Massage Therapy

What Is massage therapy?

Massage Therapy uses a variety of hands-on strokes, applying various depths of pressure as appropriate for you, gentle stretches and mobilising techniques to bring about a state of relaxation, both physical and emotional.

It can stimulate the circulation, reduce tension in stiff muscles, improve range of movement through joints and induce the release of feel-good hormones to bring about a state of relaxed well-being.

When combined with a bespoke blend of essential oils in a carrier oil, your massage therapy session can deliver even more results for a whole host of issues! See the Clinical Aromatherapy page for more details.

What to expect from your session

For any treatment, the first step is to book a full Consultation and Assessment before your first visit. This allows me to get a full picture of your health and wellbeing and the issue(s) you are seeking help with. We can then discuss the best course of action for you.

Bespoke Massage Treatment

There’s no need to decide whether a Sports or a Swedish massage, pregnancy or Scar Work session is more appropriate at the time of booking as I incorporate whatever techniques are most suitable for you, based on your consultation. In short, each session is bespoke to what you need on the day.

All you need to decide is whether to book a 45-minute or 60-minute session. (I am currently unable to offer anything longer in duration due to Covid restrictions).

However, please note that due to equipment or room set-up, Indian Head Massage and Hot Stones Massage must be booked as such.

On The Day

When you attend for your appointment, I will check in to make sure that nothing has changed since our consultation and determine what priorities for treatment you have. You will need to undress any areas requiring attention but you will never be asked to remove underwear or anything you are not comfortable to take off. Your modesty is always protected and areas not being worked on are covered up.

Your comfort is my priority so I try to keep my therapy room at a comfortable temperature and have a heat pad on the massage couch if you feel the cold. The room is well ventilated at all times to avoid it feeling stuffy and in line with Covid/infection control advice.

Feedback Welcome

I will always explain what I have planned for your session so that you feel comfortable and safe. I encourage feedback throughout to know that you are happy with the pressure and techniques I am using, the temperature of the room and so on.

If we are using an essential oil blend, I will always double-check that you enjoy the fragrance before I start using it. You can also rest-assured that whichever massage medium I use, whether a bespoke blend or not, I source the highest quality products. Ethics such as organic, fairly-traded and sustainably sourced ingredients are very important to me and I will never use any product that has been tested on animals.

If you are vegan or have any allergies, intolerances, likes or dislikes this will be discussed during your consultation and considered in the choice of oil(s).

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Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage

The basis of all massage treatments, Swedish Massage uses 4 main techniques to ease tension and promote relaxation, physically and mentally.

These techniques are soothing and nurturing, calming and great for treating superficial tension.

Remedial & Sports Massage

This uses the Swedish massage therapy strokes and a selection of deep tissue techniques, stretches and mobilisations.

For built up, stubborn tension, treatment of conditions such as frozen shoulder or tennis elbow and to help prepare and recover from sports activities, these techniques are highly effective.

Sports Massage
Scar Work

Sharon Wheelers ScarWork

Sharon Wheelers ScarWork is a highly effective range of techniques used to treat scar tissue and the effects of invasive surgery or injury on surrounding tissues.

Light in pressure but far-reaching in effect, these techniques can be incorporated into a full massage session or used for a more focused treatment to an area affected by scarring.

The aim is to improve/restore function to the tissues and joints affected by surgery/injury more than just to improve the cosmetic appearance of the scar.

Massage For Pregnancy

A beautiful treat for mums-to-be in need of relaxation but also those in need of relief from back pain and body aches caused by the postural changes pregnancy brings about.

Specific acupressure points can also be introduced in the latter stages of pregnancy to help the body prepare for birth whilst the nourishing massage balm is formulated for use during pregnancy to help reduce stretch marks and moisturise and protect the skin.

Specific concerns such as anxiety and sleep issues can also be addressed with the addition of a bespoke essential oil blend.

Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage

A stress-busting seated treatment targeting shoulders, neck, scalp and face. This is a very relaxing massage therapy and may also help relieve tension headaches and sinus issues.

You don’t need to undress, just take the weight off your feet for 45 minutes and chill out.

A perfect lunchbreak treat and a lovely way to kick-start a stress-free weekend, this is also a popular choice for gift vouchers.

Hot Stones Massage

A full or half body, deeply relaxing and comforting massage treatment using hot stones to apply gentle pressure and bring warmth to tired and aching muscles.

Combine with a bespoke aromatherapy blend for the ultimate indulgence! Please note, this treatment is not suitable in pregnancy or for those with high blood pressure.

A full consultation is taken with every new client and I will suggest a suitable alternative if hot stones massage is not advisable for you.

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