Massage Therapist at Work on a Medical MassageMassage is about a feeling and if you’ve had a massage, recently, you’ll know exactly how it made you feel. In which case, I'm sure you can appreciate the incredibly positive effects that this kind of therapy has on you.  In fact, you may simply want to click here and book your next treatment, right now.

If you haven’t had one, recently, or have never had one at all, then you may well be asking yourself lots of questions.  Questions like;

  • What, exactly, is massage?
  • What does it do?
  • What can it do for me?
  • What are some of the different techniques?

I’m going to answer many of your questions here, so, let’s start at the beginning;

What, exactly, is massage?

Massage - Back MassageMassage is one of the oldest forms of medical treatments and can be defined as the systematic manipulation of the different layers of muscle and connective tissue (soft tissue) of the body in order to promote health and well-being. Various techniques can be used to effect this manipulation, hence the different types of massage, but the end result is the same.

Massage involves working and acting on the body with varying pressure and the target tissues may include muscles, ligaments, tendons, skin, joints and other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels and organs of the gastrointestinal system.  It can be applied in a variety of ways from using hands, fingers and elbows to using knees, forearms or feet.

What does massage do?

Massage therapy has so many benefits and it’s not just about relaxing ‘me time’ – although, that’s still a great reason to have one.

Amongst other things, massage enhances physical function and stimulates circulation. It can aid in the healing process, decreases muscle reflex activity and promotes general relaxation and well-being.

What can massage do for me?

Studies continue to prove that this therapy is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. The physical and emotional benefits of even a single massage therapy session can have a very positive impact on both the body and mind.

Stress, pain and muscle tension are factors for all of us, in one way or another, and can have a very negative impact on a wide variety of health issues, strains and injuries. Massage therapy can have a profoundly positive effect in almost any situation.  However, for maximum effect, it’s important that you use a skilled massage therapist.

Different Massage Techniques

NO HANDS Massage®

No Hands Massage® is deep and powerful, yet so very gentle. It’s releasing, rejuvenating and nourishing. No Hands® is an appropriate name because we, literally, don’t use our hands. Instead, we use the soft surfaces of our forearms. This means you experience a deeper and more relaxing effect than you get with more conventional massage and for this reason it’s referred to as the “Gentle Giant of Massage”.

Indian Head Massage

This is a non-invasive form of massage, which includes the upper body, shoulder, face and scalp, it represents a de-stressing programme for the whole body. You can even keep your clothes on if this helps you for this wonderful relaxing therapy.

Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage provides one of the most amazing massage experiences and it has consistently proven to be one of my most popular treatments. Warm basalt stones massage your body, to deeply relax you. I’ll make an aromatic blend of oils to suit you and use that to re-balance your body. I also use crystals and gemstones to stimulate and enhance your energy levels.  A fantastic experience.

Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy combines the benefits of massage with those of pure essential oils extracted from plants. Many of today’s disorders and disease can be aided by the use of oils, each one having its own unique property to restore health on all levels. It’s especially effective in reducing stress levels, improving immune response, restoring energy levels, soothing aches and pains, and reducing muscle tension.


Reflexology is a very gentle, yet powerful treatment, which helps the body heal itself. It’s based on the principle that for every organ, gland and system of the body there is a corresponding reflex point on the feet and on the hands.

Contact Details

Tel:  07884 456056


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