Unless spa visits are a regular part of your lifestyle, you probably have some questions or misconceptions about what a spa visit entails, and what it can do for you. This article dispels 7 common myths that you may have, and helps you get a little more familiar with the ancient well-loved forms of self-care a spa provides.
Spas are Only for Women
There is a common misconception that self-care, especially skincare, is something that mostly women enjoy, so it’s not a surprise that the same myth exists about the spa. In actuality, there are specialised facials for men that consider male skin’s unique needs; for example, cleansing pores that get blocked by the elements, as well as soothing skin that’s dull and irritated after daily shaving.
Men can also benefit from any of the wide variety of world-class massages available, just like women do, depending on their health needs. You can find a massage essential for stress relief, healing from sports injuries, the release of muscle tension or even simply taking a break from a stressful day.
Spa professionals can also recommend the best professional products for male skin according to your skin type. If you’re unsure where to start when it comes to products, you can take a look at our guide to men’s face products for a breakdown.
I Don’t Know What to Expect
It’s understandable to be apprehensive if you’ve never had a particular treatment, or if you’ve never visited a spa at all. Thankfully, expert therapists at Carisma can guide you on what to expect from any treatments you are interested in. Before and throughout your session, you will also be guided on what will happen next if you wish.
If you want to learn more about specific treatments, you can read our articles on the Lomi Lomi Massage, the Thai Massage, the Hot Stone Massage, the Ayurvedic Massage or even how you can best boost your wellness during a Spa Day.
Treatments are Painful or Uncomfortable
Some people carry the misconception that a facial treatment, for example, may irritate or stretch skin through rough movements, strong products and massaging. In actuality, professional spa therapists know how to massage your face in such a way to stimulate the skin and deep tissue without causing damage. Moreover any products used will be gentle and professional-grade, chosen especially for your skin, so they won’t have adverse reactions like over-the-counter products may have. For the same reason, spa treatments like waxing and body care will cause far less distress and discomfort when done by a professional.
Massages can also be as intense as you wish. For example, while a Thai massage can be intense if you wish to tackle deep muscle tension, you can also ask your massage therapist for a gentler treatment.
Can’t I Just Do The Treatments Myself at Home?
While you may enjoy a facial or a waxing treatment at home, there are various reasons why a professional version exists. As you have read above, professional treatments at the spa will be gentle on the skin and cause no damage, unlike their at-home variants. Additionally, professionals have access to years of knowledge and training, so they will recognise your skin and body’s unique needs. They then have access to professional products and techniques to address these needs.
Massages are Only for Relaxation
While they are amazing at relaxing you, massages are also ancient healing rituals that can improve your health in many ways. They can improve your mental health by releasing tension and stress, and can even help you sleep better. Massages and facials stimulate better circulation through their movements, as well as help release knots of tension in your muscles. Specialised massages can even target scar tissue left over from a healed sports injury and help prevent future injuries from happening by relaxing the muscle.
Hotel Spas are Too Expensive for Me
Many people are put off visiting a luxury spa out of concern that it is outside their budget. However, spas are becoming more and more accessible with special packages or spa memberships to allow you to enjoy all of the pampering of the spa for less. These also make excellent unique gifts for loved ones. In addition to treatments, these packages and memberships can include free access to luxury spa facilities like a sauna, indoor pool or jacuzzi. You may even enjoy complimentary luxury teas, prosecco or a healthy lunch.
We hope that this article has dispelled some misconceptions about Spa visits, and that you have found out some interesting facts along the way!
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At a certain point, medical equipment and medications become commonplace and tiring. Massage, on the other hand, can act as a grounding exercise for the patient and bring them rest.
What Causes Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer happens when the code (like a computer code) in a breast cell mutates or changes. The cell becomes cancerous, attacking other breast cells. Our immune system can fight some of them off, but others can grow into a lump or tumor as they continue to attack.
While the cause is still unknown, what we can be sure of is that our underwire bras are not causing breast cancer. However, it is certain that the wrong kind of bra will put undue stress and strain on your breasts, so the right thing to do is still to find the best fitting bra for you.
Benefits of Massage for Breast Cancer Patients
Breast cancer patients can experience tenderness in their breasts and chronic pain. One possible way to relieve pain, with the guidance of medical personnel, is through a breast massage. The Oketani massage in particular, which focuses on where the breast tissue is connected to the chest muscles, is effective. It also reduces handling of the breast proper, which might be too tender to massage in the normal way. Relieving the tissues of some stress will reduce overall pain.
