During our initial consultation, I will gain an understanding of your health, lifestyle and stress factors. I can then adapt the massage accordingly to best suit your needs and wishes.
Massage can lower the body’s stress hormones, such as cortisol, and increase ‘feel-good’ endorphins such as dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin. It also reduces heart rate and blood pressure.
A soft, relaxing massage can help soothe sore, stiff joints and muscles.
The massage techniques known as vibration and cupping, when administered over the back, can help to clear airways. Massage also encourages deep breathing and respiratory relaxation.
Massage stimulates the lymphatic and cardiovascular systems which work together to help flush out waste materials and toxins from your body.
Abdominal massage can help stimulate the muscles and organs involved in digestion, helping with issues such as IBS. Back massage, especially over the middle back, also relaxes and stimulates nerves that connect to the digestive system.
Massage benefits a person emotionally as well as physically – the two are intrinsically linked as a whole. Consciously taking time out for yourself, letting go, relaxing, slow deep breathing, the intrinsic healing power of touch – these factors can help you to centre and balance yourself by providing a sense of peace, calm and wellbeing.
Acupressure points on the face are activated during a face massage which can help alleviate blocked sinuses.
Focusing on the muscles and acupressure points of the face, head, neck and shoulders can reduce the regularity and strength of tension headaches and migraines.
A massage can help your internal body clock as it naturally resets and the melatonin/serotonin levels readjust to the time zone, aiding the return of positive sleep patterns.
If you have recently experienced a long-haul flight, you may also be stiff from sitting for long hours and will no doubt also benefit purely on a muscular/joint level.
If you exercise regularly or are training for an event then you may experience muscle tension. A lack of oxygen to muscle fibres can result in the production of lactic acid, making muscles feel tight/sore. A post-workout massage can help relax the muscles in your body and boost the lymphatic system’s response to the removal of lactic acid.
Massage helps to increase nutrients through the circulatory system which also boosts waste removal through the lymphatic system, thereby increasing the skin’s elasticity. The oils used in massage also help to moisturise and replenish skin tone and texture. If you have eczema or psoriasis, regular massage can be a beneficial complementary therapy to help manage the condition of your skin.