Massage TreatmentsSwedish & Hot Stone Massage
You’ll leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated
We strive to offer a high standard massage treatment, with a warm genuine welcome to the clinic.
This full body massage will unlock tension and induce a sense of relaxation, wellness and inner calm. Your therapist uses pre-warmed, aromatic pure oils to enhance the whole experience.
The highly trained therapist will use hands and forearms to perform manipulations on the larger muscle groups of the back, neck, shoulders and legs. Your massage will be individually tailored to your own specific needs. It can be powerful and deep or soothing and relaxing
A series of strokes and techniques will be used depending on what you want to achieve, for example, this might be long, gliding strokes across your back to help you relax, or kneading or rubbing your shoulders to unwind any knots. The treatment takes into account the delicate or tender areas of your body, so it should be comfortable and soothing.
Five main techniques are used in Swedish massage
- EFFLEURAGE – long sweeping strokes
- FRICTION – this is used to make the area being treated warm up.
- PETRISSAGE – this is a kneading and squeezing technique
- TAPOTEMENT – this is the term given to a range of strokes aimed to energise, loosen and relax the muscles.
- TRACTION – this involves pulling on the clients arms and legs to stretch the muscles.
The various Swedish massage techniques are designed to improve your circulation, soothe your muscles and make you feel more relaxed.
Besides the calming benefits, Swedish massage is also good for:
- easing muscular strain by flushing out toxins
- improving circulation by increasing oxygen flow in the blood
- helping to keep ligaments and tendons supple
- reducing emotional and physical stress.
Being content in your surroundings is important for relaxation and will help you sink happily into your massage. Our luxurious treatment rooms are comfortable and welcoming, with soft lighting, scented candles and relaxing music
If the thought of removing all your clothes makes you blush, don’t worry: your therapist will be an artist of professional draping techniques. You will be given time to undress privately and lie down on the massage table, where you may cover yourself with towels. You don’t have to be completely exposed at any point; your therapist will uncover one little bit of you at a time depending on the area being focused on.
Let the highly trained therapist’s hands nurture your mind, body and soul to allow you to achieve a sense of wellness, leaving you rejuvenated and ready to face the world
A massage can leave you feeling thirsty and needing to go to the toilet more than usual – this is because the massage has got your lymph circulation going and your body is flushing out toxins. Drink plenty of water following your treatment.
Afterwards you’ll probably feel quite relaxed and maybe even sleepy, so give yourself plenty of time to unwind.
Savour the feeling of having every muscle in your body gently stretched and smoothed out.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is a speciality massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly.
What Happens During a Hot Stone Massage?
Before you arrive, the massage therapist sanitizes the stones and heats them in bath of 120 to 150 degree water. The stones themselves are usually basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well, and have been smoothed by natural forces in the river or sea.
You usually start face down, with the therapist working on your back. First, the therapist warms up the body with traditional Swedish massage, then massages you while holding a heated stone. As the stone cools, the therapist replaces it with another. The therapist uses many stones of various shapes and sizes — big ones on the big muscles, smaller ones on smaller muscles.
The therapist might also leave heated stones in specific points along your spine, in the palms of your hand, on your belly, or even between your toes to improve the flow of energy in your body.