Amethyst Trust - From the beginning
It is a dreadful thing that cancer patients are encouraged to seek massage and holistic therapies by their doctors and when they visit a salon or spa they are told that they are contra-indicated for treatments due to some out of date, mis-informed educational platform that we have in our industry.
The Amethyst Trust was set up by industry experts to address this problem. Read more about the Amethyst Trust and where it all started ....www.amethysttrust.co.uk
The Amethyst Trust's mission is to enable people who are being treated for cancer, or have been treated in the past, to enjoy the amazing benefits of massage therapy knowing that their therapist understands how to safely treat them.
Massage therapy is incorporated into the majority of beauty and holistic therapies and provides a vital role in improving the general wellbeing of the client as well as directly improving aches and pains.
Here at Just Beauty we have undertaken training with The Amethyst Trust to give us a greater understanding of the possible needs and requirements of those who have been diagnosed with cancer, who are going through treatment for cancer or who have had cancer. This enables us to offer a full range of treatments to those people who may have an even greater need for the relaxation, stress relief and general feelings of well being that treatments can provide.
Traditional massage, also known as Swedish Massage is the most common type of massage available. It can be used as a standalone treatment for the whole body or often is offered for localised areas such as the back and neck. It aims to relax you both mentally and physically and has been used for centuries.
Swedish Massage involves a combination of movements such as effleurage or stroking, petrissage involving the deeper pressure, rolling and kneading of muscles, tapotement or frictions stimulating the surface of the skin and muscles.
Aromatherapy massage uses a combination of Swedish massage techniques along with specialist massage such as neuro-muscular, reflexology, acupressure and shiatsu.
Essential oils, often described as plant hormones, are extracted from flowers, fruit, seeds, leaves, bark and roots of certain plants and provide therapeutic properties that enhance the massage experience. The most popular oils used include rosemary, eucalyptus, camomile, jasmine, peppermint, lemon, ylang ylang, marjoram and geranium. Your massage therapist selects a blend of oils that will most benefit your health and wellbeing.
Indian Head Massage
Indian Head Massage is based on the ayurvedic system of healing which has been practiced in India for over a thousand years. It aims to release the stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders using deep kneading and compression movements over the neck, shoulder and scalp and gentle stimulation of specific pressure points on the face. Indian head massage is especially good for relieving stress, tension, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, migraine and sinusitis.
The experience is deeply calming and relaxing, leaving you feeling energised and revitalised and better able to concentrate.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot, smooth lava stones are combined with traditional massage techniques. The therapist uses these special stones as an extension of their own hands, or provides a deep heat sensation by placing them on specific areas of the body.
The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles, enhancing the physiological benefit on the underlying muscles and tissues, helping to balance energy levels and give a sense of wellbeing.
Reflexology involves pressure point massage therapy of the feet or hands that link to every part of your body. Evidence of reflexology being performed by physicians has been found in Egyptian paintings dating back to around 2330 BC.
It is understood that by massaging the reflex zones one can achieve a better sense of wellbeing and encourage balance and good health. It is one of the most popular types of complimentary therapies in the UK among people with cancer.