One simple massage you can do to yourself is to put the arm of the breast you will massage behind your head. That will free up the area. Then, with your opposite hand, use the three first fingers to slowly and carefully massage around and over the breast in circular motions.
Physical activity has long been considered a grounding exercise for therapists. Grounding exercises help patients reactivate their nervous systems, pulling them out of the up and down of emotional responses. A breast cancer patient who receives a massage may see their symptoms of anxiety lessen. These include insomnia, high blood pressure, or mild panic. If they are able to rest and sleep during the massage, it also gives the body and the immune system the boost it needs to help the mind believe it can manage the situation. A regular massage, especially by a trained masseuse who does not need you to lie on your stomach during the session, can decrease anxiety.
Nausea reduction in chemotherapy recipients
Chemotherapy, especially general chemotherapy, slows down the growth of cancer cells and reduces their attack speed. However, it also slows down the growth of many healthy cells, especially the fast-replicating ones. This is why it is normal for chemotherapy patients to suffer fatigue, nausea, and a general lack of good feeling.
Massage therapy helps relieve general pain by relaxing muscles and reactivating the nervous system’s contact with the outside world. Pain tends to cause muscle tension as the patient attempts to deal with it, but the tension contributes to the overall loss of well being. Anxiety and stress also cause tension that can be relieved by massage therapy.
If massage therapy is carried out regularly, for long periods of time, it counteracts the buildup of stress and anxiety in a person’s body. Since the tension is not given a chance to build up, the patient’s window of tolerance—for pain, stress, anxiety, and others—is widened.
Breast cancer patients, like all other cancer patients, deal with long term pain, stress, and uncertainty. Regular massage therapy can relieve their tension, decrease their pain, and widen their window of tolerance for the normal stress that comes with battling cancer. These regular times of rest and grounding help them face the continuing fight.
Pain, stress, anxiety, and chemotherapy all contribute to an increase in fatigue. If the patient persists in their studies or work, or if they are a full-time house wife, they may find themselves less able to manage their day-to-day tasks. One massage therapy session, usually between 30 minutes to one hour, gives the patient time to relax and ignore all emails and text messages. At the same time, they feel themselves relaxing under the therapeutic massage. As their muscles release tension and stress, the body begins to heal and refresh itself normally. In that way, the patient’s fatigue is reduced and they can better handle their daily tasks.
Better immune function
The immune system works best when it can rest once in a while, and when it is supported by proper diet and exercise, or by external supplemental medical practices such as massage therapy. The immune system requires our body’s energy to fight off sickness and heal, which is why we leave ourselves open to sicknesses when we are tired.
Massage therapy lowers our heart rates and blood pressure, and makes it easier for blood circulation. Blood circulation is one of the main carriers of healing to all parts of the body. Massage therapy also rests the body, giving the immune system a chance to regain energy and charge up to fight the cancer.
All of those benefits add up to one simple one: relaxation. Being intentional about getting a massage, or going to massage therapy, also shows us the different muscle groups in our body. As they are identified by the massage therapist, we can also work on relaxing and releasing them when we feel ourselves begin to tense up in that area. Regular massage therapy will also show us how to take more part in helping ourselves relax.
Not sure what we mean? Try it out for yourself! We recommend that you start with a very gentle massage, like the Swedish massage, and don’t forget to mention any health conditions to the massage therapist.
While standards of beauty have varied by region and changed over the years, one thing has not changed: People have strived to feel and look their best since ancient times. In fact, many of the techniques our ancestors used have been passed down over the generations, and survive today in their modern variations.
From beauty-focused facial rituals to healing massages, in this article you will explore some of the ancient techniques that serve as the foundation for many of our modern spa techniques.
Hawaii: The Lomi Lomi Massage
The Lomi Lomi massage was brought to Hawaii along with the Polynesians who settled it. Despite being persecuted by missionaries and colonisers as a heathen practice, it endured as a well-loved healing ritual.
The principle idea of Lomi Lomi has held strong to this day: to provide the client with a space that is calming and nurturing, allowing them to connect mind and body. In this space, the practitioner uses fluid strokes, often described as ‘loving’, avoiding excess pressure (especially on sensitive areas). Much like other massage techniques, these movements work wonders on your body’s circulation and lymphatic systems, leaving you feeling refreshed and relaxed.
Native practitioners of Lomi Lomi now perform this massage around the world, since it has become popular and well-loved.
