Welcome to Therapeutic Touch.
I am a qualified Remedial Massage Practitioner specialising in Body Realignment, Sports Massage and Reiki Master with over 15 years experience providing well-being services. I use a combination of techniques which I have developed and adopt a flexible approach based on client’s specific needs.
Areas of Expertise :
Massage therapy can provide anything from soothing relaxation to deeper therapy for specific problems. It can relieve your stress and anxiety, increase the nourishing blood supply to your tissues, enhance your energy and alertness, and aid in your recovery from pulled muscles or sprained ligaments. Massage can also help with self-esteem and heighten awareness of your body.
Benefits Of Massage:
- aids relaxation
- helps relieve stress, muscle tension and stiffness
- lightens discomfort during pregnancy
- faster healing of strained muscles, sprained ligaments, swelling
- reduce muscle spasms
- provides greater flexibility and range of motion
- enhances athletic performance
- helps to deeper and easier breathing
- improves blood circulation and movement of lymph fluids
- reduce blood pressure
- helps to relieve eye-strain and headaches caused by tension
- enhances the health and nourishment of skin
- improves posture
- strengthens the immune system
- rehabilitation after an operation or injury
- peace of mind and feeling of well-being
- promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
- helps relieve or mental stress
- improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately; calm thinking and creativity
- emotional benefits
Helps skin tone, improves circulation, warms up and loosens tense muscles, prevents lactic acid build-up, breaks down cellulite, aids respiration and inner organs and relaxes the mind therapeutically.
Massage movements working on the back and shoulders. Relaxes tensed muscle, spasms/stiffness, breaks down lactic acid, warms and loosens the muscles and stimulates nerve endings.
Beneficial and soothing massage for relaxing joint and muscle stiffness.
To improve skin tone and stimulate circulation.
Vigorous definitive strokes which loosen and warm up the muscles before and after exercise and help reduce lactic acid build-up on legs, back, shoulders and neck.
Muscle Energy Technique (M E T)
In essence, muscle energy techniques are a form of assisted stretching. For example, to stretch the hamstring, the Therapist might raise the leg of the patient and place the ankle on his shoulder – the patient is then asked to press down on the shoulder, causing the hamstring to contract isometrically . Following on from this, the Therapist should then be able to raise the leg beyond its previous limit – the exercise (also known as PNF stretching) can be repeated as necessary. Muscle energy techniques are very low risk, and can be used where high velocity thrusts are contra-indicated.
Indian Head Massage is an ancient form of massage originating from India and used in households from a very young age.
Indian head Massage has now become popular in the West for its therapeutic uses, helping to relieve stress and tension from the shoulders, neck and head. Because it is concentrated on these areas it has a deeply relaxing effect on any muscular tension that often results in headaches, eyestrain and discomfort in the neck and shoulders.
Indian Head Massage not only works on a physical, but on an emotional level too, calming and refreshing the mind, promoting relaxation and peace. People often comment on feeling more focussed and uplifted after treatment as well as balanced and calm.
The treatment can be carried out fully clothed with no oils involved.
Recent findings from the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development show that apart from minor illnesses such as colds and flu’s, the most common reason for employee absence were stress and musculoskeletal disorders such as back and shoulder pain. Over 40% of the surveyed organisations said that stress-related illnesses had increased over the last year.
Massage-based therapies to improve wellbeing in the workplace
I work by combining my therapies to give clients a tailored massage to suit their particular condition. I have adapted my treatments so they can be carried out in the workplace, and offer the following fully clothed therapies to all office workers:-
- Indian head massage
- Reiki Master treatments
- Neck and shoulder massage
- Back massage
- Deep tissue massage
- Hand, wrist & arm massage
- Muscle energy technique (MET)
This treatment consists of a form of assisted stretching and breathing to lengthen muscles that have become tight or overused. It is one of the most effective treatments that can be carried out in the workplace to instantly relieve pain arising from tension and stress within minutes. Some of the organisations I have worked for include DEFRA, Oxleas NHS Trust and Ealing centre for Independent Living and London Borough of Greenwich Council.
Frequent Asked Questions
How often should I have a massage?
This is probably more relaxing decision than a health issue and it is totally up to you. It usually depends on your condition. You can come once a week, fortnightly or monthly.
What is Deep Tissue massage?
It is called Deep Tissue because it focuses on the deeper layer of muscle tissue. This massage releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas of muscles, tendons and fascia.
Why people feel good after a massage?
The “feel good” chemicals, endorphins, are released through massage as well as through exercise or laugh. Endorphins make you feel relaxed, happy and stress-free.
