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How to Choose Your Perfect Massage

Reading through a Spa menu can be confusing when it comes to massages. Options like Swedish, Aromatherapy, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone and Sports massage are tagged with all sorts of wonderful effects like relaxation, de-stress and rejuvenation promising to be invigorating, calming or balancing. But what does all this mean and how do you choose the best treatment suited to your individual needs?

Join me for a journey of discovery into the world of massage. Learn about the basic styles popularly available in Spas or Salons and know what to expect when you book yourself off for a treat. A good Salon will offer at least two or more massage variations. Lately, the trend is to offer as wide a variety as possible to ensure all client requests are covered. This could include a chakra massage, special sound or lighting effects, a four hands massage, an executive massage – most Salons have their own signature treatment. Although there are many different variations, massage has incredible benefits. Hands-on pressure improves the blood and lymph flow. By manipulating the body tissues, fresh nutrients reach the cells and metabolic waste products can be removed faster. This explains why muscles relax so deeply and when the session is finished, you feel like a new person.

Swedish massage is the most widely used. It forms the base of almost all the other massage types and is usually the first massage beauty students are taught. If you are trying out a massage for the first time, go for Swedish. It doesn’t require any strange oils or movements and the pressure can be adapted to suit you. After your first experience you will have an idea of the parts you enjoyed most and what you would like in your next treatment. Make an assessment and ask yourself a few questions. Was the pressure too hard or too soft? Do you prefer a full body massage or a back, neck, head and shoulder? Do you prefer a male or female therapist? Is an afternoon or morning massage better for you? How long do you like your massage to be, is a thirty minute one fine or is an hour better for you?

There are two main differences between an aromatherapy massage and a Swedish massage. Firstly an aromatherapy massage uses oil on the body. Oils are concentrated plant and flower oils chosen for specific therapeutic effects. Secondly, because the oils magnify the effect of the massage, the pressure used is generally lighter. This ensures the circulatory system is not over stimulated bringing on unwanted side effects. For example if the client has a high toxic level in the body, oil that stimulates a detoxification effect could result in a headache. Qualified Aroma therapists will blend a massage oil to suit your specific need. All kinds of conditions are covered from relaxation, detoxification, and stress to sinus, hay fever, muscle tension and insomnia. That means alongside the benefit of the massage you also have the long lasting effect of the oil in your system. Book an Aroma therapy appointment for an effective, relaxing and enjoyable massage or for a massage where you need a specific therapeutic outcome.

Where Aromatherapy massage is regarded as a more gentle massage, Deep Tissue and Sports massage have a different reputation. They both use very firm pressure which is sometimes even painful and is more popular with male clients. Deep Tissue uses the same form as Swedish but with added pressure working on the deeper fibres and tissues of the body. Working so deeply into the tissues can sometimes cause discomfort. Deep Tissue is a full body massage. Sports massage concentrates on a specific area of the body and is often used as part of a training or rehabilitation programme. Movements are much faster and more intense with much more pressure than any of the other massage types. It is a relaxing massage but often the best way to correct injuries and achieve specific results.

Finally we get to my personal favourite: the Hot Stone or Hot Rock treatment, a treatment I feel is highly underrated. Because it uses heat, it is generally offered in winter time. Heated flat volcanic rocks are used to massage the whole body. The heat warms the muscles and increases the beneficial effects more quickly and with less pressure. This is a perfect option if you want the benefit of a Deep Tissue massage without the intense pressure. Hot Stone massage provides a particularly comforting and pampering experience.

I hope you have gained a little more knowledge of some of the basic and popular massages available. From here on, I leave it to you to experiment and play with the unending options our beautiful industry provides.

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Potchefstroom Academy Holiday School

Come visit our beautiful campus from 11-13 January 2011 for a holiday school and get a taste of student life and exciting careers. It promises to be an enriching learning experience and will help you  to make an informed decision about your future studies.

Potchefstroom Academy and SAAHST enjoy international recognition and comply with National Education Legislation. Ms Tina Schöltz, the Managing Director, established the institution in 1981 which has since grown into one of the largest private tertiary institutions of its kind in this country. The academy is situated in Potchefstroom, a vibrant student city.

We are known for training excellence in:

Beauty Therapy
Spa Therapy and Management
Therapeutic Reflexology
Therapeutic Aromatherapy
Therapeutic  Massage
Interior Design & Decorating

Student Life

Potchefstroom is synonymous with student life, as the North-West University (PUK campus) and a variety of colleges are also situated here.  Potchefstroom Academy’s Student Representative Council and House committees make sure that organised activities are part of a vibrant student life, creating precious memories. Highlight events include the annual formal and informal dinner-dances, crowning of Miss Academy, get-together-program, graduation ceremony and the First-year concert but there are much more! There is more than enough opportunity for sport and social interactions with students from other institutions.

Date: 11-13 January 2011
Contact: Marie Phillips at 082 889 9754

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BK Body and Skin Care Academy

BK Academy is located in Westville Central with easy access from both the N2 and the M13. There are shopping centres, banks, schools, a post office and petrol station in the immediate vicinity.  The property is nestled between a small business and a residence with a small stream running along its bottom boundary.  There is easy access from the main road and plenty of parking area on the premises.
A day spa is operated downstairs from the Academy, the landscaping and decor lending itself to a wonderfully tranquil and calming environment conducive to studying.

The courses they offer are done in modules or over two years giving students a choice as to how he/she would like to study.

First Year:  Beauty Therapy, Holistic Massage, Reflexology

Second Year: Aromatherapy, Sports Massage, Body Treatments, Facial Electrics

Two Year Programmes: Somatology & Complementary Therapies

BK Body and Skin Care Academy have been awarded the “Centre of Excellence” award from PAB (Professional Accreditation Body) and are registered with SAAHSP (South African Association of Health Skin Professional) and ITEC (International Therapy Examining Council).

“Job opportunities for the Professional Therapist are greater than in any other field comparable in preparation time and expense.”  We appear to have a shortage of well qualified therapists in South Africa, and the lecturers being highly trained and qualified are extremely passionate about their training and boast a quality of therapist that is sought after both locally and over seas.

The Director of BK Body & Skincare Academy are:

Kim Gallocher:

Qualified in General Nursing, Midwifery and Aromatherapy
Kim lectures Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology, Aromatherapy, Business Awareness & Nutrition and has been in the industry for 15 years.

Bhavna Ravjee:

Qualified in Beauty Therapy, Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Hot Stone Therapy, Permanent Make-up, Sports Massage, LCN Nails and much more.
Bhavna lectures the Beauty Specialist, Holistic Massage & Reflexology and has been in the Industry for 10 years.