What is Massage
Massage is the external manipulation of the skin and it's underlying structures, using a system of therapeutic stroking, pressing and kneading movements to relax, stimulate and rehabilitate the body.
Simply - massage strokes are used to locate and release muscular tension within the body.
How Massage Helps
Massage is in a nutshell soothing, stimulating, comforting and instinctive.
It's effects range from the physiological, psychological to emotional and spiritual. Massage stimulates the circulatory and lymphatic system, eases tension, improves muscle tone, stretches connective tissue, relaxes, refreshes, reduces anxiety and enhances well-being. This list is not exhaustive!
David is trained in Holistic Massage & Aromatherapy, Deep Tissue and Advanced Techniques, Sports Massage, Pregnancy Massage & Baby Massage.
Holistic Massage including deep tissue
The term "Holistic" derives from the Ancient Greek word "holos," which means "whole." By definition, Holistic massage treats the ‘Whole Person’ - Your Body, Mind & Soul in Unison. Holistic massage is an ancient method of healing that clears the lymphatic drainage system and releases toxins from the body, as well as relieving mental and emotional stresses & tensions.
David has undertaken a course in deep tissue and advanced techniques to further develop his massage style. The technique is similar to regular massage but is slower and deeper allowing more concentration on areas of tension and pain, reaching the connective tissue surrounding muscles.
Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation.
Aromatherapy uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person's mind, mood, cognitive function or health.
Combine this with the therapeutic effects of massage and you have a wonderful therapy.
Not just for sporty people! Anyone can benefit from a sports therapy massage; granted the massage is not as the traditional techniques but the effects are worth it. Areas of tension are highlighted during the consultation and an assessment is made to document progress and design a sports therapy strategy if required. Specific sports therapy massage techniques are used during the massage to release tension along with a range of stretching techniques to aid recovery. Pre-event, during event and post event massages can also be included, great for a marathon preparation! Advice can be given on both thermotherapy and cryotherapy.
Pregnancy can be an exciting time in any women’s life! While a woman is pregnant her body undergoes numerous changes physically, mentally and emotionally. Massage is a wonderful way to help alleviate many of these discomforts, as well as promoting a sense of wellbeing.
Pregnancy massage has been found to help reduce stress, soothe nerves, ease mood swings and help with aches and pains and postural changes. Lymphatic drainage can help reduce swelling in the arms and legs.
Pregnancy massage is a wonderful answer to some of the unique challenges of pregnancy!
Either choose to undertake a 1-2-1 session or gather a group of friends together to undertake a short course of 6 baby massage sessions.
During the sessions you will learn safe and effective baby massage techniques allowing you to work confidently when massaging a baby or infant. You will be taught specific positioning and massage techniques, as well as, contra-indications and precautions for babies and infant of different ages. You will also learn about specific carrier oils and beneficial strokes to aid specific common problems during childhood.