Therapeutic Massage

by Louise S Williams

“If you suffer from tension, muscle ache, poor sleep, or just want time for yourself then my aim is to improve the way you feel.  Massage is a great therapy used to improve both physical and mental wellbeing.”

About Massage

Reduced energy and stress are huge causes of disease and our bodies and minds are affected when we neglect our health by not eating, or exercising properly, or not giving ourselves time to relax and rejuvenate.  In this situation our cells are fighting for survival all the time.  These symptoms can improve and significantly reduce, or disappear when you give yourself time to recuperate.

Therapeutic massage is relaxing and creates a feeling of health and wellbeing.  It helps to reduce muscular spasms produced by emotional, physical and mental tension.   Massage improves circulation and muscle tone and creates a deep sense of relaxation, as well as improving concentration, clearing the mind and renewing our energy. Before exercising massage can reduce the risk of an injury as it warms the muscles.  After exercise a massage can remove lactic acid, which prevents tired muscles.

What can I expect in my Treatment Session?

The massage treatment will begin with a consultation and this may take up to 15 minutes.  We will note your medical history and see how you would like to benefit from the treatment.

The treatments are practiced on a massage table. You will be asked to remove items of clothing depending on your treatment and will be covered with towels apart from the area that is to be massaged.

Please note I only accept cash payments at present

Swedish/Therapeutic Massage 

Swedish massage is a relaxing and invigorating therapy and is one of the most popular massage techniques used.  Your skin is intensely nourished with grapeseed oil whilst your therapist adapts the massage pressure and techniques to suit your needs.

During your massage the therapist uses a combination of gliding and kneading strokes, releasing the overall muscular stress and physical tension, to leave your body and mind feeling revived and renewed. Swedish massage improves the body’s circulation, releases muscle tension, stretches tight ligaments and reduces emotional stress. Swedish massage is often advised for stress management programmes. 

£40.00 for hour treatment

Natural Lift Facial Massage 

Natural Lift Facial Massage is a unique blend of highly effective techniques taken from Indian and Japanese facial massage, acupressure and beauty facial techniques to make this a wonderfully relaxing massage balancing the body physically, spiritually and emotionally. It strengthens and tones facial muscles, helps to restrict sagging skin and fine lines and reduces stiffness and tension in the face. It can help with sinus congestion and headaches, eyestrain and insomnia, improve blood circulation and reduce toxins. This non-surgical face massage will leave you and your skin looking and feeling relaxed, glowing and renewed.

Improvement in the texture of the skin will be evident after one session. However if you want a real facial improvement a course of at least six sessions is recommended at first to gain the most benefit, then fortnightly, or monthly treatment is available to maintain the facelift effect.

£40 for hour treatment
or 6 hour sessions for 5 = £200

Pregnancy massage 

Pregnancy Massage has been practiced for thousands of years to support mothers physically, mentally and spiritually through the challenge of childbirth. This massage relieves aches and pains, reduces stress and decreases swelling, inducing deep relaxation.  It stimulates circulation ensuring nutrients are distributed to all vital organs, including the placenta and eliminates toxins.  Muscular tension is released in the upper back, shoulders, lower back and hips which eases the discomfort of sciatica, prolapsed discs and pelvis girdle pain (symphysis pubis dysfunction).

Research suggests that the baby can benefit from massage as feel good endorphins are released by the mother during massage and passed onto the baby.

Pregnancy Massage is suitable any time after your 12 week scan.

£40.00 for hour treatment

Get in Contact

Call me on 07876 741176 to find out how Therapeutic Massage can help you or to book an appointment. 

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About Louise – Massage Therapist

I spent a couple years as a journalist and then worked for 16 years at the University of Leeds supporting students with emotional, physical and personal issues. One morning in 2013 I attended a massage therapy workshop and from then on I was hooked.  I really enjoy working with the body and have learnt how important it is for the body and mind to be in balance in order to gain optimum health.  Previously I had spent so much time ignoring the body and its amazing healing qualities.

In 2014 I studied at the White Rose Beauty College in Leeds and achieved:

  • VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage
  • VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology
  • ITEC Level 2 Complementary Therapies Diploma. 

My interests include spending quality time with my friends and family, vinyasa flow and yin yoga, zumba, salsa, walking near water, cooking, enjoying a glass of sauvignon blanc on a summers evening, good music and reading fiction.

Aftercare Advice

  • Keep hydrated – increase water intake. This will help to detoxify the body.
  • Reduce stimulants – i.e. alcohol, coffee.
  • Have some relaxing time after the treatment.
  • Have a warm bath with Epsom salts – this soothes muscles and reduces stress.

You may also find you experience certain reactions to the treatment which are healthy for your body, although can feel uncomfortable. These reactions don’t last long and reduce over time.  It may be that you feel sleepy, emotional (due to letting go of tension), have increased urination as the body releases toxins. There may be aching and soreness in the muscles (muscular tension release)

You will also feel warm, due to improved circulation, more relaxed, have a uplifted mood and improved sleep.

Contraindications to Treatment

If you are unsure about your health and what effects a massage may have, please discuss this with me first, as advice from a medical professional may also be needed before treatment can take place.

Treatment should not be followed through when:

  • you feel weak and may be clinically exhausted
  • if you have consumed drugs, or alcohol within 12 hours
  • flu, or fever with temperature
  • contagious/infectious diseases, or skin conditions.

It is important that you seek medical approval before booking a massage treatment for the following conditions;

  • Osteoporosis
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • History of Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Diabetes
  • Heart conditions (including high, or low blood pressure)
  • HIV or Aids

Sometimes there may be situations when only one part of the body is affected with a health issue and massage can be formed on the rest of the body.  The areas may be;

  • The abdominals during the first three months of pregnancy
  • Contagious diseases (athletes foot, excema, dermatitis)
  • Varicose veins
  • Major, or minor surgery (within last 18 months)
  • Recent fractures, sprains, or strains
  • Hernia, allergies, sunburn, scar tissue, oedema
  • Abrasions, pain, bruising, or inflammation