Holistic Massage

What is my approach?

I listen to what my client needs and hopes for from a treatment and I customise my massage treatments to reflect this. I combine Swedish massage techniques with a holistic, intuitive touch to create a treatment that rebalances and nourishes body and mind.

Pressure will depend on the tension in your muscles, personal preferences and how you feel on the day, but rest assured I will work deeply into any knots in your muscles and help you feel great in body and mind.

We can also look at exercises and lifestyle issues to address in-between sessions to help you feel your best.

What are the benefits?

It has been said that a massage is the best value health care you can give to yourself so you needn’t consider it an indulgence. This is because body massage delivers so many benefits in one go. The relaxation response has a knock-on effect as it:

  • Improves circulation
  • Boosts the immune system (by inducing the parasympathetic response and raising white blood cells)
  • Detoxifies (increases lymphatic drainage)
  • Strengthens and regulates every body system
  • Repairs and normalises muscles (reduces inflammation and invigorates blood supply to the muscle tissue)
  • Reduces stress (lowers cortisol and increase feel good hormones)
  • Improves sleep (thanks to effects on delta waves and hormone rebalancing)

As your circulation improves, your skin glows more and you have more vitality in your face and hair. All this and not to mention all the psychological benefits of a safe, caring touch.

Sounds good, right?

Massage can help with

  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Anxiety and depression*
  • Aches and pains**
  • Poor sleep
  • Tension headaches***

You will lie on a wide, comfortable massage table, warm under towels and blankets and can let yourself relax deeply. I use Grapeseed or Sweet almond oil as a massage base which also nourishes your skin.

How will you feel?

Relaxed and revived I expect. Everyone will respond to massage differently depending on how they are already feeling; some clients may feel so relaxed they feel sleepy and others may feel more alert and energised after a massage treatment.

There is a chance you could feel tired or symptoms could temporarily worsen, however, this is because the body is in a process of changes and detoxification and soon you will feel much better than before.

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Drink plenty of fresh water

It is best if you can rest as much as possible for the remainder of the day and avoid alcohol and caffeine for at least 24 hours. Make sure that you drink plenty of water after a treatment to flush the released tensions out of your body. It’s a time to nurture yourself more, so get an early night and try not to use the excess energy for busy tasks straight away. Let your body use the extra energy for recuperation and healing and enjoy the positive changes.

”The massage was wonderful. I felt extremely relaxed and my back ache was entirely gone after the massage. I can highly recommend her. She is extremely talented” A.S., Brighton


 

*A 2007 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine showed that participants who received Swedish massage twice a week experienced decreases in cortisol levels.

** According to a 2011 lower back pain study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, getting a swedish or structural massage was worth considering to help alleviate chronic low back pain. After receiving 1 massage a week for 10 weeks, 1 out of 3 patients improved and were pain-free, compared to 1 in 25 given ‘usual care’.

*** A 2009 study found that a 30-minute massage decreased pain for people with tension headaches and even curbed some of the associated stress and anger. Albert Moraska PhD, a researcher, focused on complementary medicine at the University of Colorado in Denver. “Trigger points in the shoulder and neck refer [relay] pain to the head. By reducing the activity of trigger points, we can reduce headaches.”