Swedish (or Classic) massage uses a variety of strokes and pressure techniques to help enhance the flow of blood to the heart, remove waste products from the tissues, stretch ligaments and tendons, and ease physical and emotional tension. Swedish massage can be invigorating as blood flow to the muscles increases but, above all, it is always wonderfully relaxing.
Deep tissue massage aims to “unstick” the fibres of a muscle so releasing tension and removing toxins, at the same time as relaxing and soothing the muscle. A combination of hand, forearm and elbow movements work into the muscles to break down bands of painful, rigid tissue to help relieve pain and restore movement, whilst ensuring balance between pressure and comfort.
Sports & remedial massage encompasses a variety of techniques and activities that can be applied to sports related injuries as well as day-to-day muscle strains and longstanding chronic complaints, and may aid recovery from injury, restore muscle balance, and maximise muscle effectiveness. Joint testing helps to assess painful areas. Specific deep tissue and remedial muscle relaxation techniques target dysfuntional tissues and aim to increase function and range of movement. Tailored stretching and strengthening exercises aid recovery and maintenance of muscle balance. Pre- and post-activity treatments can be developed for specific sports or exercise programmes.
Pregnancy massage therapy is specifically tailored for the needs of mums-to-be. To ensure comfort and safety, the body is carefully positioned and supported during the massage using pillows and padding. Pregnancy massage may help to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints. Not only can the massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy.
Pregnancy massage is offered after 14 weeks in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters only.
Seated Acupressure Massage targets acupressure points and areas of tension on the back, shoulders, neck, arms and hands using static pressures and short gliding movements. Seated treatments are performed over clothing although a little oil may be used on the arms and hands, if preferred.
Pure oils or Tui wax/oil blends are used for treatments.