Specialist Massage Services

We have a number of specialists offering a range of different styles of massage. Whether you wish to spoil yourself, relax, support rehabilitation of an injury or even manage chronic illness – we have a range of massage styles to choose from.

Massage is a hands-on manipulation of one or more areas of your body. There are many benefits to massage such as reduced muscular tension and pain, improved circulation and improved joint mobility. It also promotes an overall feeling of wellbeing and reduction in stress.

Please see precautions prior to booking to ensure this is suitable for you. Please arrive a few minutes early to your first appointment to complete medical history forms, otherwise this will eat into your massage time!

For prices please see our price list and special offers

Ayurvedic Massage

Aromatherapy Massage
Indian Head Massage
Reflexology

Massage Precautions

Aromatherapy Massage

What is it and what should I expect?

This is a much gentler massage than other forms of massage and uses various essential oils (concentrated plant oils) to promote both physiological and psychological benefits. After the short consultation, one or more essential oils are selected based on what you need and are mixed in with the massage oil or lotion. The subtle aroma of the essential oils will be around you during the massage.

After the massage, the massage therapist may suggest a blend that you can use at home in between massage treatments.

Who performs it?

Sandra Leyland Williams

What is is best for?

This is a wonderful, relaxing treatment using aromatherapy oils.  Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to conditions involving stress or improving emotionally-related conditions but is suitable for a range of issues:

  • Stress and stress-related conditions such as insomnia
  • Poor circulation
  • Muscular aches and pains
  • Headache
  • Digestive disorders
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Back pain
When is it available?

Sandra is available on a Thursday and Friday.

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Indian Head Massage

What is it and what should I expect?

Indian head massage is based on the ayurvedic system of healing which has been practiced in India for over a thousand years. It involves a massage to the head, face, upper back, shoulders, arms and hands that relieves tension in the muscles. It is a calming treatment but can be relaxing, stimulating and invigorating and some clients describe a pleasant tingling sensation.

Who performs it?

MingXing Lin

Lynsey McCabe

Nicola Wagstaff

What is is best for?

Indian head massage is great for easing tension in the upper back, neck and scalp, relieving migraines, headaches and sinusitis. It can also help improve sleep and provide relief from stress anxiety and tension.

When is it available?

MingXing varies his days each week so please contact us to check availability.

Lynsey works on a Wednesday

 

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Reflexology

What is Foot Reflexology?

Reflexology can be approached on 2 different levels:  well-being and health, both being linked. It helps people maintain health and keeps you in the best possible condition in a holistic point of view.

  • Deep alternating pressures, (with also massaging motions), applied on reflex points of the feet corresponding to organs, glands and parts of the body.
  • Those pressures stimulate the zonal pathways, improving nerve and blood supply, detoxifying congested areas, clearing blockages consequently releasing tensions and reducing pains.
  • Well-being and health being linked reflexology is a holistic approach and reflexologists look both at physical and emotional states as well as life style including eating habits.

How does it work?

  • Among all the different components of our feet is an intricate network of nerves and blood vessels.
  • They contained more than 7000 nerve endings.
  • The pressure applied to a nerve ending constitutes a stimulus (electrochemical impulse) and induce reactions in tissues and a physiological change.
  • A message is sent through the nerve fibres, the spinal and nervous system pathway of the body.
  • It helps releasing endorphins well known as pain relief for its analgesic effect.
  • On some reflex points the reflexology practitioner may feel crystals. (waste products accumulated at the lowest point of gravity). They form themselves when an obstacle is placed in an energy channel and impedes the energy flow to serve an organ or gland properly.
  • The reflexologist discovers and work out the sensitive spots thus breaking down the tensions, helping eliminate those toxins, supporting the protection of the immune system.

Why choose reflexology?

  • Everybody can benefit from reflexology, from the tiny baby to the elderly.
  • No need to undress, very handy for old people or persons not being well at ease with their body. For those people reflexology is a good and easy way to gain access to well-being.
  • No effort requested from the individual.
  • Relaxation, mindfulness come by themselves during the session.
  • Feeling of comfort and well-being during the session.
  • Reflexology is totally safe, simple and effective.
  • It can be safely used within the family circle after a demonstration of simple motions by the practitioner.

So try reflexology and if you don’t already know its benefits, you’ll soon discover them!

         As far as well-being and relaxation are concerned there are no restrictions, reflexology is fully efficient. But a good reflexologist must be aware and inform his customers that reflexology is not a panacea and that efficiency and effects can differ from one person to another. He must not make a diagnose, mustn’t prescribe. A reflexology session mustn’t replace a medical treatment; it can only be complementary to it if a person already follows a medical treatment.

Who performs it and what does it cost?

Marie Regner – £40 for 1 hour, £90 for 3 x 1 hour sessions, £25 for 30 minutes (Adult or Child/Baby)

MingXing Lin – £50 for 1 hour, £30 for 30 minutes

Lynsey McCabe – £37.50 for 1 hour, £25 for 30 minutes

 

Sports Massage

What is it?

A deep tissue massage which aims to relieve tension and stress in the muscles and increase mobility and function. Although primarily aimed at pre or post sport treatments it is suitable for injuries and non sports related movement restriction.

Who performs it?

Anita Bowden

What is is best for?

Musculoskeletal problems such as low back pain, hip pain, ‘frozen shoulder’, ‘tennis elbow’, sciatica, whiplash and other muscle and joint problems.

When is it available?

Thursdays weekly.

 

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Swedish Massage

What is it and what should I expect?

Swedish Massage is the most common type of massage you would find at a spa. It combines various hands-on techniques to warm then break up muscle knots, called adhesions.

Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology as opposed to energy work. It can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending your requirements. Some pain can be experienced but our massage therapists will always work to a level you are comfortable and happy with.

The massage therapist will lubricates the skin with massage oil and usually takes 50 to 60 minutes to massage the whole body.

An enhanced feeling of relaxation and contentment helps to relieve headaches and back pain. Increased energy levels and a feeling of vitality.

Who performs it?

Sandra Leyland Williams from Essence of Health

When is it available?

Sandra is available on a Thursday and Friday.

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TuiNa (Chinese Massage)

What is it?

TuiNa involves a hands on healing massage which can range from 10-60 minutes in which the illness is treated by manipulating areas of the body to correct imbalance, relieve pain and to encourage a healthy flow of Qi.

Who performs it?

MingXing Lin

When is it available?

What does it cost?

30 Minutes is £30

60 Minutes is £50

 

Precautions

You will need doctor’s permission to receive a massage if you have

high or low blood pressure
heart problems or are prone to blood clots.
epilepsy
diabetes
it is immediately after surgery
or it is immediately after chemotherapy or radiation

We can provide you with this letter, seeking permission, if required.

You cannot have a massage if you

are in the first trimester of pregnancy (later pregnancy is allowed with doctors permission)
have any kind of thrombosis, hemorrhaging or embolism
have cuts or abrasions on the massage site, unless it is small and can be completely covered with a plaster or bandage and then this are will be avoided during massage
or have an infectious skin disease or rash

If you are unsure we always recommend discussing with a medical professional prior to booking

You will not be able to have massage done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.

If you are unsure whether massage is suitable for you we recommend discussing it with your GP or medical specialist prior to booking.

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