Massage in Manchester

Thai Massage

The Thai massage style originates from the ancient techniques used by Shivago Komarpaj who is said to have been the Buddha’s physician over 2,500 years ago. In fact, it is generally thought to be a combination of the traditions of Indian, Chinese and South East Asian cultures. This highly regarded massage technique uses pressure points, gentle muscle stretching and palm-pressure compression designed to intensely relax tense muscle tissues and aid flexibility of the joints.

Clients find it a deeply energising and balancing treatment, the practitioner uses both experience and intuition in knowing where to put on pressure and for how long. For a deep Thai Massage the therapist will use her body weight to release specific muscle areas to release a build up of stress and tension. This makes the pressure more focused whilst always remaining aware of the correct level of pressure appropriate to each client.

A Thai Massage will relax your body and loosen your limbs, relieve stress and anxiety and encourage the natural flow of energy through your body. Read More

Hot Stone Massage

A Hot Stone Massage can be compared in some ways with a Swedish Massage; stones are heated and used in conjunction with oils to sooth, warm and massage your muscles, allowing your body to fully relax and you will feel the draining away of the tensions and stress built up in your body and easing of damaged soft tissues. Depending upon the treatment the hot stones may be placed upon your body, or the therapist may hold the hot stones and massage your body with a variety of strokes.

This massage technique is increasingly popular for muscle tension and pain and stress and anxiety and many clients find that they enjoy a deeply restorative sleep after a Hot Stone Massage. Read More

Herbal Compress Massage

Pouches of traditionally recognised, therapeutic herbs are blended and heated; this pouch or ball can be used in conjunction with Thai, Deep Tissue or Swedish Massages so combining the effect of the traditional massage techniques with the stimulating effect of the herbs. The treatment gives a sensation of deep warmth and comfort whilst encouraging the body to release toxins. Many people prefer the herbal balls or compresses to hot stones as they release a heady scent which is deeply relaxing.

A 15-minute relaxation period is advised after this treatment and you are welcome to take your time by making use of our comfortable relaxation area. The herbs used to create the compress are chosen for their anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent and antioxidant properties and traditionally include Ginger, Eucalyptus, Galangal, Camphor, Kafir Lime, Lemongrass and Turmeric. Read More

Aromatherapy Massage

Said by many to be the ultimate in a massage that promotes total relaxation. Using only the purest of essential oils which re-balance the mind and body, pressure and massage techniques are then used to encourage the skin to absorb the oils. This encourages increased blood circulation, lymph flow, stimulates the vital organs and relieves both aches and pains. Your therapist will be able to suggest specific oils to address your particular requirements as each oil has different properties.

Eucalyptus oil and tea tree oil are known as excellent decongestants, ylang-ylang and clary sage for uplifting the spirit, rosemary for energising and chamomile and lavender for calming anxiety. Read More

Indian Head Massage

During an Indian Head Massage the head, neck, shoulders, upper-back, arms and face are massaged using traditional Indian head massage techniques. Receiving a head massage will help to clear blocks in the energy channels causing a build-up of negative energies.

This popular therapy is based on the ancient healing system of Ayurveda originating in India, where it has been practiced for tens of centuries and is still part of everyday life in many Indian homes. The client remains seated and the therapist works on the upper back, shoulders, neck, head and face. A head massage will help to relieve a range of stress-related conditions, ease muscular tension and promotes the growth of strong and healthy hair, eases eye strain and relieves blocked sinuses. Read More

Deep Tissue Massage

For clients who require a deep massage which focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue, this is the massage preferred by many who take their exercise in the gym and suffer muscle soreness or have jobs that exacerbate back and neck pain. For clients who tolerate or enjoy deeper work, the therapist will use the heel of their hands, their forearms and elbows to ease resistant tension of the muscles and connective tissues.

The therapist will focus on areas of the body that are currently giving trouble in order to relieve the pain and discomfort. This massage locates trigger points and muscle knots and is eminently suitable for athletes looking for a sports massage and can aid the healing of damaged soft tissue. Read More

Swedish Massage

For many years the Swedish massage has been the most popular choice for many, as it is a perfect way to ease stress and muscle tension and help in resetting postural problems. Such postural problems are those which the client may have developed either from repetitive motions involved in some work patterns or the over-use of specific muscle groups, or indeed as a compensation to injury in another part of the body.

This type of treatment is regarded as a general-purpose massage based on the Western concepts of physiology and human anatomy; this style of massage stimulates the circulation, releases tight muscles, relieves pain and aids mobility. Initially, the skin is lubricated with massage oil and then the therapist uses various massage strokes to warm up the muscles, releasing tension and relieving knots and adhesions. Read More

Back Massage

Some clients prefer to focus on the area where they are experiencing problems rather than have a full body massage. The back massage being the most common where knots and postural problems are causing discomfort and pain in the upper body. As there are 77 different muscles in the back which may be affected by strains and pulls so there are many ways in which back pain can impact on your life.

The therapist will begin by warming the muscles with light compressions, building up to long strokes, kneading the muscles and occasionally the use of vibration, adjusting the level of pressure as necessary. As knots and trigger points are found, pressure directly on that point is employed to release them. The massage works as the pressure stretches and lengthens the muscle fibres, releases lactic acid build-up and increasing circulation, which in turns brings oxygen and nutrients to the affected area. Read More

Neck and Shoulder Massage

The neck and shoulders are areas where stress and muscular tension seem to build up. This specific massage deals with the soft tissue in this susceptible part of the body and promotes both relief and relaxation. One of the aromatherapy or massage oils will be used to help with the free-flowing movements of the therapist’s techniques as she releases tightness and tension in the muscles of the neck and shoulders.

The massaging increases blood flow to the area which helps in reducing pain and inflammation; generally, the therapy will begin with a general massage to the shoulders, upper chest and back of head. As your therapist locatesknots and trigger points she will begin to include deeper pressure using her thumbs, palms and fingertips, working around the base of the skull. In certain circumstances hot or cold stones may also be used. Clients who spend hours leaning over a keyboard are particularly susceptible to neck and shoulder pain and muscle tension and a neck and shoulder massage will leave them invigorated and relaxed. Read More

Foot Massage

Foot massage has been used by many cultures around the world for hundreds of years both as a means to improve the general health and as a form of relaxation. A foot massage can have a positive effect upon your whole body. Elements from different practices are combined or incorporated into the foot massage involving a gentle stretching of the legs and a massage of the pressure points on the feet as in reflexology.

The therapist uses the hands to locate pressure points and occasionally uses sticks or rollers to further stimulate the reflex areas of the foot. This is a non-intrusive therapy which is suitable for most people, is instantly relaxing and soothing and alleviates stress and anxiety. Read More

Four Hand Massage

Whether you choose to have a hand massage after a manicure or nail treatment, or want to book in simply as a well-deserved short session of “me time”, a hand massage will relax you and nourish the skin on one of the hardest working parts of your body. It is the instant quick fix which will help you to de-stress and relax. Clients who work on computer keyboards or do other repetitive hand movements will appreciate the benefits from a massage of the hands, wrists and lower arms.

Using one of our aromatherapy oils or hand lotions your therapist will use a variety of different techniques including stretching the muscles connecting your wrist, fingers and palm, warming the skin and loosening your hand by gentle friction, employing light pressure to release tension and working each of the joints to free their movement. Not only is this a quick yet very effective way of relaxing, but is an excellent relief for those who suffer from poor circulation. Read More

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