Thailand: The Thai Massage
The Thai massage is estimated to have been developed around 2500 years ago in Thailand by a friend of the Buddha who had extensive medical knowledge.
The Thai massage is a dry massage technique, meaning that no oils or lotions are used. Pressure is applied to various areas of the body to stimulate circulation while relieving pain and tension in targeted muscles. The Thai massage motions may remind you of yoga, and similar to yogo this massage will improve your flexibility, relax you and even improve your sleep!
India: Ayurvedic Massage
Ayurveda is a system of medicine that emerged in ancient India, based on the idea that keeping the body in balance is the best way to prevent and heal illness and injuries. Ayurveda may be the oldest system of medicine that we know of!
This principle led to the development of a massage technique that seeks to balance the client both physically and mentally, since body and mind are seen as intrinsically linked to each other. To this day, this massage technique uses heated oil to stimulate energy points in the body, with pressure and a light touch.
This makes Ayurvedic massages incredibly relaxing and useful for relieving tension and stress, and can be included regularly as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Turkey: The Hammam
Baths have been well-loved for centuries, and the Turkish bathing technique is no exception. The Hammam was one of the first baths to be open to all, leading to their quick popularity in ancient times. Hammams quickly became a popular way of maintaining one’s health, hygiene and mental relaxation, all while socialising with others.
Nowadays one can experience the same heated marble room alone if they prefer, or with family and friends as our ancestors did. The beautiful marble room with its gentle, relaxing heat helps open your pores and prepare your skin for exfoliation by a therapist. This means that by the time your session is done, your skin has been cleansed deeply, and is incredibly moisturised.
Greece: Clear Skin and Protection from the Environment
The ancient Greeks idolized the goddess Aphrodite, and strived to match her youthful beauty by keeping their skin clear and protecting it from the elements. Face masks were an integral part of their beauty routines, used to remove facial impurities that build up during their day.
Face masks are still well-loved today for the same reason, and are perhaps even more important since our skin is exposed to pollution as we walk in busy areas.
Japan: Exfoliate Old Skin Away
Since ancient times, clear fresh skin has been prized as a sign of beauty and health around the world. Japanese Geishas achieved this skin perfection by creating pastes mixed with sea salt crystals that helped remove old skin through abrasion. Modern exfoliants still work in the same way, and you can still find many exfoliants that include sea salt as a key ingredient
As this article has shown, you would be surprised at how many ancient wellness routines are still alive and well today. Much of our knowledge is based on our ancestors' skills and experiences, passed down to us and improved and we learned more and understood our health better.
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Cellulite is a very common problem for many people. In fact, most people will have some cellulite at some point in their life regardless of age or appearance. It can be a normal part of getting older or experiencing natural hormonal changes. Still, it may affect your confidence and body image, so you may decide you want to find ways to improve the appearance of cellulite. You can take various approaches that can be included in your daily routine, so you may wish to identify which of the following 5 tips suit your needs and lifestyle.
1. Stay Hydrated
A surprisingly simple approach is to drink more water! Being dehydrated can make cellulite appear worse than it actually is, and staying hydrated will have so many other benefits on your health it’s worth a try. In addition to reducing the appearance of your cellulite by plumping and smoothing your skin, water will help improve your physical health. Water can even help you with the other tips on this list, boosting your workout performance and helping you maintain your weight by reducing cravings. Best of all, staying hydrated leads to better moods and mental health.
If you want a pampering cellulite treatment, you may consider spa treatments to help you on your journey. Carisma Spa has treatments specifically designed to tackle cellulite, whether you want to try a one-off cellulite session, or prefer bundles of regular cellulite treatments. These sessions target the abdomen, buttocks and thigh areas; including exfoliation, masks and massage to eliminate excess fat, cellulite, and provide contouring results in record time.
Even spa massages that don’t specifically target the problem can help reduce your cellulite, since the movements stimulate circulation and collagen production which plump your skin and make it healthy and glowing. As an added bonus, massages will ease any physical and mental tension you may have, leaving you feeling relaxed and well.
Exercise can be a good cellulite reduction routine as it firms up your skin and improves your circulation. It can also reduce your total body fat since these fat deposits are the cause behind cellulite. Strength training and aerobic exercise can be useful workouts to tone your muscle and reduce the appearance of problematic areas.
Exercise will also help you feel better about your body, improving your wellness and mental health.
