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Slava M

Slava M

Drogheda’s best massage therapist!

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    From an early age I’ve had a very keen interest in Complementary Therapies and health-related topics – I grew up in Lithuania, in the family where the father was a T’ai chi ch’uan practitioner (a ‘soft’ Chinese martial art and a powerful holistic health maintaining system), and the mother was a Massage Therapist who was often showing and explaining some massage techniques to me. As a child I used to ‘stroll’ thorough the pages of some books we had in our house – my favourite was ‘The Eastern Reflexotherapy’ since it had the best pictures in it!
    After graduating from school and for the most of my early 20’s I’ve been travelling the world and worked occasionally to supply my travel expenses, but my life-long interest in Oriental martial arts and therapies was driving me back to the idea of going to study and making my hobby into my profession.The turning point was in 2006 when I decided to go on to study the Neuromuscular Physical Therapy under the leading Irish expert in the field John Sharkey. The insights into human anatomy and physiology, and dysfunction and pain patterns given to me by John have set me on the path of continuous learning ever since, which concluded in me receiving qualifications in a variety of health-related fields including Sports Therapy, Holistic Therapy, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Personal Training, Pilates and Nutrition. Becoming a Massage practitioner has changed my life fundamentally , I’ve met and worked with loads of interesting people from all walks of life and have developed very interesting and fulfilling friendships that guided and ‘moulded’ me into who I am today.One of the ‘highlights’ of my career was working with one of the Dublin GAA clubs as a Match Day Therapist and First Aider. Besides a very valuable experience on immediate judgement of situation and quick solution/decision production, it was also….possibly the most fun experience of my Therapist career so far, as the ratio of the laugh per hour of interaction was unreal!Health Studies is a life-long process for me (I’m currently in The School of Medicine in Trinity College Dublin), and Massage Therapies are still my life passion and will remain such for a very long time. Being able to relieve pain and provide the solutions for peoples’ ongoing health-related issues I consider the most rewarding aspect of my profession.

Neuromuscular Therapy, Orthopaedic Sports Massage and Holistic Massage

What’s what:

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)

NMT is a very effective, gentle and safe therapy targeting primarily the Myofascial Trigger Points (a.k.a.) Pain points, tender spots, etc.) and bodies myokinetic imbalances. The Trigger Points are ‘famous’ for referring pain and/or changes in sensations to distant sites of the body. The body’s myokinetic imbalances (e.g. bad posture), – are the primary cause for the Trigger Points formation. NMT was specifically designed to deal with both by some famous Osteopaths. Can also be very effective in post injury rehabilitation. Applicable to all parts of the body, treats all common problems/injuries with various degree of effectiveness, AND usually is very effective.

Orthopaedic Sports Massage

Orthopaedic Sports Massage (a.k.a. Sports Massage) – invigorating set of techniques dealing with all sorts of pains/tightness/strains/sprains whether associated with injuries or bad habits (eg. incorrect posture sitting at the desk at work), may be ‘uncomfortable’ at times, but very often brings about immediate relief. I usually use several NMT techniques in each Sports Massage session as well to make the positive effects go longer. Important notice: Sports Massage is actually for the general population, as professional sports people use a lot more than that to maintain their form!

Holistic Massage

Holistic Massage (in a ‘nutshell’ is a new improved version of Swedish massage) – aimed primarily on maintaining body in an optimal condition and improves vitality: blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, toxin removal, stress relief, etc. Isn’t about dealing with any particular type of injury or site of the body, but more about the ‘whole body’ approach meaning both person’s ‘physical’ and ‘emotional’ bodies – their nourishment and strengthening against the everyday stresses, emotional and physical. Very good for immune system strengthening or for speeding up the recovery after most illnesses. I include few Aromatherapy and Reflexology approaches in most of my Holistic treatments as they’re complimentary to each other and make the effects last longer.

Javier “Francisco” Diaz

Fran, massage therapist

Samadhi’s best!

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Holistic, Tui Na, Swedish, sports, deep tissue, full body , Indian head, lymphatic, pregnancy massage.

What’s what:

Holistic Massage

This wonderful form of massage has been used for thousands of years as one of the most effective ways to free to body of stress and disharmony. Holistic Massage treats the whole person by relaxing the muscles, calming the mind and rejuvenating the spirit.

