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Holistic & Therapeutic Massage in Kidlington, Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Massage is an ancient form of healing through touch, using a variety of techniques. Touch is an expression of care that affects and heals body and mind.Touch is a form of massage.

Holistic massage treats the whole person: mind, body and spirit. It can help you get in touch with your emotions and be a spiritual experience.

I am passionate about giving massage and helping those who need it.

  • Relieve stress and anxiety

  • Ease insomnia

  • Relax tight muscles and ease pain

  • Improve circulation and digestion

  • Tone skin

  • Detoxify

  • Improved general health and well being

  • Help prevent ill-health

  • Enhance quality of life and well being

  • Regular massage can improve overall health, help prevent illness and enhance the quality of life.

    What I Can Offer
  • Massage tailored to your unique needs

  • Caring, compassion and warmth

  • A listening ear with empathy

  • A sensitive gentle intuitive touch

  • A serene and safe environment

  • Home care advice

  • Professionalism

  • Confidentiality

  • My massage can leave you feeling uplifted, calmer, peaceful and nourished. It may improve your wellbeing and increase your self-awareness.

    Sessions & Prices
    Holistic Massage
    The initial session lasts 1 and Ό hours and costs £47.

    Follow up sessions last 1 hour and cost £42.

    Alternatively you can have follow up sessions of 1 and 1/4 hour for £52 or 1 and 1/2 hour for £63.

    Deep Tissue Massage
    There is a surplus charge of £5 for this massage.

    In the initial massage session we discuss your needs and I find out more about you and any relevant contra indications. The remainder of the time is devoted to massage.

    In follow up sessions I start by checking how you are and followed it with massage..

    I offer Holistic & Therapeutic Massage at 35 Church Street, Kidlington, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX5 2BA.”

  • ITEC

  • NCFE certificate in Counselling Skills.

  • Professional Membership
  • Complementary Therapists Associate (Embody and CThA and Embody).

  • Training
  • Oxford School of Massage, Oxford, Oxfordshire. Holistic and Therapeutic Massage.

  • Abingdon College, NCFE certificate of counselling.

  • Holistic Medical Massage with Jing Massage

  • RhythmMovility with Darien Pritchard

  • Hand Free Massage with Darien Pritchard

  • Transforming Touch with No Hands Massage.

  • Articles

    Massage proves effective in reducing arthritis pain
    Extracts from the Daily Herald of 12 October 2012 By Dr. Patrick Massey

    Can an age-old therapy reduce the pain associated with arthritis ... better than the usual medical care? According to one recent medical study, massage was significantly better than the usual medical care in reducing the pain and loss of function associated with ... arthritis or osteoarthritis.

    Massage is possibly the oldest medical therapy known to man. ...Massage is part of every culturally based medical system in the world, including Western medicine. Massage is one of the most commonly used nontraditional therapies used today, and until about 1929, it was taught in medical schools to physicians. ....

    As we live longer, the chance of osteoarthritis increases. Obesity, sedentary lifestyles and chronic inflammation are also risk factors for ... pain and the number of people affected by osteoarthritis may double in the next 10 years...

    Traditional medical therapies for osteoarthritis include anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, rest, heat, ice and activity as tolerated. Unfortunately, the bulk of the medical therapy consists of anti-inflammatory medications. These medications can have significant side effects and are sometimes fatal...

    You can read more in the URL above.

    Benefits of Massge

    Massage benefits all the body systems. It reduces anxiety and stress, back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, and promotes comfort and sleep. It stimulates the circulation, helps detoxification, calms the nerves, relaxes muscles, stimulates digestion, improves the skin, and eases aches and pains.

    It was found that massage leads to a significant reduction in health complaints.

    Psychologically, massage is nurturing, through the quality of touch and the feeling of being cared for. Massage improves body awareness, wellbeing and helps to prevent illness.

    Quality of Massge

    Massage can be meditative and intuitive, needs to be flowing, rhythmical and sensitive (to be able to respond to the needs of the client). The therapist needs to be relaxed, grounded and self-aware.
    If you have tight muscles or back ache or shoulder pain then the massage needs to be deeper and more functional.
    If you suffer from andiety or stress or just want to relax, then the massage needs to be slow and sedative.

    Preparations for Giving Massage

    Warm up the room for comfort.

    Soft quiet music, dim light, candles, flowers, oil burner or incense will enhance the atmosphere.

    Massage table and electric equipment should be safe.

    Check client’s health and contra indications before starting.

    Wash your hands and keep your nails short.

    Remove jewellery.

    Ensure that your client is comfortable and warm at all times.

    Keep client covered for warmth and modesty.