While there are no miracle creams that immediately make cellulite disappear, you may find firming creams, gels or peels help reduce cellulite’s appearance. If you prefer to let these products work overnight, you may even find sleeping masks and night gels that work while you rest. These creams work by temporarily smoothing and firming the skin, so use them in combination with other methods listed in this blog.
5. Balance Your Diet
Diet can play an important part in tackling cellulite. In fact, extreme fad diets may even be contributing to creating or worsening cellulite problems, since they may actually cause worse fat depositing. Ensure what you eat, whether you are dieting or not, is balanced and nutrient-rich. This will help your body produce more collagen and regenerate cells, which are major bonuses when you want to reduce cellulite
Cellulite is a normal problem that most of us will experience, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t tackle it if it is affecting how you feel about your body. Many of these techniques also have positive side effects on your physical and mental wellness, so trying them out will never be a loss!
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Sports injuries can be an unfortunate reality of exercise or athletic performance. They are commonly caused by overusing muscles or joints, or receiving more force to a body part than it can withstand. This article will provide various approaches to prevention or healing of injuries that one can experience at Carisma spa, ranging from targeted massages to the benefits of using spa facilities.
The Science Behind Sports Injuries
Sports injuries can range from cuts and scrapes, to swelling, muscle damage, pain and stiffness, amongst other symptoms. These injuries can be grouped into two categories, chronic and acute, depending on how they occurred. Chronic injuries happen when you repeatedly overuse muscles or joints, especially if you have poor technique while exercising. These injuries can remain hidden for some time until they get worse, or may even seem to be less severe than they actually are, so it's important to take them seriously and consult a doctor instead of ignoring them. Acute injuries occur suddenly when you use too much force, like landing improperly on a joint or sprain a muscle.
Your risks of sustaining an injury are highest if you haven’t exercised in some time or don’t warm up properly before beginning your workout, so take the time to prepare yourself. Prevention is always better!
Preventing Sports Injuries
Warm Up and Cool Off
Regardless of how often you exercise or how experienced you are, never skip stretching and warming up. This will warm up your muscles and make them more flexible, preparing them for the routine ahead. Cold muscles will be more likely to overstretch and tear, while warm muscles can absorb more impact, movements and bending. You may also try a session in a hot tub for 10 to 20 minutes, as this helps loosen up your muscles as well.
Be attentive to your body as you work out, and know when it’s time to stop. It’s important not to keep pushing once muscle fatigue sets in as you will have an increased risk of injury if you push your body further. However, don’t quit exercising abruptly. After each workout, wind down with gentle stretches.
Gradually Increase Exercise Intensity
If you haven’t exercised in a while, are coming back after an injury or this is your first time exercising, be sure to start off with gentle exercises before you increase the intensity of your workouts. Your body needs time to adapt after all!
If you’re just starting out, have joint pain/damage or are getting older, you can opt for swimming as your exercise routine. Swimming in a pool allows you to exercise most of the muscles in your body while being gentler on your joints.
Staying hydrated is always important for your health, and this is especially the case during exercise routines. Hydration will support your body while sweating, and will also be exceptionally important if you use the hot tub warming up method mentioned above.
Since sport & deep tissue massages increase circulation and apply expert pressure movements to your muscles and connective tissues, muscle tension is eased and waste is removed from your tissues, making it less likely that you will sustain an injury.
While specialised sports massages are specifically designed for the prevention and treatment of injuries, other massages can also ease muscle tension and boost circulation, in addition to their own special treatment goals. For example, you can enjoy a bamboo massage that eases muscle tension through the use of a bamboo rod.
Healing Sports Injuries
Luckily, most sports injuries are minor strains or damage, and these are far easier to treat. You should always follow a medical professional’s advice on how to treat your injury, but the following are viable ways to help your injury heal unless a professional recommends otherwise. It is always recommended to inform the spa therapist who will be performing any massages on you about your injury. They will take special care not to use certain movements or levels of pressure.
Various massages can be useful in healing your injury, depending on what your specific needs are. Sports massages, for instance, are good at breaking down scar tissue that forms after an injury heals. This scar tissue is inflexible which makes it more likely that you will injure yourself again, so it’s important to restore your muscles flexibility.
The Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage will also be very helpful in improving your lymphatic drainage, clearing away waste from your muscles that will aid in the healing process. Meanwhile, a Balinese massage relaxes your body and will restore your energy after the potentially tiring experience of healing from an injury or having an intense workout.
Sports injuries often come with swelling, pain and stiffness, and a spa day can allow you to remedy these symptoms through the use of various spa facilities. Saunas and jacuzzis, for example, have been proven to aid the healing process thanks to the increase in body temperature.
