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Benefits of Pregnancy Massage

Creating new life is a truly wondrous thing, but the journey is far from easy. A pregnancy takes a toll on your body, as it is your body that nourishes the life growing inside you. It can affect your body in several different ways, some of the most common being muscle cramps, fatigue, nausea, back pain, swollen feet and heartburn.

While that may sound extremely daunting, there are steps that expecting mothers can take to reduce these effects, such as eating healthy and nutritious food, performing gentle exercises such as yoga or walking and receiving regular prenatal massages. In this blog, we will discuss the health benefits that a prenatal massage can offer.

Benefits of Prenatal Massage

Prenatal massage helps your body to cope with the side-effects of a pregnancy, reducing the symptoms by addressing the root cause. Let us examine the effects that prenatal massage can help counter and how it does that.

1. Reduces Swelling: Pregnancy can cause the hands, feet and joints to swell up as a result of the reduced circulation and the increased pressure on major blood vessels caused by the heavy uterus. A prenatal massage helps alleviate the swelling by focusing on the areas with fluid buildup. During a prenatal massage, the focus when massaging an area with swelling is to reduce the collection of fluids in the hands, feet or joints, by stimulating the lymphatic system. As an added bonus, this process also helps rid the body of toxins!

2. Nerve Pain: The pressure caused by the uterus tends to increase the tension in muscles in the upper and lower leg, causing them to swell and often resulting in nerve pain. During a prenatal massage, this problem is addressed by focusing on the muscle tension. It is important to remember that the nerve pain is a result of the increased muscle tension, which is why the prenatal massage focuses on relaxing the muscles in the upper and lower leg. Once that tension vanishes, the nerve pain will also start to recede.

3. Hormone Levels: There have been several studies conducted in the past decade that have demonstrated how introducing massage therapy into a mother-to-be’s prenatal care routine can significantly alter the hormone levels associated with stress and relaxation. Expecting mothers who received a bi-weekly massage for five weeks showed a marked decrease in hormone levels associated with stress (norepinephrine and cortisol), and a marked increase in hormone levels associated with relaxation and happiness (dopamine and serotonin).

The increased levels of dopamine and serotonin also helps improve sleep quality. Poor quality of sleep is a common complaint among expecting women, but the increased level of feel-good hormones and the relaxation they provide to the nervous system helps improve the quality of sleep.

4. Improved Posture: As the baby grows, the added weight carried by expecting mothers can cause back issues, as the added stress on the muscles often results in shifting one’s posture to reduce the stress. While it may alleviate the stress in the short-term, these changes in posture are rarely positive in the long run- and massaging the back and hips gently on a regular basis can ensure that the muscles are far more relaxed and able to continue bearing the stress put on it without having to change postures.

One of the most understated benefits of a prenatal massage is that it allows expecting mothers to achieve these results naturally, without the use of pharmaceutical assistance. This can be priceless, as the use of medication is much more limited during pregnancy to ensure the safety of the baby.

As is evident, prenatal massage can be incredibly helpful throughout every stage of pregnancy. It’s a safe, non-invasive way to support both the mind and the body, increasing the chances of a comfortable pregnancy by alleviating the forms of discomfort that are most prevalent during pregnancy.

At Yinyang, we do everything possible to ensure the safety of both the mother and baby during our prenatal massages, setting up the massage table in a semi-reclining position, using body pillows, wedge pillows and extra padding to ensure comfort. The prenatal massage is performed by experienced professionals with several years of experience. We also offer large discounts on bulk packages for our pregnancy massages. Visit our bulk packages page or get in touch with us to book an appointment!


How a Massage can Boost your Immunity & Reduce Stress

Massage therapy, when done by a professional & experienced therapist, is a great way to rejuvenate both the body and mind. Massage therapy has started to gain greater popularity in recent years as we start to understand more and more about its health benefits. Our immune system is our first and most important line of defence, and taking care of it is critical! Frequent massage therapy can bolster your immune system.

What are the Benefits of Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy leaves you feeling great, helps overcome the stresses placed on the body and leaves you feeling rejuvenated for the days ahead. There are very few things in life that can compare to a luxurious massage experience, wherein you are allowed to lie back, relax and bask in the pampering that your therapists provide.

Massage therapy, however, is not simply about pampering. It also provides several health benefits that are essential to your physical well-being, both in the short term and in the long term. Some of the health benefits that massage offers include:

1. Reduced muscle tension: Massage helps stretch your muscles, which helps relieve muscle tension, and increase elasticity. Certain schools of thought believe that this can help reduce the risk of muscle-injuries, such as a hamstring, calf or back injury.

