Unifying body and spirit
It was set out in the 1970s by Ms. Margareth Elke at the Esalen Institute® in Big Sur, California . This technic is inspired by the Swedish massage. In the United States and in Europe (it’s also called “sensitive massage”).
Executed with elongations, long and fluid movements sculpt and gently wrap the body to provide a more complete sensation of abandonment.
It fully meets the needs of clients looking to achieve effective and lasting relief of tension though deep relaxation, but also to harmonize their entire being, unifiying spirit and body.
Californian Massage is the anti-stress massage.
This massage technique was intended to give the recipient a chance to reconnect with his body. Californian massage was meant to be comforting and reassuring. It was also intended to relieve deep-seated and sometimes long-standing muscle tensions. It’s based on fulling, petrissage and friction rotations, which contribute to greater oxygenation and relieve deep tension, as well as effleurages and gliding pressure, which promote circulation.
Applications and Effects
The softness of Californian massage is not meant to suggest lightness, but instead it reflects the interaction between the massage therapist and the client.
Californian massage the massage each therapist and Spa will have on their card
Men and women of all ages have turned to Californian massage it as a tool to relieve stress. Indeed, Californian massage, for many, serves as a means of a healing and rejuvenation.
Californian massage promotes the emergence of body memory, and for this reason it can be of great help to persons who’ve experienced trauma or who are in psychotherapy.
Indications and Contraindications
Although not curative, Californian massage can provide effective relief of chronic pain to persons with fibromyalgia, arthritis and other conditions by soothing aching muscle and promoting a positive relationship with the body.
While there are few contraindications associated with this massage, the therapist must ensure that the massage is geared to the needs and the condition of the client. For example, a person cannot receive a massage if he or she has cancer, fever or an infectious disease, or after a major surgical procedure.
A Californian massage session begins with an overall assessment of the recipient’s health. Whether preventive or palliative in nature, the Californian massage can benefit anyone looking to sustain a healthy relationship with his or her body and entire being.
With soft hands and by properly using his or her body weight and the correct breathing, the massage therapist invites the client to let go, release his or her muscles and rediscover his or her senses. “The Californian massage treatment is caracterized by long, fluid and enveloping movements. Oil is applyed directly on the skin and the pace and depth or the pressure is adapted to your demand.”
Some additional tips on making the most out of your massage
- Don’t eat a heavy meal before the massage.
- Let your therapist know if the stones are too warm or the pressure is too intense.
- If it’s your first time, arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the necessary forms. Otherwise, arrive 5 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage.
A cup of organic tea or decaffeinated coffee and some cookies are offered after the massage.
Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for information purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your eating habits.