The same can be said for a session in the heated marble room of the Turkish Hammam. The heat will also ease soreness and calm down inflammation, making it a good option if you want to ease your aches and pains for a while. Your joint pain and muscle tension will also be released, leaving you relaxed and relieved.
Though accidents happen and not all injuries are preventable, keeping the advice provided here in mind can help you prevent needless damage to your body. When an injury does happen, you should now have some tips in mind that can hopefully be helpful!
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A spa day with Carisma Spa & Wellness isn’t simply a normal visit to the spa. Spa days include both treatments and access to many different facilities, each providing you with a boost to your physical and mental wellness in their own different way. This blog will break down each of the health benefits of a spa day that you can experience when you visit.
Relaxing in a Pool
Enjoying a relaxation session in an indoor or outdoor pool can have a surprising effect on your health. Swimming is a great way to exercise for people of all ages, especially since it places much less strain on your body (especially your joints) than other methods of exercise. It benefits your heart health and keeps your heart rate up while building muscle strength in a gentler way than lifting weights. Speaking of muscles, swimming is one of the few exercises that works out almost all the muscles in your body!
Don’t worry, even if you prefer simply relaxing in the pool during your healthy spa day you can still enjoy wellness benefits like reduced stress and a peaceful break from the world.
Enjoying a Sauna
Saunas are another facility that can be enjoyed during your healthy spa day experience. The heat can have a profound effect on your physical and mental health, leaving you feeling invigorated and relaxed. The dry heat of a sauna will boost both your blood circulation and your nervous system, which is why sauna sessions feel so relaxing. In addition, saunas are great for pain relief and joint tension, making them a great relief for chronic or joint pain.
Experiencing the Perfect Spa Treatment
Given the wide variety of available spa treatments, it isn’t a surprise that you can find a treatment that suits your health goals perfectly. When it comes to selecting a treatment to enjoy on your healthy spa experience, knowledgeable therapists can help you choose a treatment according to specific health needs, problems, or skin concerns. Treatments like massages and facials can be amazing antistress treatments that improve your circulation and release muscle tightness. You will leave the spa feeling refreshed and relieved, and you’ll even enjoy better sleep afterwards!
A Bonding Experience
A wellness spa day can be a unique experience of wellness that you can share with loved ones. Whether you wish to enjoy your group spa day with friends, family or a romantic partner, you can enjoy a shared healthy experience that also improves your mental wellness. Such shared experiences have been proven to increase feelings of self-esteem, and reduce feelings of depression, anxiety and isolation.
Relax In a Jacuzzi
Jacuzzis are associated with luxurious relaxation, but they can even contribute positively to your health. Using a hot tub is understandable great for stress relief by easing your tension with massaging jets and hot water. These jets also help relax muscle tension and ease your aches and pains. Soaking in the hot tub before exercise can also reduce your risk of sustaining injuries. Unsurprisingly, this also means that jacuzzis can provide relief from pain.
You may even find that a hot tub session helps you sleep better, since heat can improve the depth and quality of your sleep. This can be a useful solution to try if you are suffering from insomnia. As a bonus, the heat of a jacuzzi can be a good way to lose calories.
As you now know, the health benefits of a spa day extend far from amazing spa therapy experiences, and you can benefit from many free facilities that also boost your physical and mental wellness.
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When it comes to getting a professional waxing treatment in Malta, you might be wondering how such a session differs to at-home hair removal methods. Certainly, professional waxing treatments are easier and quicker but there are various other benefits that may surprise you, so keep reading!
What To Expect from a Professional Waxing Experience
You may be unsure of what to expect from a professional waxing session, or even self-conscious about your body, so it’s important to know what will happen and put your mind at ease. The waxing treatment will usually take place on a comfortable salon bed or chair. The professional esthetician will then prepare your skin, which is important to ensure the hair will be removed painlessly and efficiently, with no damage to your skin.
The esthetician will then apply high quality warm wax to a small area, onto which a strip of cloth will be applied. The strip will be removed quickly while the professional holds your skin to reduce pain and ensure hair is removed completely. The esthetician will work in small sections, depending on the area you want hair removed from. In the case of eyebrow waxing or facial hair removal, they may use tweezers or threading to ensure the final appearance meets your preferences.
Soothing products will then be applied to your skin to help it recover from the waxing process, and leave you with more nourished skin than you had when you walked into the spa!
