Massage Therapy in London,Sports massage in London,LomiLomi in London,Chavuttti thirummal in London

 

 

Booking a session

The easiest way to book a session is to text me on: 079 320 325 45

A session will be tailored specifically to your personal needs.

You can have a mixed session: Hawaiian and Sports or Hawaiian and Chavutti, etc.

You can also choose to have a combo session: Pilates or Yoga and massage.

If you prefer to come for a session with your friend she is welcome too.

It would certainly be more convenient for you to visit me as I have proper massage equipment at my studio: massage table, towels, paper rolls, heaters, etc.

Chavutti Thirummal massage can only be performed at my place as this requires a specific set up.

If I visit you, I don't take my massage table.

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Benefits of Massage

Massage can be holistically beneficial to whole your body, primarily to the muscular, circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems. It can't replace medical treatment, but it can help in recovery and prevention.

All the body's systems are interconnected and designed to synchronise to provide us with the best functionality. A malfunction in one system can cause problems in others.
Lack of balance - homeostasis- should be treated as soon as its presence is identified to prevent more complicated dysfunctions.


* Massage can be used preventively or remedially, depending on your work activity, general lifestyle and state of health.

* Massage can help to release tension from muscles, remove knots, re-align muscle fibres, alleviate pain, remove lactic acid, break down scar tissue, stretch muscles, unblock nervous connections and improve joint mobility and body posture.

* Massage can reduce stress and levels of stress hormone in your body as it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and release of acetylcholine and serotonin (happy hormones).

* Massage can improve blood circulation, lymph flow and removal of metabolic waste from inter-cellular tissue and can inhance nutrition of body cells.

* Massage can also stimulate the digestive system, improve the skin's tone and help in reducing fat and cellulite.

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Sports Massage

Sport massage in London

It was developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a sport event, or function well during training.

Sports massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments.

You don't have to be a sports performer to benefit from it.

Sports massage can be good for everybody; can help relieve the many day to day problems, repetitive strain injury, sprain, tension, fatigue, chronic pain or restricted range of motion.

The massage therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area e.g. tension in the neck, shoulders, legs, etc.

What happens during a Sports Massage session ?

It can vary and depends on which type of sports massage you receive.
There are four types of sports massage:

1. Pre-event sports massage - a short, stimulating massage 15 - 45 minutes before the event. It is directed toward the parts of the body that will be involved in the exertion.

2. Post-event sports massage - given within an hour or two after the event, to normalise body tissues.

3. Restorative sports massage - given during training to allow the athlete to train harder and with less injury.

4. Rehabilitative/Remedial sports massage - aimed at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to health. Probably it is the type of Sports Massage you will be looking for if you are not a sportsman.

 

Techniques most often used during a sports massage session:

Effleurage, petrissage, rolling, vibration, friction, percussion, lymphatic drainage, soft tissue release, trigger points manipulation, neuromuscular technique, muscle energy technique and PNF stretching.

Before a session starts, I will need to know a history of your problem and some facts about your general lifestyle.

If it's your first session, a postural assessment should also be done.


Good communication, especially your feedback is crucial for effective treatment.

I would like to stress the importance of you telling me, at once, if for any reason you feel uncomfortable with anything during a massage session.

As a therapist I am here to help you, not to hurt you.


Please speak up at any time during your massage if something don’t feel right!

Feel free to tell me if you want less or more pressure, you're too cold/hot, you need the toilet/a tissue/some water, the music irritates you, or whatever!

It's YOUR massage, you're paying for it, it ought to be right for you.

 

Will I fix you?

It depends on the severity of your problem. The full benefits can be achieved after 1-2 sessions ( minor problem ) or 3-5-10 sessions (major or chronic problem).
Don't expect from me or the other therapist to fully cure you in one session, especially if you have a chronic problem as, for example, a repetitive stress injury.

Pain during a massage session

If you have any chronic myofascial adhesions (nodules, knots, trigger points) at some point I will probably use deep pressure techniques to break it down, it is usually a bit painful but it should never be unbearable.

Sensitivity to pain is very individual and subjective.During massage I will often ask you about the level of pain you are experiencing and you should always give me feedback.
The general rule in dealing with pain during massage is: it should never be greater than 7-8 in the pain sensitivity scale 1-10.

If the pain is caused by inflammation no any deep pressure should be applied to the injured area as it can cause further damage. You can still receive massage over the healthy parts of your body as it can be beneficial to speedy recovery. The inflamed area should be treated with RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation and non-steroid anti-inflammatory gel) and lymphatic drainage.

