Sports Massage differs from general full-body massage in that it focuses on the muscles relevant to a particular activity. It works well for people who are physically active whether that is as a sports person, musician, dancer or anyone who likes to keep fit. Sports Massage recognises different needs at different times, such as pre-event, post-event, regular fine-tuning and injury rehabilitation. It combines classic and specific techniques designed to provide therapeutic impact for the unique physical and biomechanical needs of active people.
Sports Massage is a rapidly evolving sub-specialty within the overall field of professional massage therapy. Contemporary athletes, dancers and performers, leave nothing to chance in their attempt to achieve peak performance. More and more people are discovering the benefits of this form of massage.
Swedish massage is based on Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, and consists of various hands-on massage techniques which can improve and maintain the balance, health and well-being of all body systems. It was developed in the late 19th Century by Per Henrik Ling of Sweden, a physiologist and fencing master who created ‘Medical Gymnastics’ performed by a therapist, which became known as Swedish Movements and latterly Swedish Massage.
Potential benefits of Swedish Body Massage:
Price: Part or Full Body Massage – 30 min to 70min appointment, from £tba
Aromatherapy Masage is a holistic therapy using essential plant oils which have therapeutic properties.
The oil is extracted from flowers, bark, stem, leaves or roots and when absorbed through the skin and travels through the blood stream has an effect on the nervous and circulatory systems of the body and promotes whole body healing.
Essential oils can be used in massage, baths, skin preperations, compress or burners and the inhaled aroma can have a gentle but real effect on the mind .Some part of the oil will be absorbed via the lungs and enter the blood stream that way.
Aromatherapy Massage is an excellent way of maintaining good health, increasing mental alertness and dealing with everyday sress and tension.
Essential oils are blended with a carrier oil to suit each individual at every treatment.
This is an extremely relaxing massage of the upper back, neck, shoulders, scalp and face, based on an ancient Ayurvedic healing system, still widely practised in India today. Stimulation of nerves in the head is believed to have a beneficial and balancing effect on the whole body, and is also said to improve condition of the scalp and hair.
Potential benefits of Indian Head Massage
Price: Indian Head Massage 30 min appointment - £tba
Hot stone massage is a variation on classic massage therapy. Heated smooth, flat stones are placed on key points on the body. The massage therapist may also hold the stones and use them to masssage certain areas of the body
The use of hot stones for healing dates back to ancient times. River rocks are normally used because they are smooth - they are smoothed over time by the river current.
The stones are immersed in water and heated in an electric heater until they are within a certain temperature range. The placement of the stones is usually at specific points on the back, in the palms of the hand, or between the toes but may vary depending on the client's condition.The heat of the stones warm and relax the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired.The warmth of the hot stones improves circulation and calms the nervous system.Some massage therapists place stones on points that are thought to be energy centres of the body in order to rebalance the body and mind.
A common question people have is whether to get hot stone massage vs Swedish massage or a regular massage. Some people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting and get this type of massage for relaxation.Hot stone massage is particualrly suited to people who tend to feel chilly or who have cold feet.It's also suited for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage. The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to work the muscles without using deep pressure.