Deep tissue/sports massage

Techniques that utilize deep tissue, or deep muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep tissue massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature.

Deep tissue massage helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis and it is used to treat particular muscular disorders. Benefits include a regulation in the circulatory function of the body, increased energy level, stimulation of the lymphatic flow, which helps eliminate toxins, increased muscle tone and a restored sense of calm and wellbeing.

Swedish

One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energise the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic techniques, all flowing towards the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body.

Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, effleurage, friction, percussive and tapping strokes, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin.

The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalised relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions and improved circulation, without increasing heart rate. It also helps in speeding healing and reducing swelling from injury.

Lymphatic drainage

Lymphatic drainage is a delicate form of massage that stimulates the body’s lymphatic system, in order to improve the metabolism, by helping the body to eliminate toxins and by providing a boost to the immune system.

Lymphatic drainage utilises a very light pressure combined with soft pumping movements in the direction of the lymph nodes. The style of massage is especially useful for individuals who seem to suffer regularly from common illnesses like colds and flu, or for people who lead sedentary lifestyles, or those who want to reduce swelling or puffiness.

Lymphatic drainage massage boosts the immune system so, as well as helping the body ward off illness, treatment can facilitate general feelings of health and vitality. It also has a positive physical effect, improving the appearance of the skin and reducing puffiness caused by water retention, poor circulation or pregnancy.

Reflexology

Based on an ancient Chinese therapy, reflexology involves the manipulation of specific reflex areas in the feet, hands and ears that correspond to other parts of the body. Sometimes referred to as zone therapy, this bodywork involves application of pressure to these reflex areas to stimulate body organs and relieve areas of congestion.

Similar to acupressure principles, reflexology works with the body’s energy flow to stimulate self-healing and maintain balance in physical function. This technique is used to reduce pain, increase relaxation and stimulate circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids. It is especially useful in stress related illness and emotional disorders. Reflexology is also convenient in cases where an area of the body is traumatised or diseased to the 

Lomi Lomi

LomiLomi means “rub-rub” in Hawaiian. This massage style utilizes very large, broad movements across soft tissue and muscles. Two-handed, forearm and elbow application of strokes, which cover a broad area and a relaxing touch are the characteristics of LomiLomi.

Similar to Swedish massage in many aspects, LomiLomi takes into account the healing of the entire self, from physical level, up to mental, emotional and even spiritual levels.

LomiLomi was described as “the loving touch – a connection between heart, hand and soul with the source of all life”. The therapist will utilize the intuition to find and restore harmony, energy flow and balance to the entire being.

Indian Head Massage

Indian head massage is based on the ayurvedic system of healing, which has been practiced in India for over a thousand years. It provides relaxation and healing on a daily basis in Indian families and plays a part in rituals such as weddings and births.

The aim of Indian head massage is to release the stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, neck and shoulders. The therapist will use a range of different techniques, including application of deep kneading and compression movements over the neck, shoulder and scalp 


Frequently asked questions

What Is Massage Therapy? Massage therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the soft tissue and joints of the body. The soft tissues include muscle, skin, tendons and associated fascia, ligaments and joint capsules. Massage has many diverse physiological effects, which are primarily due to the therapist's hands moving over the body. The different movements can physically stretch muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia, encourage the circulation through the tissue, inhibit muscular spasms and be either sedating or stimulating to the nervous system. The therapeutic use of massage by a registered massage therapist affects all the systems of the body - in particular, the muscular, circulatory, lymphatic (immune) and nervous systems. No wonder so many people find massage therapy so helpful in so many ways! Where will my massage or bodywork session take place? Your massage or bodywork session will take place at the convenience of your own space. Your home hotel or office. Most massages take place on the bed or floor. You can request a massage table, but we need a days notice for that request. Who will perform the massage or bodywork? Your session will be conducted by a trained professional who has received proper training, often in a variety of techniques. Although no two massages are exactly alike, you may request a certain technique or modality. You may also request your preference as to a male or female therapist. Must I be completely undressed? Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. You will be properly draped during the session. Will I be covered during the session? You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. What parts of my body will be massaged? You and your therapist will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session will include work on your back, neck, head, arms, shoulders, hands, hips, buttock area, legs and feet. You can also request scalp and face. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female). Will lubricant be used? In most cases the answer is yes! A light oil or lotion may be used to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. The lubrication used should hydrate the skin and be readily absorbed. But there are some techniques that don't use the oil or lotion for example Myofascial Release ( MFR ), Craniosacral Therapy , Reiky or Lymphatic Drainage just name a few. What will the massage or bodywork feel like? It depends on the techniques used. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes which will help to calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to release tension in specific areas. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork? There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic effleurage strokes, rocking movements, posture and movement reeducation, application of pressure to specific points, and more. Ask the therapist about the techniques she or he uses. How long will the session last? The average full-body massage or bodywork session lasts approximately one hour if you wish to just relax and have nothing going on. If you have areas that need extra attention, your entire session might be spend on those areas. Many people prefer a 60- to 90- minute session so the desired results can be achieved as well as an optimal relaxation. What should I do during the massage or bodywork session? Make yourself comfortable. The therapist will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm or leg). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask the therapist questions about massage and bodywork in general or about the particular technique you are receiving. How will I feel after massage or bodywork session? Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from chronic aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water prior and after your session. What are the benefits of massage and bodywork? Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, and reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well - being. Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable? Yes. That's why it's very important that before you begin your session, the therapist ask general health questions. It is also very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you ask your doctor if massage is appropriate. Many therapists may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor. Should I tip my therapist? Tip is always much appreciated but it is optional. Many people tip £5-£20 depending on the length of the session and quality of the service.