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Plymouth

Body Sanctuary

Massage Therapies


Research around the benefits of massage therapy has always been a matter of great debate. This is largely due to the fact that studies in this area are primarily based on personal experience as opposed to the more measurable approaches. Nonetheless, research around massage has over recent years gained pace, and because its empirical approach is more in tune with the precepts of person-centred care, it is proving to be invaluable evidence directing how we move forward with the patient’s overall experience of healthcare.


Experts within the field of massage therapy estimate that upwards of 90% of disease, whether experienced in mind or body, is primarily stress-related. Given that nothing ages us faster than high stress levels, one of the priorities of healthcare should be to ensure that any underlying stress held within the body and mind are appropriately addressed. Massage as a technique and intervention is just one of many effective tools for addressing these issues.
 
 

 Massage Treatments - Time & Price

 

Swedish Body Massage

A full Swedish body massage lasts for up to 1.5 hrs, and dependent on your needs, can be experienced as a purely relaxing process, or as a planned intervention to address more body-specific areas. During the process, your modesty is ensured, and towels will be used tactically whilst working on your body. The massage itself follows the principles of Swedish Massage techniques, involving the application of various tactile soft tissue movements to address musculoskeletal problems, relieve pain, promote relaxation and rebalance the body. Typical techniques include Soft Tissue Release; NMT (Neuro Muscular Techniques) Trigger Point Therapy; Deep Tissue Massage: and passive movements of the body.


20 minute consultation on all first treatments.


Time: 1hr 30 mins    Costs: £45

Full Holistic body massage:

A relaxing massage that focuses on all areas of the body, and incorporates massage of the back, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, legs (front and back), feet, abdomen, head and face.


20 minute consultation on all first treatments


Time: 1hr 30 mins    Cost: £45

Body specific massage/soft tissues release:

Focuses on specific body areas which have been identified as a problem for the client. During this type of massage, the therapist will utilise deeper massage techniques to access and release any held tension. Techniques such as soft tissue release, Trigger Point Therapy, passive movements, stretching and vibration will all be used in various combinations to suit the needs of the client.


20 minute consultation on all first treatments


Time: 1hr     Cost: £35

Back, neck and shoulder massage:

This massage is a good stress buster, working on the areas that typically hold the most tension and stress. This type of massage can be completed either clothed or unclothed on a massage table/chair, or just sitting at an appropriate table.


20 minute consultation on all first treatments


Time: 45 mins   Cost: £30

Lower arms and hands:

A very relaxing and soothing massage on both hands and lower arms to help release tension. Improves circulation and eases joint pain.


20 minute consultation on all first treatments


Time: 30 mins   Cost: £20

Lower legs and feet:

As previous description but on the legs.

On-site/Seated Massage (corporate): 

Another stress busting massage geared towards caring for the workforce. Involves Massage of the back, neck, shoulders and head, addressing postural problems often experienced at work.


20 minute consultation on all first treatments


Time: 15-20 mins  Cost: £20

To book one of the above Massagesplease click here!

 
 

 Benefits of Regular Massage

 

Physical Health:

Relaxes the body;

Calms the nervous system;

Pumps oxygen and nutrients into the tissues and vital organs, improving circulation;

Releases endorphins – neuropeptides that work as the body’s natural painkiller --- helping with chronic pain;

Enhances immunity by stimulating the body’s lymph flow and circulation;

Stimulates the removal of metabolic waste;

Reduces swelling and disperses oedema, increases the body’s ability to remove toxins from the body;

Improves the condition of the body’s largest organ --- the skin;

Lowers blood pressure;

Reduces heart rate;

Slows respiration;

Increases joint flexibility;

Alleviates lower back pain and improves posture;

Help with the exercise and stretching of weak, tight or atrophied muscles;

Promotes tissue regeneration;

Reduces cramping and muscle spasms;

Relieves migraine and tension headaches;

Eases medication dependence;

Increases production of red blood cells;

Speeds recovery from injury.

Mental Health and Emotional benefits:

Reduces mental stress;

Promotes quality sleep;

Decreases anxiety;

Improves productivity and increases energy levels;

Improves levels of concentration;

Induces mental relaxation;

Stimulates the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin --- lifting depressed mood;

Enhances self-image and self-esteem;

Promotes a sense of well-being;

Raises body awareness;

Nurtures and stimulates emotional growth.

 

The Concept of Human Touch


The concept of human touch is possibly the most fundamental of all our human senses. As babies we instinctively know whether the loving hands that touch and hold us are nurturing and safe. Without that sense of safety or lack of positive contact we do not thrive. Everyone remembers the plight of the children in the Romanian Orphanages, their listless bodies, institutionalised rocking, isolation and empty eyes; just one example of how the lack of positive human contact can retard our development. It is no surprise then that touch as a basic human need persists throughout the whole of our lives, but unfortunately diminishes in importance as we grow older.


Massage works for everyone whether we are mentally or physically unwell, feeling overworked, straining our muscles through personal endeavours, or just living or feeling alone. Missing that presence of another caring human being, or even just remembering a gentle touch of the partner that we once took for granted, becomes a integral part of healthy desires and well-being.

 

Techniques and Massage Mediums’.


The practice of massage is the treatment and gentle manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. The experience of massage therapy when applied by trained hands can be very gentle, firm or vigorous depending on the individual needs. Although application of the techniques can vary from therapist to therapist, ultimately how they are practised and applied can have a profound effect on the individual. There are six major techniques of massage that the therapist will utilise during treatment:


  • Effleurage -- This is the stroke of initial contact. Usually performed with the palm of hands with movements directed towards the heart. Pressure is applied in the direction of the heart and the return strokes are lighter. Performed slowly the technique has a sedating effect, and performed quickly feels invigorating.

  • Petrissage --- Derived from the French word “to mash” or “to knead”. This technique involves the lifting, rolling, wringing and squeezing of muscles.

  • Frictions --- movements performed by the thumbs and fingers. Can be circular, or cross frictions. Releases muscle stiffness and tension.

  • Tapotement/Percussion --- Stimulating techniques involving clapping, flicking, beating, pounding, hacking and vibration. Stimulates nerves, improves muscle tone, reduces fatty deposits and helps loosen lung mucus. Draws the blood supply to the surface leaving evidence of erythema (redness), warming the skin and underlying tissues.

  • Passive --- gentle movements that rotate the supportive joints and helps stretch tight or restricted muscles.

  • Vibrations ---- This technique is performed when no other movement has managed to loosen the muscles. Shaking or trembling of the muscle aids the release of held tension.
 

Prior to all treatments, clients/patients will be required to complete a consultation form, and where contraindications are 


identified, agreement must be sought from their Consultant/Doctor.