Is Pain Stopping You From Enjoying Your Leisure Time?
Don’t put up with pain. You can overcome muscle tension, long held patterns of dysfunction, and return to the things you love doing, be it gardening, playing soccor, or mountain biking. We have helped people to relieve neck tension, realign posture, resolve long held pain patterns, and counteract long held muscle compensation patterns from old injuries. Our message to you is that you don’t need to live with pain, and you should not – pain is your bodies signal that something is not right. Let us help you to lead the life you want to be living and take your massage treatments to the next level with a full range of specialty massage techniques. You really do need to experience a massage at Puhoi Beauty & Spa to understand.
You Can Trust That Your Body Is In Safe Hands
All treatments at Puhoi Beauty & Spa are performed by qualified professionals with years of hands on experience. You will love the tranquil atmosphere, the many massage modalities on offer, and the spa flourish to treatments ending with home care advice, alkaline water, water kefir and herbal tea. Revive tired muscles, release tension and knots, or simply float away on the scent of bespoke blended aromatherapy oils – what ever you are seeking, we can help you to achieve your health and well being goals.
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This treatment is a targeted treatment, for those who have limited time. A range of techniques will be employed to achieve targeted results on a chosen area of your body. Chose this treatment if you have one area of concern to address or if you need a quick relaxation session.
Treatment will take 20 minutes, but please allow 30 minutes for appointment time
Neck, Back and Shoulder Massage
A relaxing treatment for those needing to release built-up tension, in this area known for holding stress. Using beautifully blended essential oils and gently kneading away the tension from the muscles, you´ll wish the massage would never end. Book this treatment if you need to relax and unwind.
Treatment will take 35 minutes, but please allow 45 minutes for appointment time
Here we will reset your body’s equilibrium using a range of massage techniques depending on your individual needs. After this treatment, you will leave feeling deeply relaxed, refreshed and ready to enjoy the world. Book this treatment if you have one or two areas of concern to address.
Treatment will take 50 minutes, but please allow 60 minutes for appointment time
Full Body Restoration Massage
This thorough treatment is for those requiring targeted work and is designed to focus on the tight and sore areas of your body, and work out the knots using a variety of different techniques. This treatment might involve myofascial release and/or neurokinetic therapy to address initial dysfunction, and then will likely move on to releasing knots and mobilizing joints. Or for those wanting to deeply relax, this treatment can involve the use of hot stones and bespoke blended aromatherapy oils. Tell us exactly what you need and this treatment will be tailored to your individual needs. Book this treatment if you have several areas of concern, or if you want to experience the most deluxe relaxation massage available.
Treatment will take 80 minutes, but please allow 90 minutes for appointment time
Reiki is a nurturing Japanese relaxation technique which activates the body’s natural healing response moving people towards balance and wholeness. It can effectively release trauma, facilitate emotional & mind set shifts, reduce pain, promote sleep, and unwind anxiety. Reiki is performed by Melody Bird who is a passionate advocate for human potential. Reiki works particularly well in facilitating healing for children, animals and/or those unable to voice what is ‘wrong’. All animals can be seen onsite, there is parking for trailers/floats/trucks, an arena for larger animals and a smaller inside space for domestic animals to be seen.
Melody is a self-professed sceptic always looking for proof of the unexplained and ‘invisible’, Melody found herself unable to deny the path led her to begin her Reiki journey. Sitting in her first workshop, as an invited guest she was overwhelmed by how what was revealed to her brought together many unexplained curiosities, experiences and learnings she had been through until then. While the weekend workshop was a powerful experience she was still not convinced Reiki was for her and continued trying to avoid that aspect of her life path for many years until she was drawn back to Reiki again and began to extend her study. In early 2015, after a series of personal misfortunes and heartbreaks Melody took time out from sharing Reiki to take care of her own healing, rebuild her energy, health and wellbeing. Now well settled in Puhoi, Melody is again sharing Reiki in the community. You can be assured of an empathetic, loving, kind and nurturing experience in any session with Melody alongside her absolute respect for you as a unique individual on your own journey.
Treatment will take 50 minutes, but please allow 60 minutes for appointment time
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Melody works with children in other settings and has a very special way with them. She has been successful in helping children who have not been able to find assistance through other methods. Part of how Melody works her magic is with the assistance of her adopted dog Chilli. By her mere presence Chilli has the ability to transform stressful or anxious situations and is available to assist in Reiki sessions with anyone who may find it challenging to relax in order to participate in a Reiki treatment. Chilli seems to provide a safe space for children who can be slow resistant to connect or engage, effectively creating a bridge through which the Reiki can ‘do it’s thing’. After treatments for children, parents often comment on the difference it has made for their children… “I think she was way calmer yesterday afternoon when she was in a situation that she would normally be squealing and over-reacting. We had a couple of situations today that I thought would trigger anxiety but she was really good so I actually think it was helpful to her😊”. Mum from Orewa.
