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Massage Therapy

Massage helps you to love your body and heal your world

Massage therapy involves the soft tissue such as the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and other connective tissues.  Our bodies often pick up tension and strains from everyday activities. Muscular pain and discomfort can impinge on your wellbeing and reduce how you function. 

My philosophy to bodywork is to integrate different types of massage to help you with relaxation and for remediation of muscular aches and pains as well as the mind/body/spirit holistic model.

For initial enquiries please telephone on 07423 019459

OR fill in the contact form.

Is Massage Therapy for you? 
Are you:
  • experiencing muscle aches and pain?

  • in need of time to value and nurture yourself?

  • feeling restricted in how you can move?

  • struggling with daily activities such as desk work, gardening, bending, reaching or lifting?

  • needing an energy boost?

  • willing to be an active participant in the therapy work?

Your needs will be discussed at the initial phone consultation.   

The first hands on treatment will focus on a more general assessment massage therapy session.  A treatment plan will be formed and then subsequent  appointments will focus and hone in on the specific issue to reduce your discomfort and improve your ease of movement using advanced massage and manual therapy techniques.  You may be given tailored aftercare so that you can improve your wellness between sessions.

For the best results it is more effective when you receive consecutive treatments over 4-6 weeks.  I offer a discount for a package of 4 treatments although you can also book one off sessions. 

Back Massage

Clinical Massage Techniques
The techniques are derived from both Western and Eastern philosophies:

Back Massage

Balance & Restore Back Massage

A general session that focuses on your back, neck and shoulders and is designed to relieve stress in those areas and leave you feeling more at ease in your everyday life and relaxed.  

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Pregnancy Massage

Please visit the separate page here.

Back Massage

Clinical Massage

I use the Jing Method™ with soft tissue issues over 6 weekly sessions or less.  This is "a unique outcome based system for addressing chronic musculoskeletal pain through a tried and tested fusion of

advanced soft tissue and massage techniques."

Hand Massage

Helping Hands Massage

This is designed to give your hands the chance to move more freely and relieve aches from repetitive movement such as phone use and working on a computer. 

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Head Massage

This is derived from traditional Indian Ayurvedic techniques of champissage and works on marma points.  The shoulders, neck, scalp and face are all worked using specific techniques.  This is usually done to include the hair.

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Aromatherapy

As part of your treatment aromatic products can be used to enhance the benefits.

What are the benefits of massage therapy?
  • reduce high stress and anxiety levels for emotional health

  • ease overuse injuries

  • enhance deep relaxation of the mind and body

  • help you move more easily

  • relieve overtired and recovering muscles

  • improve sleep quality

  • enhance quality of life

  • manage musculoskeletal and soft tissue pain

  • induce wellbeing

  • improve skin tone

  • increase energy levels

  • improve circulation

  • stimulate the immune system

  • soothe muscular aches, spasm and tension

  • release tension and tightness

  • release endorphins

  • assist injury recovery

  • improve flexibility and range of motion (ROM) in joints

  • ease tension headaches

  • change postural problems

What happens in a session?

Prior to and during the massage, feel free to ask any questions you may have. During the massage I will do my utmost to make you comfortable.  It is important for me to receive feedback during the treatment such as if an area feels tender or if you are warm and comfortable enough.  I may need to move you or ask you to participate in stretching and active movement such as lifting your arms or legs.  Informed consent is something I value so if at any point you wish me to stop during the treatment or my pressure is uncomfortable please tell me.

  • I will wait outside the room while you undress to your underwear, get onto the couch, and cover yourself with a clean sheet - please make sure your underpants are comfy

  • You will be asked to place your belongings such as jewellery (massage), socks, clothes and coat in a box during the treatment

  • You will be appropriately draped with towels or sheets to protect your modesty whilst on the couch

  • Ensure your clothes are easy to take off and put back on 

  • Please have a thorough wash in the morning as a minimum before you attend

  • You may wish to bring a hair comb or brush to neaten your hair afterwards. 

  • I use a massage wax and/or sometimes oils it may end up in your hair.  Please do not book a hair appointment before your massage as it will get messy.

At the end of the treatment you will be informed of aftercare which may also include:

  • Stretches for tight muscles

  • Strengthening exercises for weaker muscles

  • Application of ice/heat for pain relief, to treat inflammation, or to relax muscles

  • Postural awareness exercises

  • Breathing exercises

  • Ergonomic advice to change postural habits at work or in the home

  • Recommendations to seek treatment or advice from other therapists including allied healthcare professionals like osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors or further advice from your GP.

FAQs

How frequently do you need massage?

  • As often as needed!  For particular problems such as back, neck/shoulders, hands or leg/feet or face/jaw (e.g. for Golfer’s elbow, piriformis syndrome, TMJ etc) then usually 2-6 successive sessions following an initial appointment are recommended for the most benefit.   This allows me to work through with you and help to release the soft tissue.  You may be asked to do some self care techniques at home to ensure progress is made between sessions.  It is then advisable to have a monthly maintenance session.

I am seeing an osteopath/chiropractor.  When do I need to see you?

  • The best time is the days before you see your osteopath or chiropractor. That way I can perform the soft tissue work which then makes it easier for them to focus on manipulations etc. 

If you have any questions please use my Contact page.    Please note the working weight of my couch is not over 24 stone and for health and safety reasons with my equipment I may not go over this.  

What to expect (in line with close contact guidance on Covid)
 

Please see my Booking page for more information.

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