Healing From Within
I truly believe that the body has its own incredible abilities to protect itself from disease. Through my range of specialist holistic body treatments, I give you the tools to heal and protect yourself using your body’s own unique force and energy.
Massage provides many benefits to the physical as well as the emotional body. Having regular massages can bring relaxation, helping to improve sleep, and reduce anxiety. It can lower blood pressure, improve skin tone, relieve muscle tension and ease pain. It also stimulates the lymphatic system which boosts the immune system, bringing much improvement to health and well-being.
Reflexology is a gentle non invasive complimentary therapy, that uses the application of pressure to the feet and hands. It is extremely relaxing yet a very powerful therapy for helping to bring the body back in to balance and stimulate the body’s own healing response. It can help to greatly relieve pain, reduce anxiety, improve sleep and mood. It works really well with other therapies, particularly Reiki.
Aromatherapy massage is a very gentle massage that uses the therapeutic quality of essential oils to bring healing. The oils are absorbed through the skin, inhaled and work on the body, mind and emotions in very specific ways to balance and relax, or stimulate and revitalise. A special blend of oils will be selected for you based on what your needs are at that moment.
I combine the amazing energetic vibrations of the beautiful oils with myofascial healing massage, gentle stretches and lymphatic drainage.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is specifically used for releasing chronic muscle tension, the focus is on the deepest layers of the muscle tissue, tendons and fascia, by using specific pressure and neuromuscular (trigger point) techniques.
Swedish massage is a traditional, most well known type of bodywork massage. The primary goal is relaxation, whilst also working on tension and knots to relieve pain and stiffness. It can also be firm and invigorating, using a combination of massage strokes and techniques. Swedish is the underpinning cornerstone of all massages, and one that we all learn at the start of our careers – I incorporate many aspects of this massage into my treatments, but no longer do “just a Swedish massage” – when you book an hour massage with me nowadays you get more than just one massage modality.
Pregnancy Massage / pre and post-natal massage
Nurturing gentle massage techniques are used to bring relaxation, reduce stress and enhance well-being at this most special time, bringing much benefit to mother and baby. Regular massage throughout pregnancy can result in an easier and less painful birth, as well as helping to relieve muscle tensions and pain that the changes during pregnancy can bring. Massage post-natal can help realign the body as well as bringing about much needed self-care and relaxation post baby.
Indian Head Massage (Spa Style)
Deeply relaxing head massage, lying on the couch, with back, neck, upper arm and shoulder massage, along with stretches. Pressure points will be worked on, on the scalp and face, while warm crystals for healing and grounding will be placed on the feet. This is a wonderfully relaxing experience and a really enhanced luxurious treatment when combined with hot stones.
Please see holistic therapies for details of Traditional Seated Indian Head Massage.
Myofascial Healing Massage
A slow gentle “holding” massage. The fascia is the thin membrane that runs throughout our entire body, from the tips of our toes, through all the muscles and fibers, even into our brain! We store trauma and emotions in our fascia, which, if not released build up and cause pain and tension throughout the body. This massage is ideal if you have fibromyalgia or other conditions that cause pain, where deeper massage is uncomfortable. It helps to release emotions, and works on the nervous system, “dialling down” the stress response in the brain, and so is also good for people who have anxiety, or who have gone through trauma and need help releasing that.
Hot (and cold - optional) Stones Massage
One of the most versatile, popular and relaxing massages, it is said that one sweep of the stone is worth 5 with the hand alone! The natural volcanic stones are heated and used with luxurious coconut oil to massage stress, knots and tension from the body. The stones, combined with the heat penetrate stiff muscles and warm deep into the surrounding joints. This treatment can be finished with smooth chilled marble stones to invigorate the skin, which is great in the summer and a must to soothe and clear the sinuses after a facial.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
MLD, manual lymphatic drainage is a very gentle technique that has a variety of benefits to many conditions, that affect the lymphatic drainage system, where normal massage techniques are not suitable or are ineffective*. Clients who respond favourably to MLD include those with post-traumatic and post-surgical swelling, those recovering from such surgeries as cosmetic procedures (face lifts, breast augmentation, liposuction, and orthopedic surgeries such as hip or knee replacement). MLD is also very effective in helping a variety of autoimmune disorders , such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and rheumatoid arthritis, reducing pain and aiding in sleep, stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, and boosting the immune response. *Note; While a manual lymph drainage practitioner is able to address simple medically uncomplicated lymphedema, more complex clients, especially those with additional medical issues, should see a lymphedema specialist.
Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Body Brushing with Lymphatic Drainage
A full body treatment to exfoliate and brighten the skin. This treatment consists of stimulating body brushing to aid lymphatic drainage followed by an aromatherapy natural citrus coconut oil sugar scrub, which is then polished off and finished with a deep moisturise. This gives the body an amazing glow and is the perfect pre-holiday treatment.
Many people suffer from digestive issues – IBS, constipation, bloating, gas, cramps and infrequent bowel movements can all be relieved by abdominal massage. This massage can reduce the need for long term use of laxatives and enemas. Clients will be taught self massage to use between treatments. This can be given stand alone, or added in to any other treatment.
Please note that this massage is NOT suitable for clients who are pregnant or suffer with any of the following: history of malignant bowel obstruction or inflammatory disease of the intestines, spastic colon, unstable spinal injury.
Thai Style Herbal Compress Massage
Thai Style compress massage uses a deep invigorating massage with heated compresses, filled with 14 different aromatic herbs, spices and fragrant oils. Using a combination of stretching and pettrisage techniques, with lymphatic drainage, this powerful spa treatment delivers the ultimate in detoxification and relaxation. It rejuvenates and stimulates your body and mind and re-balances the whole system.
Thai Style Foot Massage
The Thai Style Foot Massage combines the techniques of reflexology, shiatsu, and yoga stretching to deliver a stimulating therapy that works to re-balance the whole body. Using the traditional Thai wooden massage stick, medium to firm pressure is applied to the feet and hands to stimulate the energy flow on the meridians and circulation, whilst gentle stretching of the legs helps to release tight tendons and fascia.
Seated Thai Acupressure Massage (on site chair massage)
This massage is done seated on a massage chair and with the client fully clothed. It is ideal for clients who can’t lie down but who would benefit from a back neck and shoulder massage. The head is also included.
Full and Half Day Pamper Packages Available for up to two people – contact me for more info.
"Thank you Sam!! I just had an amazing Thai herbal compress massage. I loved it! It was completely different to any other treatment I have had before & as always, Sam made me feel completely at ease & comfortable. I love your treatment space – it’s very peaceful. I was away with the fairies!! I was a little congested on my chest before hand, but I now feel a lot clearer and after a rest I am ready for the rest of the day! Couldn’t recommend this lovely lady enough xx"