    Massage and Lactic Acid

    Lactic acid is a chemical structure made out of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen in a chamin-like form. It is also known as milk acid. The related substance lactate is produced in the body during a chemical reaction, but lactic acid doesn’t form under such simple conditions. However, the question remains, where does lactic acid come from?

    Lactic acid is produced as a result of hard work by the muscles. When your body is working hard, it produces high levels of lactate in the muscles. When you’re running or sprinting, your body produces so much lactate that it can’t remove it from the muscles quickly enough.

    However, when the lactate levels get too high, a chemical reaction occurs with other chemicals in the body, creating lactic acid. What you should know is that it is not the rise in lactate levels that leads to that burning feeling in your muscles, but rather it seems that it is the reaction that forms lactic acid that is the cause of the pain. But some scientists are still debating about the pain’s source.

    Once the lactic acid is formed in the muscle, the muscle is tight from overwork, circulation is blocked and "knots" are formed. They cause discomfort and pain.

    The best solution for this pain from the formation of lactic acid is massage. Massage encourages blood circulation through the muscle. The circulation helps to push the lactic acid and remove it from the body, thus easing pain.

    Massage and Varicose veins

    What are varicose veins?

    They look bluish, protruding, thick, bulbous, distended superficial veins, usually in the legs. They can be the result of standing for long hours, or hereditary.

    Veins are basically tubes through which the blood flows to the heart. The blood is pumped from the veins to the heart by means of pressure from the heart and muscles surrounding the veins. The latter contract to exert pressure on the veins so that the blood is pushed towards the heart. Inside the veins there are valves that allow blood to flow towards the heart. If the blood attempts to flow backwards, the valves close and the blood cannot pass.

    However, extensive pressure due to prolonged standing can cause the veins to enlarge and stretch to the point that the valves become incompetent. The weight of the blood and gravity cause the blood to flow backwards, and the valves are then unable to stop this flow.

    For this reason, when giving massage, you should either avoid areas of varicose veins, or just massage with a gentle caress (no pressure) upwards towards the heart. This encourages blood flow towards the heart (opposite to gravity).

    If in doubt, don't.

    Relaxing massage for stress and anxiety

    When giving massage to someone who suffers from stress or anxiety, it is best to create a pleasant atmosphere that will invite relaxation. Have low lights, a candle, essential oil such as lavender in the oil burner and a soft gentle music.
    Work slowly and gently over the head, shoulders and back, releasing tension in the shoulders if you find some, legs. Pay particular attention to the feet, they help release tension, stress and anxiety. Continue working on the face and arms.
    You may find that your client has fallen asleep and that is good. It means that you have succeeded in relaxing him or her.

    Contra Indications to Massage

    Do not massage at all in the case of: Contagious illness (e.g., flu) or fever, or if the GP does not give permission.

    Avoid massaging the specific body area in the case of: Inflamed body parts, recently broken bones, recent operations, new scar tissue, contagious skin disorders like athlete’s foot, warts, shingles, cold sores, severe eczema or psoriasis (only if the skin is broken and weepy), the first 6 weeks of pregnancy (avoid the abdomen), during menstruation (again avoid the abdomen), unidentified lumps, bumps and moles and open cuts (cover open cuts with a plaster to prevent cross contamination or the risk of HIV), thrombosis, phlebitis (inflammation of the wall of a vein).

    Massage the affected area gently (with no pressure) in the case of: Bone disorders (e.g., slipped disc, and arthritis), varicose veins (gentle soft light caress up towards the heart).

    Ask for GP’s permission to massage in the case of heart disease, cancer or, if your client suffers from any other serious illness and is under medical treatment, or when you not sure.

    Hand Massage

    • Dip your fingers in the oil and rub them together over the saucer so as not to drip oil all over the place.

    • Apply oil to your partner’s hand, front and back, gently, slowly and rhythmically.

    • Support your partner’s hand with your fingers, and move your thumbs in small gentle circles over the wrist bones and then the back of the hand.

    • In the case of anxiety or stress, massage slowly and gently

    • Massage along the tendons and bones/joints

    • Feel the texture and warmth of the skin, bones and tendons

    • Massage each finger and pull.

    • Turn your partner’s hand over.

    • Support your partner’s hand with your fingers.

    • Use your thumbs to massage over the palm in small circles. You can use some pressure with this massaege stroke.

    • Turn your partner’s hand over and caress gently.

    • Hold (repeat for the second hand).

    Arm and Hand Massage

    • Apply oil to arm and hand, gentle caressing rhythmical movements.

    • Circles around the shoulder joint.

    • Knead the muscles in the upper arm.

    • In the case of shoulder ache, work deeper into the muscles to release deep tension.

    • Massage elbow in circles.

