The techniques of Swedish massage

At The Karma Studio, we provide a number of different types of massage, from deep tissue to remedial to pregnancy massage. The techniques of Swedish massage however underpin most of these types. The order in which each technique is used is of utmost importance. But what are they, in a nutshell? (1) Effleurage: long sweeping

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Isn’t all acupuncture Chinese?

At The Karma Studio we don’t practise acupuncture at all. We provide services in Japanese Needle Therapy. While all known forms of “acupuncture” originated in China, it didn’t take long for different versions to emerge in neighbouring countries. Japanese Needle Therapy is distinguishable from acupuncture by the fact that thinner needles are used. The attention to

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The ayurvedic diet

The ayurvedic system originated in India thousands of years ago. To this day it exists and is heeded by millions. But what is it exactly? The ayurvedic diet’s focus is on balancing what are called doshas (literally “the tendency to get out of balance”), of which there are three: vata (air and ether), pitta (water

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The spirituality of yoga

Yoga is not simply about stretching, pushing yourself to those physical limits and breathing. It’s also about connecting with yourself and whatever greater force you believe is out there, if any at all. Always keep in mind to forgive yourself for your flaws. You can never be physically, spiritually or mentally perfect in any way.

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Deep tissue massage

We are consistently asked what the different types of massage are. Today we’re looking slightly more in focus at deep tissue massage. In this type of massage, the masseur/ masseuse will use very slow strokes and friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. It is highly effective for a number of conditions including, among

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Winter health blues?

The winter period is a difficult time for all of us. Colds and flu abound, stress levels run high and many of us have a tendency to hibernate at home, affecting our social lives too. So what can be done during the winter period? Remember the important things: eat well (green leafy vegetables are a

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What are the features of Japanese Needle Therapy?

Japanese Needle Therapy could well be the answer to all your health woes. But what’s involved? Contact needling: needles are actually not inserted. Rather, they lightly prick the skin’s surface. Flicking: after the needle reaches a certain depth, it is flicked with the nail of the thumb or the index finger. This is also done

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What is a Yoga Retreat?

The name Yoga Retreat will, at first mention, almost always deter some. They think that what will be involved is strange ritualistic chanting, bells, whistles and difficult yoga poses. This is not at all the case. Retreats can be extended stays away from town, in the country or at a beach location, or they can

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Relaxation and Sports Massage

There are many different types of massage which aim at producing different physiological outcomes. Today we’re going to focus on both relaxation massage and sports massage. What are the differences between the two one might ask? A relaxation massage will alleviate fatigue and tension, increase blood flow (which is characteristic of all type of yoga), and settle a

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Blood pressure benefits of massage

Much research is now finding that massage of the neck, back, shoulders, abdomen and legs is contributing to the reduction of hypertension. When done by a professional, the pressurised movements of massage stimulate receptors which in turn activate the vagus nerve emerging from the brain. This nerve is responsible for the regulation of our blood

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