At balance we offer a wide range of massage therapies:
Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment using plant extracts (essential oils). Oils are chosen then blended to suit the client's individual needs. This massage is thought to improve emotional well-being and restore balance to the body.
An aromatherapy facial begins with cleansing and toning, followed by a massage to the face, neck, shoulders and scalp using the therapeutic properties of essential oils. It is a very relaxing treatment that can improve circulation and provide a healthy glow to your skin.
Deep (tissue) muscle massage
This massage technique separates muscle groups and loosens connective tissue so as to bring about the realignment of the body and freedom of movement.
Holistic / therapeutic
Therapeutic/Holistic massage involves a variety of massage techniques used to ease musculo-skeletal problems. Massage is beneficial in relieving muscle tension, promotes relaxation and a general sense of well-being, restores balance in the whole body, alleviates pain and stimulates the bodies own healing on all levels - physically, mentally and emotionally.
Hot Stone Therapy
Stone Massage is a deeply relaxing treatment. Warm basalt stones can be placed on the body and also used with traditional massage techniques to ease the pain and tension of aching muscles.
Indian Head Massage
Indian Head Massage has been practised in Asia for over 5000 years. This has now been developed into a seated massage that concentrates on the upper back, arms, neck, scalp and face. This treatment is beneficial in treating the stress related problems of modern living such as headaches, eyestrain, tension and insomnia.
Integrated Myofascial Release
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Pregnancy Massage can relieve many of the common side effects of pregnancy, from backaches, headaches, oedema or other pregnancy related problems.
Reflexology is an ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Indian therapy focusing on the reflex points in the feet that correspond to specific body organs. Hands and ears have similar reflex points and can be substituted.
Shiatsu is a highly effective and enjoyable healing art that works with the body's energy channels or "meridians". Harmonising this energy promotes better health and strengthens the body's own self-healing abilities. Literally meaning "finger pressure" Shiatsu involves applying pressure with thumbs, hands and sometimes elbows, knees and feet. The amount of pressure varies enormously - from gentle palm healing to very deep and stimulating - according to the needs of the individual. Simple stretches and light manipulation may be used. Shiatsu is officially recognised in Japan and is one of the fastest growing therapies in the UK. It is holistic and comprehensive and can be used in conjunction with other therapies and orthodox medicine. Many people use it preventatively to maintain over-all health and well-being, and to live life to the full. Complaints shiatsu works well for are :
- Migraine and headaches,
- Stress and tension,
- Back pain and stiffness,
- Neck and shoulder problems,
- Menstrual and digestive disorders
- Anxiety and depression.
- It is also effective during pregnancy to strengthen, relax and balance.
A session traditionally takes place on a mattress on the floor, however shiatsu is very versatile and works just as well on a massage couch, or even a wheelchair. It is performed through loose clothing.
Sports therapy massage
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Thai massage is an ancient form of body therapy. Nuad Bo-Rarn is Northern style Thai massage and reflects the gentleness of the Northern Thai people and the more relaxed pace of Northern Thai life. This treatment combines gentle stretching, palm and thumb pressure along the Sen or energy lines and can also include soft tissue manipulation. This is believed to allow the body's natural energy to flow more freely and can also encourage deep relaxation.
Thai massage is performed on a cushioned mat on the floor. The client is advised to wear loose comfortable clothing as this will allow for flexible movement.
It is a treatment that is more suited to active people and should be avoided if you have had joint replacement surgery or suffer from Osteoporosis or any other bone disorder. If you suffer from high blood pressure or a heart condition it is advisable to receive permission from your GP prior to treatment. A consultation will be provided before your massage.
Clients are advised not to have a heavy meal prior to treatment however a light snack is advisable up to an hour before treatment to avoid low blood sugar.