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Types of Techniques Used During Massage Treatments
Modalities of massage used at Puhoi Beauty & Spa include: Myofascial Release; Neurokinetic Therapy; Aromoatherapy; Hot Stone Massage; Maori Romi Romi; Thai Massage; Trigger Point Therapy; Sports Massage; Deep Tissue Massage; Swedish Remedial Massage; Pulsing; Reflexology; Pregnancy Massage; Relaxation Massage.
If you are unsure of which massage to book we recommend that you start with a Re-Balance Massage, this will allow time for a full treatment plan to be formulated and carried out.
All clients are required to fill in an online Health Form for which you will be sent a link in your appointment reminder message, however please inform your massage therapist of any medications, heart issues, relevant medical issues, any allergies or injuries when you arrive for your massage treatment.
Puhoi Beauty & Spa uses a range of modalities in the massage treatments above, but if you prefer a particular type of massage technique please let us know when you arrive for your treatment. Myofascial Release and Neurokinetic Therapy are performed by Michelle Clarke, and Romi Romi and Pulsing are performed by Camelia Lordache. What follows is a description of some of the massage modalities used at Puhoi Beauty & Spa.
Aromatherapy massage employs the use of essential oils to promote healing and well-being. Essential oils are extracted from various parts of plants and contain all the healing properties of the plants. During aromatherapy massage, your practitioner will select and blend various essential oils depending on your particular needs on the day of your massage to create a synergistic blend of up to three essential oils which are then added to a carrier oil.
As the oil blend is massaged into the skin blood circulation around the body increases allowing the oils to be absorbed through the skin and carried to all the major body organs. The effects of an aromatherapy massage can last up to 48 hours, depending on the oils used. After an aromatherapy massage the oils are left on the skin and the overall effect is one of deep calm and relaxation.
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Chinese Cupping & Gua Sha Massage
This technique is used to draw toxins trapped in sore muscles towards the skins surface for release. It reduces pain in the muscles and improves functioning of organs in the area. It is said to increase blood flow, boost health and improve sleep and energy levels.
Cupping is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a plastic ‘cup’ is suctioned onto the body, creating a partial vacuum. This technique releases stagnation, which in turn stimulates the movement of new blood and qi to the area. While cupping is painless, it may leave temporary discoloration marks that resemble bruising, but that do not hurt. These marks typically fade within a day or two. Most people describe a “weight lifted off their shoulders” immediately following a session of cupping.
Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This ancient Chinese healing technique offers a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain. Gua sha removes stagnant energy, called chi, in the body that may be responsible for inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of several conditions associated with chronic pain. Rubbing the skin’s surface breaks up this energy, reduces inflammation, and promotes healing of the soft tissues. It can leave marks on the skin which fade over a few days.
Hot stone massage uses special volcanic stones which are heated to an optimal temperature. The stones are placed on specific energy points of the body to induce a deep relaxation and are also rubbed over oiled skin to promote improved blood circulation, reduce pain, increase mobility in joints, and to ease muscle tension. The direct heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access deeper muscle layers. Benefits of this treatment include:
- Provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions
- Decreases pain and muscle spasms
- Reduces chronic stress and tension
- Increases flexibility in joints, aiding in easier mobility and movement
- Relieves pain and tension created by strained and contracted muscles
Myofascial release is a treatment used to release unexplained tightness in any area of the body. It has been used to successfully treat patterns of pain and stiffness that do not respond to other treatment modalities. The fascia is a net-like system that supports and intertwines with muscles and bones. Working on one area my release tension in another area. The treatment employs long stretching strokes at varying levels of depth, to gently release the fibers of the myofascia.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. The health of the myofascial tissue dictates the time it takes to work in any area. Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)
This is a sophisticated form of manual therapy, that combines motor control theory and manual muscle testing to correct movement dysfunction and address the cause of pain by removing dysfunctional movement patterns stored in the brain.
Michelle Clarke is the only NKT trained practitioner on the Hibiscus Coast and Rodney area. To find out more about this complex modality visit the NKT website
80 minutes $100
This treatment modality is designed to prevent and aid in injury recovery. It will improve flexibility, enhance your athletic performance and help you to recover from strenuous exercise. This massage is good for non-athletes as it helps any muscle pain and restricted range of motion.
Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, 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. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
A study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and published in The New York Times, found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. Volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system, and a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu.
Romiromi massage is a holistic practice which works in the spiritual dimension connecting and balancing your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. It involves rhythmic movements designed to move blocked energy on any level which is creating imbalance in the body. During your Romiromi treatment a physical alignment and removal of blocked energy at a cellular level creates more space and freedom in your body. Stimulation of pressure-points and deep tissue massage, removes toxic waste and synchronises the body matrix – the central nervous system, the lymphatics, the cardio vascular and endocrine systems with the auric and etheric outer bodies. Romiromi massage also balances male and female energies and most importantly balances the mauri (life force or life priciple) with the wairua (spirit).
Romiromi is a way of letting the body release anything that is not serving you or not belonging to you. This extraneous energy can sometimes be held in the DNA or be an accumulation of stored emotions; trauma in this lifetime. Romiromi is a way of releasing to get more mobility, vitality and presence!
After a Romiromi massage treatment, people generally feel lighter as they have returned closer to their original vibration. The spiritual energies are able to flow through the body invigorating, nourishing and protecting the internal organs and body systems.
Pulsing is a form of bodywork which uses movement to assist the release of tension in the body – be it physical, mental or emotional. This rhythmic and dynamic form of bodywork allows the client to increase the sensitivity to their body and to simply let go. Unlike more traditional forms of massage where-by muscle/soft tissue tension is released through direct manipulation – Pulsing works more on the skeletal system, improving mobility and range of movement, and a by-product of that movement is often soft-tissue tension is released as well.
At times limbs maybe stretched, bounced, lifted, shaken or rotated to encourage increased mobility. Many people often hold deep-seated tension in their neck and shoulders, and whilst working on these areas the client is encouraged to relax into the movement, breathe deeply, and connect with their body’s natural rhythms. It is a nurturing, blissful and liberating form of bodywork – with the client engaging in ‘the process’ more and more with each session as they are able to go with the flow and trust the process. Few others forms of bodywork leave the receiver with such a feeling of profound relaxation and invigoration.
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and or swelling. In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes. Some of the benefits of pregnancy massage include:
- Headaches can be relieved by massage focusing on the head, neck and shoulders. In addition, maintaining optimal levels of stress relief through massage reduces the chances of migraines or tension headaches by relaxing trigger points and muscle spasms.
- Muscle tension created by carrying the extra weight of a baby can be relieved by encouraging blood flow to the afflicted areas. This provides more nutrient-rich oxygen and also increases the flow of lymphatic fluid, which sweeps away toxins and metabolic waste.
- Fatigue, backaches, leg cramps and swelling/edema can all be relieved through various types of massage for pregnant women.
- The ordinary aches and pains of pregnancy are countered by the release of serotonin, your body’s natural anti-pain chemical, which is stimulated by massage.
The most incredible massage I have ever had. Michelle is amazing she knew exactly what my problems were and was very direct in how we tackle it. I feel so grateful that I have found someone who I have complete faith in and feel completely comfortable with. Michelle I can’t thank you enough.
I had a full body hot stone massage with Michelle and it was amazing! Before I went I had been experiencing severe back and leg pain but within hours of having the massage my whole body was relaxed and pain free. I really enjoyed the heat from the hot stones as I could feel all my aching muscles relaxing. The scalp massage and the deep tissue back massage were my favourite part. Before I went to Michelle I was really nervous as I haven’t had a professional massage before but I had nothing to worry about. Michelle was very friendly and welcoming and so I felt at ease immediately. I was surprised at how much better I felt after the massage, so calm and relaxed and no pain. I would absolutely recommend Michelle to anyone as she provides exceptional service and a high quality experience. I would recommend Michelle and Puhoi Beauty to everyone.
Puhoi beauty is my new found go to😊😊 just had the most amazing massage💜 Michelle is incredible honestly everyone needs to have a massage from her. She knew exactly how to help me and although she put me through a bit of ouchee 😉😉 I feel so much better. Round 2 Monday and can’t wait👍💖.
Simply amazing Michelle Clarke!!! Can’t thank you enough. You are truly talented, have the most incredible healing hands !!! I can breathe now !! 🙂 see you again soon !!! We are all so lucky that Puhoi Beauty is in our community!
Michelle from Puhoi Beauty is like a mechanic for the body and in the business of fixing things. If like me you spend your working day on a computer and suffer from tight shoulders and neck issues then book in and see Michelle Clarke. You’ll learn all about your muscle groups and posture, she may make you your eyes water a little, but Michelle will get to the heart of the problem and you’ll leave wondering why you didn’t get things sorted out earlier
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