Is massage for you?
Of course it is. Massage has been around for centuries as a form of healing and relaxation.
Hot Stone Therapy
Hot Stone Therapy is a highly relaxing and soothing treatment gently releasing muscle tension.
This treatment is a twist to the traditional body massage. Hot stones are most commonly used. The therapist will use a combination of stones and hands on massage during the treatment. Stones are either placed on the body’s energy centres and/or used to massage the client, along with any oil of the client’s choice. If hot stones are used, the client will be asked to check temperance of the stone to ensure comfort.
For hot stone therapy, basalt river stones are used which are rich in iron and known for their heat retaining properties. River stones are naturally worn by the tide, and so usually smooth and flat in shape. For inflammation, cool marble stones can also be applied.
Stone therapy is particularly effective for those with severe muscle tension without the application of heavy pressure by touch. The heat from hot stones are known to calm the nervous system and improve body circulation. The relaxing effects of the massage benefits those with stress, anxiety and depression. The massage also improves circulation, eases back pain and aches and can help with osteoarthritis and arthritis pain.
As with any massage, it is recommended that the client drinks plenty of water and has not eaten a heavy meal immediately beforehand. Massage is not recommended if the client has inflamed or open wounds, has had recent surgery, or prone to blood clots. The first treatment will involve a quick assessment and clients will be asked to complete a record card to ensure the treatment is suitable.
Treatment time is usually between 60-90 minutes, and prices vary (starting from £40 to £80.00.
The Gait Scan apparatus is a revolutionary diagnostic tool that enables a rapid and accurate assessment of the bio-mechanical function of the feet whilst walking.
The gait analysis provided enables the practitioner to determine whether a patient has tendency to pronate or supinate during walking. Tendency for the foot to be in either direction can give rise to a number of joint problems that can be the cause of pain in the foot, Knee, Hips and Back which can lead to bad posture and start effecting the neck and shoulders.
If you agree with any of the statements below ask me how I can help
- I get back pain often
- I play sport regularly
- My feet are sore most of the time
- Standing, walking or running gives me joint pain
- I have visible foot problems
- My Knee’s are knocking or My legs are bowed
- My shoes wear out quickly and unevenly
- My big toe is starting to bend towards my small toes
- My parents had joint related symptoms
The Gait Scan can reveal biomechanical dysfunction such as flat feet or over pronation which means that too much pressure is put on the inner borders of the foot during walking action & over supination means that excessive pressure is on the outside border of the foot.
Hopi Ear Candle
The ear candle – and ear candling treatment -derives from the ancient secret of the American Indians.
It has been preserved and transformed through the use of technology into the Original Hopi Ear candle.
Historical roots can be found among the peoples of the Siberian prairies, Asia and the native North and South American Indians. Ancient rock paintings show the use of Ear candles at initiation rituals and medicinal ceremonies.
The Hopi, the oldest people with great medicinal knowledge and a high degree of spirituality, brought this knowledge to Europe.
Ear candles are excellent in the treatment of nose and throat congestion, sinusitis, headaches, T.M.J. pain, ,otitis and tinnitus external/tropical ear. Ideal relaxation treatment for stress or anxiety related symptoms. Softens earwax for easy removal.
Users of ear candles describe a soothing, light sensation in the ear/head area. Secondly, the locally applied warmth stimulates the local circulation, invigorates local circulation and reinforces the flow of lymph. At the same time, important acupuncture points and reflex zones are stimulated.
Ear candles have been used for centuries for their specific healing qualities. Chamomile as an anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic sedative. Sage as a carminative, astringent and circulatory stimulant which relaxes peripheral blood vessels. St. John’s Wort, as a restorative tonic for the nervous system and an analgesic. All these in combination are very effective in the treatment of head and ear related problems.
Ear candles have a purely physical function. A light suction action (chimney effect) and the movement of the flame create a vibration of air in the Ear candle, generating massage-like effect on the eardrum.
This induces a pleasant feeling of warmth and a balance of pressure in the ears, forehead and sinuses. It is soothing and helpful for earache and headache, ear noise, stress and nervousness. These benefits have been well know through 15 years of experience and confirmed by thousands of doctors worldwide.
The flow of air circulates a concentrated vapour of the herbal extracts, soothing, calming and protecting any irritated areas. The warmth of this heat draught stimulates the peripheral blood circulation.
Any stimulation of blood circulation leads to an improvement in the cleansing processes of the lymphatic system that, in turn, promotes immunological defences. It also stimulates energy points and reflex zones. The process gently increases natural secretion, which can continue to have effect up to 24-48 hours later.
