Relaxation and Relief
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing experience or wanting your aches, pains and stiffness to go away, we’ve got a wide variety of treatments for you!
Experience may differ from person to person with tailored treatments specific to your needs and they can be applied for all body types.
Types of Massage
This massage treatment generally uses some similar techniques as Holistic, but with firmer pressure and slower movement along with techniques that allow for penetration of the deeper muscle layers with a particular emphasis on releasing chronic tension, knots and muscle pain. Deep tissue massage helps to refresh and relax muscles by breaking up and reducing scar tissue and adhesions, releasing deeply-held patterns of tension and stress. This aids the removal of toxins and increases and improves blood and oxygen circulation aiding better transportation of nutrients throughout the body. This deeper style of massage may sometimes cause some tenderness during the treatment and the following day due to the muscles releasing stored tension and toxins. Please be assured the therapist will maintain communication and work within your pain threshold.
Holistic is derived from the Greek word Holos meaning whole and this massage treats you as a whole person rather than just your symptoms using a variety of techniques that help to restore health and well-being both physiologically and psychologically. Rather than a standard full body massage each treatment is tailored to your individual needs, giving more attention where it is most needed so you may gain maximum benefit. Holistic massage is extremely therapeutic and has a many benefits such as calming the nervous system, relieving muscular tension and improving joint mobility, strengthening the immune system, stimulating digestion, increasing energy levels and releasing ‘feel good’ endorphins. It is the perfect treatment to help relax, revitalise, ground and centre you on all levels: physical, mental and emotional
Sports / Injury
Building on the techniques used in Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage uses a wide range of deeper, advanced massage techniques to aid recovery from activity, maintain healthy muscle and tissue, and prevent and rehabilitate sporting (and non-sporting) injuries. Part of the treatment involves the assessment of joints and tissues in order to establish the likely causes (sporting or otherwise) of damage, injury or misuse. The therapist then uses manual therapy techniques to address muscle imbalances and postural issues by releasing the muscle tension which can lead to overuse injuries and chronic aches and pains. Most sessions include advice on stretching, posture, or slight adjustments you can make to your routine that might help address your particular issue. Although deep tissue techniques will be used, deep does not have to mean painful! It becomes counter productive if your muscles are contracting in pain during the treatment. There will be communication between you and the therapist to ensure that the treatment remains within your pain threshold. Muscles will be thoroughly warmed before any deep work is carried out, and the area flushed out afterwards to aid the removal of waste products and toxins. Treatments can also be tailored for pre and post athletic events to promote flexibility and prepare the body for activity, and to reduce swelling, stiffness and fatigue. Sports therapy can also address both acute and chronic injuries by breaking down scar tissue and increasing circulation to the affected tissue. Regular Sports massage can shorten recovery time, improve muscle condition and range of motion, and promote relaxation and mental well being.It is the perfect treatment to help relax, revitalise, ground and centre you on all levels: physical, mental and emotional.
Manual lymphatic drainage is a central component of CDT (Complete Decongestive Therapy) which is the treatment recommended by the International Society of Lymphology for managing chronic swelling in patients with lymphatic insufficiency (lymphedema). Imaging studies confirm that manual lymphatic drainage significantly increases the flow of fluid in lymphatic vessels in normal individuals.
MLD is widely used throughout European hospitals and clinics. It is accepted worldwide as the primary tool in lymphoedema treatment & management.
A lymphatic drainage is different than getting a regular massage in the sense that long, rhythmic, wave-like strokes are used to open and then shut the lymphatics, leaving little time for that lymph to get sucked down along the vessel. During a lymph drainage massage, we use a series of gliding, compressing and stretching motions over the client’s body. The light rhythmic movements, applied without massage oil, stimulate the lymphatic system without compressing the vessels – allowing lymph to move easily through the tissues and lymph nodes. MLD follows a specific sequence over the body so lymph isn’t trapped anywhere, making sure every area is treated with care.
The lymph system is a slow-moving system of vessels and lymph nodes that is supplementary to the body’s system of blood circulation. By stimulating the lymphatic system through this treatment, the body helps drain puffy, swollen tissues, supports the body’s immune system, helps the body heal from surgery, and carries away excess fluid, waste, virus and toxins.
Post-Surgical Lymphatic Drainage is good for detoxification, edema, pre- and post-plastic surgery and post-liposuction. It can also help with cellulite treatments, fibrosis (lumps that form under the skin about one to two weeks after a surgical procedure), scar tissue, spider veins, and reduce swelling after cosmetic facelift or blepharoplasty. Post-Surgical Lymphatic Drainage should have a very soothing, relaxing effect to relieve swelling, numbness, bruising and pain. It should also help the appearance of the treated area.
Lymphatic drainage post-surgery recovery
After any plastic surgical procedure, especially hi-definition liposuction, patients experience severe swelling and bruising that can last for weeks to months and the flow of lymph can be interrupted by the surgery, which can result in reduced healing, fibrosis (scar tissue, dimpled, uneven skin and the possibility of developing seromas (pockets of serous fluid). Plastic surgeons frequently recommend Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) after liposuction, or after abdominoplasty with liposuction (a ‘tummy-tuck’). If you have multiple procedures simultaneously (liposuction, breast work and tummy tuck), MLD will be even more necessary to address swelling and tissue hardness. Manual Lymphatic Drainage accelerates recovery and decreases the chance for irregularities, lumps or bumps, and scar tissue formation, which can all affect the final cosmetic outcome. It also helps the skin to tighten and conform to the new body shape and sculpted musculature during the liposculpture procedure.
Benefits of post-surgery recovery
It speeds up the healing process by:
- Reducing swelling and bruising, increasing the removal of cellular debris and other waste from the area (including free fats),
- zeducing local inflammation, and decreasing the risk of infection by improving the immune response (the lymphatic system plays an active role in immune surveillance, immune cell transport, and clearance).
- t decreases scarring and the build-up of fibrotic nodules (hard lumps), and consequently improve skin texture and tone.
- It decrease pain, sensitivity and touch-avoidance by speeding healing and providing gentle and pleasing massage.
Contraindication to Manual Lymphatic Drainage
It should be noted that lymphatic drainage massages aren’t recommended for patients if they have any of the following conditions:
- Congestive heart failure
- History of blood clots or stroke
- Current infection
- Liver or kidney problems