Akana Holistic Therapies | Classic Massage
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Classic Massage

Astrid demonstrated an acute awareness of my physiology. At the end of the sessions I felt thoroughly relaxed and unkotted. I found that I slept particularly well after each session.

~ Liz, Akana client

Swedish Massage is the most commonly offered and best-known type of massage in the Western world, hence also called ‘classic massage’. The therapist manipulates the tissues of the body with light to firm pressure, in accordance with the client’s preference, to treat sore muscles, tension, stress, and poor circulation. Massage oils or balms are used to facilitate the strokes applied. At Akana we use 100% organic balms.

Swedish Massage was developed by the Swedish physician Per Henrik Ling in the 1800s. Most Western massage modalities have their origins in Swedish massage, and the majority of massage therapists in the West are trained in Swedish massage before they learn any other massage techniques.

The Swedish Massage offered by Akana takes a holistic approach. The term ‘holistic’ derives from the ancient Greek word ‘holos’, which means ‘whole’. By definition, Holistic Massage treats the whole of the body as a single unity, taking into account various factors of lifestyle to customise the treatment, to promote circulation of blood and lymph, aid relaxation, help to free from tension and reduce stress.

What I like the most about Akana's massages is Astrid's magic touch. It's like her hands know exactly what my body needs.

~ Dagmara

This advanced massage technique focuses on deeper layers of muscle tissue, aiming to release chronic patterns of tension in the body through slower strokes and deep pressure. To go deeper, your therapist will rely less on the use of hands and work with forearms and elbows instead.

A deep tissue massage is a nice, flowing alternative to having sports massage. It feels good and helps loosen muscle tissues, release toxins from muscles and get blood and oxygen circulating properly.

It is important to drink plenty of water after a deep tissue session, to help eliminate these toxins from the body.

As good if not better than an osteopathy session in terms of stretching and feeling of lightness afterwards.

~ Dagmara

Remedial massage is the use of manual soft tissue techniques to treat or ‘remedy’ a ‘problem’. It is also known as medical or clinical massage.

Remedial massage aids healing by removing damaged cells and lactic acid from the tissues, so they can be replenished with fresh oxygenated blood and nutrients. It puts the muscles into different lengths and positions of contraction to ensure they are completely worked through. Hence treatment is very specific to the ‘problem’ area.

The therapist uses a variety of manual techniques, but will also work with the client to determine the source of the ‘problem’ and discuss how it can be prevented from occurring again.

I had a lot of massages in the past, but I never found them as good. Astrid has excellent hands. Her massage helped my relaxation and eased the discomfort in my neck.

~ Maria

You might experience Trigger Point Therapy during Remedial Massage.

You know those ‘knots’, those crunchy bits you sometimes feel in your muscles, especially around your neck and shoulders? But not only – they have been mapped up as appearing all around our bodies. They’re a likely source of referred pain and tension in surrounding or even more distant areas. This is known as ‘myofascial pain syndrome’. A dull, deep ache, mild to severe.

The good news is that trigger points can be treated, sometimes with spectacular results in releasing tension from whole areas. The price to pay is that you can feel it when they’re treated – your therapist will touch the sore spot! But it’s worth it.

Trigger point therapy can be incorporated in almost any kind of treatment. Your therapist will apply ischaemic compression and/or localised deep stroking. You might feel a difference after just one session, although most trigger points benefit from a number of treatments.