WOW – almost May – where is the time going to?  Having had a taste of summer weather over the Easter weekend hopefully the warmer weather will be on the way back soon, I don’t know about you but I was really cold this weekend – although, refused to turn the heating back on as it is May in two days!!

As many of you may have seen on social media, I have been put forward to  British Hair and Beauty awards as a candidate for massage therapist of the year.  What an honour to be recommended by some of my clients and I am very pleased (and excited) to announce I am a Finalist!  I am presently compiling evidence, documenting skills and working practices and letting the judges know why I am the best and should be crowned winner;   I will, of course, let you know how I get on.

 

With this in mind, I am often asked advice on:

Which sort of massage should I have?

What massage is ‘best’?

When should I get a massage?

Is there a massage therapist near me?

So, for those of you living within Sandwich or the surrounding areas, or who are happy to travel for your massage, here is a brief overview of massages are available at Kent Beauty and Massage, based within Discovery Park, CT13 9FF.

Swedish / Holistic massage – this is the massage most people envisage when they think of massage and is an ideal introduction into the world of massage.

Using massage techniques such as effleurage (stroking), petrissage ( percussion) , kneading etc, the soft tissue of the body is manipulated .  This massage can be stimulating and energising, can work on relieving muscular aches and pains or can be relaxing and de-stressing.

 

LaStone Massage – taking massage to the next level this treatment uses heated basalt stones and cooler marble stones making your massage a far more holistic experience.  Your therapist ( that’s me!), holds the stones when they massage. Using very similar techniques as Swedish massage, the warm stones bring blood and nutrients to the area and are deeply relaxing; the cooler stones help flush away toxins and can be particularly effective, and far more gentle, at eliminating aches and pains without having to go to the depths of deep tissue massage.  

This massage is sometimes said to have the ‘power of 10’.   One stroke with the stone is said to be worth ten of the hands with the stones work ten times more effectively and the effects lasting ten times as long.

 

Aromatherapy Massage – this is a truly holistic massage working on mind, body, and soul and is great for people who would like emotional healing as part of their massage.  As a qualified aromatherapist I am able to blend oils specifically to your requirements on the day you are being treated, be that uplifting, relaxing, pain relieving, boosting; however you hope to feel when you step off the couch….there is an oil for that!

 

Deep Tissue Massage – as the name suggests, this massage uses more pressure than a Swedish Massage and is great for muscle issues such as soreness, injury, imbalance and also for any sporting injuries – those you may have, to prevent injury or to increase flexibility.  Using slower strokes and specialist techniques, such as trigger points, I am able to work deeper to relieve tension in the muscles and connective tissues. This can also be known as remedial massage or sports massage.

 

Prenatal Massage – this can be carried out in the second and third trimester and is a great way of alleviating pregnancy aches and stresses and wonderful for general relaxation.  Using milder pressure than Swedish this can be full body or concentrate on areas that are causing you distress such as lower back, hips, and legs.

 

Chair Massage – this focuses on your back, neck and shoulders and is ideal for people who find it uncomfortable lying on the couch.  You straddle the specially designed massage chair giving me full access to your back. This massage is often carried out clothed.

 

Manual Lymphatic Drainage – is also known as MLD is a light, rhythmic massage that stimulates your lymphatic system and helps increase the elimination of toxins and bacteria, promoting a feeling of well-being.  MLD can help with a number of conditions such as swollen ankles, varicose veins, sinusitis, puffy eyes to name but a few….it is also a fantastic MOT for the body.

 

G5 / Cellulite Massage – this uses a mechanical massage machine that vibrates vigorously to stimulate deep blood flow and circulation and is believed to help break down stubborn fat in the thighs, bottom, and stomach giving the reduced appearance of cellulite.  I conclude the G5 treatment with some lymphatic drainage movements to assist with the elimination of toxins.

 

Indian Head Massage – or champignesses as it is sometimes known, is based on ancient Ayurvedic healing.  The treatment works on the upper back, neck, head, decollete and face; arms can be included if desired.  Stimulation of the nerves in the head is believed to have a beneficial and balancing effect on the whole body.  Great treatment for headaches, insomnia, migraines, sinus problems etc.  I like to carry out Indian Head Massage on the couch believing we should always take the opportunity to lie down when offered, however this treatment can also be carried out seated and clothed in a chair.

 

 

As you can see there are a lot of massages to choose from at Kent Beauty and Massage!

All the massages described above are available as well as scrubs with massages, stones with aromatherapy, and not forgetting holistic treatments such as Reflexology or Reiki – but more on those another time!

 

If you would like any further information about any of the massages, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

If you would like to book a massage please click here

 

Look out for future blogs where I will be discussing how to prepare for your massage treatment, how and why massage works,  and what you can expect from your massage.

I will also be looking at specific issues that some of you seem to suffer from such as :

Tennis / golfer’s elbow

Back pain

Anxiety

Stress

Plantar Fasciitis

Plus lots more interesting topics

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me lorraine@kentbeautyandmassage.co.uk if I can be of any assistance or you have any questions.

 

I look forward to welcoming you to the salon soon

 

Lorraine x