Ivan’s Philosophy & Approach
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Central to Ivan’s development of his special massages is his philosophy of massage. Ivan has developed techniques that combine the art and the science of the human touch. Massage is an exceptional, natural, and pleasurable way to enhance physical and mental well being.
Ivan’s European Healing Massage
Ivan uses a technique that incorporates long gliding strokes and muscle kneading to soothe sore muscles, stimulate the circulatory system, and promote relaxation of the body and mind.
The special technique used by Ivan combines a number of massage techniques to create a superior massage experience. There are five basic kinds of soft tissue manipulation techniques used: effleurage (long flowing or gliding strokes, usually toward the heart, tracing the outer contours of the body), petrissage (strokes that lift, roll, or knead the tissue), friction (circular strokes), vibration, and tapotement (percussion or tapping).
Using these techniques, Ivan has enhanced their application and impact to create a special massage experience. Central to Ivan’s technique is the European recognition of the importance of the Mind/Body Integration.
The Stages of Ivan’s European Healing Massage
There are three primary stages for how Ivan’s massage addresses a client’s needs. They are relief, correction, and soothing.
The massage starts with soothing kneading of the muscles that begin to relieve physical … and related mental stress.
As relief occurs, deeper, penetrating techniques are used to help correct underlying physical stresses, such as muscle pain, and related mental stress. The technique frees knotted muscles, stimulates circulation and helps enhance lymphatic function.
In Ivan’s signature massage, the correction also includes the use of hot stones to further address where energy is blocked in the body.
As the correction occurs, the massage moves to soothing, sensuous strokes that create a sense of well being and deeper relaxation for both the body and the mind. The soothing can also include other specialized techniques to accentuate the relaxation of mind and body.
Technique for Your Body & Mind
The body (or Soma) is linked to the mind (our consciousness) physiologically and psychologically. As a result, Ivan’s techniques and touch focus on penetrating and soothing the body which in turn helps rejuvenate our psyche (both consciously and sub-consciously).
Ivan has drawn from the European tradition, including adaptation of specific European techniques. Traditional European massage includes methods based on conventional Western concepts of anatomy, physiology and soft tissue manipulation.