Aromatherapy and Remedial Massage
What is Massage Therapy
The health benefits of massage are now well documented, but the instinctive action of using our hands to sooth pain or ease tension is one of the oldest and most natural forms of healing.
Massage is a system of refined ‘touch’, using a range of movements and strokes developed to help heal body, mind and spirit.
The effects of massage influence all of the body’s vital systems, improving general health and wellbeing. Massage not only has a direct action on our muscles and connective tissue, it has a deep action on our nervous system, in part by lowering the release of stress hormones.
Reducing stress levels has countless health benefits. Massage helps slow the breathing and quietens the mind, leaving you feeling calm and revitalised.
The Massage Experience
Our massage sessions are tailored to the individual. Aromatherapy treatment requires looking at the whole person and addressing your needs. A brief confidential consultation is therefore carried out before massage to identify those needs and presenting symptoms.
Massage is performed unclothed, with client modesty respected at all times. Only the area being massaged is uncovered at any given time and care is taken to ensure you are comfortable and warm.
Our therapists use skin nourishing oils to help improve the flow of each massage movement. Care is taken to ensure all our oils are unadulterated and organic whenever possible.
If you have a preference for a certain oil or have a skin sensitivity, please mention when booking your session.
Types of Massage
At Healing Thyme our massage practitioners are trained to offer Aromatherapy and Remedial Massage.
Remedial massage can help to relieve discomfort by easing the tension in muscles and around joints. By gently mobilizing and exercising the joint to encourage a better range of movement, massage promotes the production of the fluid that lubricates the joints, helping you to be more comfortable.
Some studies have been done on how massage can help a number of painful conditions. Examples of these can be found on
The Touch Institute's website at www.miami.edu/touch-research/Research.html
For further information please visit our Remedial Massage and Hendrickson Method page
Practitioner: Kathryn Griffin
For details on Aromatherapy Massage, please visit our Aromatherapy page.
Is Massage suitable for everyone?
In most cases massage is a completely safe and effective form of healing; occasionally there are conditions when massage may be unsuitable e.g.
- Infective or inflamed skin disorders
- Circulatory problems: thrombosis, varicose veins or ulcers
- Blood-thinning medication
- Cancer (requires GP consent)
- Acute trauma: muscle or tendon ruptures, open wounds and burns
Our practitioners will be more than pleased to talk with you about any health concerns you may be experiencing. For example, varicose veins are not problematic if you are seeking treatment for neck and shoulder tension or an upper body relaxation massage.
What can I expect after a Massage session
At the end of your session post massage advice will be given; for instance keeping your body hydrated with fresh water to aid removal of toxins released during massage. It is also advised you refrain from drinking alcohol after each session to allow your liver and kidneys to cleanse your body of impurities.
In addition, suggestions may be given for things you can do to maintain and improve your wellbeing, such as stretching and postural changes, dietary advice or perhaps exercises to improve physical and mental wellbeing such as yoga or Tai-chi.