Massage and Reflexology


The benefits of deep muscle massage have been known for many centuries, and the concepts are as valid today for health and healing as they were in ancient times.

The philosophy of Massage is that it is a method of restoring or maintaining health by means of manipulating the soft tissue of the muscles. It soothes the nerves and, at the same time, relaxes the body.

A massage therapist will work on specific areas using a variety of techniques with the intention to clear the muscles of toxins, relax the muscles themselves (and so the joints to which they are attached), improve flexibility or movement and encourage both physical and mental well-being.

Massage has numerous potential benefits:

  • Massage may improve muscle tone.
  • It may speed recovery time from exercise stiffness.
  • Massage may improve blood circulation.
  • It may reduce stress and tension.
  • It may improve integration between mind and body.
  • Massage may improve digestion.
  • It may help reduce the number and intensity of headaches.
  • Massage may give relief from muscular causes of pain, and is believed to be particularly effective on the back, neck and shoulders.
  • It may speed up healing from minor injuries.
  • Massage is believed to heighten tissue metabolism.


Reflexology is not a modern concept. The Chinese are said to have used an early form of reflexology more than 5000 years ago. Egyptian tomb artwork from 2000 years ago also shows foot massage.

Reflexology has become a popular holistic treatment, having been introduced into Britain in the early 1960s. It is based on the philosophy that reflex points on the soles, tops and side of the feet are connected to corresponding areas of the body. The body is divided into ten vertical zones, so that each foot is divided into five zones, along the length of the feet. In this way the feet can be seen as a "map" of the whole body. The zones that run through the feet also have corresponding zones on the hands, so reflexology can also be carried out on the hands as well.

A reflexology session normally lasts an hour. All appointments will begin with a consultation, so that the therapist can ensure that reflexology is the right treatment for you.

For treatment, you simply need to remove socks and footwear, and sit or lie comfortably so that the therapist can work with your feet. After cleansing your feet, the therapist will then work on the reflex points with thumbs and fingers. Reflexologists believe that specialized massage techniques, adapted to your needs, may help correct imbalances throughout the body, and release blocked energy.

Reflexologists believe that the potential benefits of reflexology are varied, but can include:

  • Stress release.
  • Relaxation.
  • Increased energy levels.
  • Improved circulation.
  • Balancing of hormones.
  • Stronger immune function.
  • Improved joint and muscle mobility.
  • A sense of well-being.

When the reflexology session has finished it is believed you will gain maximum benefit if you rest afterwards. You will usually be advised to drink plenty of water over the next few days, as therapists believe this helps flush away toxins.

Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage is an ancient technique that involves massaging the shoulders, neck, scalp and face. Therapists using the technique believe it aids concentration and helps combat anxiety and depression by working on a physical, mental and subtle level with the aim to promote relaxation and feelings of well being.

The upper part of the body is particularly vulnerable to stress and poor posture. Tension often accumulates in the neck, back, shoulders and head. Because of this, massage of these specific areas may have a very potent effect, helping relax the whole body.

Indian Head Massage does not require removal of clothing, and using oils is not essential, making this a convenient option during a break in an otherwise busy working day. You can receive an Indian Head Massage whilst wearing comfortable clothing, including thin tops, t-shirts or shirts, but mainly avoiding big collars, hoods or items such as thick knitwear.

You can also receive a treatment using one of a selection of possible oils, using towels to keep areas not included in the treatment feeling comfortable and warm, or other clothes protected from the oils. Some therapists often additionally use scented or aromatherapy oils specifically selected for your personal needs, for the added benefits that this may offer.

Indian Head Massage may be ideal for general relaxation and stress management, and for any specific neck or shoulder tension or related problems. However, there are some contraindications to Indian Head Massage, so check with the therapist when booking the appointment if you have any specific health problems. At the commencement of an appointment, the therapist should also ask you about any factors that might relate to the suitability of treatment.

The massage starts on the back, shoulders and neck working deeply over the muscles and pressure points that help the muscles to relax. Moving on to the scalp, different massage techniques are used which may relax, stimulate and revive this area. The whole scalp is covered to encourage circulation and bring oxygen and nutrients to the area. The effect of this may help stimulate hair growth, improve overall condition of hair, and revitalize the brain. The treatment finishes with face massage, which can include pressure points and draining techniques that may help relieve headaches and sinus problems, and continue the relaxation process. A session is designed so that the whole body may feel relaxed and revitalized, so that you are left with a deep sense of peace and tranquility.

Conditions which may be treated by Massage, or Reflexology or Indian Head Massage
Subject to GP diagnosis and supervision. Please also see our disclaimer.

  • Anxiety/Stress/Tension
  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatism
  • Muscular Tension
  • Muscle injury
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sinus problems
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Infertility
  • Menstrual Problems
  • Digestive Problems
  • Pregnancy Related Symptoms
  • Overdue Pregnancy