Treatments

TREATMENTS & THERAPIES

There are over 80 types of massage therapy and in all of them, therapists press, rub, and otherwise manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body, often varying pressure and movement. More on the origins of massage >

Our range of massage treatments includes:

AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE

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Aromatherapy massage Aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils in holistic treatments. Essential oils, extracted from plants are thought to possess distinctive therapeutic properties.

These natural plant oils are applied in a variety of ways, for example:

  • By massage blended in a carrier oil - the most used method
  • Adding a few drops to warm bath water (ideally diluted first)
  • Through inhalations (this is not advisable for asthmatics)
  • Blended into creams/lotions and other plant bases for individual use

As part of your massage we can create a blend of oils to suit you and enhance your massge experience.

"I have had four sessions of aromatherapy with Carole and from the very first session I was blown away, addicted, relaxed and left wanting more. I really enjoyed all the fantastic aromas and making my choice from a variety of blends."

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE

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Deep Tissue massage Deep Tissue massage can help to ease muscular tension, day-to-day stresses, and promote relaxation by working the soft tissue of the body. It helps to increase the delivery of blood and oxygen to the treated areas and can also be used in support of other therapies to assist in the rehabilitation of muscular injuries. Different massage 'tools' can also be included to enhance the treatment, for example, heated stones, or bamboo. With all massage treatments, the therapist will adapt the pressure and techniques used to suit the client's individual needs and preferences.

Deep Tissue Massage is used by people for a variety of reasons. Many aspiring and professional athletes have massage before and after training and competing, in order to stay in optimum condition and aid recovery. Some use it to simply relax and unwind, while others have regular massage to help them manage or cope with specific physical, mental or emotional problems.

There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that massage can be effective in helping to treat certain chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia and low back pain. In guidelines produced in 2009 by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), manual therapies - including massage are recommended for the early management of persistent, non-specific low back pain.


MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) therapy is a gentle and specialised form of massage. MLD consists of very light, rhythmic and pumping hand movements to stretch the skin and stimulate the contraction of the lymphatic vessels.

MLD as a therapy was refined in the 1930’s by a Danish therapist called Dr Emil Vodder. Since Vodder’s pioneering work, modern research conducted by eminent leaders in the field of lymphology has shown us how this method so effectively influenced both the lymphatic and nervous systems.

In 1971, Günther and Hildegard Wittlinger founded the Dr. Vodderschule Walchsee, in which a special clinic for lymphology was incorporated some years later. In 1974, MLD became approved by health insurances in Germany because of the scientific explanation of its efficacy (Mislin, 1973, Kuhnke et al).

MLD can be applied to many conditions and is excellent as a preventative measure to enhance wellbeing. MLD

  • Can be profoundly relaxing.
  • Alleviates fluid congestion.
  • May be used pre and post surgery to aid healing.
  • Promotes the healing of fractures, torn ligaments, sprains and reduces pain.
  • Has been successfully used to aid the healing of leg ulcers.
  • May be used after many types of surgery e.g. joint replacement.
  • Can assist with conditions such as sinusitus, rheumatoid arthritis, eczema, acne and other skin conditions.
  • Promotes the healing of wounds and burns and can improve the appearance and texture of old scars.

The number of treatments will be dependent on the presenting condition.

For further information, please refer to the MLD UK website.

CORPORATE ON-SITE MASSAGE

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Seated, clothed massageBeing seated all day in an office environment can mean that your posture is affected and there is tension in the upper body.

We will work with you and your colleagues to provide a fully clothed, 15 to 30 minute, seated massage treating the back, neck, shoulders, arms, hands and scalp. It includes acupressure and shiatsu techniques together with traditional sports and Swedish massage.

Available at your business or office location.

 

"I would have no hesitation in recommending Carole’s treatments 100% and in my eyes the greatest compliment to give is that I would now not stop my regular massages as when I have missed one I notice the impact it has on my body; and also on my performance, and general wellbeing. In my opinion they are now irreplaceable!"

 

"I feel that regular therapeutic massage with Carole has helped my general wellbeing and I feel better than I have done for years."

 

"My frequent headaches when first visiting are now a rarity. My overall sense of wellbeing continues from one visit to the next."

 

 


SWEDISH/RELAXATION MASSAGE

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Swedish massage Swedish Massage affects the whole body through stimulation and relaxation of the nerves, and also involves the manipulation of the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. It also has an immediate local effect on the part of the body being worked. It can help induce deep relaxation which is useful for anyone who experiences stress. This is because the response of the nerves to touch and movement, in most individuals, relaxes the body thereby reducing the effects of stress and tension.

It encourages better circulation, relieves muscular tension and is often used as part of rehabilitation after illness. Massage has been used this way for thousands of years, ever since the ancient Chinese used amma or massage for maintaining health.

In summary, Swedish Massage can bring about the following effects for many people:

  • helps relaxation;
  • improves mood;
  • aids sleep;
  • relieves tension;
  • relieves anxiety and stress;
  • promotes a sense of general well-being.

INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE

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Indian Head massage Indian head massage has been used in Asia for over 5,000 years and works specifically on the area surrounding the head, scalp, face, neck, shoulders and upper back. Indian head massage comes from Ayurveda, an ancient method involving natural therapies for mind, body and spirit.

An Indian head massage usually lasts for approximately 30-45 minutes, although the treatment can be shortened to 15-20 minutes if it takes place in the workplace.

You will be invited to take a seat and relax on a low backed chair. The use of oils is optional e.g. sesame, coconut, mustard, olive or a special blend of oil with added herbs and spices. If oil is used, a towel will be used to ensure your modesty. Alternatively, you can remain fully clothed.

 


HOT AND COLD STONE MASSAGE

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Hot Stone massage Stone therapy is an exceptionally relaxing treatment, rooted in ancient therapy practices and used to create balance within the body. Hot basalt and cold marble stones are used, with the positioning and temperature of the stones tailored to the individual client.

A stone therapy treatment provides a deep massage to the whole body as well as concentrated areas.

The warm, oiled stones will be applied in several ways during the treatment. Stones will be placed on the body, delivering heat to concentrated areas whilst other areas of the body are massaged with more heated stones in comfortable strokes.

 

THAI FOOT MASSAGE

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Thai foot massage Thai foot massage provides an excellent stretch to feet and calves. It also works on the many reflex points of the feet as well as working on the Thai Sen energy lines of the lower leg and feet. In addition, circulation is vigorously stimulated over the feet and legs. The treatment is profoundly relaxing and energising. It is an excellent treatment for runners and other types of sports. It is also an ideal treatment for anyone who does not want to disrobe.

Thai Foot Massage can be found everywhere in Thailand today, with its treatment roots being embedded in traditional Thai culture.

Traditional Thai Massage can be traced back to the 19th century where Buddhist monks practiced complementary therapies for their monarch at the ancient Wat Po monastery in Bangkok.

 

The above therapies should not be used in place of conventional medical care. Always consult your GP or a health professional for medical attention and advice.

To book a professional massage for yourself, or a friend, call Carole on telephone number 020 8941 7646 or 07747 047052.