Sessions of holistic massage for individuals and massage tuition for couples and small groups.
Holistic massage in Sea Mills encompasses the whole person - mind, body, spirit, emotions - and any session may work on one, many or all of these areas.
The basis of the technique is the Swedish massage strokes, but also includes joint mobilisation, holds and stretches. Pressure ranges from feather light to very deep tissue, including remedial work for injury recovery (at least six weeks post injury). I work with the client to find the right level of pressure for them.
Great for anyone wanting to feel more connected to their body, to let go of stress, to take their next step or simply give themselves a treat.
Sessions I offer in Sea Mills include: deep tissue massage, remedial massage, pregnancy massage, relaxation massage, treatment for Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome and for chronic stress and anxiety.
What is Deep Tissue Massage?
This is where the therapist sinks through different layers of skin, fascia and muscle to treat underlying tensions in deep seated muscles. It also uses techniques such as mobilisation and Myofascial Release to loosen and release muscles. It can take several sessions and work by the client in between to resolve chronic tensions.
What is Remedial Massage?
This works with issues arising from injuries or chronic tensions and is often focused in a specific area or muscle group.
What is pregnancy massage?
Massage can be very helpful throughout pregnancy. In the first trimester gentle massage is recommended, with no work on the abdomen. In later stages massage is done with the client lying on their side and all areas of the body can be worked on, as to the client's comfort. Can help with lower back pain and swelling in the ankles, feet and fingers.
What is relaxation massage?
Any of the sessions listed above can, and hopefully will be, relaxing. Deep tissue release can be very relaxing for the body and mind, and massage on any body strains from pregnancy can be seriously soothing. However, if your intention is specifically to relax rather than work on an area of the body, I work primarily with the nervous system and acupressure points on the body to aid let go.
What is Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome?
Sciatica is any pain that refers down the leg and is a tingling sensation, indicative of a compressed nerve. There are different causes for this - for example, a herniated disc, or a tight piriformis muscle. If you have pain due to disc damage, you need to consult a doctor. For other causes, including Piriformis Syndrome, I can help release the pain using Myofascial Release, deep tissue techniques, joint mobilisation and stretches.
How do you help with stress and anxiety?
Mind and body are one system and whatever is going on in one will show up in the other. If you are stressed or anxious - either because of a particular event, or ongoingly, I offer a space for your body to let go, unwind and rest and repair, helping to bring your whole system into balance.
A two hour session for two people to learn how to exchange massage. For partners, friends and family members to practise on each other, this is an introduction to massage. Each person gets the chance to give and receive. You will learn about:
- muscle actions and patterns of tension - what you can do to help alleviate them in yourself and others;
- posture that means you can be comfortable and relaxed giving massage;
- how to work with your partner's particular areas of tension;
- how to make the most of receiving a massage;
- how to set up your space for massage;
- when not to massage;
- self-massage so you can work out your own tensions.
For those who want to learn or brush up on basic massage skills in Sea Mills.