Massage

Therapeutic massage and bodywork offer multiple benefits. Not only does good bodywork offer a natural, holistic approach to healing and moving toward true wellness – it also feels great! It is now well established, by a large body of scientific research, that therapeutic massage can reduce your overall stress level and help resolve a wide range of specific conditions.

WHAT CONDITIONS DOES MASSAGE HELP?

Some of the problems or conditions for which therapeutic massage is beneficial include:

• accident rehabilitation and recovery

• sports training, sports injuries, and event recovery

• accelerating healing of acute injuries

• minimizing formation of scar tissue from injury or surgery

• healing chronic or overuse injuries

• improving long-term postural habits

• healing whiplash, lumbago, other neck or back pain

• alleviating some “sciatica” conditions

• alleviating tension-related headaches

• alleviating TMJ syndrome

• pregnancy – reduce swelling, promote comfort

• treating lymphatic conditions

• enhancing circulation

• reducing insomnia

• reducing anxiety / relieving mental or emotional stress

• releasing physical effects of ongoing stress

• increasing your overall sense of wellbeing

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY FIRST MASSAGE?

Before your first massage, you will need to complete a consultation form.  Your therapist will review the

form and conduct a brief interview, asking a few questions about your medical history and any preferences

you may have in relation to your treatment.

A full-body therapeutic massage traditionally includes the back and neck, scalp and face, shoulders, arms

and hands, upper chest, abdomen, gluteal area, front and back of the legs, and feet. Many clients request

extra attention for a focal area (for example, the back or legs) and/or request that an area be skipped.

After the consultation, your therapist will leave the treatment room while you disrobe and settle in on the

massage table, where you will be under a sheet (and a blanket if you wish). During the treatment, you remain

fully draped except for the area of the body being treated at a given time (your left leg, for example). You are

of course able to continue to communicate with the therapist about ways s/he can ensure that you are

comfortable and that the massage meets your needs, for example in terms of your preferences for pressure.

After the treatment, your therapist will leave the room while you dress. Then you can share additional

feedback with the therapist, who will make notes for future reference and may suggest stretches or offer

other simple recommendations for self-care.

CAN MASSAGE REDUCE STRESS?

Yes, massage doesn’t just “feel like” it relieves stress; it actually does reduce stress.  There’s been

a great deal of research on this.  Typically the research examines various physiological and

biochemical markers of stress.

One major stress marker is cortisol, a steroid hormone produced by the adrenals in response to

stress; cortisol is known to decrease immune function.  Other major markers include serotonin and

dopamine, beneficial neurotransmitters (they send messages between nerves) that affect mood,

appetite, sleep, physical energy, movement, balance, memory, and learning.

WHAT IS G5 MASSAGE?

G5 Massage is a mechanical massager that goes much deeper than the therapist can. Different

heads are used to mimic different massage techniques. The massage head is driven to turn in

gyratory motions, moving round and round, up and down and side to side with pressure, providing

a deep massage.

WHAT IS THE COST?

REMEDIAL / DEEP TISSUE / SPORTS MASSAGE: 30mins - £30 / 60mins - £45

G5 / LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE : 30mins - £30 / 60mins - £37

RELAXING MASSAGE: 30mins - £30 / 60mins - £37