Massage can help people feel psychologically better, for example there may be a reduction of stress, and a restful sleepy state may be induced. Conversely, people who are feeling lethargic and mildly depressed, may benefit from a more stimulating treatment to increase well-being.
What are the benefits of massage? Decrease in muscle tension, a wider range of movement in restricted joints and tight muscles, reduction of chronic pain, reduced recovery time from exercise or training; reduced stress and anxiety and an overall sense of well-being.
What conditions may be helped by massage? As well as being relaxing and enjoyable in itself, massage can often bring relief of certain conditions, such as lower back pain, tight neck and shoulder muscles, postural issues such as headaches and migraine. It can also help those with a decreased range of movement caused by osteoarthritis and those who have anxiety, depression and low self-esteem/body image.
Aromatherapy brings the power of touch and smell which can in turn have a therapeutic effect on the body. Each essential oil used has its own specific healing properties. A number of the oils can be used to calm the nervous system, others reduce inflammation, or ease aches and pains, and some uplift the spirits. Inhaled scents will stimulate the olfactory centres in the nose and particular parts of the brain.
Can be very useful for those who are stressed, anxious, or in pain, useful for insomnia, depression, high blood pressure, fluid retention, poor circulation, arthritis, headaches, migraines, menopausal symptoms. This is an ideal therapy to bring calm and tranquillity and enhance well-being. The massage will be gentle yet therapeutic, with light strokes and gentle pressure. This type of massage aims to relax tense muscles and encourage the body to relax and enhance well-being.
Manual lymphatic drainage massage
MLD is a very gentle, very light, rhythmic whole body massage treatment. The Lymphatic system is our front line of defence in fighting bodily infections, detoxifying the body and transporting metabolic wastes, excess water, bacteria and toxins out of the body. The massage acts as a delicate pumping technique that drains lymph nodes of water and trapped toxins. Typically a drainage session will concentrate on the neck, stomach, breast, groin, and leg area.
This type of massage is highly recommended for those prone to and recovering from sore throats, colds, infections, on-going tiredness, excess fluids, low immunity, swollen nodes and also for the physically inactive.
At the natural clinic we have experienced therapists who have had specialist training and are able to provide appropriate treatments for cancer patients or cancer survivors. Treatments include Reiki, Reflexology and Oncology Massage. Please call the clinic for advice and information about these speciality treatments.
G5 massage is good for fitness enthusiasts/athletes. It can help improve flexibility, muscles tend not to be as sore and stiff, it helps recovery time, and reduces the anxiety of athletic competition. Massage can improve performance, increase endurance, and help lower fatigue levels. By reducing fatigue, athletes can train better with longer more effective work outs.
This type of massage is more intense than a massage for relaxation. A little more pressure is used, to release tension. It will incorporate techniques such as kneading, smoothing, and stretching of soft tissue (muscle and fascia) of the body. As well as being relaxing and enjoyable, in itself, this massage may help alleviate, lower back pain, and tight neck and shoulder muscles.
Indian head massage
Indian head massage has been practised in Asia for over 5 thousand years. The concept was originally developed by women to keep their hair long, lustrous and in good condition. The treatment comes from Ayurveda, an ancient method involving natural therapies. The Hindi word for head is Champi. Therefore this treatment is sometimes called Indian Champissage.
This therapy can help to reduce stress, disperse toxins from tense muscles, rebalance your energy flow and stimulate improvement of circulatory and lymphatic systems. It may also help relieve mental tiredness, anxiety, stress, insomnia, hair loss, sinus problems and scalp tension.
Hot stone massage
Hot stone massage is the use of hot stones to provide heat and pain relief to the body. The stones are large smooth basalt (volcanic) stones, which are heated to around 50 degrees centigrade and retain their heat during the massage. The stones are used in three ways. Firstly, the heat from the stones is used to warm up the body and to apply the oil, and then the stones are used as massage tools to penetrate deep into tight muscles, and work gently around painful joints. Finally the stones are placed on your body so that you can relax and enjoy the residual heat.
Hot Stone Massage can improve the lymphatic and immune systems, normalise body functions, encourage your body to heal itself, increase cellular activity, improve the flow of blood, reduce inflammation, soothe muscle injury, reduce stress and induce a feeling of well-being. It may also help those suffering from Fibromyalgia.
Lava shell massage
This treatment uses hot or cold Lava Shells depending on the type of treatment needed. Useful for sports injury and deep tissue work. Very good for stiff, tense muscles.