 

Pain after a massage session

DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) is fairly common in people who aren't used to regular massage. It's the same feeling you get when you exercise for the first time in a while.
DOMS will subside over time and shouldn't last more than 48 hours. Some relief can be obtained using damp heat - hot bath or shower with Epson salts, heat pack, steam room or sauna. 

When should You get Sports Massage?

A sports massage is a good choice if you have a specific problem: a tender knee from running or pain in the neck and shoulders because you spend many hours at a computer, repetitive strain from playing a violin or guitar, for instance.

It would also be a good idea to think about a movement therapy, which would help you identify and correct the movement pattern that might be causing your injury in the first place.
As a Pilates and Yoga instructor I may be able to help you with this.

Examples of problems which can be treated with Sports Massage

Sports injuries; Muscular pain; Hip and knee pain; Neck and shoulder pain; Back pain; Tendonitis; Work-related overuse injuries; Pregnancy related discomfort; Frozen shoulder; Accidental injuries e.g. whiplash; Breathlessness/tightness in chest; Postural strain & imbalance; Painful disorders of joints & muscles; Pain of chronic illness & disability; Stiff neck; Sciatica; Headaches; Sore Shoulders; Stress...

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Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage in London

Deep Tissue Massage is a specific massage technique very often used by sports massage therapists to break an adhesion in deep layers of muscle. Of course, you don’t have to be a sportsman to receive this kind of treatment.

Every well trained sports massage therapist knows how to perform deep tissue massage, so please, read the sports massage section also if you think you need a deep tissue massage.

As the name suggests it targets the deep tissue structure of the fascia and muscles, focuses on the release of muscle tension and chronic knots (adhesions).

Deep tissue massage can break up and thus help eliminate scar tissue from previous injuries.

A common problem is that stressed muscles can block nutrients and oxygen from getting to where they need to go, and this will cause inflammation that allows toxins to build up in your muscle tissue and misalignment of muscle fibres. This will contribute to pain and stress and limited range of movement.

Deep Tissue Massage breaks up knots and loosens the muscles, very often causes a micro injury in order to stimulate blood, oxygen and the circulation of nutrients.

Is it painful?

There may be some soreness after a deep tissue massage. However, the soreness should go away within a day or two.

The massage should not hurt but will be a little more uncomfortable than a classic massage (Swedish or Holistic). If you feel that pressure is too hard please tell me.

Please do not act tough if the massage causes severe pain or the pressure is too hard, as this may do more damage than restoration.

Is it helpful?

Yes, but you should remember that even with extreme pressure, a knot might not be worked out in one session.


For built-up tension and chronic knots (adhesions) deep tissue massage is just one part of the treatment, it should always be preceded with warming and relaxing strokes.


And, most important, if you do not correct your posture, employ relaxation techniques and exercise, along with Deep Tissue Massage you may not get the full benefits from your massage
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Swedish Massage

Swedish massage in London

 

Swedish massage is a general whole body massage. It involves soft and deep pressure and a variety of massage techniques such as petrissage (kneading, wringing), percussion (tapping, hacking, pounding, cupping), friction, and effleurage (stroking).

For a long time it was the most popular type of massages offered by therapists. Developed in the late 18th early19th century has opened the door to massage being seen as an effective therapy, complimentary to medical treatment in Europe and the USA.

What to expect during a Swedish Massage session?

It is a whole body massage. As a recipient you would by lying on a massage couch covered with towels to keep your body warm and relaxed. Parts of your body would be exposed and massaged in isolation. If you choose 1 hr session of Swedish Massage I would spend around half an hour working on the back of your body (back and legs) and the other half on the front of your body (chest, arms, palms, belly legs, feet, head and face).

Of course, if you would like me to spend more time working on your back or arms I will adjust to your wish.

Similarly, if you wouldn’t like a part of your body to be massaged, as for example you don’t like your feet or face being touched, or you would find any technique irritating, I will respect your preference and adjust to it.

The same individual adjustment rule applies to strength of pressure, pace of movement and other aspects of a session like amount of light, aroma and warmth in a room.

Would Swedish Massage be good for you?

Swedish Massage is a wonderful way to pamper yourself, to promote relaxation. It is an important and effective type of therapy for many people. Swedish Massage is used for pain management, to improve circulation of blood and lymph, to treat anxiety and depression and problems with sleep. It may also help individuals recover from injury, although because it does not apply specific sports massage techniques, it may not be as effective as having a sports massage

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Holistic Massage

Holistic massage in London

Fundamentally the style of Holistic Massage is based around whole body Swedish massage.
But it is different from it in a general approach. It's an improved, modernised, version of Swedish Massage.

