Massage

There is no need to go to a spa, you can get many different types of massage at our clinic based in the heart of Exmouth.

Whatever type of massage you choose, the session will be preceded by a detailed consultation and assessment when you can discuss what outcomes you hope to achieve.

Your therapist will then advise you of what to expect before the massage starts.


GENTLE & RELAXING

Aromatherapy Massage (Caroline, Jamie)

A massage using aromatherapy oils which may be used to induce deep relaxation and a feeling of well-being and stress reduction. After a consultation, essential oils (extracts from plants, flowers, fruits, etc.) are combined with a good quality carrier oil (such as almond oil) to create a uniquely blended mix for the client. This is often applied in the form of a full body motion, using smooth flowing motion to apply the oils.

Therapeutic Massage and Holistic Massage (Caroline, Madeleine)

Therapeutic massage combines techniques from a variety of styles such as Swedish or deep tissue massage. These may be used, as appropriate to the client’s needs, to work on a specific area to help relieve pain, increase range of motion and improve blood flow to that area. Equally, remedial massage may be used more generally on a wider area of the body whilst also focusing on any “tight spots” that are found. Alternatively it can take the form of a very gentle massage.

Sessions are tailored to the individual to support relaxation, massage and wellness truly go hand in hand. This may be as a standalone treatment, or part of a wider treatment plan with other practitioners. For example, a client may receive both osteopathy for a specific issue and also massage to more generally loosen the surrounding muscles. Some clients feel that regular massages are an enjoyable part of a maintenance plan that may be helpful for a wide range of conditions.

Swedish Massage (Caroline, Madeleine)

Often credited to Heinrich Ling of Sweden (1776 – 1839), Swedish massage uses multiple techniques. These techniques include effleurage (long, smooth, gliding strokes); petrissage (kneading and lifting); tapotement (tapping and percussion); friction; and vibration. Pressure is firm but moderate to light. It may include passive and active joint movements – stretching and bending joints with the help of the masseuse – to improve range of movement and flexibility. Swedish massage is traditionally a full body massage, though may concentrate on one half of the body in more depth as required. Swedish massage is thought to stimulate the circulation of blood, oxygen and lymph, and reduce stiffness and aches and pains.

Oncology Massage, or Massage for People Living with Cancer (Caroline)

As an adjunct to conventional cancer treatments, oncology massage can be used as a supportive therapy, to help with some of the side effects of cancer treatment. There is some evidence to show that it may reduce pain, fatigue, mood disturbances and general discomfort. It may also decrease associated anxiety and depression. Apart from physical symptoms, there are many emotional reasons to have a massage while living with – or having recovered from – cancer.


DEEP TISSUE

MFR, Myofascial Release (Caroline)

A gentle, yet profound, approach to soft tissue and fascial restrictions involving sustained light pressure and stretches at the point of restriction. The treatment may sometimes be integrated with, for example, commonly used deep tissue massage techniques such as MET (Muscle Energy Techniques); lever work and STR (Soft Tissue Release); and trigger point therapy.