MASSAGE

“Every ancient civilisation has understood the healing power of massage. A good massage can revitalise your entire body and make you feel relaxed in a matter of minutes.”

 

SWEDISH MASSAGE

Swedish body massage aids the body’s natural mechanism to release stresses, which have built up over a period of time. It is generally a relaxing massage with light to firm pressure using various beneficial techniques, which induce mental relaxation and reduce the everyday physical and emotional stress on the body through a nurturing process of touch and response.

BENEFITS OF SWEDISH MASSAGE:

PHYSICAL

  • Relaxes the body                                          

  • Lowers blood pressure and reduces heart rate

  • Relieves tired and aching muscles, releases muscle tension and tightness and reduces chronic pain

  • Stretches connective tissues

  • Improves skin tone, boosts collagen production and improves skin elasticity

  • Improves muscle tone

  • Speeds recovery from injury and from illness

  • Improves circulation

  • Boosts the immune system

  • Increases energy levels

  • Balances the digestive system

  • Speeds elimination of metabolic waste

  • Reduces tension headaches

  • Increases range of motion

  • Decreases muscle deterioration

  • Improves posture

MENTAL & EMOTIONAL

  • Promotes quality sleep and improves sleep pattern

  • Increases mental clarity

  • Improves mental fatigue and induces mental relaxation

  • Reduces anxiety and provides a feeling of wellbeing

  • Nurtures and stimulates emotional growth

 

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE WITH TRIGGER POINT THERAPY

I specialise in Deep Tissue Massage with Trigger Point Therapy. Deep Tissue Massage is a preventative and restorative treatment. If you have aches, pains and tensions that cannot be reached by Swedish massage, then you should try deep tissue massage, where the pressure is deeper, the pace slower and pain is alleviated in the long term. Deep Tissue Massage works to realign the different layers of tissue, treating the tendons, ligaments and fascia, as well as the muscles to release tension and provide pain relief. It usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain. I use Trigger Point Therapy to target trigger points across the body to release the muscle knots, eliminating pain in the area and in the areas of referred pain. The list of conditions that can be effectively treated is extensive and includes repetitive strain, postural problems, sciatica, sports injury and recovery from falls, muscle tension in the gluteus, hamstrings, quads, rhomboids, IT band and upper back. If Deep Tissue Massage is given to the whole body, the treatment should ideally last about one and a half hours to give bodily tissue enough time to warm up and relax so that I can gradually apply deeper pressure working on the most interior muscles as well as more superficial muscles.

BENEFITS OF DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE:

  • Treats chronic pain

  • Relieves muscle tension

  • Helps lower high blood pressure

  • Breaks up scar tissue and adhesions

  • Reduces arthritis symptoms

  • Improves flexibility and suppleness

  • Stretches your muscle fibres in every direction, which is impossible to do with pure stretching alone and enables you to train harder for longer

  • Helps in warm up/cool down and improves athletic recovery and performance resolving post exercise discomfort

  • Helps to relieve chronic injury or strain by release of joint strains

  • Enhances drainage of waste products to speed recovery from exercise

 

THAI BODY MASSAGE

Thai Massage was founded about 4,000 years ago by Dr Shivago, a Buddhist, and was handed down orally from generation to generation. This Massage is seen as a traditional ritual not luxury to balance and unblock energies within the body. It is an ancient and unique form of body therapy, incorporating deep stretching and rhythmic compression in a transmission of energy. It is performed on a mat on the floor with the client remaining fully clothed. It uses body weight rather than muscular force to exert pressure creating a highly therapeutic effect. It is based on energy lines or "Sen" which follow the form of the body. Thai tradition recognises 72,000 Sen in theory but in practice 10 Sen serve as the foundation. Pressure is exerted on these lines and points with the palms of the hands, the thumbs and in some cases the elbows. Thai Massage affects the entire body by increasing flexibility, releasing both deep and superficial tension and helping the body's natural energy to flow more freely. The result is an opening of the body which leaves one feeling both relaxed and energised at the same time.

I practice Nuad Bo-Rarn (Northern style) Thai Massage.

BENEFITS OF THAI BODY MASSAGE:

  • Deep relaxation. Pressure on feet and legs is sedating, sometimes inducing hypnotic or altered states of consciousness

  • Releases points of tension in the body which block the natural flow of energy, inducing homeostasis, balance and harmony. Releases stress and increases energy

  • Increases flexibility and range of motion. Assists alignment and postural integrity of the body

  • Improves circulation

  • Strengthens the internal organs

  • Relieves pain

  • Improves neurological functioning and assists in relieving degenerative conditions associated with the aging process (alzheimers, dementia etc)

  • Promotes inner peace and a quiet mind

AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE

Aromatherapy massage uses the same techniques as Swedish massage but also uses a blend of essential oils, therapeutic and highly concentrated plant oils, tailor blended for the client's needs. Essential oils penetrate the body through the skin and have multiple benefits; they have an ability to affect your mood and improve your physical and mental health.

 

BENEFITS OF AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE:

  • Same benefits as Swedish massage

  • Relieves stress and anxiety

  • Acts as an antidepressant

  • Increases energy levels

  • Alleviates pain

  • Helps the body detoxify

  • Speeds up the healing process

  • Cures headaches

  • Boosts cognition and memory

  • Induces sleep

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE:

A specialised treatment that releases restrictions within the fascial network (connective tissue), enabling stuck hardened and dehydrated areas to become pliable, soft, mobile and hydrated. Palpations skills are used to assess the structure and function of the body, allowing me to determine which techniques to use. The client may not feel much happening as it is a slow and focused treatment, but will feel relaxed and feel "freer" or "lighter" after a treatment. Myofascial Release increases the body's own restorative powers by improving circulation and nervous system transmission.

