Swedish Massage

Swedish massage, also known as remedial, therapeutic or classic massage, uses a variety of techniques for reducing muscle tension with the aim of reducing pain, increasing flexibility and improving posture. 

While physically releasing tension from muscles, the techniques are also known to have a positive effect on stress and anxiety by calming the autonomic nervous system and counteracting the negative effects of adrenalin. In addition they help produce endorphins and generally encouraging deeper, more relaxed breathing, lowering blood pressure and improving digestion.

You will be massaged unclothed on my massage couch covered by strategically-placed towels, perhaps even a hotwater bottle on cold feet. I use a range of natural carrier oils which I can blend to suit your skin type or muscle condition. 

My clients typically report a sense of either calmness or rejuvenation after a massage treatment.

60 mins - £50.00; 90 mins - £70.00

 

Deep Tissue Techniques

​Deep tissue massage is a technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibres of the muscles, tendons and fascia.


This form of massage can be quite intense and is designed to focus on very specific areas.  For this reason I combine these deeper techniques with Swedish massage techniques.  

The techniques are performed on my massage couch with the use of natural carrier oils.

It is possible that treated areas may feel achey for a day or two after the massage.

​60 mins - £50.00; 90 mins - £70.00

 

Pregnancy & Post Natal Massage

Pregnancy massage is a gentle form of massage adapted to allow for physical changes in the Mum-to-be, allowing her to rest and relax in a safe environment.

Pregnancy massage can help with mood and can relieve some of the typical discomforts of pregnancy including back ache, cramps and swelling.

Before your massage we complete a consultation discussing any potential risks or contraindications to massage.

You will be treated on my massage couch, carefully positioned with pillows and supports, although some of my third trimester clients have found it more comfortable to receive massage while sitting on a Swiss Ball.

 

Once your baby is born I know how difficult it can be to find time for yourself so I'm happy for you to bring your baby along. I have toys and playmats to keep them entertained or they can nap in the tranquil environment of my massage room. If you'd prefer time completely for yourself why not bring a friend who can babysit in my lounge.

60 mins - £50.00; 90 mins - £70.00

Indian Head Massage

Indian head massage is an ancient form of massage linked to Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, and has been practised in the Indian subcontinent for over 1,000 years.

 

While fully clothed and seated, the client receives massage to the head, neck, shoulders and upper back. Many of the techniques are similar to Swedish massage however there is an important focus on marma points. Marma points are thought to be energy centres where a person may be deplete in energy or have an excess of energy. Indian Head Massage aims to bring this energy into balance.

 

This is typically a dry massage but there is the option to have warm oil applied to the scalp and hair. It is a deeply relaxing treatment and clients should benefit from a reduction in mental and physical fatigue, tension headaches and eyestrain while seeing improved concentration and focus and better sleep.

 

30 mins - £30

Adapting Massage to Cancer

I have received training in adapting massage to the ongoing risks of Lymphoedema, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Bone Metastasis.

 

Claire Best Holistic Massage Therapy, Herne Hill, London