When our bodies ache, a deep tissue or sports massage can really hit the spot. Maybe you have a physically demanding job, you’re passionately sporty or you’ve just overdone the DIY. You might even be aching and have no idea why. We can feel like our muscles have tightened up, or that we just can’t seem to move comfortably.
Massage can really help with this. Many of us like a bit of pressure in a massage and find it deeply satisfying. The muscles relax and the mind calms down. We feel looser, more flexible and able to move more easily. If you are sporty or love training, you know when your body is feeling cranky or a bit overstressed, try a sports massage and get back to it.
This massage is open to everyone. We can focus on an area, your back or legs or massage your whole body. This is not painful, it is safe and deeply satisfying. We all deserve a bit of ‘ahhhhhh…’
Aromatherapy uses pure essential oils which are derived from plants, as a natural way of caring for health and wellbeing. Used in massage the oils are chosen and blended in a unique combination for each client depending on their specific needs.
The therapeutic action of the essential oils when brought together with the revitalising effects of the massage, is the perfect combination to calm, relax and balance the mind whilst at the same time easing aches and pains, stimulating the systems of the body and cleansing waste products. Aromatherapy massage uses essential oils to activate your sense of smell and increase your sense of well-being. The blend of oils are massaged into your skin to give you a smooth and flowing massage, designed to instil a sense of relaxation and calm.
Aromatherapy is used in a number of ways, including:
- Relieving stress and anxiety
- Helping you to sleep better
- Helping you relax
- Relieving tiredness or aching muscles
- Improving skin tone
Aromatherapy massage can have short-term benefits on psychological well-being and a positive effect in reducing anxiety.
Indian Head Massage
In Indian culture, head massage techniques stand at the heart of everyday well-being. Its benefits can also help you counter the effects of stress and tension that can seem inevitable with a busy life.
How does Indian head massage work?
Indian head massage, also known as shiroabhyanga, works by using different massage movements, such as compression and kneading, to stimulate endorphins to the brain and release accumulated stress in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, neck, face and shoulders. The therapist also brings relaxation and relief by gently stimulating and stroking facial pressure points.
The benefits of these head massages include:
- Improved blood flow
- Reduced muscular tension
- Improved flexibility in the neck and shoulder
May help to reduce:
- Headaches and migraines
- Sinus problems
Full Body Massage
The benefits of regular body massage by a trained massage therapist include the following:
An aid to relaxation
Full body massage can improve circulation
Strengthening of the immune system
Back, Neck and Shoulders
This treatment is aimed at providing stress and tension relief that can build up in the back, neck and shoulders due to emotional and/or physical strain e.g. a hard days work sat at a desk, or after sport or demanding physical activity.
Back Neck and shoulders Massage with Chinese Cupping
A Traditional Chinese Medicine approach
A deep tissue Massage using Chinese cups.
Cupping is an ancient therapy derived from the Far East which has been practised for many centuries. Cupping can be dated back to the Ancient Egyptians in approximately 1550BC. The technique involves creating a vacuum or negative pressure in a glass cup by using either a flame or a suction pump which is then applied to the area of the body requiring treatment.
Cupping therapy works by drawing skin and underlying tissue into the cup in ways not possible using compression.
- Increases the circulation of blood to the area being treated which clears the build up of toxins in the muscle tissue
- Facilitates soft tissue release
- Loosens and lifts connective tissue by promoting the flow of lymphatic fluids
- Drains stagnation in muscles by releasing stubborn knots
- Breaks up and expels congestion in rigid tissues
- Relieves inflammation
- Releases stiffness in ways not possible using traditional massage
- Stimulates skin and muscle
Foot Reflexology is an holistic therapy which treats the person as a whole being and is based on applying degrees of pressure to the foot.
This pressure is applied to different areas of the feet as each part corresponds to a different part of the body. The basic idea behind reflexology is that when this pressure is applied to a specific point of the foot, a response occurs in the corresponding part of the body promoting a change in the individual’s emotional and physical well being, releasing tension, re balancing hormones, reducing pain and aiding relaxation.
This change is thought to be due to either a response in the bodies energy pathways (also known as meridians) or by the treatment encouraging relaxation in the nervous system.
The pressure applied during reflexology uses specific finger and thumb massage techniques and is quite different to a general massage.
The human body is designed to heal itself and this occurs everyday. Stress, injury or illness can create a blockage of the energy that flows through the meridians pathways. This means that the body then has to work harder to restore the balance of energy and this may eventually cause further problems.
Reflexology helps to restore this imbalance in the body and encourage the body to heal itself again. Reflexology can be used to treat anyone, young or old and also pregnant mums to be after 12 weeks.