Holistic means whole, this form of massage deals with you as a 'whole'; a person with interconnected physical, mental and emotional aspects. The body is seen as a complex of interwoven systems: skin, muscular, skeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive.

Holistic also means that the therapist has to tailor a treatment specifically for you. To do so the therapist must get some information from you relating to your health history, general lifestyle including your diet and state of mind.
Like other therapies, it is not just looking to treat the symptoms, but to establish the cause, whether it be internal or external. The aim is to rebalance the body so it achieves healthy equilibrium.

It uses a broad variation of techniques: effleurage, petrissage, percussion, lymphatic drainage, reflexology, Indian head massage.
The Holistic Therapist is trained not only in massage, but also anatomy, physiology, nutrition and general health. 

What happens during a Holistic Massage session?

A General health assessment should precede each massage treatment.
The Holistic Massage treatment is usually a full body massage: shoulders, back, buttocks, legs, feet, arms, palms, belly, head, face.

However, if you prefer a specific part of your body (e.g. face, feet) to be excluded from massage, the therapist should respect it. Similarly, if you would like more attention be given to your shoulders the therapist should follow your suggestion.

For receiving most benefits from a Holistic Massage session you would need to be undressed. You will be covered with towels at all times except for the area being worked on.
The therapist will use a lotion or light oil to reduce skin friction during massage.

After a session you may also receive advice on what to do between sessions to help you keep your life and body balanced. Sessions generally last from 60 to 120 minutes, depending on what you and the therapist are addressing.

Would Holistic Massage be good for you?

A Holistic Massage is a good choice if you are feeling a bit stressed, physically or/and mentally, if you experience some problems with sleep, concentration, digestion and proper rest.

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Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage in london

It's a massage therapy specifically tailored for the expectant mother's needs. It is also called pre-natal massage. Generally, delicate and relaxing massage during pregnancy is safe if performed by a trained therapist.

It is very important that if you are pregnant and are thinking about having a massage to speak to your doctor or midwife about it before you call a massage therapist.

How is pregnancy massage different from regular massage?

The mother's body must be properly positioned and supported during the massage, using pillows and padding. Proper positioning ensures comfort and safety for the mother and baby.

Techniques used in Pregnancy massage are the same as in Swedish or Holistic massage.
Some massage techniques, such as deep tissue work, especially over and around the belly, shouldn’t be used. Certain areas of the body should be avoided during Pregnancy Massage – some acupressure points on legs, palms and shoulders. Also some essential aromatherapy oils should be avoided
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Benefits of Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage has been found to reduce stress and anxiety, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints.

Can You come for a session with your partner or friend?

Yes. If you choose to have a Pregnancy Massage and get approval from your doctor or midwife, please feel free to come with your partner or friend to the session if it makes you feel more comfortable.

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Hawaiian Lomilomi Massage

LomiLomi - is a Hawaiian massage developed as a part of Hawaiian holistic healing tradition that includes more than a simple massage. It is underpinned by Hawaiian philosophy in which "energy flow" and "nowness" are fundamental elements.

Healing is done not just on a physical level but on an emotional and mental level as well. The word LomiLomi means massage.

LomiLomi has four very distinctive features:

1. Long strokes (e.g. from the head to toes).
2. Flowing movement.
3. The forearms are being used more than hands.
4. Very high care of mental and emotional wellbeing.

LomiLomi works gently, superficially or deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes.

It improves blood and lymph flow, speeds up elimination of wastes and toxins, helps muscles and mind to relax.

The Hawaiians view all aspects of the human as one and believe that the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual are all part of the "whole self" - when healing happens on one level other levels are also affected.

The main aim of Hawaiian massage therapist is to help a recipient to achieve a high state of physical and mental relaxation, the state when all blockages are dissolved, so vital energy can flow through every cell.

Auntie Margaret who is one of the oldest and widely recognised teacher of Lomi Lomi gives the following definition of LomiLomi: "The Loving Touch - a connection of heart, hands and soul with the Source of All Life!"

What happens during a Lomi Lomi massage session?

Hawaiian massage is usually performed on the massage table, although some flexible therapist can do it on the floor.
The client is undressed, private parts are covered with a towel or sarong leaving most of the body exposed during the massage, whilst maintaining the recipients modesty.

The massage is given in fluid, rhythmic motion using the forearms as well as the hands. Some people have described this as feeling like gentle waves moving over the body.
Another feature is that different parts of the body may be massaged at the same time, for example, one arm or hand may be working on the shoulder and the other hand may be working on the hip.

