Revitalising Ayurvedic Massage
A recent pamper weekend away with the girls got me thinking about all the different massage experiences I’ve had over the years – and this inspired me to think about what the ideal massage experience would be…
What would the perfect massage involve?
- Mix and Match Treatments. I’m flexible and can adapt any massage treatment to suit your requirements. Post Lockdown special offer (A) extend your massage from 80min to 110min for just £20 extra or (B) Combine two treatments and receive 20% off. **
- Unhurried. How about a couple of minutes to de-stress after travelling to your appointment. Don’t you hate rushing to your appointment, then having to strip and jump on the table knowing that every minute counts? My clients can expect a free 20min consultation first so that we can get to know each other over a cup of tea before the massage. And if you don’t feel like chatting, that’s fine – you’ll just have a longer massage. My sessions are typically 80mins long.
- A personalised massage experience. We’ve all experienced therapists who use a standard routine which never varies. My clients can expect an extra few thoughtful touches in addition to bolsters, heated towels and soft lighting, like having your feet refreshed before being massaged, especially in the summer when they are hot – and in the winter when your toes feel like icicles, they are warmed with steaming hot towels and massaged with hot stones. Before massaging aching shoulders or lower back, wouldn’t it be lovely to have a heat pack applied to relax and soothe aches away before the area is massaged. In addition to heat packs, hot stone massage and being wrapped in warmed towels, my clients can also expect Ayurvedic treatments to compliment their massage – e.g. dry cracked heels will receive extra attention, tired eyes will receive an eye treatment, insomniacs will receive an ear treatment and head massage etc. There are many Ayurvedic therapies which can be customised to benefit to any ailment. For clients who need a more holistic approach, I have holistic packages available which include diet advice, Hypnotherapy, Regression or Spirit Releasement.
- Warm, natural oils. I have a near phobia about petroleum-based oils being used on my skin because I worry about chemicals being absorbed into my bloodstream. The Ayurvedic saying is that we should never put anything on our skin which we wouldn’t eat. Massage is actually another way of taking herbs, so my clients enjoy organic herb-infused oils which have been warmed so that they can penetrate aching joints, making them supple and lubricated whilst nourishing the skin.
- Smell. Smell is the only sense with a direct link to the limbic or emotional centre of the brain. This gives aromas the power to evoke vivid impressions, conjure up memories and trigger emotions, which will be different for each client, and it’s the reason why my clients get to choose their favourite oil. It’s important that you love the fragrance and the way it makes you feel.
- Skilful Massage. You know the saying of “someone rubbing you up the wrong way”? I’ve had massages like that and it’s an uncomfortable experience. I believe the therapist should be in tune with the client and the massage strokes should follow the flow of energy channels and nerve pathways. When energy channels are congested, we experience pain and stiffness in those areas, so regular massage can facilitate the flow of Prana (or Qi), leaving us feeling clear and energised. And don’t you just love therapists who senses when areas need a little extra love and attention?
- Music. No panpipes, dolphins or strange electronic music. Music activates the right side of the brain which nurtures creativity, intuition, receptivity, softness, stillness, silence, dreams, relaxation, imagination and regeneration – so it should be chosen with care. See my website if you would like to sample some of the music I use.
- Rest. There’s no rush. My clients can expect few moments after their massage to relax and daydream instead of having to jump off the couch whilst they’re still woozy. Sometimes I recommend a few minutes of candle meditation after a massage for clients who would benefit from slowing down for a while. I also offer guided meditations for clients who would benefit from them – mp3 sent via email.
All the above elements are combined in my Revitalising Ayurvedic Massage Package at £65 for 80mins. Need more than one? Book 3 together and receive 10% off or 4 at 20% off – valid for 1 year.
**Post Lockdown Special Offer cannot be combined with the Ayurvedic Massage Package above and needs to be purchased before the end of April (date to be booked once we are out of quarantine)
The oils I are food-grade organic plant oils from NHR Organic. These exquisite oils each contain a base of Sunflower, Wheatgerm and Pure Vitamin E oil. Added to this nourishing base are four beautiful combinations of the finest essential oils chosen for their outstanding therapeutic qualities.
Samhadi – Organic Lavender, Organic Roman Chamomile, Organic Clary Sage and Organic Frankincense
Sensual – Organic Ylang Ylang, and Organic Geranium, Organic Neroli
Vitality – Organic Tea Tree, Organic Eucalyptus, and Organic Rosemary
Feminine – Organic Geranium, Organic Lavender and Organic Rose Otto
FOOD GRADE CERTIFIED – These organic oils are Soil Association certified organic food grade, making them the highest quality grade possible.