    • Knead forearm.

    • Hand massage as above

    • Caress the whole arm.

    • Feather strokes on the whole arm and hand

    • Sandwich hand between your hands and hold.

    Anatomy of the arm and hand for Massage

    The muscles of the arm are used a great deal in our daily activities and therefore are in need of massage. The muscles of the upper arm bend the elbow and bring the hand to the front of the body (for example, during eating). The forearm contains the muscles that support movement of the wrist and help gripping with the hand. The palm contains the muscles that help gripping with the fingers.

    When massaging the arm, work upwards towards the heart to assist the return of blood to the heart and to avoid damaging the veins (the valves inside them).

    Over the shoulder joint, we have the Deltoid muscle which supports movement of the arm. Below are the biceps (front of upper arm) and triceps (back). These also support the arms movements and are used in weight training. The muscles of the forearm are concerned with movement of the wrist, thumb and fingers, opening or closing the hand.

    The hand consists of bones, tendons and muscles between the bones, which help to spread and bring together the fingers. The fleshy part of the palm likes firm massage as a hard working part of our body. The back of the hand is less fleshy and will benefit from a more gentle massage.

    Foot Massage

    • Apply oil to foot.

    • In the case of anxiety or stress work slowly and gently to sedate.

    • Circle around the ankle bones.

    • Circle around the ankles.

    • Holding the foot with both hands do “fanning” with the thumbs.

    • Massage the top of the foot with the whole of one hand whilst supporting with the other.

    • Draining between the tendons.

    • Massage gently around the bones.

    • Rub the sole of the foot (apply pressure) with a fist or the heel of the hand.

    • Pressure work on the sole of the foot using thumbs, whilst the fingers support the foot.

    • Massage each toe, pull.

    • Caress the foot & hold.

    Legs Massage

    • Apply oil to leg and foot

    • Effleurage (initial massagae stroke) leg and foot

    • If your client suffers from stress or anxiety work slowly and gently to sedate, calm and relax

    • Knead the thigh

    • Wringing the thigh

    • Pummeling the thigh

    • Effleurage the thigh

    • Define the knees using one finger

    • Effleurage the calf

    • Knead the calf muscles

    • Effleurage the calf

    • Massage the feet

    • Massage gently the whole leg and foot.

    • Hold feet for a moment.

    Neck & Shoulder Massage

    Good for neck pain and shoulder pain.
    • Get your partner to sit on a chair, top off, wrapped up in a towel for modesty and warmth • Mix oils & apply to shoulders and neck

    • Massage neck and shoulders using effleurage (caress)

    • Kneading the neck

    • Kneading the shoulders

    • Hacking on shoulders

    • Lay your forearms on shoulders

    • Lean your weight onto the forearms slowly and gently

    • Separate forearms from center outwards, using pressure

    • Effleurage neck and shoulders

    • Hold hands on shoulders to end.

    Back massage

    Good for back pain
    • Hold your hands over your partner's back over the towel.

    • Uncover the back.

    • Tuck towel into pants

    • Mix oils & apply

    • Effleurage (a gentle caressing massage) from shoulders down to waist.

    • Kneading.

    • Wringing.

    • Pulling.

    • Effleurage (from waist to shoulders)

    • Feathering (very light touch massage stroke).

    • Cover the back

    • Hold to end the massaage.

    Face Massage

    • Check with your client if you can use oil

    • If client agrees, apply oil to face, avoiding area around the eyes, including ears

    • If your client suffers from stress or anxiety work slowly and gently to sedate, calm and relax

    • Caress hair

    • Using thumbs, massage in strips from center of forehead to temples

    • Massage in circles around temples, using finger tips

    • Using index finger tip, massage in circles around eyes (avoid area immediately around eyes)

    • Gentle pinch on eye brows

    • Massage strokes on cheeks from centre towards ears

    • Massage strokes on chin likewise

    • Gently pinch chin

    • Gentle massage strokes on the whole face

    • Massage ears

    • Cup hands over eyes. Hold to end

    Head & Face Massage

    Good for headache
    • If your client suffers from stress or anxiety work slowly to sedate, relax and calm

    • “Comb” hair with your fingers (be careful not to pull hair)

    • Gently “shampoo” scalp, all over

    • Massage scalp using pressure, moving scalp tissue with fingers tips

    • Rub scalp

    • Caress hair

    • Apply oil to face, if client agrees

    • Lay your hands on forehead. Hold

    • Separate hands, stroking forehead from center to temples

    • Stroke cheeks likewise

    • Stroke chin likewise

    • Hold forehead to end.

    Massasge helps with stress, anxiety, back pain, shoulder pain, neck ache and more

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    Page revised December 2011

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