Massage & Bodywork

BENEFITS OF MASSAGE & BODYWORK

  • Applied stress management
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis and joint mobility
  • Blood circulation
  • Digestion and bowel issues
  • Gait & proprioception
  • General fatigue & tiredness
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Hormonal imbalances and PMS
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Stiff hips
  • Sports performance
  • Injury Rehabilitation
  • Wellbeing and health maintenance
  • Neck, shoulder and back problems
  • Sciatica
  • Pregnancy Support
  • TMJ (temporal mandibular joint) Jaw dysfunction

SHIATSU & THAI  YOGA MASSAGE (STYM) are forms of  Oriental Bodywork developed in Japan and Thailand, and has been influenced by Indian (Ayurvedic) & Chinese medicine traditions. Shiatsu and  Thai Yoga Massage is generally practised with the client fully clothed, but herbal balms and compresses may be used to enhance the treatment.There is two main differences between these systems of bodywork. First, Thai uses more dynamic stretches (Yang) and Shiatsu uses passive palm/thumb pressing (Yin). Secondly, both work with the idea of pressure points and energy channels known as meridians, though the Thai system is based on Ayurveda and the Shiatsu system is based on Chinese Medicine. Dave prefers the use of Chinese meridians and utilises many of the acupressure points (tsubo) used in Shiatsu. Working with both approaches gives good balance to the Yin-Yang energies, enhancing the flow of Ki (life-force) in the body.

In a STYM treatment the body is massaged, manipulated and stretched with applied Yoga postures, increasing range of movement and improving body alignment. Working with the breath is an important aspect of STYM, helping to improve breathing rhythms and inducing relaxation. The movements of the practitioner and client is a form of moving meditation, with clients often remarking that they feel both energised and relaxed after a treatment session.

STYM is suitable for the massage needs of many people. Sports people and performance artists benefit from the deep pressures and stretches that are used. Clients that feel unfit and wish to go back to an exercise routine may find that STYM helps to prepare the body by opening the joints, with the gradual release of tight muscles and connective fascia tissue. 1 hour session is £40 or 1.5 hour session is £50  

AYURVEDIC YOGA MASSAGE is a unique system of modern and ancient Ayurvedic (form of traditional Indian medicine) bodywork that combines deep tissue massage with coordinated breathwork and yoga stretching. The treatment session is performed on a mat for free flow of movement. Deep tissue massage helps to remove “knots” and adhesions in the muscles and soft tissues, releases tension and prepares the body for assisted yoga stretching. Synchronised breathing is used to help the client progress deeper into the stretches, allowing to correct postural imbalances, restore subtle energetic balance to harmonise to the body, improving respiratory patterns, and provides the client with a deep sense of wellbeing. Though very similar to Traditional Thai Yoga Massage, in AYM the client disrobes and is covered appropriately with a towel or sarong, and therapeutic oils are used. 1.5 hour session is £50

ABDOMINAL CHI MASSAGE (inspired by Chi-Nei-Tsang) uses Chinese-Thai massage and energy healing techniques, which works with mind-body issues and emotions associated with the internal organs and the acupuncture meridians. The Abdomen can also be described as a secondary brain, as it contains a lot of nervous tissue, which explains why we have gut reactions.

Abdominal Chi Massage starts gently massaging the abdomen and slowly gets deeper into the internal organ: large intestine, small intestines, liver, gallbladder, stomach, spleen, pancreas, kidneys and bladder, and can influence the ovaries and prostate gland. The benefits with this therapy are relaxation, bowel and digestion issues, energetic rebalancing, physical and emotional detoxification, moving stagnate Chi/Ki, and aiding the flow of gynecological energy. Recommended to have at least 3 sessions typically over 3 weeks to get the best from this treatment.1 hour session is £40

INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE is a head, neck, shoulder and upper body seated treatment. Traditionally practised by barbers or as a family therapy within the home. It can be practised fully clothed or with oils if desired. It is ideal for a short treatment session, or as a form of applied stress management. Indian Head Massage can easy be added to a Shiatsu & Thai Yoga Massage session. 30 minute session is £25; or part of a Shiatsu & TYM session as priced above

REIKI is a Japanese system of hands-on healing, helping to balance the body, mind and spirit. Reiki is a gentle treatment, helping self-healing processes in the body and calming the mind. Reiki treatments is often described by clients as deeply relaxing and rejuvenating. This is the first hands-on therapy Dave trained in, with over 20 years of experience and qualified to Reiki Master Practitioner & Teacher level (Shinpiden). 1 hour session is £35

THAI PREGNANCY MASSAGE uses a gentle style of massage & bodywork helping to promote relaxation and to reduce discomfort related to pregnancy, i.e. tension in the shoulders, back, hips and feet. Contrary to popular belief, massage can be used in all stages pregnancy, and that includes the 1st trimester. Pregnancy is a natural event not a medical problem. Go on mums, give yourself a treat! Pregnancy Massage Vid 1 Pregnancy Massage Vid 2 1 hour session is £40

REFLEXOLOGY is a specific therapeutic massage of the feet and legs up the knees, based on the principle that the feet represent the whole body, and using pressure on specific points of the feet has an effect on health and wellbeing. This is a deeply relaxing and “grounding” treatment, helping to balance the nervous, endocrine and energetic (from a Oriental point of view) systems of the body. Please note contrary to popular belief, Reflexology is not a diagnostic system. Dave does not use the feet as a form of diagnosis, but uses Reflexology as a system of therapeutic treatment. 1 hour session is £40

Disclaimer: Due to the Advertising Standards Authority strict stance on the claims made by therapists that has not been thoroughly tested by scientific peer-reviewed double-blinded random controlled trials, many of the therapeutic claims made on this website is anecdotal.