2. Improved Circulation: Massage therapy has the direct benefit of improving circulation to the affected area. For example, a back massage will increase the circulation of blood to your back, helping it to recover from wear and tear at a far quicker rate than would have otherwise been possible. An added bonus, as a result of the improved circulation, is an improvement in skin tone!

3. Improved joint mobility and flexibility: As discussed above, massage therapy helps stretch your muscles and reduce the risk of a muscle injury. Another benefit of stretching the muscles is that it also helps improve the mobility and flexibility of the connected joints.

4. Stimulation of the Lymphatic System: Our lymphatic system is responsible for the drainage of waste and toxins from our body. It achieves this result by circulating and draining the lymphatic fluid from the body. Unlike the circulatory system which has the heart to pump blood, the lymphatic system has no pump. Certain massages, such as our detox massage, are designed to stimulate the lymphatic system and aid the body in draining it of these toxins, by massaging the body in a manner that stimulates the movement of the lymphatic fluid.

Improved circulation, combined with the release of toxins from the body, actually has a positive impact on the immune system, as you are ridding the body of toxifying elements, while at the same time increasing the activity of white blood cells, which are responsible for the body’s health and well-being.

What a lot of people do associate with massage is one of its most well-known side effects- that it helps to reduce stress. But how exactly does a massage do that?

How a Massage can help Reduce Stress

Traditional Chinese Medicine (as well as conventional wisdom) has long considered massage to be a great way to reduce stress. Over the last few decades, Western medicine has also begun to research the wondrous ability that a massage has to make stress almost melt away.

Turns out, it isn’t quite as wondrous as we all thought. A massage tends to simply increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine, while lowering cortisol levels. Cortisol is responsible for an individual’s fight or flight reaction, meaning that cortisol stresses your body and your muscles to ensure that they are capable of reacting to what your body perceives to be a stressful situation. It is even nicknamed the stress hormone! Lowering the cortisol levels sends the signal to your body that the stressful situation is over and that it can relax now.

Dopamine, on the other hand, is a neurotransmitter that signals a pleasurable activity. Nearly all pleasurable activities are said to involve the release of dopamine. This means that the release of dopamine during the massage also signals pleasure, which in turn further relaxes the body, especially when coupled with the lowering of cortisol levels.

Given the current situation with the ongoing pandemic, any activity that helps reduce our stress levels is a welcome relief. If it can also help reduce our chances of falling ill by boosting our immunity, then it’s something we should all be doing.

So what are you waiting for? Book your appointment at one of our service centres at Al Safa, JBR, Village Mall and Beach Center Dubai today!

Things to Know Before your first visit to a Massage Center

There isn’t much planning that needs to be done before you visit one of our luxury spas in Dubai. You dont require any sort of paperwork or identification proof. However, it is critical that you inform the team of any pre-existing medical conditions you may have that our team needs to be kept in mind or could get aggravated during the massage therapy.

Another important point to keep in mind is the fact that certain massages can be painful. It is important to ensure that your therapist tailors the massage to your pain thresholds, but this will only happen if you inform the therapist about what that threshold is.

Certain massages, such as our slimming massage, are slightly painful by design in order to help achieve the ultimate goal of slimming and toning your body through massage. This is something to keep in mind when deciding upon which massage you’d like to choose.


Ginger Foot Soak

We’ve all had days when we literally feel dead on our feet. When all we want to do is put our feet up and not have to move again till we’ve had a full night’s sleep. And we’ve all had to keep on going, despite those feelings of exhaustion. Good news is – there are techniques that we can use to refresh ourselves and boost our energy reserves so that we can go about the rest of the day.

One of the most popular natural remedies is a ginger water foot soak. The technique is simple enough- you fill a bucket that is wide enough to fit both your feet with enough warm water so that you can comfortably immerse your ankles. The water should be warm enough to not become cold during your 15-20 minute foot soak, yet not boiling hot. The goal is to feel better, not scald your skin! You then add ground ginger, lemon juice and sea salt to the water and then stir it to ensure that the ingredients mix properly and your feet are then ready to soak.

This remedy, if done correctly, has several benefits. If you do it right before sleeping, it helps you achieve deeper sleep than would otherwise have been possible, allowing you to feel more rested the next day. It also helps you to increase blood circulation to your feet, helping you to get rid of that “dead on your feet” feeling.

Ginger is among the most healthy of spices and has several health benefits. It has been proven to help combat exercise-induced muscle pain and has even been proven to help with osteoarthritis. For the purposes of your foot soak, we recommend using fresh ginger and allow it to mix with the water at a simmer, instead of boiling it as boiling it will cause some of the essential oils to dissipate.

