Deep tissue massage
Deep tissue massage involves applying firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle.
It's used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain and injury rehabilitation. Experience potential benefits from:
• Low back pain
• Limited mobility
• Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls)
• Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
• Postural problems
• Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
• Osteoarthritis pain
• Piriformis syndrome
• Tennis elbow
• Upper back or neck pain
Deep tissue massage techniques are used to physically break down muscle "knots" that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation.
Getting you back on your feet.
Reflexology is like 'acupuncture without needles', as it works by stimulating body energy meridians. All of the body's organs are mirrored in reflex points - 'nerve endings' - located in and around the feet. By stimulating these points, reflexology can be used to treat the whole body and is particularly useful for relieving stress, stimulating circulation and providing an awareness of what is going on in the body. Many patients find that reflexology also helps to balance mental, physical and emotional energy, making you feel 'whole' again. It is beneficial for people of all ages, including pregnant women, with a qualified practitioner in pregnancy massage.
Reflexology can help to cure and correct a wide range of physical and mental ailments, for example :
• eating disorders
Reflexology also helps relieve:
• pain from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid-arthritis
Many patients find that reflexology also helps to balance mental, physical and emotional energy, making you feel 'whole' again.
Sports injury massage
Safely prevent or improve sports injuries.
Sports massage deals with the management and recuperation of the soft tissues of the body following excess stain or injury, as an aid to recovery and a return to normal performance levels. For sports injuries or strains, these treatments will help increased blood flow and removal of waste products to stimulate injured areas. Massage and manipulation is known to complement the recovery process.
The deep tissue massage methods used will prevent further injury, educate athletes to manage their conditions and train appropriately to protect their wellbeing whilst participating in their chosen sport.
Massage treatments can also be taken prior to major sporting events to ensure good circulation, calm both the body and mind and help prepare the individual for peak performance. There is enormous benefit in using massage for sports and should be considered central to a training programme and seasonal routines. It will not only support a recovery process but also enhance performance for those seeking optimum results and enjoyment from their sport.
I recognise that frequent exercise can increase muscular strength and benefits the body's overall functioning; particularly the heart and respiratory system. The demand of such physical activity, however, requires good management and, despite the body and muscles adapting to the demands of exercise, sports massage will deal with injuries and assist with any failures caused by pushing the body too hard. Together we want to repair as well as prevent injury, so whether it is before a planned sporting occasion or after a demanding exercise programme, sports massage will help return muscle groups to their relaxed condition. Sprains, muscle straining and other injuries such as bruising can all be relieved with targeted and relaxing massage techniques.
Sports massage allows athletes to heal faster from injuries by improving circulation to the injured area but can also increase flexibility, with the objective of reducing the risk of a reoccurrence of injuries.
Manual lymph drainage
Gentle massage, powerful results.
Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is a gentle, rhythmic and relaxing massage technique which aids the body's lymph system and helps improve circulation. I am trained in the Dr Vodder Method, one of the original schools of MLD, founded in Austria in 1972.
Manual lymph drainage is excellent for treating:
• Oedemas (swollen legs & arms)
• Post-mastectomy tissue
• Scar tissue and bruises
• Frozen shoulder
• Whiplash injuries
• Minor burns
• Boosts immune system
Manual lymph drainage is suitable for adults and children of any age.
Relieve your pregnancy aches and pains.
Pregnancy is a period of intense emotional and physical change. Hormone levels are constantly in flux and the mother's resources have to work hard to create a new and precious life.
This important physical transformation can lead to muscular tension, pressure on the knees and legs, back pain, headaches, oedema (swelling) and water retention.
If you are expecting a child, prenatal massage is a wonderful and gentle way to alleviate some of these physical symptoms and to enjoy greater mental serenity during this extraordinary period.
Prenatal massage can be enjoyed from the first scan through to the last trimester. Look forward to relaxing on special ergonomic cushions which allow you to lie face down, even during your last trimester, creating space for your baby, easing discomfort in the ribcage and allowing a breech baby to turn around.
Prenatal massage improves:
• skin tone and prevents stretch marks (through the use of pure vitamin E oil)
• joint mobility
Prenatal massage helps relieve:
• pelvic and pubic pain
• oedema around ankles
• fluid retention and cellulite
Prenatal massage can be enjoyed from the first scan through to the last trimester.
A unique mind-body treatment.
Preventive physiopsychology studies the interrelationships between the physical and psychological aspects of your mind and body. Through physiopsychology, you can gain a deeper awareness of your physical self and make powerful links between past and present emotional events and current reactions or manifestations in your body. Uncover the root of your current fears, worries, depression, guilt, anger or sadness, all of which can cause energy blockages and lead to physical ailments and disease.
Physiopsychology often brings about more general benefits, such as sexual harmony, sounder sleep, better levels of fitness, a motivation to improve eating habits and a general sense of wellbeing.
Physiopsychology is a hands-on treatment which enables me to detect or feel which organ or part of the body is compressed in relation to the traumatic experience of the patient. Through talking, the patient opens up and his or her mind relates to the physical pain. As this happens, my hands work on that particular organ or part of the body that had been blocked or was holding onto the pain. I channel healing energy through that area, and this helps to kickstart the healing process - holistically. This brings awareness to the patient of how their physical pain is connected to their repressed emotional pain.
I work together with my patient; I don't just let them talk or simply massage their aching muscles or tap into their emotional pain. Their task is to trust and let go - they have to be willing to open up in order to enable the healing to take place. This is how I interpret what I call physiopsychology. It prevents further stress from affecting the patient as he or she learns different ways of dealing with stress.
Physiopsychology prevents further stress from affecting the patient as he or she learns different ways of dealing with stress.