Indian Head Massage

In this relaxing and ultimate de-stressing treatment the upper back, shoulders, neck, arms, hands, head and face will all be massaged thus freeing these areas of tension and stiffness.

Sports Massage

This is the most effective method of preventing from sport injuries and enhancing athletic performance. If regular, sports massage helps in participating in regular exercise of all kinds and keeps you physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. It also reduces painful and unpleasant side-effects of intense exercise, gives you strength and energy.

Tui Na

Tuina is an Oriental Bodywork Therapy that has been used in China for 2,000 years. Tuina uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi through the meridians as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques Tuina seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, allowing the body the naturally heal itself.

Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic massage or lymph drainage massage is a technique used to help increase lymph flow. Increased lymph flow removes harmful substances from the tissues and increases immune function. Lymphatic massage can be useful in cases of edema, sports injury or for people experiencing a sluggish immune system or those suffering from a lack of energy.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue and aims to release tension in the body. Deep Tissue Massage will noticeably loosen muscles, elevate pain and increase mobility. It is both corrective and therapeutic. This form of massage can be especially helpful for athletes who expose their muscles to regular intensive conditioning. However, you don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy the benefits of Deep Tissue Massage.

Paul King

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Holistic Therapy Massage


Appearing at Breathe Expo 2013, Paul King will be providing unique table massage
blending techniques such as traditional Thai massage, Chinese meridian massage,
QiGong massage (Qissage), acupressure, reflexology and therapeutic massage
techniques such as deep tissue and trigger point therapy.Paul incorporates this blend of styles and techniques into a standard table massage either
with massage oils or without. In both instances Paul’s unique style is evident as he begins
the massage with rythmic pressure to relax muscles and limbs, and provide essential
feedback as to where the body is tense or sore.Paul also provides reflexology and bioenergetic sessions and is always happy to give his
clients feedback regarding body-mind connections to understand more deeply the root and
cause of bodily imbalances.Paul is a member of the Thai Healing Alliance International.Website is: www.holistictherapymassage.com
email is: info@holistictherapymassage.com

Thomas Lynch

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Massage Cupping, Acupuncture

Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Traditional Chinese medicine, TCM is an ancient natural system of healing, developed and used in China for over five thousand years. It is of equal rank with that of Western Medicine in China. However there is vast difference between the two systems both in theory and practice. TCM places greater emphasis on the unity of the human body. TCM not only addresses symptoms, but looks beyond the symptoms to the causes of illnesses. Producing good remedy safely without or less side effects, TCM is now widely accepted throughout the world. Herbal remedies and acupuncture are the treatments most commonly used by TCM practitioners. Other TCM practices include moxibustion, cupping, massage, mind-body therapy, and dietary therapy.

Massage Cupping

Massage Cupping is an adaption of ancient technique and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Glass or plastic cups along with vacuum pump create a negative pressure on the skin’s surface. Cups are then moved using various techniques while gently pulling up. Bony land marks such as spine and scapula which are often avoided (due to compression because typical massage would cause pain), can be worked on.
The cups can also be parked or left on a particular area for short duration to facilitate joint mobilisation or soft tissue release. Suction reaches deep into soft tissue, attachments and organs. Toxins, inflammation, blood and lymph are then pulled to the skins surface.
Health and healing are promoted by loosening soft and connective tissue, therefore an visible improvements are seen in scars and adhesions. The outcome is increased circulation, lymph flow and the sensation is truly indescribable.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine — a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced “chee”) flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the surface of the skin.
Nb. All needles sterile one use needles a that discarded after every use.

Emma Burke Kennedy

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Reflexology


Since qualifying in 2007, I have treated many different people from all kinds of backgrounds with a huge variety of reasons to be seeking holistic treatment! I’ve learned so much more from the various clients I’ve had and from how each individual body responds to Reflexology, than you could ever learn in a classroom or read in a book. The most important thing has been however, that every single person out there could do with a bit more TLC, time for themselves and a better understanding of how to allow the body to relax.
Reflexology is deeply soothing and I have witnessed some incredible indications of the body bringing balance back to itself in many different and amazing ways. Everyone should experience Reflexology at least once in their life!
Refl¬exology is a complementary therapy, which encourages the body’s natural healing. It works on the principle that specific points, or re¬exes, on the feet have a correspondence with the different systems, structures and organs of the body. Massaging and applying pressure to these re¬ex points can be used to detect and treat various imbalances, actively assisting in the restoration of well-being.

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