According to principles laid out in traditional chinese medicine, the entire body is connected- and the feet are no exception. Proponents of traditional chinese medicine believe that problems with the rest of our body can manifest in issues with feet, and vice versa. Regularly soaking your feet in ginger water allows your feet to heal and become healthier, which in turn has a positive effect on the rest of your body.

Once you get comfortable with the foot soak and you become familiar with the effects it has on your body, you can even start to experiment with different ingredients depending on the desired effect of the soak. For example, dandelion root helps expel toxins from your body, while epsom salts help relax your muscles and reduce muscle fatigue. What you choose as the ingredients for your foot soak are entirely up to you- but we strongly recommend the ginger!

At Yinyang we offer a specialised foot massage to specific wellness-related reflex points on the feet to release blocked energy, relieve stress and boost circulation. Book your appointment NOW!


Moxibustion & Massage in Dubai

Over the course of several centuries, many principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine have gained prominence and relevance. Studies have been undertaken to ascertain their efficacy, and while many studies are inconclusive, several have concluded that principles expounded in Traditional Chinese Medicine do hold true, even if the reasoning behind these principles is not yet completely understood by modern medicine.

One such principle is Moxibustion. Moxibustion is a therapy prescribed under Traditional Chinese Medicine that requires the burning of dried leaves from plants, mainly Asian species of Mugwort. Moxibustion requires users to age the mugwort before grinding it into fluff; the practitioners then burn the fluff or process it further into a cigar-shaped stick. It can also be used indirectly, with acupuncture needles, or burned on the patient’s skin.

The use of moxibustion as a healing remedy seems to have reached the western world around the 16th century. Letters and reports from Portuguese missionaries in Japan during the 16th century AD, who referred to it as “botão de fogo” (fire button). Hermann Buschoff, a Dutch minister in Batavia, wrote the first western book on the subject in 1674, wherein he used the Japanese pronounciation “moguas”. However, as the u was not very clearly enunciated, he spelled it as “moxa”. This was eventually combined with the latin word “combustio” to give rise to the term “moxibustion”.

Moxibustion is used to stimulate the flow of energy throughout the body and dispel pathogenic influences. It has also been found to help with skin irritations. It has been likened to heat therapy, but has certain additional effects due to the medicinal properties of the mugwort. Moxibustion has been found to be very effective at countering arthritis pain that is exacerbated by the cold, as well as digestive problems.

Over the years, several studies have been conducted to examine the effects of moxibustion. The first study was conducted in 1927 in Japan by a physician named Hara Shimetarō. Since then, several studies have been conducted, many of which have reached positive conclusions regarding the benefits of moxibustion. However, detractors have been quick to accuse such studies of bias, claiming that the studies are of low quality. Given, however, that there is no negative effect associated with the technique, people have been more than willing to try it, with many noting the positive effects once they do so.

At Yinyang, we follow principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine to provide you with natural and holistic healing remedies. Our goal is to heal your whole body, not just a particular area of discomfort.

To experience Moxibustion, best massage in Dubai book an appointment or call 043588838.


4 Magical Herbal Teas that can improve your health

Herbal teas have been consumed for millennia, with consumption being documented in China over 2,000 years ago. They have long been considered as cures for a variety of common ailments, and are now backed by scientific data. So if you’re looking to improve your health and lifestyle, replace those sodas and energy drinks with these four herbal teas:

1. Ginger Tea: One of the spicier options available in the herbal tea range, ginger tea is best known for its effects on those feeling nauseated. It is also rich in antioxidants and and studies have even shown that ginger can be as effective as a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

2. Chamomile Tea: One of the most popular herbal teas in the world, chamomile tea is known for the calming effect it has on the human body. It is the perfect drink before bed, as it helps calm the mind and body and has been proven to have a positive effect on sleep patterns. In addition to calming the body, chamomile tea is also believed to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and liver-protecting properties.

3. Peppermint Tea: One of the most commonly consumed herbal teas in the world, peppermint tea is a great way to wash down a meal, as it has been shown to have a positive effect on the digestive tract health. It is also said to have antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidant properties.

4. Sage Tea: One of the less popular herbal teas with amazing health properties is sage tea. Sage tea is well known for its medicinal properties, and scientific research has begun to support several of its health benefits, especially for brain health. A number of studies found improvements in mood, mental function and memory in healthy adults after they took one of several different types of sage extract. There are also several theories that sage could have a positive effect on Alzheimer’s related plaque, but these have not been properly tested as of now.

Modern science is starting to agree with the information gathered from societal customs and ancient literature, and it;s time we took advantage! Drinking any of these teas seems like a far more palatable option than having to consume the pills modern medicine prescribes- so what are you waiting for?

At our new branch in Jumeirah Al Safa we will be offering a range of healthy tea herbal tea options! Stay tuned to our socials for the latest updates

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