Katerina Karatzi

Katerina Karatzi (Therapist in Residence)

Katerina Karatzi (Therapist in Residence)

Traditional Thai Massage, Thai Foot Massage, Swedish and Cupping Massage Therapy

Traditional Thai Massage

“Traditional Thai Massage” or “nuad Thai” is an ancient healing system and one of the three main branches of traditional Thai medicine.

It is carried out on a mat on the floor and the recipient wears light clothing. The therapist uses thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet. It combines muscle compression, joint mobilization, acupressure (“sen lines”- Thai Meridians) and stretching. The strength might be soft medium or hard dependent on sensibility, flexibility and level of muscular tension.

It’s a wonderful combination of energy and physical exercise for body and mind alike with benefits such as: relief of myoskeletal pain, improvement of the posture and body alignment, improvement of the mobility in the joints, relief from stress and strain, creation of feeling of wellness and rejuvenation.

Sessions: 60 min

Traditional Thai Foot Massage 

“Traditional Thai Foot Massage” is known as a therapy to foster general good health and mental serenity. It’s a massage of the feet and also lower legs. It is both invigorating and deeply relaxing and uses hands, fingers, thumbs, stretching, acupressure and a rounded wooden stick with oil.

Thai foot Massage is really effective for tired feet, improves circulation and lymph movement, reduces stiffness and improves flexibility, lifts your mood and leaves you with a general feeling of tranquility, calmness and wellbeing.

Session: 60 min

Swedish (Holistic) Massage with essential oils:

Swedish massage is consisted of five basic techniques:

  • “Effleurage”, that is fast gentle movements that elevate body temperature
  • “Petrissage”, that activates smoothly the muscles
  • “ Tapotement”, gently raps with the side of the palm
  • “Friction”, where with the help of all fingers are massaged the hard and the inflexible muscles
  • “Trembling”, where with the entire palm put pressure while vibrating the hard joints of the muscle.

Swedish massage is applied to the whole body from the head and face to the legs and it helps reduce muscle tension, improves circulation and metabolism, removes toxins from the tissues, decreases stress and balances the body’s energy.

Sessions: Full back Body- 60 min, Upper body (back-shoulders-neck…) and face: 60 min

Cupping Massage Therapy

Cupping Therapy is a traditional technique that has been existed around the world since ancient times (China, Vietnam, Greece, Egypt…). With Swedish massage we warm the muscles. Oil allows the cups to glide easily over the surface of the skin (sliding cups technique).At the end, the cups are placing over the painful area from 5 to 20 minutes depending on the nature of the individual’s condition.

Benefits:

  • Causes intense blood flow and therefore it is effective for many musculoskeletal disorders and pains.
  • Promote relaxation
  • By improving blood circulation, cupping therapy can improve the appearance of the skin.
  • It can help you by helping the toxins, dead cells, and other metabolic waste move to the lymphatic system so the body eliminates them naturally.
  • It is a natural way to treat certain respiratory problems including the common cold, bronchitis, asthma and other respiratory conditions.

***During the therapy we use Vacuum Set Cups with Pistol Grip Hand Pump. It is without the using of fire.

Session: 60min

 Massage for the legs (Cupping, Thai foot and Swedish massage)

It is an amazing combination of the three massage techniques that increases blood circulation and lymph movement, reduces fatigue and promotes the health of the whole body. This massage session includes powerful and quick movements upwards in the legs using the cups and the hands of the therapist and traditional Thai foot techniques for the feet (stretching, acupressure, rounded wooden stick).

Session: 60 min

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Any questions or if you have any specific needs talk with the massage therapist in order to shape your own massage session customized with your body.

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 Biography

Katerina Karatzi was born in Chalkida, Greece, in 1986.

At the age of 18 she moved to Athens to study as an “Inspector of Public Health”.

For the past 8 years she has been a professional African dance performer, giving classes to adults and children.

Her fascination for the human body led her to train as a Holistic massage therapist, also learning Traditional Thai massage and Thai foot massage from renowned teachers and she successfully completed her studies in the BASI Pilates method (Body Arts and Science International Pilates Education).

She lives permanently in Ithaca and she continued to be trained around the nature of the human body.