By not working on areas in isolation a deep sense of balance and harmony can be achieved.
A Hawaiian massage session may be slow and very relaxing or a little faster and therefore more invigorating and enlivening to the body.

Would Hawaiian Massage be good for you?

Yes, if you are looking for a very relaxing massage and you don’t mind when your body is mostly uncovered.

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Chavutti Thirummal

Chavutti Thirummal in London

Chavutti Thirummal, literally means foot pressure in the Malayalam language, its a unique whole body massage performed with the feet.

It has been developed in South India to treat Kalarippayatt martial artists and classical Kathakali dancers.

It is a full body massage done mainly with the instep of the foot, toes and heels. Hands can be used on sensitive parts of the body (e.g. the face, belly).

The therapist uses body weight to work on the energy lines focusing on the muscles and bones alignment.

Chavutti Thirummal improves blood and lymph flow, elimination of the body's waste, helps to restore elasticity and flexibility of the body, stimulates break of fat tissue.

What happens during a Chavutti Thirummal Massage session?

Chavutti Thirummal is done on a firm, supportive mat on the floor.
The client should be undressed, only his/her private parts would be covered with a towel or sarong.

After applying oil the therapist holds onto a rope and gives massage with her feet; the feet moving in several patterns all over the client's body.

Chavutti Thirummal is a delicate balancing act with a rope and requires tremendous coordination, concentration and physical power from the therapist.
The pressure can be strong or superficial, pace fast or slow.

Is Chavutti Thirummal for You?

Yes, if you are looking for a whole body massage and at the same time prefer strong pressure and flowing movement.

Everybody can benefit from this massage but especially those who spend long hours on training, e.g. dancers, martial artists, runners or who work long hours.

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Which massage would be the best for your needs

 

If you are looking for a general whole body massage - Holistic
If you are looking for a general and very relaxing massage - Hawaiian
If you are looking for a very deep pressure - Chavutti Tirummal
If you are looking for a removal of knots, adhesions and scar tissue - Sports Massage
If you are Pregnant - Pregnancy Massage

If you like a combination of these massage types you are welcome too.

A treatment with me is always tailored to your particular needs and condition.

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Contraindication for receiving massage - when massage should be avoided

 

Although Massage is an un-intrusive way of therapy and rarely can cause harm when performed by a qualified therapist, there are some situation when should be avoided locally or at all.

If we ignore these situations treatment may be more detrimental than beneficial and in some cases may cause serious medical problems.

 

Summary:

Total Contraindications, when massage is not allowed at all: Any contagious diseases such as influenza, tuberculosis, chicken pox, mumps, if you have suffered an injury or trauma within twenty-four hours, hyper-sensitive skin, severe widespread psoriasis, eczema or dermatitis, any untreated severe medical problems, if you are under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs, undesirable behaviour.

Massage is allowed but medical approval in writing is required - it means that you need consult your GP / specialist if you were diagnosed with: Diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, heart conditions, extreme high or low blood pressure, endocrine disorders, medication for a serious condition, cancer, post operative, post natal, severe swelling, severe pain, phlebitis (thrombosis indicators i.e. inflammation of a vein usually in the leg), any serious skin complaint, serious injuries.

Local Contraindications - Massage is allowed in areas not affected - Special care areas have to be avoided : pregnancy, bruises, varicose veins, cuts, grazes, open, skin, rashes, bites, stings, wounds, burns, localised swelling, redness, lumps, bumps, broken bones, pustular acne, menstruation, a heavy meal, diarrhoea or constipation, fresh scars, allergic reactions.

 

Below you can finde some examples of contraindications

 

1. Acute soft or dense tissue inflammation

Inflamed area should never be massaged ! Massage around inflammed area is allowed !

Acute inflammation can occur to any of the soft tissues:

Muscles
Tendons
Ligaments
Bursae
Synovial capsule
Inter-vertebral discs
Periosteum

Reasons can be different but most frequently are traumas ( strain, sprain, impact, etc.) and over-use.

Symptoms:

Pain and disfunction in the affected area
Heat and redness in overlying area
Swelling local to the injury

What to do if it happens to you

1. The first action should be RICE = Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation to reduce an inflammation.
2. If you can hardly move the affected area look for medical advice.
3. Massage. An acute inflammation is most often at a specific spot so other parts of the body can be safely massaged.

The inflamed area should be treated carefully.
The general rule is: avoid any deep strokes over the inflamed spot in days 1 to -7, but lymphatic drainage around the injured area can be very beneficial as it can speed the healing process. But even then it is advised not to have massage earlier than in 48hrs.

Deep tissue techniques can be used after the 7th day, when inflammation has decreased, and they are most beneficial for the healing process of injured tissue before the 21st day ( counting from the date of the injury).

