offer a wide range of treatments so you are sure to find something that meets your requirements.
If you are not sure which service would suit you, feel free to get in touch and we can identify the best way to proceed.
Swedish massage promotes psychological well-being through stress reduction and relaxation by applying long, slow and gentle massage strokes, which stimulate the release of the body’s natural endorphins. There are also numerous physical effects which boost the circulatory, immune, nervous, digestive and the musculo-skeletal systems. Swedish massage, often thought of as the "spa type" massage, offers a more general treatment of the area being massaged, with the ability to work a little deeper in areas of increased muscle tension. It is mainly used for relaxation or sometimes to re-energise.Book Now
Deep tissue massage works on mild to moderate levels of muscle tension, involving a firmer pressure than Swedish, and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia, relieving chronic aches and pains. It focuses more on chronic pain, recovery from injury and postural problems, than a Swedish massage, by targeting groups of muscles.Deep tissue techniques also help to break down scar tissue and muscle adhesions which can disrupt circulation, causing pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation.Deep tissue massage usually starts with a lighter pressure to warm up the muscles, followed by specific techniques to release adhesions and realign muscle fibres.It may occasionally involve some discomfort if the muscles are particularly tight, and if the body responds by tensing up it will be more difficult to reach the deeper muscles, so the client must say if it is uncomfortable, to allow the therapist to work a little longer on the superficial muscles.Deep tissue may not be suitable for some clients with medical conditions.
Sports massage incorporates some similar techniques to Swedish, but it tends to focus on particular muscles and their attachment points and involves greater pressure to work deeper into the tissues, which in turn produces greater effects. It helps reduce muscle tension by releasing adhesions and scar tissue, through the breakdown of cross-fibre connections within the muscle. By releasing tension, it will improve range of motion and reduce pain levels. Sports massage can be used to address a specific sports type injury, poor postural patterns and general recovery of the muscles after exercise.Athletes can use sports massage as a way of preparing for and recovering from an event by having a specific pre-event and/or post event massage.Although thought to be more suitable for athletes, sports massage is also good for those who experience stress-related muscle tension from work or day to day life events.Book Now
Pregnancy massage can help a woman adapt to the changes in her body during pregnancy which can cause discomfort. As the abdomen grows the body's centre of gravity shifts, causing changes in posture to realign your center of gravity over your hips. The resulting stress on the joints and muscles can cause low back, pelvic, neck, shoulder, or sciatic nerve pain. Pelvic ligaments also relax and stretch to accommodate the growing baby, which can cause sharp pains on one side of the pelvis.
Massage can be a wonderful way to relieve these aches and pains, but must be carried out by a therapist who is qualified in pregnancy massage.
The difference in techniques used in a pregnancy massage, compared to regular massages is the placement of pressure. Pressure placed on specific body parts during pregnancy, such as the wrists or even the ankles can prompt contractions, so subtle movements are used in a pregnancy massage to prevent any complications. This is generally a light and relaxing massage.
Still no sign of your bundle of joy making an appearance? Come and have an induction massage from 39 weeks to help move things in the right direction.The days leading up to labour can be uncomfortable and stressful, and while pregnancy generally lasts 40 weeks, this can vary from around 37 weeks up to 42.The induction massage must be carried out by someone who is qualified and experienced, but you and your baby will be in safe hands as I was nurse and midwife. Induction massage may assist with the natural transition into labour by working on acupressure points in the back, feet and hands, helping to open up pelvic area, allowing more room for the baby to fully engage and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system to encourage labour. This acupressure may promote uterine contractions and encourage labour to happen naturally. This combination will reduce stress hormones and increases oxytocin release, which is responsible for childbirth and bonding, and induces deep relaxation to allow the body to do what it needs to do.Book Now
Medical massage uses a wider variety of techniques to target specific medical needs, and is focused on a specific medical outcome as opposed to relaxation. I will provide more specific follow-up recommendations in a targeted treatment plan and recommendations for timed visits
Medical massage can also be used as a preventive measure against chronic pain conditions developing by addressing trigger points and soft tissue injuries.
Not all massage therapists are experienced or qualified to deal with some medical conditions, so please feel free to message me to discuss how I can help you manage your symptoms
This massage using Himalayan salt stones falls somewhere between a Swedish and a deep tissue, and has the added benefit of absorption of essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, and also 84 trace minerals, helping to maintain the fluid balance in the body, contributing to muscle and bone health, and impacting on cardiovascular health and blood pressure. In addition to easing anxiety and insomnia, Himalayan salt is known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterialand antimicrobial properties, thus promoting good immune function. This massage will help to support healthy respiratory and circulatory systems, assisting with detoxification while lightly exfoliating the skin.
This massage is not suitable for pregnant women or those with high blood pressure, vascular disorders, neuropathy or taking anticoagulants.
Tension can build up around the head, causing headaches, jaw problems, and puffy eyes. Scalp acupressure works on numerous nerve endings which if done regularly, can promote faster relaxation. It also works on the extensive lymphatic system in the head to help prevent illness and fatigue.Combined with a little facial work it can help improve puffy eyes and congested sinuses. This can be a quick way to promote relaxation when you may not have a whole hour to spare.Book Now
We spend all day on our feet so they are bound to feel tired. Foot massage can offer relaxation and ease pain and swelling, as well as numerous other benefits.
I usually offer foot massage as an add on treatment for 15 minutes, although I do incorporate a little work on the feet during my Swedish massage.
