Massage is recognised as one of the oldest holistic therapies in the world - with recorded uses dating back to the ancient civilisations of Egypt, China and India.
The art of massage is all about ‘The power of touch’- hands have always been seen as the focus and centre of energy and hence their use in healing.
Massage involves manipulation of the muscle and other soft tissue. The therapist uses thumbs, fingers and knuckles to carry out different strokes - sometimes bringing in the elbow and forearm for a stronger manipulation. In general, massage can relax muscles, balance body structure, improve the flexibility of joints and promote blood and lymphatic circulation. The ‘feel-good’ factor of massage can alleviate stress and calm the mind. Havng a regular massage is a good immunity booster and can help improve general health.
Deep Tissue Massage
With elbow and forearm, strong pressure is applied to deeper muscles within a specific problem area - sinking into the connective tissue before stretching and manipulating it.
This deep, penetrative massage works effectively in releasing stiffness, muscle tension & knots, accumulated over time, and helps reduce aches & pains and restores the structural alignment of the body.
Remedial and Sport Injury Massage
Remedial massage is a treatment of the soft tissues of the body which include muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia with an assessment on specific pain and injury. It is basically a deep tissue massage involving various types of techniques like stretching, origin and insertion and trigger-point to relieve the muscle tension and inflammation, reduce the muscle pain and joint stiffness, facilitate the blood flow to the affected areas and flush out the toxins. It also helps to relieve the pain from any type of injury or poor posture, rebalance the musculoskeletal system and speed up the injury recovery.
Sports massage is an application of remedial massage focused on the problem areas caused by doing sports or sports injury. Soft tissue injury is the most common form of sports injuries which involves bruises, sprain and strain and caused swelling, inflammation and aches and pain in the muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Regular sports massage can prevent the injuries and improve the sports performances by relaxing the stiff or overused muscles and improving the flexibilities of the joints and movements.
Facial Rejuvenation Massage
It is a natural face-lift massage. The therapist applies a gentle touch which relaxes the facial muscles and connective tissue - helping to slow down the skin's ageing process, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness under the eyes. The treatment also improves the skin's elasticity, tone and radiance and is beneficial to people suffering from heachaches, insomnia, eye strain and sinusitis.
Pregnant women experience many changes in their bodies on a physical, psychological and hormonal level. Pregnancy massage helps towards alleviating stress and encourages general well-being. The therapist applies different techniques adapted from Swedish massage, with the client lying sideways with pillow for support and comfort. The massage can be combined with essential oils to enhance relaxation.
Specific conditions pregnancy massage can ease are
backache, fatique, insomnia, leg cramps, poor circulation, sciatic pain, swollen ankles and feet and other minor complaints.
Note: While having a course of massage treatments, it's important to take into account regular exercise, a balanced diet, hydration, relaxation and sleep in order to optimize its effect.
£70 (60mins), £95 (90mins)
At Neal's Yard Remedies,
£75 (60mins), £105 (90mins)
At Neal's Yard Remedies, Covent Garden
£80 (60mins), £105 (90mins)
At Bodywise £70 (60mins)
At Neal's Yard Remedies,
St Albans £75 (60mins)
At Neal's Yard Remedies, Covent Garden £80 (60mins)