ARYURVEDIC, ABHYANGA & INDIAN HEAD MASSAGES
The Rock Hotel, Outside the City Walls
With over 17 years experience, we offer services to businesses and private individuals here in Gibraltar. Nowadays, in these stressful and busy times, we believe restoring and reviving the physical body with Ayurvedic massages is very important. Ayurvedic massages are known to have a highly positive impact, relieving stress and pain.
Stiff muscles aren’t just inconvenient and uncomfortable, they can wreak havoc throughout your body. Muscles connect with other muscles, bones and joints so when one is stiff, it can affect other areas too.
Ayurveda therapeutic massage is an ancient method of relieving muscle tension and freeing up those stiff muscles. Using techniques and oils developed over generations, there's a reason why Ayurveda is still a go-to remedy. It works.
What is Ayurvedic Massage? (1hr duration)
Ayurveda itself is a holistic health system that sees the entire body connected and treats it as one. This is a particularly helpful stance when it comes to stiff muscles.
Ayurvedic massage is one type of Ayurvedic treatment and can be part of a wider therapy plan or enjoyed on its own. It's most often a type of physical therapy, rather than a tool for relaxation.
The Causes of Muscle Stiffness
Muscle stiffness is a discomfort in the muscles that differs from person to person. There are many reasons why you could be experiencing muscle stiffness or tightness. I will work with you to find the root cause.
Some causes of muscle stiffness include:
Temperature and Climate Changes
Underuse and Overuse
Disrupted energy channels
Muscle stiffness can cause pain and tightness in the immediate area and even pull other muscles out of balance, creating further discomfort. That’s why dealing with muscle stiffness is a sensible approach.
Using Ayurvedic Massages to release Muscle Stiffness
Ayurvedic massage is a fantastic way of treating muscle stiffness as it treats the issue holistically. This means that you will not only walk away with relaxed muscles, but you will get many other benefits too.
There are several types of Ayurvedic Massage that are beneficial for muscle stiffness:
Abhyanga Massage (1hr duration)
This is one of the most common types of Ayurvedic massage and is highly effective in the treatment of stiff muscles and general tension.
Abhyanga massage is a deep tissue massage that I will tailor to your dosha type and perform with your goal in mind. I will choose Ayurvedic oils that support the treatment.
This type of massage soothes muscles and relieves them of tension they’ve built up over time. By smoothing the muscle fibres and resetting them into their natural places, muscle stiffness fades away.
Abhyanga doesn’t stop there though… it also boosts circulation, benefiting the entire body, as well as supporting the proper function of your muscles. By relaxing and relieving stress, this type of massage also reduces the risk of muscles tensing up again from stress and mental tension.
Sometimes Ayurvedic practitioners will recommend Marma massage as part of stiff muscle treatment. Marma massage is a type of pressure point massage that identifies problematic points and focuses on releasing them.
Stiff muscles are sometimes caused by specific points of injury, imbalance or tension and respond well to Marma massage.
Indian Head Massage (30 min duration)
Indian head massage treats neck stiffness better than almost any other treatment, and it has enduring popularity. This type of massage also treats the upper back and shoulder muscles, resulting in wide ranging relief from stiff muscles.
This massage is immensely relaxing and not only relieved stiff muscles, but encourages mental and emotional wellbeing.
There are many types of Ayurveda oils and it takes an experienced practitioner to understand which will work in the treatment of your muscles. These oils play a large role in Abhyanga massage and work to support the smooth movement of joints.
Practitioners use some oils for their warming abilities, creating a warmth that travels through your muscles, relieving them of tension and reinvigorating them after injury.
Ayurvedic oils can provide pain-relieving qualities and improve circulation in conjunction with massage. Good circulation helps your body heal itself, reduces inflammation and strengthens muscles.
Long Lasting Effects
Athletes and professionals around the world in every discipline take massages for relief, seeking exceptional support for their body’s natural healing ability and can speeds recovery.
Ayurvedic massage has long lasting effects as it releases tension that often causes discomfort. The stress relieving properties of Ayurvedic massage also help reduce the risk of further tension developing in the body. Regular massages can truly transform your life.
The added benefits of Ayurveda Massage
With Ayurveda massage sessions, you’ll find wonderful relief from still muscles and regain your strength and stability. As a holistic treatment though, you will get additional benefits.
Ayurveda massage also:
Supports toxin elimination
Connects mind and body
Relax your muscles with Ayurveda Massage
Muscle stiffness isn’t only uncomfortable, it can ruin your day and cause more health problems if left untreated. Stiffness can have knock on effects on other muscles and joints, as well as creating feelings of frustration and pain.
