Massage & Manual Soft Tissue Therapy

Massage & Manual Soft Tissue Therapy is Offered at the Centre by:

Lawan Phillips

Traditional Thai Yoga & Foot Massage

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Emma Kidd

Cranio-Sacral Occupational Therapist & Doula

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Aranya Condon

Traditional Thai Yoga Massge

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Jennifer Fearon

Complementary Therapist BSc(Hons)

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Gemma Price

Complementary Therapist BSc. Hons (MFHT) (CNHC)

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Sarah Dumke

Holistic Massage Therapist, MFHT

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Janet O'Callaghan

Osteopath MOst, PGCert in Animal Osteopathy, GOsC & Sports Massage Therapist

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  • Aromatherapy Massage
  • Bamboo Massage
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Swedish Massage

Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with essential oils (highly concentrated plant oils) added to the massage oil or lotion. Inhaling essential oils through the nose is thought to promote beneficial changes in the mind and body by affecting the limbic system (a region of the brain known to influence the nervous system). Essential oils are also absorbed through the skin, offering a number of beneficial properties to the health of the user. Each essential oil used in aromatherapy has different properties. For example, some calm while others energize. Your aromatherapist will blend oils for you specific to your state of mind and aims for the session and can be tailored to support any current health issues you are having.

Hot Bamboo massage, sometimes referred to as bamboo fusion massage, is a fairly new type of massage therapy made popular by Nathalie Cecilia. She started using warm bamboo sticks for massage when her hands and wrists became painful with deep tissue work. Using the bamboo tool gave her more strength and stamina for deeper pressure. The smooth sticks allowed for more penetrating maneuvers and made deep-tissue work easier. Hot Bamboo or "Bamboo-fusion" massage incorporates different lengths and diameters of bamboo sticks and stones. Warmed smooth bamboo, is integrated into a flowing Swedish massage. It brings the warming, soothing effect of hot stone into massage without all the extra time, mess, and prep work that stone therapy brings. Since there is not all the extra work it can be done without having to charge more for the extra preparation. Bamboo holds the heat longer than stones do. The bamboo sticks are wrapped in a heating pad to warm them. The bamboo is easily cleaned and sanitized with antibacterial wipes.

Indian Head Massage is a safe, accessible, and convenient therapeutic treatment that can be performed either in the clinic or the workplace. Treatment can provide instant relief from tension and stress symptoms and induce a state of calm, peace and tranquillity and also promote high levels of alertness and concentration. This simple yet effective therapy uses a variety of techniques to manipulate soft tissue. It is performed with the client in a seated position, usually through light clothing and without the use of oils. The therapist uses a range of different massage pressures and rhythms to stimulate the head, neck, and upper back and shoulder area. A typical massage will last between 30-45 minutes. Indian Head Massage provides relief from aches and pains, promotes a healthy scalp and hair, and helps induce relaxation and a feeling of well-being.

Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. Soft tissue is connective tissue that has not hardened into bone and cartilage; it includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (a form of connective tissue that lines and ensheathes the other soft tissues). Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. The application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury. Sports Massage is not solely for athletes. It can be highly beneficial in preparation for exercise and flushing and stretching the muscles following but anyone who feels the need for invigoration and rejuvenation can benefit from it. E.g. Desk based professionals where stiffness and general aches and pains can set in.

Swedish massage therapy is the best-known type of bodywork performed today. One of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension. Additional Swedish massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Before and during your Swedish massage session, communication is encouraged with your professional massage therapist so that your massage is customized to your specific needs.