handed technique which kneads and loosens the muscle
- Percussive strokes – A finger technique where the muscle is struck repeatedly, especially beneficial for muscle warm ups and toning
- Cupping – Cupped hands are used to strike the muscle. This helps the muscle warm up and also tones it
- Friction – A technique that is applied through circular hand motions, or across the fibre of the muscle, to provide relief from muscle spasm and tension
Activate your body’s healing potential! Reflexology stimulates bodily health, and promotes emotional wellbeing. It focuses on the feet, which are divided into specific ‘zones’; each zone corresponding to a part of the body, or organ within the body.
Through these zones, your therapist is able to stimulate healing in various parts of the body, with amazing results. Some of the conditions that can be treated include blood pressure and cholesterol, depression and physical pain.
Mums-to-be can expect a more comfortable pregnancy, a shorter labour and a reduction in postpartum depression and anxiety.
Reflexology has even proven to be beneficial when applied to cancer patients, reducing symptoms like nausea and vomiting and pain. Use it in conjunction with other therapies for the complete healing experience!
Feeling sluggish? Often in the grips of cold or flu? Lymphatic drainage is a treatment which cleanses your body’s lymph system, helping you fight off disease and giving you more energy.
Lymphatic drainage helps boost your immune system and removes harmful substances from your tissue. This full body treatment has been medically proven and is used by medical doctors to help patients who have sustained injuries and suffer from fluid retention. In some instances it can also be used to treat scars.
Lymphatic drainage is recommended for most individuals who often suffer the symptoms of colds and flu as well as those who are experiencing bodily aches and pains. It’s also recommended for healthy individuals to help keep their immune system in tip top shape. Think of it as an oil change – it can only do you good.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy aims to treat the cause of pain, instead of just the symptoms. It increases your flexibility, and decreases pain and stiffness in the muscles, which means a healthier, more vibrant you. And, you might be interested to know, trigger point therapy also reduces posture-related aches and pains – giving you more mobility and helping you feel better every day of the week!
So how exactly does trigger point therapy work?
A trigger point, or muscle knot, is an area on a muscle that causes pain or even debilitating illness. These trigger points may form for a number of reasons, but are most commonly caused by stress and an incorrect posture. However, perhaps the most well known fact about trigger points are that they are capable of causing discomfort or pain in a remote area of the body.