Here, at De Bergkant Lodge, we have come up with another brilliant way to help you make the most of your holiday rest and leisure days. Indulge in complete body and mind relaxation under the competent hands of our bespoke and expert in-house masseuse Lynne-Marie Behr.
“Our new massage service has been a great hit with our regular guests who book their sessions ahead when making their accommodation bookings,” says Renate. “It makes the transition from work and travel fatigue to being in 100% holiday mode after just an hours session!”
If you have ever indulged in a top class body massage you will remember the relief it brings to sore muscles, tense shoulders and a tight neck. All your stress-related aches and pains which are carried in your body throughout the day are gently and rhythmically smoothed out and released.
Apart from getting you straight into ‘rest and relaxation’ holiday mode, there are a multitude of reasons why a regular body massage can benefit you. The most important benefit is that those familiar aches and pains experienced daily in your body can develop into more serious health and well-being issues if not addressed early on.
If you have never gifted yourself this life-changing therapy you will be pleased to know the benefits of massage are further confirmed by a Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre. A wellness study revealed a single 45-minute Swedish massage decreases human cortisol levels related to stress and increases the immune system's white blood cells helping your body to heal itself.
Even if you are a fit and active person, a massage can be helpful for anxiety, digestive disorders, difficulties sleeping and work towards an increase in mobility and flexibility, improved circulation, more energy and less fatigue.
According to De Bergkant Lodge’s newest therapeutic addition, Lynne-Marie Behr, massage therapy is an important part of your health maintenance plan and leads to an overall sense of emotional and physical well-being.
“After nearly twenty years of therapeutic massage practice, having given as many as 18 000 massages during my time, I witness the benefits of a massage session each and every time,” says Lynne-Marie.
“And I never get tired of hearing them say ‘that was the best massage in the world’ or ‘it was the best hour of my life’. Massage is a return to happiness business because people want to experience that unique relief in their bodies again and again.”
Lynne-Marie starts each massage session by first focusing on the individual client’s stressors, pain points and health issues. She then delivers healing through her hands using various practices such as Swedish massage, hot stone massage, aromatherapy, lymph drainage and feet, hands and head massage techniques.
“Every part of your body plays an important role in your overall well-being. I take a holistic approach in supporting you to in finding relief. Even if you are not in any physical pain, a massage is the perfect opportunity to take a breather,” says Lynne-Marie.
“Whether you are stressed, feeling worn out and exhausted by a hectic work schedule or just looking to stimulate your body, I deliver you a beautiful hour of utter relaxation that I guarantee will have you feeling in tip top condition. I’ve never known anybody not to have benefited from gifting themselves the beauty of a deeply relaxing massage.”
Massage therapy is known to be so beneficial in fact, it should be considered part of a long-term health and flexibility routine, especially if you have a busy life. Once a month or every six weeks a massage can ease aches, pains and tightness which result from long journey’s in the car, sitting in front of the computer for extended periods or following activities which extend your body out of its normal position such as DIY projects or high impact sports.
By keeping your body loose and flexible you are less likely to hold tension in your body and are also helping to diminish injury. Just as essential, your mind can do with a complete shut down while your body is left to respond naturally and positively to healing touch.
Visitors to the village of Prince Albert as well as guests staying at De Bergkant Lodge can book a daily massage with Lynne during their stay.
Guests at De Bergkant Lodge have the added benefit of making use of the three swimming pools and a sauna to ease sore muscles whether it’s from tension or following a strenuous hike up the Swartberg Pass. Either way Lynne-Marie is waiting to lay her healing hands on you for a pure hour of rest, relaxation and mental and aromatherapeutic bliss.
Did you know?
One of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart.
Inhaling essential oils during an aromatherapy massage stimulates the olfactory system, the part of the brain connected to smell, including the nose and the brain and calms the mind, for example the phenol compounds in sweet basil oil help relieve anxiety.
Lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle massage which encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body and assists people experiencing lymphedema, fibromyalgia, skin disorders, insomnia and digestive problems.
A head massage, also known as champissage, is a treatment that focuses on massaging acupressure points along the head, neck, and shoulders, often using circular massage strokes to improve hair and scalp condition. It originates from an Indian alternative medicine system called Ayurveda, (translated as the ‘science of life’), where its believed that the mind and body are intricately connected and can influence one another. It helps prevent migraines, headaches and back pain.
A foot massage better known as reflexology helps control blood pressure, blood circulation, improves liver function, treats arthritis and is useful for depression.
10 tips to get the most from your massage
Be as receptive and open to the massage process as possible.
Don't eat just before a massage session rather take a warm shower instead.
Book well in advance and be on time so you can get the most out of your hour of pleasure.
Each session is completely private and professional but feel free to take off only as much clothing as you are comfortable removing.
Communicate with Lynne-Marie, your massage therapist and let her know if something hurts.
Remember to breathe normally and let the tension ease from your body the moment you lie down.
Ensure you don’t have any activities planned directly after your massage so you can enjoy the easeful feeling of deep relaxation in your body for as long as you can.
Book you bespoke massage at De Bergkant Lodge now by calling T +27 (0)23 541 10 88.