Holistic Massage

Practitioners: Judith Peplow, Jem Friar, Joanna Swift & Vicky Rippin

Holistic Massage

Holistic Massage draws techniques from many traditions, combining them with natural sensitivity of the therapist to meet the needs of each individual.

These days, stress related disorders are one of the most common reasons that people visit their GP. Recognising that stress and illness affect not only the physical body, but also our emotional, spiritual and mental wellbeing, Holistic Massage encourages the body's natural healing ability, balancing the whole body.

A massage session can help to reduce muscular and joint pain, reduce stress levels and aid relaxation. It can improve circulation, nervous function and joint mobility. Conditions such as back pain, arthritis and digestive problems can be eased with regular treatments.  A regular treatment can also  help to improve your joint mobility, aid relaxation and boost overall wellbeing.

Holistic Massage means treating the 'whole' of the individual - Mind, Body & Spirit. The massage is tailored to the needs of the individual, taking in to account their history, their emotional state and any pain or injuries.
Rather than performing the same set sequence of massage techniques on every single client, holistic massage means assessing the clients needs and then tailoring the massage for their personal fulfillment.

The Technique

Using techniques from Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, Holistic massage is given using 100% Natural Organic Cold Pressed Oil applied directly on to the skin. The client wears their underwear (removal of bra is optional) and is mostly covered by warm towels; one part of the body is uncovered, massaged, and then covered up before moving on to another part of the body.

What is Swedish Massage?

Swedish massage is the most commonly offered and best known type of massage. It was developed by a Swedish physiologist, Henri Peter Ling in 1812. It uses a firm but gentle pressure to improve the circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, improve flexibility and create relaxation.

Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of Western massage, including sports, deep tissue and aromatherapy.

What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep Tissue Massage uses Swedish Massage techniques but with extra pressure, often using forearms, elbows and two hands or thumbs.

The Oil
100% Natural Organic Cold Pressed Oils are used for the massage. Sweet Almond Oil is a favourite used for it's soothing and moisturising properties, though Sunflower oil is a good alternative for people with nut allergies.

The Bed
The bed is a very comfortable massage table raised to around hip height from the ground. It is covered with a 100% cotton towling cover and then covered again with soft couch roll which, along with the towels are changed with each client.

The Time
How long your treatment is, is entirely up to you and can vary in length from half an hour to two hours.
Most treatments are an hour or an hour and a half for more in depth work.