So it looks like the hot weather has passed us by, but it was nice while it lasted! Lucky for you, the summer still persists here at Integrated Body Dynamics, in the form of a Lomi Lomi Hawaiian Massage with Joy…
Joy Chamberlin and Lomi Lomi Massage
Having spent most of her life in the Arts and Design fields, she became interested in wellbeing after a short period of ill-health. Particularly, she became interested in how the level of one's physical wellbeing impacts on every aspect of one's life.
Then she discovered Tai Chi and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage, and the rest as they say, is history. The journey led her to further studies in Anatomy and Physiology, further qualifications in Holistic and Sports Massage, and her role here as one of the founding fathers of Integrated Body Dynamics.
Lomi Lomi is a traditional form of massage from Hawaii. Its origins are somewhat disputed; some sources attribute it to the privacy of the family home as traditional form of healing, while other people say was the privilege of Hawaiian royalty and associated with prayer and spirituality. However it started, it has become an extremely popular form of massage in North America, Europe and Japan.
The practitioner uses hands, forearms and their body-weight to make long continuous and flowing strokes of varying intensity, speed and rhythm, up and down and all around the body from neck and shoulders to toes. The practitioner moves from one side of the body and table to the other, giving the impression of many hands massaging the body at the same time. In a heated room using warmed oil, the basic stroke used throughout the massage is a type of effleurage (deep stroking), made with the flat of the whole hand and forearm. The hands and forearms mould into the contours of the body, giving the sensation of maximum touch. The pressure is just deep enough to release tension, without causing any discomfort or pain.
The benefits offered by Hawaiian Massage, both to the client and the practitioner, are a sense of deep relaxation, calm, harmony and balance. It activates sensory awareness, whilst creating inner calm and clarity and promoting healing at the deepest levels of body and mind.
Sound good? Joy is currently available on Monday mornings, Wednesday and Friday evenings, and all day Sunday. Get that summer feeling booked in now! 020 8347 0888 …
In other news...
Robert’s Walk Progresses
Today marks one month since Robert began his epic walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats for his organisation Walking to Save Dogs, through which he campaigns against the Dog Meat Trade in Asia. He is now north of Manchester, having walked through Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Monmouthshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire and Lancashire. You can track his progress and donate here.
Jenny is visiting her family in South Africa from the 14th and returns to work on the 31st August.
Claudia is also visiting family in Italy and returns on the 25th August.
Katja’s mother is visiting the UK from Ukraine for the first time this week, and so Katja will next be in on the 21st August.
Lisa is off next weekend, Friday 24th and Sunday 26th, celebrating her 20th wedding anniversary!
That’s it from us for this month, but we hope you manage to stay dry, and we’ll see you in the clinic for a treatment in the near future!
Everybody at Integrated Body Dynamics