Holistic massage is a combination of massage and bodywork techniques drawn from many traditions and therapies, combined with care and attention to meet your specific needs. The power of massage comes from the beauty of a welcome touch which is well received by you and the ability to relax and allow your mind to switch off in a safe and secure environment. It takes the whole of you into consideration, both physically and mentally, and brings you many benefits such as:
- Deep mental and physical relaxation
- Pain relief from everyday niggles or sporting activities
- Relief from tight muscles
- Improved circulation and joint mobility
- Soothing a busy mind
- Reducing stress
- Creating a sense of wellbeing
- Giving you some time out from a busy schedule
Thanks to excellent training and continual professional development I have a wide and varied range of techniques at my fingertips, including:
- Swedish massage techniques such as effleurage (superficial pressure), petrissage (deeper pressure), kneading, compression and friction
- Deep tissue and trigger point massage
- Percussive techniques such as pummelling, tapping and chopping
- Energy holds
- Passive joint mobilisations
- Myofascial release
- Lymphatic drainage
- Postural analysis
The way that I work has evolved since I qualifed. I have learnt more about the body and how it responds to massage and new techniques which are more effective at providing relief from discomfort. In general, I use a steady pace with firm pressure with an intuitive approach and really listen to what your muscles and tissues are telling me. It’s only once I have started the massage that I can I select the appropriate techniques to use, these might change during the massage according to what I feel, how your body is responding and the feedback you give me.
What is consistent in my approach is that everything is centred on you and the outcome you’re looking for. I aim to make you feel as comfortable as possible to allow for deep relaxation and pain relief from everyday niggles or sporting activities.
What to Expect from Your Massage
When you come for your first massage we’ll have a 10 – 15 minute initial consultation so that I can find out more about you and what you’d like from the massage. We’ll work through the consultation form and the information you give me will help me tailor the massage for you. Every massage I do is different so I’ll give you a couple of options and you can decide what works best for you.
Once I know you’re happy with the plan I will explain the next steps – how far to undress, where to put your clothes, how to lie on the table, what to do with the drape – then I will leave the room to give you privacy whilst you get onto the table.
When I come back into the room I will make sure you’re comfortable on the table using pillows, bolsters or blankets. If conventional positions of lying on your front or back don’t work for you then you can try side lying or seated positions.
Once you are lovely and comfortable on the table I will begin the massage we agreed during the consultation, checking in with you about pressure and comfort throughout.
This is your time on the table and my main aim is to make sure you get the best massage possible so please feel free to ask me to change something or to move to get more comfortable.
I work with the utmost respect for your comfort and relaxation so I only uncover the area of your body that I am working on. Once I have finished on that area I will cover it and move to the next area.
After the massage I will leave the room to allow you time to dress and collect your thoughts. There’ll be a fresh glass of water waiting for you to rehydrate whilst we talk about your treatment. If I have noticed anything during the massage, such as tight muscles, imbalances or how your body responds then I will let you know during this time.
In addition to physiology and anatomy, I have a background in personal training and rehabilitation so I have an extensive knowledge of the body. I will make recommendations for any issues you have mentioned. This might be stretching, strengthening or changing habits within your daily routine.
If you have any questions the have a look at the FAQs page, if you still have questions or specific requirements please get in touch, if you’re ready to feel relaxed and amazing book your appointment online now.