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What is massage?

Massage is the manipulation of superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance the function and promote relaxation and well being.

What is the history of massage?

The word massage comes from the French Massage (friction of kneading,) the Arabic massa (to touch, feel or handle.) Writing on massage has been found in many ancient civilisations including Rome, Greece, India, Japan, China, Egypt and Mesopotamia. A Biblical reference from about 493 BC documents daily massage with olive oil and myrrh as a part of the beauty regime of the wives of Xerxes. Hippocrates wrote in 460 BC that “The physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly in rubbing.”

What does a massage involve at The Therapy Room?

On your first visit to The Therapy Room you will be asked a few questions on your general health and will have the opportunity to discuss any joint or back problems and any medical concerns that you may have. Massage can be undertaken in sitting or lying depending on what is most comfortable for you. The room is warm and welcoming, but blankets and towels are available if required. A choice of organic aromatherapy blends are used during the treatment. Then simply relax to tranquil music while tension and stress is eased away. After the treatment is complete you will be offered a drink and will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Further treatments can be discussed and booked at your convenience.


How many treatments will I need?

It is variable depending on the nature of the symptoms you are presenting with. Some people attend massage therapists to maintain a healthy back following a previous injury. Some people attend simply for relaxation purposes, and some attend just once or twice during a period of acute flare up of a particular problem until balance is restored once again.

Do you need a doctor’s referral to receive massage treatment at The Therapy Room?

At present massage treatment is not practiced in the NHS. To receive massage therefore you need to book a treatment with a private massage therapist.

How can Massage help you?

Massage helps to ease muscular tension enabling a deep sense of relaxation within the body and mind. It has a powerful effect on the circulatory and lymphatic system, increasing blood supply and oxygenation to an area, reducing swelling and inflammation, and eliminating pain causing toxins. Other invaluable benefits are lowering heart rate, respiratory rate and blood pressure, reducing adrenaline production, increasing endorphin release (the body’s natural anti depressant and pain relieving hormone), and calming the nervous system. It is during this period of deep relaxation when the body can concentrate on healing most effectively.


How long does a massage treatment last at The Therapy Room?

Massage treatments at The Therapy Room, can be booked for either 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes sessions depending on your preference. If request a full body massage, at least 1 hour is advisable.

What do I need to bring to a massage session?

The therapist will need to be able to massage the area of the body that is in need of attention. It is important to wear cloths that you find easy to get on and off and to wear suitable underwear. It is also helpful to bring a list of your present medications and the names of any other medical personnel you are currently receiving treatments from.

Massages available at The Therapy Room

Over the centuries many different styles of massage have been developed within different cultures and traditions. All individuals react to touch in a unique way, and as such the massages available at The Therapy Room are tailored to you as an individual.

Massages include:


This massage is intuitive and engages the whole body. It induces a deeply relaxing meditative state that leaves you feeling rejuvenated, reconnected and ready to face the world again.

Deep tissue

This massage eases out the muscular knots and tensions that build up with the demands and activities of our daily lives. Often combined with physiotherapy mobilisations, it will leave you feeling energised and refreshed.

Lymphatic drainage

This massage combines lymphatic drainage positioning with massage techniques. This enables the removal of toxins and the build up of inflammation and cellular debris to reduce oedema and old scar tissue. It will leave you feeling detoxified, lighter and more agile. It is especially helpful after extreme physical activity or following an operation or bad injury.

Indian head massage

This massage relieves the tension that we so often hold within the small muscles of our neck, shoulders, head and jaw. It unblocks and clears sinus pathways. It is especially helpful in relieving chronic headaches, insomnia, chronic fatigue and problems with concentration, and leaves you with a sense of alertness, and renewed clarity.

Hot stones massage

Details to follow shortly.