Massage (Swedish/Deep Tissue)

“Massage has had a positive effect on every medical condition we’ve looked at”  

Tiffany Field, Ph. D.

Massage is the physical manipulation of body tissues using rhythmical pressure and stroking for the purpose of promoting health and well-being. It can be traced back to ancient times and began as a natural sacred healing aspect of every day life. As far as 3,000 years BCE, massage techniques were seen in tomb paintings in China and Egypt depicting images of people kneading muscles. These were also passed orally from one generation to the next within many cultures and recorded between 1500-500 BCE within Ayurveda, the traditional holistic healing system of India. In Modern times, massage is a widely accepted complementary therapy, of which there are a number of types, varying in their application and style and underlying assumptions of the body systems.

Never put off your massage until tomorrow if you can get it today

Thomas Jefferson

I offer Holistic Massage (Swedish Massage in addition to Deep Tissue), which is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, as opposed to energy work on “meridians” or sen lines in Asian massage systems and refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones. The aim is to increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the massaged area.

Benefits of Massage 

  • Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness and reduces muscle spasms
  • Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Treats musculoskeletal problems and improves posture
  • Enhances athletic performance
  • Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
  • Can provide post-operative rehabilitation
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Enhances the health and nourishment of skin
  • Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
  • Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy
  • Fosters peace of mind and promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
  • Helps relieve mental stress and reduce levels of anxiety
  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing, relieves stress and aids relaxation
  • Fosters a feeling of well-being
  • Satisfies needs for caring nurturing touch
  • Improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately
  • Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
  • Creates body awareness
  • Increases awareness of mind-body connection

What to expect  

A massage session will usually last up to 1 hr. This can be longer if combined with other therapies. A full body massage will include your upper and lower limbs , neck, back and stomach. Many people like to tailor their massage, for example, preferring to opt out of having their stomach massaged and instead have longer time spent on the back. This is entirely up to you. Other people are sensitive to physical touch in certain body areas. Your privacy and dignity will be respected at all times. Additionally the pressure and depth of the massage will be tailored to you. 

Testimonials

I felt so much better when I came out than when I went in.” (Angie, Runner )

My massage was amazing. I was talked through every step and felt the stress leave me. I was shown breathing techniques, which I am still using.” (Sam, mother of two)

I felt wonderful, calm and relaxed… I felt I could really trust Leanne.” (Sarah, musician)

“The massage was very good. It’s hard to find someone who has a firm and strong touch.” (Nina, Yoga teacher)

Beautiful calm, clean space. I felt completely at ease before the session had even started. Massage was very relaxing, pressure was just right. I felt light and airy for hours afterwards.” (Rachael, Personal Trainer)