 

BENEFITS OF MYOFASCIAL RELEASE:

  • Soften and hydrate the body so that it becomes more pliable and mobile

  • Increases energy 

  • Increases breathing capacity

  • Restores muscle function and postural alignment

  • Relieves physical and emotional strain

  • Helps to balance the body and promote self-healing and relaxation

 

PREGNANCY MASSAGE

Pregnancy massage supports mothers physically, mentally and spiritually through the challenges of childbirth.  It uses Swedish massage techniques but a light to medium pressure for safety and the client is positioned using bolsters to support complete comfort. Long, slow strokes and kneading movements will be used.

Pregnancy massage is for mothers after their first 3 months of pregnancy and for new mothers. Women who should not choose Pregnancy massage are: still in first three months of pregnancy, prone to blood clots, experiencing cramping or bleeding, have a history of miscarriage or high-risk pregnancy and general contraindications following a c-section.

BENEFITS OF PREGNANCY MASSAGE:

  • Same benefits as Swedish massage

  • Alleviates stress on weight bearing joints and surrounding musculature

  • Stabilises hormonal level and soothes the nervous system

  • Alleviates stress on weight bearing joints and surrounding musculature

  •  Increases blood circulation for mother and baby (foetus)

  • Prepares mother to be for an easier delivery

  • Provides expecting women with emotional support and nurturing

  • Enhances the pliability of the skin

RAINDROP AND VITAFLEX  TECHNIQUE

“Rejuvenate the mind. Balance the body.”

Raindrop and Vitaflex technique has been developed by Young Living Founder Gary Young, who draws from his experience with Native American wellness traditions. Raindrop and Vitaflex therapy combine unique and targeted vitaflex technique and massage with a combination of seven single and two blends of pure, food grade essential oils, and one essential oil massage blend from the Young Living range, applied neat to the body to deeply detoxify emotionally, mentally and physically and harmonise the individual, aligning the body and mind. A hot towel is placed on the client’s back after the essential oils application to assist with further deep absorption. This is a powerful technique, which leaves you feeling completely rejuvenated and purified.

 

BENEFITS OF RAINDROP AND VITAFLEX TECHNIQUE:

  • Balance and Re-align the Energy Centers of the Body

  • Non-Manipulative Technique

  • Reduce Stress and Minor Anxiety

  • Aid the Body's Natural Response to Irritation and Injury

  • Eases Muscle Discomfort after Exercise

  • Support Healthy Immune System

  • Emotional Well-Being and Release

  • Help Detox the Body Systems

INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE

Indian Head massage has been used in India for over 1000 years and comes from Ayurveda, an ancient healing system for body, mind and spirit. Indian head massage focuses on the head, neck, chest and shoulders (with the face and arms included in a one hour treatment). 

 

BENEFITS OF INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE:

PHYSICAL

  • Relieves built up tension that can often result in eyestrain, headaches, migraines, neck and back pain

  • Relaxation of the whole body

  • Fibrous adhesions (knots and nodules) can be broken down and dispersal of toxins from tense, knotted muscles

  • General and specific relaxation of muscles, providing immediate relief such as relieving mandibular joint tension

  • Increases muscle tone

  • Detoxifies the body by stimulation and improvement of the circulation of the lymphatic system

  • Boosts overall immunity

  • Improved circulation of blood and increased oxygen uptake

  • Renews energy levels

  • Relieves symptoms of sinusitis

  • Soothes symptoms of asthma by calming the respiratory system

  • Boosts cerebral spinal fluid circulation

  • Loosening of the scalp

MENTAL & EMOTIONAL

  • Help with mental tiredness and tension and relieves mental and emotional stress

  • Promotes clarity, increases concentration levels and boosts memory capabilities

  • Excellent for disturbed sleep and insomnia and relieves restlessness

  • Relieves symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression and promotes relaxation increasing feelings of peace, calm and well-being

THAI REFLEXOLOGY

“Your feet are a map to the health of your entire body”

Reflexology is an ancient technique that consists of massage techniques and the application of pressure to specific points on the soles of the feet. Reflex areas in the feet correspond to all organs and parts of the body and working on them reduces tension, illness and restores balance. In Thai philosophy “energy lines” known as ‘Sen’ run though out the entire body with specific points ending at the feet and hands. The obstruction of this flow of energy is the root cause of discomfort or illness in a person and the techniques of Thai Foot Massage stimulate and open these channels. This treatment can be targeted based on your health concerns.

 

BENEFITS OF THAI REFLEXOLOGY:

  • Relieves tension and can relieve pain and stiffness caused by too much exercising or using muscle for too long

  • Helps prevent and cure many symptoms such as headache, stress, asthma, constipation, sinusitis and migraine

  • Boosts the blood circulation system

  • Renews and rejuvenates the body's cell systems

  • Can access the current state of your health and improves overall health

  • Renews and raises the body's life energy

  • Balances the body's systems (individually as well as in relation to each other)

  • Prevents disease

  • Improves the body's immune system

  • Increases longevity

BEFORE YOUR MASSAGE:

Massage has many benefits for body, mind and spirit. It should not, however, be done directly over bruised, inflamed or infected skin, rashes or wounds, fragile bones, or areas of recent fractures, tumours or abdominal hernias. If you have recently had surgery, chemotherapy or any other medical procedure, please check with your doctor before having a massage. Deep tissue massage and other firm pressure may not be suitable during pregnancy. Massage can be unsafe if you have or are at risk of forming blood clots as these can become dislodged.

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AFTER YOUR MASSAGE:

I will give you feedback related to what I have found during your massage and offer aftercare advice and tips to increase the longevity of the benefits of your treatment.

 
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