Therapeutic Massage

We need touch, but most importantly we need conscious touch, a moment when somebody is connecting with us skin to skin and is also aware that this is happening.” ~ Mary O’Malley, Belonging to Life

 

I invite you to take a break. Take time to relax and restore yourself with a massage tailored to your needs.

My massage style has developed over the years and continues to develop as I am exposed to different techniques, ideas and training. My massage has been influenced by Swedish massage, osteopathic soft tissue massage, CranioSacral therapy, acupressure, visceral manipulation, ‘No Hands’ Basic massage training and Thomas Meyers ‘Muscle Trains’. The guide to the massage you will receive is my own developed awareness and sense of the tissue beneath my hands; and what those tissues require to release their compensatory strain patterns and pain.

Every massage is different because the body’s requirements are different each time you lie on my couch.

The Origins of Massage as a therapy dates back thousands of years to ancient cultures that believed in it’s medical benefits. The first written records of massage therapy are found in China and Egypt and it has been used for many years as a way to relieve muscle tension and to relax the body, mind and emotions.

Massage is potent and transformational. It offers relaxation in an overstressed world, sanctuary in an hour, mind-body connections for desk jockeys, performance enhancement for athletes, and, most importantly, healing for many who have looked high and low in vain for alternatives. There’s virtually something for everyone.” ~ Linda Riach

 

Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

  • helps reduce stress, tension and anxiety
  • improves mobility and motility to soft tissue and joints
  • improves circulation and muscle tone
  • helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
  • helps reduces muscle spasm
  • helps relieve tension-related headaches
  • reduces blood pressure (in cases of high blood pressure)
  • improves posture
  • enhances the health and nourishment of the skin
  • relieves aches, pains and generally assists the body’s own healing process
  • moves toxins out of soft tissue
  • calms the mind
  • increases endorphin levels creating a sense of well-being

 

Massage is beneficial for all ages – you’re never too old or too young to benefit from massage.

 

When not to have Therapeutic Massage

  • Inflammation of the veins / varicose veins
  • Infectious diseases
  • Certain forms of cancer and during chemotherapy
  • Some skin conditions
  • Some cardiac problems e.g. thrombosis, angina
  • If you have any of the above symptoms or, always check with your doctor before seeking a massage.