1. Professional Knowledge
The professional who will perform your treatment during a waxing spa session will be an esthetician who is an expert in skin care. They will know exactly how to take care of your skin to ensure the session will leave you with healthier skin than you had before. They have the expertise to know how to remove your hair in a way that is gentle and will have long-lasting results.
An esthetician also has knowledge of various skin types and needs, so they will be familiar with how to vary their treatment according to your unique requirements. This is especially important for waxing sensitive areas or men’s waxing, since a professional will know how to reduce pain. After all, you wouldn’t want to go through such a session and find that you didn’t remove the hair properly!
Professional waxing is surprisingly fast and comfortable. A professional will efficiently remove hair as painlessly as possible, saving you time and discomfort. A professional can even reach areas that would be uncomfortable or difficult for you to reach, meaning less stray hair left behind or ingrown hairs.
Waxing can be painful and cause damage if done improperly. This is why a professional will hold your skin to ensure you do not get any bruises and that no hair is missed. This will also involve professional wax that is safe for your skin, and you won’t have to worry about accidental burns. Professional waxing treatments involve unique wax that is high quality and nourishes your skin at the same time.
The esthetician will also wear gloves and use sanitised materials, which is a step that is often forgotten at home. These precautions will ensure that no bacteria is transferred to your skin, which will be sensitive and delicate after waxing.
Your unique skin needs will also be taken into consideration, to avoid causing any skin problems. No more uncomfortable rashes and cuts! After all, a professional knows that skin must be properly prepared before waxing, and cared for afterwards, which is often forgotten during DIY home hair removal sessions.
4. Your Skin Will Thank You
Everyone’s body features and hair growth are unique, and a professional will know how to adapt to you to reduce pain and ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are common when removing hair at home, since you may accidentally wax hair in the wrong direction, or use hair removal methods that are prone to giving you ingrown hair. Sensitive skin will also suffer during DIY hair removal, since home waxing kits and creams are harsher and lower quality than professional wax.
In addition to all of these benefits, professional waxing is also more effective in slowing and preventing hair regrowth. A professional will not miss stray hairs, will reach every spot and will not accidentally break hair off, so you can be sure that hair will take the longest possible time to regrow. When your hair grows back after multiple professional treatments, you will even notice that it is becoming lighter, softer and sparser!
To wrap up, professional waxing treatments make a process that is painful and uncomfortable at home into a safe, comfortable experience that will reduce hair growth and benefit you well into the future!
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Ayurvedic massage, also known as "oil massage or Abhyanga", is a treatment that incorporates herbal essential oils with non-traditional strokes and kneading that suits individual needs. It is one of the world's oldest healing systems with its origin dated back more than 3000 years ago in India.
Ayurvedic massage is based on ancient Indian principles of Ayurveda (the science of life) and pressure points. The treatment focuses on manipulating energy fields and freeing emotional burdens rather than relieving tension in the muscle. The heavy use of herbal essential oil and its focus on specific pressure points in the body is what differentiates the ayurvedic massage from the Lomi Lomi or other types of massage.
According to the Ayurvedic Classics, Ayurvedic massage is a daily regimen needed for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The Ayurvedic Massage technique stimulates the lymphatic system. Practitioners claim that benefits include pain relief, reduction of fatigue and improved immune system.
It is a perfect massage for bringing out your glow. It makes you relaxed, comfortable and at peace. If you ever need a massage to reduce pain, mental stress and fatigue, then it's time you tried out the Ayurvedic massage. Here is some information that could come in handy.
What To Expect At Your First Ayurvedic Massage
The Ayurvedic massage, like other types of massage, starts with a consultation. This helps your massage therapist identify your body needs and expectations to ensure the best treatment is recommended. Your therapist might also inquire about your current lifestyle, especially your eating habits and daily physical activity. Patients are usually advised to provide honest answers to ensure your therapist gives the most favourable recommendations. Recommendations given are based on your habit, temperament, climate and the season of the year as well as your physical constitution.
After your consultation, you will be taken to the spa for your massage treatment. The treatment can last up to 60 minutes depending on the type of treatment recommended. During the massage, you will be in your underwear with your body covered with towels, only the body parts being massaged will be exposed to the oil massage.
Soothing music or chants is played in the background while You will lie on the bed. The massage therapist then pours warm oil on your body and starts massaging it in a series of movement. The ayurvedic massage technique constitutes movement that varies from superficial to deep strokes and is aimed at relaxing your nervous system and nourishing your body. The oil used for the ayurvedic massage is allocated according to your body type to prevent allergic reactions and skin issues.
