22nd January 2016
Sothys Oriental Massage Ritual Makes Me Happy!
I was asked to think about my favourite treatment. I enjoy so many of the beauty treatments offered it was difficult. I eventually decided it had to be the Sothys Oriental Massage Ritual…why, because it is the most luxurious body pamper! You are left feeling so relaxed, skin glowing and bright! From the moment the treatment starts, the room is filled with the rich and warm aromatic fragrances of the spices and oils, it is an indulgence for all the senses. The therapist uses warm aromatic bags which allows for a firmer massage and for the muscles to relax and completely let go. From top to toe, your body unwinds with the delicate acoustic music, you drift off to a place of utter relaxation. You will be back to the happy, bright, YOU again
20th August 2013
What is a muscle knot?
Our muscles are made up of strands of fibres, and these fibres are made up of threads of proteins called sacomeres. Sarcomeres are the smallest unit of skeletal muscle cells, a single muscle cell contains about 100 000 sarcomeres, (a muscle cell is smaller than the diameter of a strand of hair). The sarcomeres are responsible for the movement of muscle contraction. However the problem begins when they contract and then instead of relaxing they stay contracted. Not much is known about why this may happen, but some possible causes are injury, stress, emotional and physical fatigue, poor postural habits or working positions. Perhaps it is just that the balance of the body has been disrupted for some reason and this is one way the body lets you know it needs some attention.
When these sacromere contract the fibres won’t loosen, and it is for the likening of this to a tangled piece of rope that we call it a knot. When the fibres tighten the blood flow is restricted, and nutrients and oxygen have a tough time getting out. This lack of lubrication causes the muscles to become dry and the fibres to become even more entangled, imagine a tangled piece of rope, knotted when in the sea, and then left out in the sun, it dries and is ingrained with salt. This further irritates the sensory nerve endings, which increases the contraction and so perpetuates this cycle.
Back or full body massages will break the cycle and through pressure starts to separate the fibres and untangle the knot, thus allowing fluids to move in and waste to move out. Increasing the circulation increases the oxygen and nutrients to the muscle and helps with the untangling process, additionally the sacromeres are manually stretched and encouraged to stop contracting.
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