MASSAGE

Massage is perhaps the oldest and simplest form of intentional therapeutic touch which, when treated as a holistic entity, works on every level of one’s being.

Initially trained in Swedish Massage, I now offer nourishing, therapeutic bodywork, incorporating elements of further learning and experience, including Deep Tissue Massage, Champissage (Indian Head Massage), Ayurvedic Massage and Holistic Massage. Essentially, the Massage that I now offer could be more accurately termed Holistic Bodywork in that it intrinsically encompasses elements of all the Approaches I work with.

“Even the lightest touch, when properly executed, may effectively stimulate circulation or alter the flow of energy within the body”.

Massage/Bodywork does not necessitate the removal of clothing or working on the whole body. I work in a way which encourages you to ask yourself what level of touch you are ready for or feel that you need at any given time. This could be investigating/exploring touch with you from the “simplest” level (for example, holding a hand or forehead) always within the boundaries that we agree together.

Your session will be carried out in a way in which you feel always and wholly safe and supported.

So, if you feel the need for safe touch in your life but are not ready for, or choose not to have Massage in it’s conventional form, I’m happy to work with you to achieve your individual needs.

At your first visit, you will be asked to complete a Health Questionnaire.  You can download it here and complete it to bring with you if preferred.

Indian Head Massage

This form of Massage, also known as Champissage originates from the grooming rituals of Indian women who held importance in the appearance, condition and strength of their hair and in the health of their scalp. Men would also experience a form of head massage when visiting the barbers. As with many Therapies and health and wellbeing systems originating in the East, the traditional techniques have been studied, adjusted and altered to suit Western styles and practices.

This Massage is experienced in a seated position on a very comfortable and supportive Massage chair and, as well as the head, can incorporate the neck, face, shoulders, back and whole upper body. The treatment can be done with or without the use of oil, and therefore, can be experienced either fully or partially clothed.

Indian Head Massage adopts some of the principles of Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine and wellbeing which include the selection of specific oils and the use of energy balancing techniques. The range of oils used in this treatment may include: Sweet Almond Oil; Grapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil; Sesame Oil; Olive Oil and Mustard Oil.

The selection of oil used and the type of Massage administered can be influenced by your principal Ayurvedic constitution or Dosha. To find out your own Dosha or Dosha combination in a relatively simplistic way, you can download my Dosha Forms here and bring the results with you to your session: Dosha Forms

I call my way of using this Approach, Free Movement Massage™ as it encourages us to be wholly involved and participative in the movements of the Massage. We work together, often in a very free-flowing, random and intuitive way, heightening our awareness of the space around us.

At your first visit, you will be asked to complete a Health Questionnaire. You can download it here and complete it to bring with you if preferred.

LET’S FACE IT!

MY HOLISTIC FACIAL TREATMENT USING “MADE FOR LIFE ORGANICS” (SPIEZIA) FACIAL PRODUCTS

Let’s face it! – We don’t always think about our face when having a Massage. It’s only when we allow ourselves to stop and NOTICE that we realise just how much tension, holding, frowning and clenching goes on in our facial muscles. Add to that, the constant exposure our faces have to the environment and to (often chemical-based) products – indeed, in our climate, more so than any other part of our bodies – and we begin to realise that perhaps we should be paying a little bit more attention there.

Our faces also contain important and powerful Acupressure Points, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Points and Energy Centres (Chakras), and working on these areas can be extremely effective in relieving stress and anxiety and in re-balancing our natural Energy Flow.

Whilst working as a Senior Therapist at Calcot and Barnsley House Spas (Gloucestershire and Wiltshire), when having a change of environment and location for myself between 2008 and 2011, I was introduced to working with “The Face” using fantastic, natural products by Made for Life Organics https://www.madeforlifeorganics.com/ and Aromatherapy Associates.

I gained a Certificate in Facial and Eye Treatments from Cotswold Academy in Cirencester and soon realised that there is so much more to a Facial Treatment than meets the eye!

One of the first things I noticed, and which is so central to my personal approach to my work, is that there is a deep and natural sense of Relaxation and Wellbeing that comes from working on the face. Here’s a list of the main benefits of having a Facial Treatment on it’s own, or as part of a longer session:

● Reduces Stress on Physical, Mental and Emotional levels.
● Cleanses your skin.
● Improves circulation.
● Detoxifies.
● Exfoliates.
● Moisturises.
● Rejuvinates.

My Holistic Facial Treatment can be booked as a stand-alone session or can be incorporated into a longer session of any of my other Approaches. As well as a Facial Massage,including head, neck and shoulders (if appropriate), the session involves Cleansing, Toning, Exfoliation, Mask (if appropriate) and Moisturising using Organic products suitable for all skin types.

Where appropriate, various stress-relieving techniques, including EFT Points, Breathing and Energy Balancing Techniques (using Reiki) will be incorporated as recommended and agreed. I recommend incorporating a Holistic Facial session into your regular sessions every 6 or 8 weeks. I am also a stockist of Made for Life Organics https://www.madeforlifeorganics.com/ products, so can save you postage if you order and collect directly from me.

Let’s Face It! – A Facial Treatment goes so much further than Skin Deep!

BOOK A SESSION

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