Rule of the 7th and 21st day is a general guidance.
The final assessment of an inflammation acute and post acute phase should always be based on examination of the affected area which can be performed by a medical professional or a well- trained massage therapist.

The simplest practical rule is:
If moderatly deep pressure applied to an affected area causes unbearable pain, the inflammation is still in an acute phase, hence no any deep techniques should be performed in this area, only some lymphatic drainage could be allowed.


2. Bone and joints injuries

Fractures
Joint dislocation
Rheumatoid arthritis
Osteo-arhritis
Myositis ossifications

Massage in the acute stage of these condition is to be avoided as it would cause further damage.

If it happens to you, you would probably be under medical treatment. If you are thinking about having a massage it would be appropriate to consult with your doctor and get a referral.

 

3. Deep - Vein Thrombosis (DVT), massage in this condition would be life threatening

A thrombosis - a blood clot can form in a vein and cause a blockage in a smaller veins e.g. pulmonary ( pulmonary embolism).

The factors that could lead to this condition are:

long periods of immobility ,which reduces circulation and compress the veins
recent major surgery
varicose veins
heart disease
diabetes
some contraceptive pill
impact trauma , which could cause damage inside the vein


DVT is a rare condition, usually affects veins in the calf and hamstring areas. Acute pain and swelling occurs when minimal pressure is applied, the clot feels much harder than that in acute muscle strain and there is less secondary tension around it. There may also be some general swelling and discoloration to the distal part of the limb.
If you suspect DVT in your body you should immediately contact your doctor.

4. Varicose Veins

It is a condition when valves within the veins break down and stop functioning properly .
Varicouse veins can be easily recognised as they look thick, dark blue, swollen and misshapen.

Massage
In minor cases, light, superficial stroking over the area should do no harm and may in fact ease the pressure of the vein and aid repair.
Friction or any deep technique should not be applied .
In advanced cases even superficial stroking should be avoided as with varicose veins is the added risk of DVT.
If you suffer of varicose veins you should speak to your doctor before you decide to have massage treatment.

5. Diabetes

If you suffer from diabetes, especially type 1, you should always consult your doctor before you decide to have massage treatment.

This condition is affecting peripheral circulation, mostly in the feet, causing the tissue to become more brittle and fragile. The nerves can be also affected thus person's sensitivity would be reduced.

Deep tissue massage must be avoided as it can damage the brittle tissues. The increased blood flow - stimulating effect of massage - can cause immediate need of the medication for Diabetes type 1.

 

6. Bleeding disorders ( haemophilia)

It is a condition when the blood clot formation is impaired.
As the body has difficulty in stopping bleeding, anything that could cause trauma to the tissue should be avoided. As deep massage can do it sometimes, haemophilia is a contraindication.
In mild cases of this condition it may be only deep friction that should be avoided.
But in severe cases no any deep tissue massage should be considered.
If you suffer of haemophilia speak to your doctor before you consider having massage.

 

7. Tumour and other cancers

Massage, particularly friction, of a tumour or cancerous tissue could stimulate its development therefore is a definite contraindication.
A patient who is in remission may be able to have treatment but only after medical approval.

 

8. Epilepsy

Medical approval is needed. There is a risk that over-stimulation or deep relaxation may provoke a convulsion (although this has never been proven) some types of epilepsy may be triggered by smells so care should be taken when choosing a massage medium.

 

9. Client’s with severe asthma or lung conditions

Massage can be beneficial, but you should consult your medical practitioner for approval.

10. Cardiac condition

High or low blood pressure, stroke, thrombosis.

If you have any cardiac condition you need approval from your doctor before you come for massage. Massage should be applied lightly and gently.

 

11. Infectious skin diseases

In all these cases massage should be avoided as it can spread the infection.

a) Bacterial infection:

Boils, impetigo, folliculitis, lymphangitis (It is a condition when there is a bacterial infection of lymphatic tissue. It may happen through a small open wound which wasn’t treated properly. How to recognise it? The local area around the wound, will appear red and swollen. A dark line can sometimes be seen running towards the lymph nodes).

b) Fungal infection

Example: Ringworm and athlete’s foot .
They affect most often warm and moist areas: armpits, under the breast and between the toes.

c) Viral infections

Example : Chicken pox, measles, herpes and shingles, warts, verrucae.

12. Implants - Areas with artificial parts implanted should be avoided.

Artificial bone replacement
Heart pacemaker
Artificial blood vessels
Hormonal and other medication implants

13. Absolutely anything else you are not sure of !

 

 

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