The largest Italian Week in New Zealand is almost here, bringing a celebration of Italian culture, music, food, design and everything that il Bel Paese can offer in Aotearoa.
The Italian Week starts with the opening of the Italian Film Festival at the Rialto cinema on 25 September, then leads into an entire week of special Italian events throughout Newmarket.
On 29 September the Italian community of Auckland will celebrate with a big street festival in Osborne Street and Kent Street. From 11 am to 4 pm we will literally stop traffic and host al fresco restaurants and eating areas, an Italian market with over 35 stalls, and live music and entertainment with Italian MC Paolo Rotondo, Italian DJ Luca Montagni and a few surprises. This is a free and very exciting event where you can be Italian for the day and mingle with Italians who some from far and wide.
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We’ve upgraded our curtains to double strength for more privacy. Come down and check them out!
Why not give your dad something different this year? A chillaxing Newmarket Massage with us – just pop in and pickup a voucher for any of our services (includes his personal VIP card and presentation envelope)…
Massage works by soothing soft tissue and encouraging relaxation. Modern studies show that massage can successfully treat a range of disorders, including back pain, anxiety and high blood pressure. Different types of massage include aromatherapy massage, massage for babies, reflexology, shiatsu massage, remedial massage and relaxation massage.
Massage is perhaps one of the oldest healing traditions. Many cultures – including the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians – were convinced of the therapeutic properties of massage and used it to treat a variety of ailments.
The skin is the largest organ of the human body and is packed with nerve endings. Massage works by soothing soft tissue and encouraging relaxation. Massage is especially effective in treating ‘vicious cycle’ complaints. For instance, a tension headache is often self-sustaining because the pain makes the sufferer clench the affected muscles even harder. This, in turn, creates more pain. A thorough neck and shoulder massage can release muscle tension and break the pain cycle.
For treatment of disorders
Modern studies have shown that massage can be used to successfully treat a variety of disorders, including:
- Back or neck pain
- Soft tissue injuries
- Chronic pain
- High blood pressure
Benefits of massage
One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins, the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing. Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.
Some of the physical benefits of massage include:
- Reduced muscle tension
- Improved circulation
- Stimulation of the lymphatic system
- Reduction of stress hormones
- Increased joint mobility and flexibility
- Improved skin tone
- Speedier healing of soft tissue injuries
- Heightened mental alertness
- Reduced anxiety and depression.