For centuries massage has been used by many cultures for its therapeutic benefits. It involves the application of pressure and manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage pressure is varied and is dependent on personal preference. Each treatment is adapted accordingly, with more work focused on the areas that need it.
Massage affects the physical, physiological and psychological aspects of the human body thus having a positive effect on a person’s overall health and well being. There are many benefits to receiving massage therapy:
The Therapy Works provide the following massage therapies:
This type of massage uses a rhythmic movement and forms the basis of all massage therapies. It can be used for relaxation or deep tissue work and benefits a wide range of conditions such as:
Ayurvedic Hot Oil Foot and Leg Massage
Also known as padabhyanga, this highly relaxing yet revitalising treatment is a wonderful delight for tired feet and legs. Using hot oil with various massage techniques including use of a Kasa bowl (a small bronze bowl), the key foot and lower leg Ayurvedic energy points, marmas, are worked. In traditional Ayurvedic medicine padabhyanga is used as a preventative and balancing treatment and can benefit a variety of conditions:
Using a combination of techniques such as Swedish massage, lymphatic drainage and Indian Head, massage during pregnancy offers a deeply relaxing experience. Each treatment is adapted to individual need and stage of pregnancy, with treatments available during first, second and third trimesters. Usually lying on your side or in a semi-reclined position, you will be well supported with cushions. Pregnancy massage can benefit many of the changes that occur during pregnancy as well as preparation for childbirth, such as:
A full consultation will be completed prior to each treatment. Depending on individual circumstances and agreement, communication may be made with the main care giver i.e. GP, Midwife or Consultant, prior to commencing pregnancy massage. Please contact Lindsey for further information or to discuss any concerns you may have.
Using essential oils, this type of massage is highly effective. Individuals are exposed to the unique properties of the oils by way of aroma, inhalation and penetration of the skin - with the added benefit of massage. It combines the use of Swedish massage with lymphatic drainage and acupressure techniques and can benefit a variety of conditions such as:
Please also refer to the Clinical Aromatherapy page for further information relating to the therapeutic properties of essential oils.