Swedish massage is based on western concepts of anatomy and physiology, rather than the eastern therapies like Thai Massage that are based on the energy lines that flow through the body.
Swedish massage was developed by Per Henrik Ling. He developed a ‘Medical Gymnastics’ which over time has been developed and evolved into the current Swedish Massage therapy. Swedish Massage uses a variety of techniques, some relaxing and some invigorating.
Swedish massage is the ‘go to ‘massage is you’ve never tried massage before and is an extremely adaptable treatment that can be tailored to suit your specific needs. I use Swedish Massage as a basis for most of my treatments, but I will quite often draw from other various techniques that I have learnt over the years.
Using different massage techniques is what enables me to give a unique treatment session each time as I have no ‘set’ routine to follow.
Massage can be used as a purely indulgent therapy, just for relaxation, which in itself has many benefits for de-stressing and having time out for yourself, but more often massage is now used as part of a healthy lifestyle to keep your mind and body in balance.
Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians are often depicted in wall paintings using various plant based oils.
Aromatherapy works not only by using massage and soft tissue manipulations, but it has the added benefit of brining in the olfactory sensory system to enhance any treatment.
Each aromatherapy blend is unique to you and your requirements, which make an Aromatherapy Massage truly one of a kind as each treatment session you can have a different blend of essential oils and each oil has its own benefits, which your body interprets in an individual way and this can change in each session. For example, the same blend of essential oils on one person may relax them, but the same blend on a different person may energise them, depending on how the body interprets the oil and what the body requires at that time.
Hopi Ear Candling
Hopi Ear Candling is a therapy that focuses on helping to alleviate ear, nose and throat issues.
Hopi Ear Candling is believed to date back to ancient Greece where a ‘cone’ was inserted into the ear and lit. The ‘cone’ was soaked in beeswax, honey and various herbs to alleviate problems with ear wax build up, sinus problems, tinnitus and headaches.
Hopi Ear Candling today isn’t’ that much different, the ‘cones’ are now better made. I use BIOSUN Hopi Ear Candles, which are classed under the Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC. The BIOSUN Candles are made with woven cotton and infused with beeswax, honey, sage, St John’s wort and chamomile. This combination provides a relaxing and warming treatment.
During a treatment, candles are lit and then placed in the ear (I work on one side first and then the other). Candles sit about 2cm in the ear canal. The warmth of the flame from the candle travels down the ear canal and very gently warms the sinuses and ear canal. This relaxes the sinuses and helps to relieve tension. The subtle vibration of the flame can also help to loosen wax and mucus.
The candles WILL NOT draw out any wax as is so often stated but enhances the body’s natural ability to remove excess was and mucus. A face massage, which concentrates on draining the sinuses and relaxing the facial muscles, finishes this deeply relaxing treatment.
The Dorn Method was developed in Germany by Dieter Dorn, whom developed the techniques used, having been treated by a farmer after hurting himself lifting a heavy log.
The Dorn Method uses long lever mobilisations such as leg or arm swinging or head turning to help re-aligns the joints into a more neutral position. The Dorn Method isn’t about pulling joints out but pushing joints back into the sockets with the help of dynamic movements. Simply put, if you’re someone who always crosses your legs, you are subconsciously affecting the hip joint, by minutely rotating the leg to cross it over, so over a prolonged period of time and constant use of this movement, you’ve effectively changed the position of the limb (leg) in the hip joint. The Dorn Method aims to help undo and correct this and have the leg sit more naturally in the joint, which then takes pressure of the ligaments and tendons that surround the hip structure.
The Dorn Method is a very gentle technique that doesn’t involve any clicking or crunching or forcing of the joints. A Dorn Method session involves looking at leg length imbalances and a postural assessment of the spine and corrections when required and joint corrections if and when needed. You’ll also be given self-help exercises to prolong the effect of a Dorn Method treatment.
Reflexology involves using pressure and massage on the feet to relax, re-balance and revitalise the whole body.
Traditional reflexology theories state that the whole body is mapped on the soles of the feet; from the organs to the skeletal structure; and the meridian lines, which are energy lines that flow up and down the whole body can also effect the optimal functioning of the body. If there is a ‘blockage’ within these energy lines by using massage and fingertip pressures on these various points and ‘blockages’ the body can be restored to a more harmonious state.
Reflexology from physiological point of view is that by massaging the different muscles, ligaments and tendons of the feet; that take so much punishment every day, just simply from walking around and even more punishment and pressure is put on the feet when we exercise as we are more likely put extra strain on them to reach that fitness goal; we can ease the muscle strain through the use of reflexology and increase the proprioceptive awareness of how and where we are placing our feet in everyday movement. Do you roll your foot as you walk and place extra pressure through either the big toe or little toe (over pronation and supination), which then add added pressure to the muscles and skeletal system further up the body. Reflexology can make us more aware of these subtle differences and help to re-adjust our movement so less strain is placed on joints and muscles.
Indian-Tibetan Head Massage
Indian and Tibetan Head Massage is an everyday occurrence within many families in India. Children are taught at a young age and it is part of their daily routine.
Indian/Tibetan Head Massage has so many benefits, it stimulates the scalp and helps to ease the tension that we so often hold in the scalp, whether that’s thought brushing or putting our hair up and pulling on the roots of the hair to sitting at the computer in an incorrect position that puts pressure on the back of the skull that then pulls over the rest of the scalp.
Using oil in the hair and on the scalp can nourish and rebalance the scalp and help to regulate sebum production that is often interrupted with the use of hair products.
Tibetan Head Massage works on the acupressure points on the scalp and is traditionally performed with the client lying on the couch and Indian Head Massage works through s series of relaxing and energising moves on the scalp and is traditionally performed in a seated position. I combined the two treatments to offer the most relaxing and beneficial treatment, all whilst lying down that allows you to fully relax and re-energise.
Hydrotherm is a truly three dimensional treatment. Cushions are filled with warm water (about 35-40⁰) are placed on the massage couch and then you the client lies on top of these cushions.
The warmth of the cushions help to warm the muscles and relax the body even before the massage begins and the water within the cushions allows your body to contour to the couch, providing support and comfort throughout the treatment.
One of the big bonuses of this treatment is that there is no need to run over, a full body treatment can be given whilst you lie face up – so there’s no more blocked sinuses from lying face down on a massage couch. Hydrotherm Massage is performed by the therapist working between the couch and the client, allowing for a deeper massage as the client s own body weight is used to enhance the manipulation of soft tissues.