Massage

RELAXING MASSAGE TREATMENTS

What to expect from your massage…

An initial treatment always begin with a confidential consultation where we discuss what you would like from your massage, we also discuss how you use your body, as well as your medical history and lifestyle. Once we have agreed a massage plan I then leave the room, so you are able to undress to however you feel most comfortable. I use cotton drapes to cover you during the massage except for the area which is being massaged. The room will be a warm and relaxing space, allowing you to rest and repair. There is no massage routine, I am solely led by where your body needs attention. After the massage, we will briefly come back together and discuss any aftercare exercises.

Further information…

  • All treatments are tailored to your needs as a client.

  • Treatments can either last for 30, 60 or 90mins.

  • Your first treatment includes a free consultation.

  • Available weekdays, evenings and weekends in Bath, Temple Cloud and Paulton.

  • Treatments can be short-term or long-term.

  • A block booking of 6 weeks will be discounted.

  • If there is easy access for a portable massage couch, home visits are available if you are unable to visit one of the therapy rooms.

  • At your request I can combine treatments, for example I can combine a massage with ear acupuncture.

  • Gift vouchers are available for all treatments.

  • 24 hours' notice is essential for any cancellation, otherwise the fee must be paid in full.

My creative and client centred approach means that a treatment is specifically developed together, tailoring a treatment, which is suited to your individual needs and requirements.

 

Find out more about specific treatments I offer below.

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HOLISTIC MASSAGE

Holistic Massage is highly relaxing and based on Swedish massage techniques. The massage strokes tend to be longer and more fluid, whilst shorter, smaller strokes are used to warm up the muscles and reduce any tension or ‘knots’ in the muscles and connective tissues. The massages are relaxing, with additional focus applied to the knots; this helps to disperse any tightness in the area and encourage more localised blood flow into the muscle.

Where required by the client, deep tissue massage is also available, which is a firmer form of massage for those who like more pressure.

All massages are tailored to the clients needs, for example, if a massage was required focusing mainly on the shoulders and neck, then more time would be spent on these areas. The treatment objectives and priorities are discussed during the consultation and for repeat clients, in advance of each treatment.

The benefits of holistic massage:

  • Increased blood supply and circulation to the local area as the tissue is warmed up.

  • Reduced muscle tension, muscle tightness and muscle spasm.

  • Increased lymphatic flow and elimination of waste materials and toxins.

  • Reduced swelling (oedema).

  • Massage lowers blood pressure, promotes sleep and reduces any anxieties or stress.

  • Massage also brings the body back to homeostasis (balance).

  • Massage is great for relaxation, it promotes well-being and elevates mood.

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DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE

Deep Tissue Massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on reaching the deeper layers of muscles and tissue and is especially beneficial for tense areas. Deep tissue massage is designed to release those deep, painful muscle knots and restore muscle elasticity. It can also help to relieve many day-to-day problems like bad back, sprains, tension, postural issues, fatigue, lower back tightness, repetitive strain injuries, etc.

I use Deep Tissue Massage techniques to alleviate pain, muscle spasms, discomfort and stress by manipulating the soft tissue. This also releases toxins from the muscles, allowing the blood and oxygen to flow properly.

When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions. These are fibrous bands of painful and rigid tissue in muscles, tendons, and ligaments that can cause pain, inflammation, block circulation and limit movement. Deep tissue massage is so effective as it physically breaks down adhesions to relieve pain and restore mobility.

Deep tissue massage strokes are applied using direct pressure with fingers, knuckles, forearms and even elbows for penetration of the deep tissue. Friction applied across the grain of the muscles irons out the knots and tension points.

During the treatment you may feel some discomfort and pain, but you must always let me know if you are outside your pain threshold. You may also feel soreness after the massage, but this will ease the following day and leave you feeling relaxed and a lot more mobile!

What are the benefits of a deep tissue massage?:

  • Releases tension headache

  • Stress relief

  • Alleviates sciatica pain

  • Dance & sports injuries

  • Chronic & acute pain

  • Repetitive strains

  • Breaks up scar tissue

  • Reduces risk of injury

  • Improves flexibility

  • Alleviates back & neck pain

  • Releases muscle & joint tension or spasm

  • Improves posture and body awareness

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REMEDIAL MASSAGE

Remedial massage is one of the most effective ways to prevent and treat muscle injuries, pain and soreness.