They are used for problems relating to the head and ears, but help in other ways also:
- Sinus problems
- Hay fever
- Compacted wax in ears
- Headaches and migraines
- Helps to balance fluids – vertigo or Menieres’ Syndrome
- Relaxing and calming for stress relief
- Sleep problems
Ear candles are not a medication and are for external use only.
The contra indications to massage are:
- A body temperature over 100°F, or feeling unwell.
- Acute Traumas – Open wounds, recent bruising, muscle tears, sprained ligaments, contusions, chilblains, burns.
- Tumours – Where there is swelling, which is inconsistent with recent bruising.
- Diseased blood vessels – Varicose veins, phlebitis, thrombosis
- Infectious skin disease – Bacterial infection, Lymphangitis, Fungal infection, Viral infections, Herpes
- Diabetes – not strictly a contraindication but massage has the same effect as exercise on your blood sugar levels so you need to have appropriate medication available
If you have a Medical Condition it is advisable to seek advice from your Consultant or Doctor as many therapist will require a letter from your Consultant or Doctor if you have certain medical conditions.
Reiki Therapy is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation which involves the channelling of universal life force energy through the Reiki Practitioner by means of placing hands onto the Recipient, with the intention of correcting any imbalance of energy.
Because the Practitioner merely acts as a channel for the energy, he or she also benefits from the Reiki energy as it passes through them!
Reiki works on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels which means that, unlike orthodox medicine, it treats the person as a whole, rather than just the symptoms of a condition. The human body has a natural propensity to heal itself and Reiki simply accelerates this process.
The word “Reiki” (‘Ray-key’) is made up of two Japanese words:
Reiki is therefore “universal life force energy”.
It is also the same energy known to many ancient civilizations, by many names, including Ch’i (Chinese), Prana (Asian Indian), Ruach (Hebrews), Mana (Polynesians) and Orenda (Iroquois Native Americans), to name but a few! Reiki has been known and used, under many names, for thousands of years in the East but was kept as a closely guarded secret and virtually lost until the beginning of the 20th century, when a Japanese man called Mikao Usui re-discovered it.
There are many versions of the story of how Reiki was re-discovered but they are not as important as the fact that it was found again! Most of the accounts state that Usui was searching for the healing methods used by great healers such as Jesus and Buddha. He eventually found the secret in the ancient Mahayana Sutras, the doctrine of life held sacred by Indian and Tibetan Buddhists.
This universal life force energy, by definition, is found everywhere in the universe and is the same energy that modern science in general, and quantum physics in particular, recognizes as the subatomic energy which underlies all matter.
Although this energy is present everywhere, imbalances can and do occur. When they occur in the human body the results may include stress, inability to concentrate, depression and physical disease.
Reiki has been known and used, under many names, for thousands of years in the East but was kept as a closely guarded secret and virtually lost until the beginning of the 20th century, when a Japanese man called Mikao Usui re-discovered it.
Mikao Usui was born on August 15th, 1865, in the village of Yago. He was a, simple and humble person, physically healthy and well-proportioned. He never showed off and always had a smile on his face; he was also very courageous in the face of adversity. He was, at the same time, a very cautious person. He was a very talented student and travelled to several Western countries and China to study. He loved to read, and his knowledge of medicine, psychology, fortune telling and theology of religions around the world was vast. (It is also believed that he was well versed in Ki Ko, the Japanese form of Chi Kung). It is unlikely that he was ever a Christian, as taught by Hawayo Takata, but he did study Tendai, Shingon, Mikkyo and Zen Buddhism.
At one point he did run into some bad luck (possibly a failed business venture) but he did not give up and trained himself arduously. In order to sort out his life he went to Mount Kurama, on a 21-day retreat to fast and meditate. It was at the end of this period that he felt the great Reiki energy over his head, which lead to the Reiki healing system. He first used Reiki on himself, then tried it on his family. Since it worked well for various ailments, he decided to share this knowledge with the public at large. He opened a clinic at Harajuku, Tokyo, in April 1922, where he not only gave treatment to many patients but also hosted workshops to spread his knowledge. Following the Kanto earthquake, in 1923, Usui took Reiki to the devastated city and treated hundreds of the survivors. He became so popular that he had to open a new clinic at Nakano, in February 1925. He died from a stroke, in Fukuyama, on March 9th, 1926.
All workshops will be held at: Formby Avenue, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 2LA
Cancellation Policy: These Workshops rely on a certain number of people to attend in order to run; therefore a full refund will only be given if 7 days notice is provided prior to the workshop date, allowing time to find another delegate and therefore not disappointing other participants.
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