Oils to use for Ayurvedic Massage
The best oil to use for Abhyanga depends on your body type (dosha). In Ayurveda, three doshas determine which Ayurvedic massage oil you need to encourage balance and health.
The oil can be used by itself or blended with another oil.
Ayurvedic Diet Plan
The Ayurvedic diet plan is an important component of the Ayurvedic massage treatment as it contributes to long term health results. This diet plan consists of six primary tastes that help in stimulating your digestive system as well as maintaining water-electrolyte balance in your body.
A typical Ayurvedic diet includes:
Some diet you may want to avoid include:
Types of Ayurvedic Massage
There are various types of ayurvedic massage recommended by the massage therapist during the consultation. Some are more suited for a set of people than the other. Ayurveda understands the uniqueness of different body types. This is why it is usually recommended based on body types.
There are 4 major types of Ayurvedic massage. They include:
10 Proven Benefits of Ayurvedic Massage
According to the ancient ayurvedic text, the ayurvedic massage is numerous. There are, however, 10 proven Ayurvedic massage benefits in specific health conditions. They include:
Side Effects of Abhyanga
Though oil massage has a lot of health benefits, It is strongly advised not to have an ayurvedic massage in the following situations:
Conclusion and Closing Thoughts
There is no greater expression of self-love than being anointed and massaged from head to toe with warm oil. It nourishes your body and improves your well being. As Ayurvedic massage is tailored towards your wellness need, you have to ensure it is done by a qualified Ayurvedic massage practitioner to ensure your safety and well being is guaranteed. Book an Ayurvedic Massage Session Here.
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Getting into the routine of maintaining good skin is important, but it’s even more important to book regular sessions at your local spa. Not only will this provide your skin with a plump look and feel, but it will also ensure you protect your body’s largest organ: the skin. One of those treatments is a facial.
The term facial was previously considered just a treatment for skin conditions, such as acne. However, it is now more broadly used. Today the term includes steam, exfoliation, extraction, creams, lotions, facial masks, peels, and massage - all of which are usually performed in a spa for both men and women.
Until we experience a facial treatment, we don’t realize how much of a positive impact it’s going to have on our faces. With thorough cleansing, deep down into your pores, get ready for glowing, shining skin after your next facial.
So Why Should We Get Facials?
First and foremost a facial is by far one of the most relaxing treatments. Whilst you’re here, sit back and enjoy the pampering session. Especially in the days after leaving the spa, when your skin feels its softest.
By taking an hour out of your busy life to relax for a facial, you will experience its amazing capability to reduce stress levels within the body. The facial will help to not only increase blood circulation but also allow the blood to transport more nutrients to the skin, creating that glowing look and feel.
Through regular facials, your skin muscles will become tighter which ultimately slows down the aging process. By experiencing regular facials, the muscles will be exercised, creating a perception of more lifted, toned, and firm skin.
Protects against Environmental Factors
Your pores fill with dirt and dust while you simply live your everyday life. Within a facial, the therapist can exfoliate deep into the skin removing dead cells, improving skin tone appearance, and reducing pore size.
Treats Acne (and other skin issues)
If you’re suffering from acne, and/or other skin conditions, then facials help to reduce redness and inflammation, therefore minimizing the chances of future outbreaks. Extraction, if needed, is also great for removing blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and preventing breakouts. Anyone struggling with acne can benefit from a facial, alongside a facial scrub, as it clears out the skin and has a purifying effect.
As the technician provides a facial massage, the increased blood flow will carry more antioxidants, oxygen, and nutrients into your face. This subsequently creates a healthy glow and radiant look.
Eliminates Dark Circles and Bags Under Your Eyes
Dark circles around the eyes are caused by weakening muscles. The breakdown in collagen causes the fat to shift to the lower eyelids causing dark shadows and puffiness. By experiencing regular facial massages, you can ensure that this skin becomes tighter, therefore preventing any under-eye bags.
There’s nothing more satisfying than sitting back and letting the professionals get to work on deep cleaning your skin. Not only will it feel fantastic but it will provide lasting softness for the days that follow.
How Often Should You Book A Facial?
If you can, having a regular spa facial near you, at least every six weeks, will do wonders for your face; brightening the skin, creating a fresh, glowing look.
Here at Carisma Spa, depending on your requirements, we have the desired facial treatments for the need. From face firming to city life shielding - regain brightness, and bring back your natural glow with a Carisma Facial Experience.
