Thai Massage vs Ayurvedic Massage vs Swedish Massage

These three different forms of Massage are compared for the novice in order to understand the differences between them. You can try Thai Massage, Ayurvedic Massage and Swedish Massage at al Covo and compare them yourself in reality-

 

1. Considered Role in Health

Ayurvedic massage is just one part of the Ayurvedic system of natural medicine. The same goes for Thai Massage which is only one part of the entire system of Thai natural medicine. Thai Massage has its roots in the Indian yoga system. Both systems are part of a greater system of natural medicine – Ayurveda and Thai natural medicine, where the intention and focus on working with the energy channels of the body. In Ayurvedic massage marma points can be used, similar to those in Shiatsu although different techniques. More...

Massage is not just a luxury..it is important to health

Generally when people think of the word 'massage' they associate it with 'luxury', 'indulgence' and 'pampering'. It's seen as a treat, and something people may allow themselves once or twice a year. The notion that massage is 'just an indulgence' is not true. The benefits of massage are endless and something very few people are aware of. Massage can help with balancing emotions, anxiety, circulatory issues, joint and muscle pain, insomnia and much more. More...

How to make YOU the Valentine’s gift

Forget chocolates and flowers for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day - instead, YOU be the gift. Show how much you care by turning yourself into a sexy package with a bit of male grooming.

Valentine’s Day can be a source of intense pressure – when it should mean, pleasure? We tend to get overwhelmed with questions about what to do. Should I buy an expensive gift? Should I book a different restaurant? However, as with most things, keeping it simple is most definitely the way to go. So, skip over the clichéd red roses and box of heart-shaped chocolates and instead invest some money on a gift that will really make your favoured one smile…you!

So, follow my easy pre-date 10 point checklist, avoid bad grooming pitfalls and learn how to curb your errant ways and get in there stylishly my son. More...

22 Reasons Why Massage Can Lead to Satisfying Sex

Have you ever thought about re-igniting a fulfilling, sexual experience? Giving and receiving a massage together is one way to achieve better sexual satisfaction. Here are the reasons why:

1.      1. Massage releases endorphins which reduce pain levels – ideal for ensuring uncomfortable positions and thrusts don’t cause you to groan in pain rather than pleasure.

2.      2. Massage stretches muscles, broadening muscle tissue, which allows for greater mobility and flexibility of body parts.

3.      3. Touch between two people encourages trust and a bond of friendship through the 1-on-1 attention.

4.      4. Massage of intimate areas is a great precursor to moving onto sex - you’re already making contact in the right area.

5.      5. Massage stimulates the nerves and a sense of sensuality, giving an invigorating, tingling glow.

6.      6. Massage allows two people to take turns to massage, so you can both practice giving and receiving on different occasions, developing a stronger, more even relationship. More...

Natural Relief for Chronic Back Pain – Knowing Your Options

Did you know that back pain is much, much more painful than the pain felt in other parts of the body? That’s because our back is made up of complex muscles that are located too close to the spinal cord, making the sensation of pain more profound. Whilst over-the-counter medications offer a ‘quick fix’ to this condition, most of them do not really target the root cause of the problem, but only mask the pain. They also have side effects.

Here are some of the proven natural remedies that you can try when your back starts to hurt again:

Stretch it out. Poor blood circulation can lead to chronic pain. Stretching as a regular habit is one of the most effective ways to prevent back pain. Here’s a very simple stretching routine you may want to try: lie on your back and slowly, lift your right knee, bringing it towards your chest as far as it feels comfortable. Place your hands on your shin and hold for 20 seconds. Slowly release and do the same with your left knee. More...

Massage Therapy for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is one of the oldest diseases, and massage therapy has been around for thousands of years. When used properly, one of the oldest treatments known to man — massage therapy — can help relieve one of our oldest and most common ailments — osteoarthritis. The value of massage therapy was discovered long ago, practiced in ancient Greece, China, and India. According to a National Health Interview Survey, today about 8 million British citizens receive massage therapy every year.

Osteoarthritis, which affects about 12 percent of British citizens between their early teen years and their mid-70s, occurs when wear and tear breaks down the cartilage cushions between the joints, causing pain and stiffness. Massage therapy seems to ease the pain. More...

10 Natural Ways to Induce Deep Sleep

Sleep is essential to good health. Poor quality of sleep has been linked to a wide range of problems, including heart disease, obesity and diabetes. It is also a risk factor for mental health problems such as depression and anxiety disorder. Unfortunately, according to statistics, 25 per cent of the UK population suffer from some form of sleep problem which usually results to excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue and the big word: STRESS.


While sleeping pills are always available, these medications are addictive and have side effects. Long-term use of sleeping pills has been found by experts to be potentially harmful to health. Good thing, there are natural sleep-inducing ways that are safe and effective! Here are some of them:More...

10 Natural Ways to Alleviate Pain

Your head is aching – as if it’s splitting into two. Ibuprofen isn’t helping. You’re scared to take stronger medicines and you nauseate in the smell of topical rubs. What can you do?
Fortunately, you have plenty of alternatives. If you want a medication that is effective and doesn’t have side effects, then you must be looking for natural pain relievers! Whether it’s back pain, headache, cramps or fatigue, these natural remedies are sure to give you lasting comfort:
1.    Water, water, water! More...

Feed your skin organically with Neal's Yard Remedies

 

Feeding your skin...

There has been much research to show that many of the products that modern day men and women use on their skin is toxic, containing carcinogenic substances that are dangerous for the body and harmful to the planet. Many of these products contain chemicals that help preserve shelf life of product and contain unhealthy chemicals with strong floral or other scents that people have become accustomed to. Almost ALL of these synthetic additives are HARMFUL.

Is all this really necessary? Do we need to use harmful products like mineral oil and parabens on our bodies and on the bodies of our children in order to smell good and to stay hydrated? The answer, you guessed it...Absolutely NOT! More...

Ayurvedic treatments for back ache

Ayurveda is one of India's natural health regimes. It incorporates massage, meditation, detoxification and nutrition into your whole lifestyle according to your prakruti (also known as dosha or biotype). Here are four ways ayurveda deals with backache. al Covo offers ayurvedic concept courses, lifestyle consultations, massage and massage training.

1. Katibasti (Ayurvedic oil pool therapy)

Kati Basti is a special treatment in which warm medicated oil is applied to the lower end of the vertebral region (one or multiple pools can be made of any shape), where it is pooled for a period of time.

This treatment if needed can conclude with a massage of the entire back. A series of these treatments is a great alternative for manipulation, and amazingly beneficial for the below mentioned lower back conditions:

  • Disc bulge
  • Slipped disc
  • Sports injuries 
  • Whiplash injuries 
  • Repetitive stress injuries 
  • Sciatica 
  • Neurological conditions of the lower back. More...

About the author

Steve from AlcovoBorn in Worcestershire, and educated to second (Masters) degree in Geography, I worked in a corporate company before being inspired more fully into well-being from travels to the Eastern and Tropical countries of the Philippines, India, Kenya, the Maldives, Mauritius and Mozambique.

I gained an understanding of spas, treatments and clients along my way, and have developed this into my own practice, al Covo, to which I welcome you warmly. I pride myself on al Covo's warmth, peaceful aura, hygiene and thoroughness.

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