What is it?
The ancient Greek massage is a new therapeutic approach inspired by Elli Tsouknaki, licensed Physical therapist and alternative therapist. It involves the famous “rubbings ” (anatripseis) and is based on the Hippocratic methods that took place in Ancient Greece and more specifically in gymnasiums, schools and the so called “Asklipiia”, a form of hospital of the time for diseases of the body and mind.
The practices of Hippocrates were called “iatroliptiki” (based on the thesis of Theodora Ioakimidiou), a term that is currently not in use and has been replaced with the term “massage” or “malaxis” in Greek. This technique was initially applied in dry skin and then powder was used. This therapy, through the proper massage and by using an alteration of passive and active movements, achieves the increase if the blood’s micro-circulation as well as the strengthening of the skin tissue in atrophied muscles and joints.
The process is applied as follows:
The first stage is the so called “dry massage”, meaning without the utilization of oil (that is the second stage.) in this stage there is also the usage of point pressures and handlings that aim to the improvement of blood circulation.
The second stage involves powder and the utilization of a special horse hair brush in the patient’s shoulders. Again, the aim is the improvement of blood’s microcirculation in the skin, a process that is rather euphoric for the patient and rejuvenates the whole body.
The massage strokes follow the natural muscular lines and paths, so that maximum effect is achieved. Furthermore, pressure is applied in specifically predetermined points with the usage if a special blend of extra virgin olive oil and fine essence oils. Adding to that, cupping is used. Not old-school cuppings with fire of course, but modern, safe cuppings.
This cupping technique has a very important, unique euphoric ability. By using cupping, negative pressure is applied to specific acupuncture points in order to stimulate them.
What is the gain of that technique?
The coordination of the movements and pressure points of this massage has been proven effective in the dealing of depression and other psychological ailments!
The final stage of this technique is a head massage, which was called “rubbing of sorrow” by Hippocrates. The reason for this name is that during this massage the levels of serotonin in the human body is increased and the levels of cortisone are decreased. Hence, “sorrow” is dissolved!
Who is it for?
Ancient Greek massage is a complete therapy, hence can be adjusted to the needs of every individual. It is as effective for an injured athlete as it is for a woman who wants to lose weight!