Our ultimate treatment, however, is the Carisma Signature Facial. Providing instantly visible results, this facial combines biotechnical efficacy with an outstanding anti-aging massage. The outcome is instantly smoother, firmer, and more radiant skin.
To make your experience even more relaxing, some of our treatments include a complimentary relax back, hand, and eye perfection treatments. So you can leave feeling fully refreshed and restored.
INTERESTED IN BOOKING A FACIAL TODAY?
A good time to book yourself in for a facial is as the seasons change. The elements in the air also start to change and this can have effects on your skin. So if you’re not up for a regular 6-week appointment, then quarterly facials each year might be your best option.
In the meantime, if you want to look your best and maintain the youthful appearance of your skin, regular washing, moisturizing and applying sun protection is what matters most.
Next time you are heading to our spa in Malta, our spa technicians will be more than happy to offer consultations on the products that might work best, for ensuring your skin retains its glow all year round.
A hot stones massage is a form of massage therapy where either heated or cooled stones are placed on the body for the purpose of pain relief, relaxation and therapy.
Dating back to ancient civilizations, hot stone massages were considered a form of healing therapy to provide physical and spiritual ease. Having evolved over time, the stone massage emerged in the late 1900s and quickly became one of the most popular massage techniques of the modern world.
But what does it entail, and why has this massage therapy become so important to our health, reaping many benefits?
The Massage Techniques
The hot stones massage incorporates techniques of a more regular massage alongside the heated stones. By resting these hot stones on top of your body, therapists can open up the muscles and work into the tissue to remove any tension.
In comparison to a deep tissue massage, through long strokes and circular motions, hot stones subsequently provide a deeper, more relaxing massage experience, with each stone known to pass on its unique energy to you.
The stones used for this massage are usually basalt stones. This is a smooth black rock or river rock made out of iron, helping it retain heat. These hot stones are then placed on different areas of the body, including your spine, stomach, chest, face, palms, feet, and toes.
The therapist will then use Swedish massage techniques to gently rub these stones into your body, subsequently creating what we know as a hot stone massage.
The Health Benefits of a Hot Stone Massage
There are an overwhelming number of benefits that make hot stone therapy one of the most relaxing of its kind. Although it calms the muscles, this massage therapy takes us far beyond the spa and uncovers many numerous health benefits. Such benefits include:
Reduction of Stress and Anxiety
Through a hot stone massage, stress, and anxiety - especially among those with cardiovascular problems - is known to be improved as it is the ultimate relaxation massage. A study from 2001 showed that a ten-minute hot stones massage improved cardiovascular responses such as stroke volume, which is usually provoked by stress.
Relieves Muscle Tension and Pain
Hot stones therapy is also known to assist with pain, especially with patients experiencing autoimmune diseases. This is because it relaxes the body, reducing muscle tension and spasms. As the stones help to remove tension around the body, the blood flow and circulation further improve, there assisting with previous tension and pain.
It seems strange to think that a stone massage can help to improve immunity but it’s proven to be true. With its clear signs of increasing blood flow and stress reduction, a hot stones massage can further increase immunity levels; therefore helping your body fight off any diseases. In fact, according to a 2010 study, a single session of Swedish massage therapy had a positive and acute impact on immunity.
Reduce Cancer Symptoms
A study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management examined how stones massage affected pain, fatigue, stress and anxiety, nausea, and depression in 1,290 people with cancer. In many cases, hot stones massage therapy provides cancer patients with some sort of comfort during their medical treatment, decreasing anxiety, and depression, and promoting sleep.
Encourage Better Sleep
Body massages are known to promote more restorative sleep. However, a hot stone massage has been even more helpful in promoting this, especially amongst the older generations and those suffering more serious sleep disorders. Through experiencing a hot stones massage, not only will patients be able to sleep better, but the quality of sleep will also increase. This allows patients to wake up feeling more restored and fully energised.
Enjoy a Hot Stone Massage in Malta
With all these benefits to experience, there is no better reason to enjoy a hot stones massage today. Sink your body into relaxation and indulge in a Hot Stone Massage at Carisma Spa.
Looking to pamper yourself even further? For a fully indulgent and luxury experience, we recommend you combine your Hot Stones Massage with our exclusive Indian Head Massage for a complete soothing treatment.
Following these two calming treatments, you will leave the spa feeling fresh and fully revitalized inside and out - and ready to face whatever 2020 has left to throw at you.
Book your Hot Stone Massage in Malta Today.
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