Indian head massage focuses on massaging acupressure points along the head, neck, and shoulders, having many benefits for both physical and mental wellbeing. It can help to alleviate stress and relieve headaches and insomnia, but also helps to stimulate the lymphatic system, thus aiding detoxification and easing sinus problems.These benefits will help you feel more energised and focused. Indian head massage can also help to stimulate hair growth and I offer a choice of ayurvedic hair oils
• dry/coloured hair
• dandruff/dry scalp
• improved hair growth
It is recommended that you check your skin every month to identify any changes in lesions that could potentially be cancerous or precancerous. Since each type of skin cancer has different features so it is important to know the early warning signs. Examination takes no more than 10 minutes and while I can not treat any issues with moles, as a MASCED accredited professional, I am able to advise you on whether there may be an issue and what action to take.
Oncology massage uses light touch and slow, steady movements, helping the body to relax due to its effect on the nervous system. It will be adjusted to meet the specific situation of each client with cancer, whether they are in the diagnostic, treatment, recovery, terminal, palliative or remission stage of their cancer journey. Oncology massage is a customised treatment completely about promoting wellbeing rather than fixing, taking into account the fragility of a severely compromised immune system, and the side effects of chemo/radiotherapy which may create a complex case history, to offer comfort and relaxation and allow the client to better cope with their symptoms..Book Now
Bamboo massage uses hollow bamboo canes of
different sizes to give a deep but relaxing massage, kneading the muscles to
release tension. Bamboo is the richest known source of
silica which has a strong restorative effect on many of the body’s tissues,
making bamboo massage even more effective than just the therapist’s rolling and
kneading manoeuvres. Bamboo massage helps to stimulate the circulation and lymphatic drainage, helping to relieve arthritic pain and Increases
joint and muscle flexibility. It also promotes relaxation, helping to relieve stress, depression and insomnia, and improve mental clarity. Bamboo massage also helps to improve nervous system function and sensory nerve perception.
Manual lymphatic drainage is a very gentle therapy which aims to improve drainage of lymph towards the lymph nodes without impacting on the deeper tissues. It can help with fatigue and fighting infections as the lymphatic and immune systems are closely linked, and detoxification by circulating toxins back to the organs that eliminate them eg. spleen and liver, hence cleansing the muscles and tissues.It can help to reduce oedema, including in pregnancy, and relieve pain and stiffness which occurs as a result of this.
Lymphatic massage is ideal for post surgical clients or those who have sedentary or stressful lifestyles, or are recovering from illness or injury.
Massage won’t get rid of cellulite but it may improve the
- draining excess body fluid (through lymphatic drainage)
- redistributing fat cells
- improving circulation and removing toxins
- plumping up skin and improving skin tone.
This cellulite massage combines a few modalities in one treatment and has the added benefits of aromatherapy. The results tend to be short term so repeat treatments are required.
Rungu massage originated in Africa and is carried out with a
smooth, polished wooden (eucalyptus) stick, known as a rungu or Knobkerrie, which in Maasai
culture, act as both a hunting club and an important status symbol for young
Rungu massage is a long stroked massage which uses both the shaft and the knob to offer deep stimulation as found with a deep tissue massage, but with a more pampering feel to it. Rungu massage can improve both lymphatic and blood circulation, helping to reduce pain, soothe tired muscles and provide stress relief and relaxation.
The massage is carried out using kalonji oil with eucalyptus and menthol, providing anti-inflammatory properties, while taking in African musk incense which is thought to restore the integrity of the aura, help with mental fatigue, relieve stress and increase sexuality and sensuality.
A client may have painful areas that don’t respond to local treatment because the pain is referred from another area called a trigger point. I offer trigger point therapy as a stand alone treatment for TMJ dysfunction, clicking jaw and grinding teeth, and I may incorporate generally into either a deep tissue or sports massage.When these trigger points are treated, the referred pain then clears. Every muscle has potential trigger points, and while they may show no symptoms, without treatment the muscle tension increases and new trigger points develop, causing chronic pain conditions to gradually worsen and abnormal postural and movement patterns to occur.Book Now
By toning the vagus nerve, the nervous system as a whole, and our stress responses can be regulated.
The treatment will involve the usual massage treatment, but while laying on your back you will be wearing headphones and a sleep mask, and you will have a small device sitting on your chest. This device will transmit a variety of infrasonic frequencies through the body while sending gentle vibrations to the vagus nerve, signalling it to relax.
VNT helps to calm the nerves, increasing stress resilience and optimizing self-regulation, to feel more focused and productive. It may also
improves heart rate variability, a key factor in overall health, and promote
By reducing the effects of stress, vagus nerve toning is an ideal way to calm the fight, flight, freeze responses without effort in clients with unresolved trauma or those with high anxiety
Aromatherapy massage uses essential oils (highly concentrated plant oils), which are inhaled and absorbed through the skin.
I offer 5 aromatherapy blends:-
MUSCLE EASE - analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties and reduce the mental fatigue that often accompanies sore muscles
RELAXATION - to balance emotions, reduce tension and promote sleep. It will also calm menstrual and digestive discomfort, relieving head and stomach tension
ENERGISE - offering both euphoric and sedative qualities to balance the mind and body, and acting as a neurotonic to calm the nervous system and reduce stress and anxiety. This blend will also stimulate and detoxify the circulatory system, reducing water retention and reducing high blood pressure, as well as calming the digestive system and strengthening the skin and hair
WOMEN’S RESCUE - to balance the hormones and boost the immune system. In addition to regulating mood swings by reducing cortisol, this blend is helpful in reducing bloating and offering relief from the baby blues
MELLOW MUMMY - A delicately fragranced oil blend designed for use during pregnancy, to help to ease anxiety, improve mood and promote relaxation and a good nights sleep, as well as easing nausea and vomiting. This blend also has analgesic properties and will relieve dry itchy skin associated with stretch marks . This will not be offered in the first 16 weeks.