Choosing the right massage – whether for yourself, or for someone else, can be a tricky matter.  We produced this guide to help you decide.  Please note that if you have medical conditions you should check our contraindications chart and take any appropriate action prior to making a booking.

 

I WANT TO RELAX, DE-STRESS AND FEEL PAMPERED

Tranquillity Massage: whether you prefer a light, medium or deeper pressure, our Tranquillity Massages are what we used to call “Swedish Massage”.  These massages are carried out by therapists trained in general massage therapy.  They are perfect when you want a treatment that will relax and revive you, and will ease general muscular tension without focusing on painful areas. 

Our basic Tranquillity Massages use pure grapeseed oil. 

Our back massages include the neck and shoulders plus upper, middle and lower back.  Full body massages include front and back of legs, arms, feet, hands, neck, shoulders and back.

For extra effectiveness add on:

  • Aromatherapy Oils: your therapist will advise either:
    • Dermalogica Stress Relief Oil which contains essential oils of Sandalwood, Lavender, Orange, Clary Sage,  Tea Tree, Lemon, and Ylang-Ylang, to ease the body and calm the senses.
    • Dermalogica Energising Oil which contains essential oils of Sage, Rosemary, Rose Geranium, Cypress and Ginger, to warm and stimulate body and mind.
  • Hot Stones: we massage using volcanic basalt stones gently warmed in specialist water heaters. This adds a unique therapeutic warmth to your massage which penetrates deep into the muscle to greatly enhance the relaxing effectiveness of the treatment.
  • Hot Stones and Aromatherapy Oils: a unique experience in which the combination of warming stones and relaxing scents will truly heighten the efficacy of your treatment.

 

I HAVE ACHES AND PAINS THAT NEED ATTENTION

If you just have general stress and tension, you may find that a Tranquillity Massage is enough for you.  However, if you have particular aches and pains such as:

  • occasional discomfort, tingling or numbness in arms or legs
  • regular headaches or migraines
  • painful neck and shoulders
  • pains in hands or feet
  • upper or lower back pain

you should consider having a Deep Muscle Release Massage

Our Deep Muscle Release Massages for the Back, Neck & Shoulders or Full Body, are carried out by massage therapists with specialist sports and remedial massage qualifications.  These therapists understand the movement of the body, postural issues, common injuries, etc, and our Deep Muscle Release Massages specifically focus on the particular concerns you have.  Our therapists will be able to advise on whether there are any exercises or other corrective action you can carry out to help resolve your issues. 

These massages are great for people who have general aches and pains from activities such as gardening, computer work, driving, manual jobs, playing instruments, teaching, nursing, parenting, ageing, etc, etc.

 

I HAVE A PARTICULAR INJURY THAT I NEED HELP WITH

If you have suffered a specific injury or have had a remedial operation, and need assistance with recovery, Sports Massage can help. 

Where our Deep Muscle Release Massages are generic and address either Back, Neck & Shoulders or Full Body, our Sports Massages are focused on a specific area that needs support.

When you have had an operation or injury, massage can help to release the tension in the surrounding muscles, reduce scar tissue and speed the healing process.  This aids recovery; improves mobility, flexibility and range of movement, and can make a significant impact on the time spend recuperating.  

This sort of therapy requires specialist knowledge and our Sports Masseurs have been specially trained in sports injuries and sports therapy.

 

I WANT TO PERFORM BETTER IN MY CHOSEN SPORT

Sports Massage is also a great way to enhance your a training programme, because it can help to keep you loose and limber, assist with post-training recovery, improve performance and help prevent injury.  There is a wealth of research confirming the positive effects of massage as part of a sports training programme.   

If it’s your first foray into Sports Massage, or you are training hard for a particular goal, why not look at our Advanced Sports Therapy sessions which are conducted by Anthony Casserly who has a BSc in Sports Therapy and experience working across the globe.  Within your session Anthony will look at a range of remedial work and recommendations to run alongside any training programme and help you perform better, harder and faster.

 

I AM PREGNANT

When you’re pregnant a bit of pampering and looking after can be just what you need.  Carrying an extra person on board for 9 months really takes it out of you! 

Our Antenatal Massages are designed to help relieve stress and strain without causing any problems to you.  We use positions of comfort such as side-lying, with lots of padding where you need it to keep you safe and comfortable.  Over the course of your pregnancy we make subtle changes to the massage bed and your position to ensure you receive the best support.

Please note that we do not offer massage of any kind to women in their first trimester without the written approval of a GP, midwife or obstetrician.  Similarly if you are considered high risk or are having any problems during your pregnancy we also require written approval from your GP, midwife or obstetrician.  This is purely a precautionary step.  However, after your first trimester we can massage most women right up to the point of birth! 

 

I HAVE OTHER CONCERNS OR MEDICAL CONDITIONS THAT I WANT HELP WITH

If you have other specific concerns that you believe massage can help with, we would love to discuss whether we can assist you.  We have carried out massage therapy to help clients with a range of different conditions including:

  • Cancer
  • Parkinsons Disease
  • MS
  • ME
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Diabetes
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Depression
  • Spina Bifida

We have seen massive improvements in pain management, mobility, mood, etc, from both one-off and regular massage across many conditions.  We will happily carry out pre-treatment consultations to assist and advise your decision-making when looking at massage as a possible option where chronic medical conditions are concerned. 

Please note that in some cases we may ask for you to check with your GP or consultant that massage is appropriate for you, prior to booking a treatment – please see our contraindications chart for more details.