Types

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage incorporates a variety of massage techniques and focuses on reaching the deeper layers of the muscles and connective tissues in order to relieve physical tension and pain. Working deeply yet slowly, specific muscles and tissues are thoroughly manipulated while pressure is concentrated on areas of tension in order to break down muscle adhesions, assist in pain relief and restore normal movement. Especially beneficial for tense bodies as well as day to day problems such as fatigue, back pain, postural issues and repetitive strain injuries, the end result is a more comfortable body, coupled with greater flexibility and range of movement in restricted areas.

Techniques in Deep Tissue Massage can include strokes and pressure applied with fingers, knuckles, forearms and elbows. You may experience some discomfort during a treatment, however all sessions are personalised in order to keep the level of pressure within a manageable range and focus on individual requirements to ensure that you get the best results.

Sports & Remedial Massage

Tailored to your own individual needs, Sports & Remedial Massage can be beneficial to all, whether you’re a seasoned athlete, to a weekend jogger, to a person who simply has general muscular issues that you would like addressed. Every session can incorporate a multitude of techniques, from deep tissue work, to trigger point therapy and myofascial release, plus stretching and aftercare exercises to continue at home. The main goal of the treatment is to reduce pain, encourage existing injuries to heal and help prevent problem areas from potentially developing into a more serious or longer-term condition.

This style of therapy is also particularly effective on injuries and persistent pain and problem areas such as frozen shoulder, tennis elbow or sciatica, but works equally as well on general muscle tension perhaps resulting from poor posture, emotional blockages or simply from the stress, tension and fatigue that occurs through the repetitive movement of everyday activities.

Holistic Massage

The holistic approach aims to restore balance within the body, taking into account the person’s whole being and not just their physical symptoms. A variety of techniques may be used to relax muscles, increase oxygen in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Gentle pulling and stroking movements increase the circulation of the blood, stimulate the nerves and aid the removal of toxins by the lymphatic system, while kneading and pressure work can help to relieve pain and encourage an overall feeling of wellbeing and relaxation through the triggered release of endorphins, the body’s natural ‘feel-good’ chemicals.

Each treatment is adapted to individual needs and while holistic massage has a huge number of benefits to all the systems of the body, it can also be used to help provide relief for specific ailments including; stress and tension, insomnia, muscle pain and backache, migraines and headaches, poor circulation and depression.

Thai Massage

Thai massage shows a strong Indian Ayurvedic and yogic influence, but its very disciplined emphasis on energy channels reveals a link with Chinese Traditional Medicine. An ancient healing practice that has been described as a meditative application of loving-kindness, it is based on the idea of invisible energy lines (the Ten Sen) that run throughout the body. Rooted in yoga philosophy and practice, the aim is to release blockages along those lines, and thereby free the recipient up from aches, pains, anxiety and tension. During a session, the recipient will be asked to wear loose, comfortable clothes and to lie on a mat on the floor. The therapist uses their hands, feet and elbows to apply pressure to points along the Ten Sen, in combination with gentle stretching and yoga-like postures. Each treatment is tailormade to the needs of each individual.

Some common ailments that Thai Massage can help with are: IBS, Insomnia, Low energy, Corporate stress and wellbeing, Fatigue, Back pain, Circulation problems, Migraines and PMS.

Ayurvedic Massage

Ayurveda rejuvenation massage uses long sweeping movements and traditional heated oils that aim to revitalise and invigorate the individual. In addition to a full body massage, the treatment can include Indian head massage or abdominal massage.

Pregnancy Massage

As women’s bodies change during pregnancy to accommodate their baby’s growth, they may experience pain in areas they are not accustomed to. Pregnancy massage can be used to alleviate the muscular tightness and pain commonly felt during the gestation period such as lower back and hip pain as well as conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome that may arise. It will also help you to deeply relax, rebalance fluctuating hormones, as well as relieve fluid retention and introduce your baby to the benefits of nurturing touch. Prenatal experts agree that relaxation during pregnancy increases the chances of a positive birth experience. In the later stages of pregnancy, acupressure points are included to promote a punctual delivery.

Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.)

Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.)  is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of the structures of the body requiring treatment. Todd Taylor, ART provider, offers sessions at Down to Earth and holds full body certification in ART including Upper Extremities, Spine, and Lower Extremities. ART was developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP.

“ART are very specifically designed protocols that have given me to tools to treat nearly every muscle in the body. It is the Gold Standard in soft tissue treatment in the U.S.A. for both professional and collegiate athletics. It has allowed me to help people since 2010 to eliminate pain and restore freedom of movement in their bodies. I would recommend it to anyone who is suffering from overuse issues whether they are occupational, sports training related, or due to postural imbalances.” -Todd Taylor

Some examples of what A.R.T. is good for

  • headaches, back pain
  • sciatica, shin splints
  • plantar fasciitis, knee problems
  • tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome
  • shoulder pain

Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese massage.  The deep breathing and stretches encouraged by shiatsu have been described by clients as “passive yoga”.  The practitioner uses palm and finger pressure to bring the body to a better state of balance.  Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience that can benefit the following conditions

  • sore backs, shoulders and necks
  • headaches
  • insomnia and anxiety
  • sciatica
  • general stress and strain

Treatments take place lying on a futon, with cushions for support and comfort.  Shiatsu is received through clothes, so it is best to wear loose comfortable clothing.  Shiatsu incorporates the power of touch, stretching, breathing techniques and pressure to bring the body to a better state of balance.  Following the treatment there will be a feeling of increased vitality and deep relaxation.

Postnatal Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a safe and effective from of bodywork in postpartum period. Regular shiatsu sessions can help the mother adapt to the changes that are taking place.A new mother will often feel exhausted in the weeks and months following the birth of her baby.  This is an ideal time to experience the restorative power of shiatsu.  Feel free to bring your baby with you as shiatsu can be received with your baby lying next to you.

Therapeutic 1-2-1 yoga sessions

Yoga clinic: therapeutic 1-2-1 yoga sessions, complimented by Ayurvedic medicine ( for hormonal, digestive or emotional health) or/and soft tissue therapy (for muscul0skeletal imbalances).

Always starting with a consultation and tailored to your specific request, these sessions, ordered as a course or a one-off session/consultation, can help with

  • pain management
  • postural corrections
  • chronic muscle tension
  • injuries recovery/prevention
  • hormonal health
  • digestive disorders
  • emotional wellbeing