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Deep Tissue & Remedial Massage

Swedish Massage

Indian Head Massage


Deep Tissue & Remedial Massage

When muscles and tendons become damaged, knotted, tense or immobile, a deep tissue massage provides a healing treatment that can be strong or gentle, deep or shallow.

Deep tissue massage, as its name suggests, focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It is designed to reach the deep sections of thick muscles, specifically the individual muscle fibres, which releases toxins and deeply held tension points. Through controlled manual manipulation, deep tissue massage breaks down scar tissue and crystallization, loosens muscles, releases toxins and allows blood and oxygen to circulate properly.

When doing a deep tissue massage I use specialised massage techniques, together with acupressure points, to locate and repair damage and to support and speed up the body's own repair mechanisms. Specific hand positions and strokes, alongside acupressure points, are used while breath and movement techniques are employed to release muscular congestion.

Deep tissue massage releases chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles. Combined with breath and movement techniques, deep tissue massage first warms the soft tissue before targeting deeper muscles groups. It is both corrective and therapeutic and can be deeply relaxing. Because it works very deeply, emotional issues can also be addressed, which are often stored in the body. Deep tissue massage holistically treats the whole body, with more time being spent on problem areas.

Treatments take place on a massage table and the massage is applied directly to bare skin using oil. I can also compliment this treatment with the luxury of pure organic essential oils, blended accordingly. Passive stretching moves are also sometimes used.

Deep tissue massage treatments are 1 hour long and I like to work intuitively and in a holistic way.

Deep tissue massage can be very effective, but one has to be realistic about how much can be achieved in one session. Long term complaints may need a course of treatments and sometimes I may need a GP's advice on whether to treat a specific problem.

Deep Tissue Massage usually focuses on specific areas and may cause some soreness during or after the session but you should feel better within a day or two. Water helps to eliminate toxins from the body so it is important to drink plenty of water after a deep tissue massage to help this process along.

Benefits of deep tissue massage

The benefits of deep tissue massage include:

* The stimulation to the blood supply allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed
* The calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort
* The toning and relaxing of muscles to improve joint mobility
* An improvement to the health of the cells
* The repairing of tissues, and the easing of stiffness and tension
* Therapeutic relaxation
* Beneficial for many physical problems, including injuries and chronic pain
* Because it works very deeply, emotional issues can also be addressed, when these have been stored in the body
* Improves posture and mobility
* Correction of postural problems
* Muscle cramping
* Increased mobility
* Improved flexibility
* Pain relief from old injuries

Ear acupuncture can be combined with deep tissue massage.

Gift vouchers are available for all treatments.

 

Sometimes I may ask you to talk to your GP before arranging a treatment. Always make sure that you avoid alcohol for at least 5 hours before a treatment. Drink lots of water after a treatment as this will help with the removal of toxins.

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Swedish Massage

This form of body massage originated in Sweden and was invented by a Swedish doctor by name Per Henrik Ling, who primarily classified the massage techniques used by Greeks and Romans in ancient times. Swedish body massage is a massage technique involving a sequence of movements working superficially and then deeper into the tissue layers. Swedish body massage uses a mixture of firm but relaxing strokes, leaving the skin and muscles invigorated but relaxed.

Movements such as effleurage, pettrisage, wringing, tapping percussion, cupping and friction are combined to work over the skin with the palm of the hand, producing muscular benefits, relieving tight tension in muscles and promoting relaxation.

Swedish massage can relieve muscle fatigue, tension, soreness and stiffness, stimulate the circulation and boost the immune system. It will improve muscle tone and encourage toxins to be expelled from the body, promoting general relaxation of body and mind, thereby reducing anxiety and the effects of stress and leaving a feeling of wellbeing. This is a massage that can be both relaxing and energising.

What to expect when receiving a Swedish massage

A full medical history record will be taken the first time I see someone. As no two people are alike, the body massage sequence will be adapted to the client's needs.

