Massage grew from the instinct of humans and mammals to 'rub away' their aches and pains. Ancient cultures developed routines to promote health and well-being, each with their own rituals and customs. Modern Western massage (devised in the 1800's) is based on a sequence of light, medium and firm movements over the tissues.
From the Greek word 'holos' meaning 'whole' this type of massage is tailored to differing needs, at each session. Ongoing consultation means they may vary in style, firmness of touch and areas to be worked.
The aim is to understand any underlying postural issues which might be contributing to symptoms. Performed using oils or waxes on a massage couch, relaxation is the core aim. It is most suitable for those people with high levels of responsibility and/or tension, including carers. Self-massage techniques, demonstrated and practiced for 'homework', may contribute to the minimization or prevention of future problems.
A firm massage which concentrates on the lower back and the shoulder girdle, complemented by a soothing face and scalp massage. Performed using oils or waxes on a massage couch, it is particularly suitable for those with stiffness due to driving or people who spend a lot of their working day at a computer.
Dr Emil Vodder developed Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) in the 1930's and it is now used worldwide by massage therapists, physiotherapists and nurses. The Vodder Method is one of only four recognised Manual Lymphatic Drainage techniques endorsed by MLDuk for use with people who have Lymphoedema.
The ‘M’ Technique® is a method of structured touch which is lighter and more soothing than conventional massage. The sequence of movements has a measurable effect on the brain and nervous system*, evoking a deep level of relaxation. A very nurturing experience.
* Jane Buckle, Andrew Newberg, Nancy Wintering, Ellyn Hutton, Catherine Lido, John T. Farrar. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
October 1, 2008, 14(8): 903-910. doi:10.1089/acm.2007.0613.
This advanced form of Indian Head Massage provides a relaxing energy boost!
No oils are used during a session to upper back, shoulders, arms, neck, scalp and face. Performed through clothing it is especially helpful for drivers, computer users and those who hold their tension in their shoulders.
The therapy for people who 'work on their feet' or hold their tension in their knees/legs. Ayurvedic foot massage can trace its origins back 5,000 years. Central to the session is a small, three metal, bowl used to massage the lower legs and feet. Using ghee or oils such as coconut – the lower muscles release their tension, the skin is nourished, and the 'whole' body relaxes.
Following the consultation it might be suggested that a combination of therapies would be beneficial... perhaps... a tailored Tension Back Massage coupled with elements of Kansa Vatki Massage for those who stand a lot at work.
All the therapies listed on this web-site should be seen as complementary to and not as an alternative to professional medical consultations and treatments.