What happens in a massage and reflexology treatment …and how aromatherapy fits in

backRemedial Massage

During your first appointment I will take you through an initial consultation where I will ask about your medical history (including any medication you are taking) and any current health issues, as well as generally finding out a little bit about you.  The consultation generally takes around 15 minutes, depending on the complexity of any health conditions. This information will ensure that the massage I provide is appropriate to your needs, and as each massage is individualised to the person, that you receive the very best massage for you.  If appropriate, I will carry out a postural assessment to assist with my determination of areas of tension which may be causing your symptoms; this will inform the treatment I offer you.  Throughout the treatment I will be guided by what your objective to receiving a treatment is- you may want a purely relaxing treatment, or a deep tissue treatment incorporating techniques designed to effectively address muscular tension.

I can offer a choice of either a plain carrier oil (Sweet Almond or Grapeseed) as my massage medium, or, as a clinical Aromatherapist I am also able to offer massage oil blends I have created using a a base of grapeseed and sweet almond oils infused with essential oils which are both relaxing and with wonderful properties for most skin types.  I can also create essential oil blends which complement the treatment I am providing.  For example, for musculoskeletal pain and tension, incorporating essential oils with rubefacient properties promotes the warming of tissues, beneficially increasing blood flow to areas of tension and enhancing the effect of the massage.  Additionally many essential oils have pain relieving properties which are beneficial where there is musculoskeletal pain.  All the oils I use are clinical grade, and sourced from suppliers registered with the Aromatherapy Trade Council.

Prior to the treatment I leave the room to enable you to undress to your underwear and lie comfortably on the couch, covering yourselves with a drape which is already on the couch, ready for you to use.  Throughout the treatment the drape covers the areas of the body not being treated.  Only areas of the body discussed and agreed to be treated are uncovered during the appointment.

 

Reflexology

During your first appointment I will take you through an initial consultation where I will ask about your medical history (including any medication you are taking) and any current health issues, as well as generally finding out a little bit about you.  The consultation generally takes around 15 minutes, depending on the complexity of any health conditions.

Reflexology describes the treatment of zones, usually in the hands or feet, which correspond to areas of the body. Research has proven that stimulation of the these zones increase blood circulation in corresponding regions, enabling increased blood flow to the area which can help the body to heal and repair.  Science recognises and accepts other reflex relationships, such as dermatomes and proprioception.

Reflexology may be beneficial in treating a range of physical and psychological conditions – skeletal conditions like sciatica and shoulder tension; painful and heavy periods; skin conditions such as psoriasis; stimulation of ovulation in women where this is not happening naturally or regularly as well as psychological conditions such as depression and anxiety.  Many clients have found that symptoms associated with inflammatory conditions such as arthritis often reduce with reflexology.

A foot treatment involves you lying, fully clothed, either on a massage couch or in a specialised reflexology treatment chair which reclines you back to enable your feet to be fully accessible.  For people who find reclining uncomfortable, reflexology can be carried out on a regular massage couch with pillows and bolsters ensuring you are comfortable and your feet are in the correct position. Footwear and socks/tights are removed, and if trousers are worn these should be loose enough to roll up a few inches as the treatment will involve the lower part of the leg.

In addition to a range of physical benefits, clients describe reflexology treatments as being incredibly soothing and very relaxing, as well as uplifting and making them feel more energised.  I treat clients with a range of physical and mental health challenges, some significant, and I focus the treatment on addressing the key issues identified by the client in the initial consultation.  Prior to each subsequent treatment we will review the situation and plan the following treatment accordingly.

Reflexology can be a very effective treatment which, most simply, can be described as helping you to optimise your physical and mental well-being.

Note …many people come to see me declaring they hate their feet / hate having their feet touched; I have yet to have finish a treatment and have someone state they still hate having their feet touched!  I absolutely love to convert people to loving reflexology,  and for that reason am always happy to offer new clients Reflexology Taster sessions of 30 minutes for the offer price of £15.  Try it and see!

Aromatherapy 

Aromatherapy describes the practice of using essential oils obtained from various parts of a plant, for physical and psychological wellbeing.  Aromatherapy can be a standalone treatment, such as in its use for skin conditions in the form of a cream, or gel, which can be applied topically.  It can also be used as an inhalation, by way of a ‘sniff stick’  for psychological conditions, such as stress, or for insomnia.  Treatments are individualised and unique to the individual.  The oils used in my aromatherapy are the purest forms and adhere to the most stringent safety standards.  All of the essential oils I use are obtained from suppliers accredited with the Aromatherapy Trade Council.

For those who like aromatherapy, I use my own recipe massage and reflexology blends during my treatments (plain oils are available for those who do not want it).  The oils I use are suitable for almost all skin types and offer a range of beneficial properties which enhance the treatment.

For home ...A few times a year I make new batches of my massage and reflexology blends, and at the same time make bottles of Hand and Body Moisturising Gel, to my own recipe, for clients to purchase.  I also make bottles of my Citrus Cleanse and Calm essential oil diffusing blend, to pop in your diffuser of choice. Please do ask, if you would like me to reserve you one next time I make a batch.

 

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