Remedial massage is based on the fact that soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) respond to touch. Most pain is myofascial (soft tissue) in origin. Trigger points (sensitive points in muscles, which radiate or refer pain to various parts of the body) can mimic many conditions. Muscles not only move our joints, they stabilise them, and they provide armour for the internal organs. Most headaches originate in the muscles of the neck and head. Much of the pain of such conditions as angina comes from the hypercontraction of the chest muscles. Much abdominal and pelvic pain can be caused by trigger points in the abdominal and pelvic muscles. Low back pain and sciatic pain are far more likely to originate in muscles than in vertebral disc problems.

Although many clients I consult with have pain as a result of specific injuries (whiplash, falls, sports injuries, etc.), the vast majority originates in postural (structural) alignment problems that sometimes go back to childhood and adolescence.

Many remedial massage therapists have attained additional training, which usually includes more in-depth study and qualifications in anatomy and physiology. This extra knowledge and understanding enables me to carry out an assessment and provide appropriate treatment for a wide variety of conditions.

Treatment employs massage techniques designed to treat both deep and superficial tissues, not dissimilar to those used in sports massage. I use skilled manipulation combined with in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology to bring about pain relief, correcting and normalising the body’s muscles and soft tissues.

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INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE

Indian Head Massage is based on the ancient Ayurvedic healing system using the upper Chakras, and this tradition is still carried out in modern India today. A person born in India can expect to be massaged regularly from their birth to their death by members of their family.

This is often known as Champi, Champissage or Indian Champissage, the efficiency of the circulatory and lymphatic systems improves, toxins are dispersed from tense muscles, and flexibility and fluidity of movement is restored.

The head, more than any other part of our body, represents who we are. It is the centre of our nervous system, and home to our identity and intelligence. The Chakra at the top of our head (Crown Chakra) is the one we use to communicate with our higher self. If our head feels good, we feel good.

What conditions can an Indian head massage treatment help with?:

  • Tension Headaches/Migraines

  • Tinnitus and other ear problems

  • Helps hair loss and thinning

  • Muscle tension – neck, shoulder stiffness

  • Eye strain

  • Insomnia

  • Sinus congestion

  • Stress, anxiety, depression

What are the benefits of Indian head massage?

  • Increased blood supply to scalp, head and neck, bringing fresh oxygen and nutrients to encourage healing.

  • Increases nourishment and oxygen to the hair follicle, therefore promoting strong healthy shiny hair and hair growth.

  • Aids joint mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulders.

  • Reduces or prevent adhesions as traumatised muscle tissue heals.

  • Relieves muscular pain, stiffness and tension by relaxing the muscles and removing toxins in the face, scalp, neck, upper back, shoulders and arms.

  • Improves muscle tone.

  • Relieves mental fatigue.

  • Stimulates and improves lymphatic drainage and blood flow to the neck so helping to remove waste products from the body.

  • Stimulates and improves the circulatory system.

  • Relieves eyestrain, tension headaches, nasal congestion and jaw-ache.

  • Strengthens the immune system.

  • Alleviates stress, anxiety, lethargy and mild depression.

  • Aids greater creativity, clarity of thought, Increased alertness and improves concentration.

  • Aids insomnia and gives a more restful, refreshing sleep.

  • Brings about a sense of tranquillity, calmness and positive well being.

  • Helps clearer thinking by increasing alertness.

  • Gives a feeling of balance.

  • Increases self-esteem and self worth.

  • Deeper, calmer breathing.

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LYMPH DRAINAGE

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage, which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph nodes, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes, and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts, which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.

What type of medical condition can it benefit?:

  • Common illness like colds and flu

  • Glandular fever

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Migraines

  • Sinus problem

  • Hay Fever and other allergies

  • Pre/post-operative cases, in particularly where lymph nodes have been removed such as post-cancer where the lymphatic system is impaired in some way.

  • Post cosmetic surgery

  • Cellulite

  • Digestive problems and those who are suffering from excess weight.

  • Stress, anxiety and tension

  • Acne and other skin conditions, including scarring from surgery.

It is also recommended for people who lead sedentary lifestyles, or those who want to reduce puffiness or swellings (especially during pregnancy) in areas such as legs, ankles and puffy eyes.

Manual lymphatic drainage is extremely gentle and feels wonderful and relaxing. The majority of patients either fall asleep or go into highly relaxed state, due to the slow, gentle rhythmic motions involved.

CONTACT ME TO BOOK YOUR SESSION NOW

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Green Park Natural Health Clinic
18b, Charles St, Bath, BA1 1HX

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