If you are looking for expert Ayurvedic massage treatments book an appointment online!
You will not regret the experience.
SWIM IN OUR FORMER GENOESE VILLAGE
Catalan Bay, East Side Beach
"Catalan Bay, known in Spanish as ‘La Caleta’, is a small bay and fishing village in Gibraltar on the eastern side of the Rock away from the main city. The true origin of the name of Catalan Bay is unknown, but a couple of theories exist: the first suggests that the bay is named after a group of around 350 Catalan (from Catalonia) military men believed to have settled here after having assisted the Anglo-Dutch forces who captured Gibraltar during the War of Spanish Succession on 4th August 1704.
However, no evidence exists to prove that Catalans settled in Catalan Bay and although this theory is regularly used as the supporting argument for the origin of the name, it is only a supposition that they ever did. The Spanish name ‘La Caleta’ (meaning small cove or bay) considerably pre-dates that of Catalan Bay. Therefore, since it has been called ‘La Caleta’ for much longer than it has ever been called Catalan Bay, the second theory and the most probably just in 1704 on the capture of Gibraltar by an Anglo-Dutch combined operation, that expedition landing in that place around 350 Catalan followers of Charles of Austria.
The third theory suggests quite simply, that the latter could simply be an English mispronunciation of ‘Caleta’. Historically, Catalan Bay had been populated by Genoese fishermen who were part of a much larger settlement pattern along the eastern coast of The Rock during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In the eighteenth century Genoese was so widely spoken in Gibraltar that Government notices were also published in this language (alongside English and Spanish). Genoese was spoken in Catalan Bay well into the nineteenth century, dying out in the early decades of the twentieth century.
There has been some discussion that the British may have mixed up Catalans with Genoese but it is by no means clear why they should suffer such a confusion, especially since there is other evidence which demonstrates that the British were perfectly aware that the residents of Catalan Bay were Genoese: the orders for the siege of 1727 refer to this bay as the Genoese Cove and the numerous eighteenth and nineteenth century census record large numbers of people born in Genoa not in Catalonia.
During the nineteenth century only fishermen were permitted to live in Catalan Bay. They were required to have a fishing permit granted to them by the Governor and only a limited number of permits were issued. The families who live in the village today are mainly descendants of these Genoese fishermen and are colloquially known as ‘Caleteños’. Catalan Bay is home to the Caleta Hotel, a number of restaurants and the church of Our Lady of Sorrows. The statue of Our Lady of Sorrows is carried to the beach each September when the Bishop of Gibraltar blesses the sea in what has become the main religious festival. The round shaped rock which juts out into the sea is commonly known as ‘La Mamela’ the name given to it by the early Genoese settlers as it resembles a woman’s breast when viewed from the shore."
*Description courtesy of Gibraltar Tourist Board*
BREATHE THE MARINA
Queensway Quay Marina, Outside the City Walls
"Queensway Quay was originally developed in 1994 as a marina with two Mediterranean-style residential complexes of luxury apartments. Queensway Quay Marina, formerly part of Taylor Woodrow’s waterside development, became privately owned in 2001. It has as impressive backdrop of residential complexes and a choice of elegant restaurants and bars. This peaceful location at the water’s edge is just a short walk from the bustling town centre."
*Description courtesy of Gibraltar Tourist Board*
WALK THE OCEAN
Ocean Village, Outside the City Walls
"At the 'gateway to the Mediterranean' are Gibraltar’s award-winning marinas; Ocean Village and neighbouring Marina Bay. They offer a sheltered and ideally located base for yachts and motor boats with friendly help and professional advice available 24/7 from the centrally located Pier Office. The town centre and Gibraltar International Airport are both within easy reach once you are onshore. Reacting to growing demand from superyachts, Ocean Village Marina has grown in berths.
Nearby you’ll find a selection of international restaurants and bars, a well-stocked chandlery, duty free goods, a mini-market, a health and dental clinic, a gymnasium, even a floating Yacht hotel – everything you need for a comfortable and hassle-free stay. But Ocean Village is more than just a marina – it was created as a yacht home port with its own vibrant marina village and resort. Home to Gibraltar’s casinos, both marinas are transformed at night by the stunning colour-change mood lighting to create a wonderful evening ambience with the magnificent backdrop of the Rock to complete the picture."
*Description courtesy of Gibraltar Tourist Board*