I will start on the back then the back of the legs, front of the legs, arms, shoulders and finish on the face. The client's modesty is respected at all times. The client is covered in soft towels, which are turned back to reveal only the area to be massaged at that time.

Treatments can be 1 hour long for full body or half hour for back, shoulders and face.
Aromatherapy oils can be combined with this treatment.

Benefits of Swedish massage

Some of the benefits of Swedish massage include-

* Improves skin tone, circulation and elasticity
* Improves and encourages better circulation therefore more efficient delivery of nutrients and oxygen to cells and more efficient waste removal
* Encourages deeper and therefore more efficient and relaxed breathing
* Encourages better lymph drainage
* Boosts immunity
* Relieves muscle fatigue, soreness and stiffness
* Relieves tired and stiff joints
* Promotes general relaxation, relaxing the body, thereby reducing stress tension and the effects of stress
* Relaxes the mind, thereby reducing anxiety and its effects
* Increases energy by invigorating all body systems and reducing fatigue
* Encourages better sleep, relieving insomnia
* Speeds up digestion
* Improves muscle suppleness
* Improves neural communication and relaxes the nervous system
* Lowers high blood pressure

Ear acupuncture can be combined with Swedish massage.

Gift vouchers are available for all treatments.

 

Sometimes I may ask you to talk to your GP before arranging a treatment. Always make sure that you avoid alcohol for at least 5 hours before a treatment. Drink lots of water after a treatment as this will help with the removal of toxins.

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Indian Head Massage

A Indian head massage can be relaxing, rejuvenating and invigorating.

Indian head massage is based on the ayurvedic system of healing which has been practiced in India for over three thousand years and has been passed down through the ages as a normal part of daily holistic health amongst Indian family life. It provides Indian families with relaxation and healing on a daily basis. It was also taken up by barbers as part of their treatment for their clients and Indian women also use this as a beauty treatment, massaging a variety of luxurious oils into there hair to keep it in good condition. Indian head massage has also been traditionally used in rituals, such as weddings and births, keeping a level of holistic health in the household.

The Treatment

Indian head massage is performed with the client sitting and remaining partially or fully clothed. Modesty is maintained at all times with appropriate draping. It is best performed using oils, however a dry massage through the clothes also proves beneficial and I can do either on request.

I will begin on the back, shoulders, the neck, head and finish on the face and ears. I will use a range of different movements including application of deep kneading, compression, hacking movements and massage techniques, alongside acupressure points and different friction movements on the scalp area, finishing with gentle massage, acupressure points and Reiki to the face.

The session will usually last for half an hour and it is good to sit quietly for a while afterwards. A longer session can be arranged on request. An appropriate blend of essential oils will be made according to clients request.

What is Indian head massage good for?

The aim of Indian head massage is to release the stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders. Indian head massage helps increase joint mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulders, improves blood circulation by bringing a rich supply of oxygen to the face, is good for lymphatic flow, frees knots of muscular tension, relaxes connective tissue, and aids in the elimination of accumulated toxins and waste products. It is particularly good for reducing the effects of stress and tension.

Indian head massage is especially good for relieving stress, tension, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, migraine and sinusitis. It is also good for clearing the head of thoughts and for general wellbeing. Clients report that the experience is deeply calming and relaxing, leaving them feeling energised and revitalised and better able to concentrate.

Also good for-

* Stress
* Eases aching and tired muscles
* Relieves tension in the upper body
* Emotional balancing
* Dispersing toxins
* Clarity of mind
* Increasing blood flow and therefore oxygen to the cells
* Relieving eye strain
* Helping with tension headaches
* Improving concentration
* Tinnitus
* Sinusitis
* Migraines (chronic)
* Insomnia
* Stress related hair loss

Ear acupuncture can be combined with Indian head massage.

Gift vouchers are available for all treatments.


Sometimes I may ask you to talk to your GP before arranging a treatment. Always make sure that you avoid alcohol for at least 5 hours before a treatment. Drink lots of water after a treatment as this will help with the removal of toxins.

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