Massage Therapy at Body TLC
Why choose Body TLC for your Massage Therapy?
Massage is a very individual experience, with each person having different needs - we aim to accommodated them as many as possible. some of the issues that often come up for clients include tension area's, stress, recovery from injury, relaxation, muscle aches and pains and health.
With this in mind we have worked hard to train our therapists to give the best experience whatever your needs. Our therapists are trained in a wide range of massage techniques and pressures, in order to work with the different issues a client may bring. This allows us to tailor your massage individually - we can massage gently for relaxation or harder to offer a deep tissue massage.
We have also invested in a variety of different tools and equipment to ensure your experience is the best it can be! We have female form pillows which allow for ladies to rest comfortably on their front during treatment. The therapy beds have heated blankets and fluffy covers to ensure you are warm and relaxed throughout. The therapist can offer you weighted eye masks to aid in your deep relaxation. We also have a variety of wooden tools that your therapist can utilize to reach stubborn knot's and ease tension points.
We can offer a heated a Aqua Cushion, this is detailed in more depth below. Our Aqua Cushion means that we can work with people who can only lie on their backs and pregnant ladies. However this is also lovely to increase deep relaxation.
For those with injuries who would like more than a regular massage, we offer our GSD Ultrasound Cryo V Thermo Massage: also known as Hot & Cold massage, the machine uses ultrasound waves to cause vibration in the local tissues. This vibration causes a deep heating to the treatment area (although you wont feel this on the surface of the skin) which stimulates blood flow and subsequently aids in the repair of the muscle or joint that was causing pain.
For fresh injuries, the ultrasound is pulsed cold, this reduces inflammation and cause muscle relaxation, resulting in local blood flow and scar tissue breakdown. The result of local blood flow is a reduction in swelling and promotion of bone fracture healing.
With all these great options, along with a calming therapeutic ambiance, we are able to enhance your massage experience to be the best you've ever had!
Swedish Massage is the most common and best known type of massage in the West. It can be slow and gentle or vigorous and bracing depending on your concerns, just discuss the pressure you'd like with your therapist. The massage techniques used relax the whole body by directing their motions towards the heart.
Throughout a Swedish Massage you are generally nude (or in underwear) under a sheet, your therapist will use a technique called draping to ensure only the area they are working on is exposed during the treatment.
Hot Stones Massage
Hot Stones Massage uses smooth basalt that has been specially heated to relax and warm tight your muscles allowing your therapist to work more deeply and quickly. Hot Stone Massage has an array of benefits including: Improving Circulation, Aiding Digestion, Easing Symptoms of PMS, Relieving Chronic Aches, Improving Sleep Quality and Melting Muscle Tension.
The origins of Hot Stone Massages are traced back to Native Americans who warmed stones by the fire to treat aching muscles.
At Body TLC we are able to offer a wonderful experience - A Couples Massage.
We have a room dedicated to being able to treat two people at the same time, this means you can share this relaxing experience together. The room is set up with two beds, ambient lighting, low soothing music and warm beds with lovely fluffy blankets.
You each have a therapist to work on your individual needs, and you can choose from two Swedish Massages, two Hot Stones Massages or you can each choose your preference.
Ideal for couples, friends, family, special occasions or just as a treat!
Indian Head Massage
Indian Head Massage are a form of ancient therapy designed to provide relief from neck and shoulder pain, increase oxygen uptake by the body tissues, stimulate the lymphatic system to remove toxins from the body, improve circulation of oxygen to the muscles and brain, relax scalp tissue, reduce anxiety and promote concentration and alertness.
Indian Head Massages concentrate on the head, neck and face as these are the areas that commonly store the most tension.
Aqua Cushion Massage
Here at Body TLC we offer a different type of massage utilizing a Aqua Cushion. The large cushion is filled with hot water and placed on the massage bed. When a client lay's down on it, the Therapist is able to reach the back area by placing their hand between the clients back and the Aqua Cushion. This means this is treatment is fabulous for those who are pregnant or those who find lying on their front uncomfortable.
Note - During pregnancy you must be within your second trimester.
The added heat provided by the Aqua Mat helps to relax the muscles and induce a feeling of relaxation and peace.
Here at Body TLC we understand how tired your feet get after a long day at work, if you work out or suffer from pain in your feet and calves. That is why we have dedicated a treatment specifically to target those aches and pains. Our 25 minute foot massage will include an element of work on your calves and leave you feeling soothed and relaxed.
Contraindication to Massage
A contraindication is a situation when massage should not be performed. Continuing with treatment may make the condition worse. If you are unsure if massage is suitable for you then please discuss your medical condition with a doctor who can advise you further. Please read through the list below before making an appointment for a massage to ensure that massage is the best type of therapy for you. If you do have any of the conditions below then YOU MUST INFORM YOUR THERAPIST
Open wounds - Any cuts, lacerations or grazes. You should wait until the wound has completely healed. This can take as long as six months. Massaging old scars is fine and can actually help to improve the skin appearance.
Recent operations - Please allow time for your body to recover and speak to your doctor when you think you are well enough to have a therapeutic massage.
Muscle ruptures - In the acute stage these may still be bleeding. Massage will increase bleeding and tissue damage and prolong recovery.
Tendon ruptures - The above also applies to tendon injuries.
Muscle and tendon partial tears - Massage may be suitable after a minimum period of 48 hours, longer for more serious injuries.
Contusions - These are impact injuries causing bleeding within the muscle. Massage to a contusion too soon after the injury may Cause further damage and may lead to Myositis Ossificans (bone growth within the muscle).
Burns, Chilblains and Broken bones - Massaging all of these will hurt and cause further damage.
Rheumatoid arthritis and gout - These are inflammatory conditions. The same rules apply here as to acute injuries. Massage may cause further inflammation However our Hot & Cold Ultrasonic Massage may help. Consult your doctor if you are concerned.
Bursitis - Inflammation to a bursa. A bursa is a small sack of fluid that helps tendons pass over bones at joints. If there is pain, swelling and redness over the skin then massage should be avoided.
Myositis Ossificans - A bad contusion or muscle rupture may begin to calcify (grow bone). Massage will make the damage worse.
Infections of the skin and soft tissue - Bacterial infections, viral infections and fungal infections can be spread to other areas of the body by the therapist. Pain may also result from the infection.
Thrombosis - This is a rare but potentially lethal blood clot in a vein. It is common in the calf muscle area. A deep, sore pain in the belly of the muscle may be a thrombosis. If this is massaged, it may dislodge, travel up the veins and damage the heart.
Artificial blood vessels -Artificial blood vessels which are implanted through surgery should be avoided.
Bleeding disorders such as haemophilia - Massage may cause damage to tissues and result in bleeding. Also people who are taking medication to thin the blood. Massage should be avoided as this type of medication will make you more prone to bruising.
Tumours - Any undiagnosed lumps and bumps in the muscle or skin. Most often these lumps are muscle spasms or fatty tissue. If you are unsure then please speak to your doctor.
Sharp Pain - Any sudden sharp pain should be referred to your doctor or A & E clinic as soon as possible. This might indicate injury or disease and can not be treated by massage.
Pregnancy - Massage is not recommended for those within their first or third trimester - please call use if you have any questions.