HOLISTIC MASSAGE

A light-to-medium massage of the whole body using oils which is particularly recommended for those who suffer from stress, high blood pressure or simply want to unwind.  It also complements specific treatments such as reflexology, Indian Head Massage, and facial massage.

Holistic massage techniques have been used for thousands of years in Egypt, China and India.  As its name suggests, the treatment is intended to address the body and mind as a whole and is accessible to all ages.

The massage is a relaxing and supportive treatment which focuses upon the skin and outer muscles.  It eases tension in the muscles, aids lymphatic drainage, helps clear away toxins in the body and releases endorphins.  The body’s natural healing abilities are thereby brought to the fore, and the mind is encouraged to slow down.  Specific benefits may include a heightened sense of wellbeing, improved circulation, better quality sleep and concentration and deeper, more relaxed breathing.

There are four main massage techniques used in holistic massage. Effleurage (sliding or gliding); Petrissage (kneading); Tapotement (rhythmic tapping);  and vibrational movements which are created using the fingers.

£60 per hour, £90 90mins

Niki’s skills, wonderful treatments, and intuition, have over the years helped me to cope with, and recover from, illnesses, injuries,
and the general ups and downs of a busy working life. Niki is so caring and professional, that every session I have attended has been an absolute delight. 
Shirley Bracegirdle

SWEDISH MASSAGE

A relaxing and invigorating treatment which focuses on the inner as well as the outer muscles and involves the application of firmer massage techniques than Holisitc Massage.  Its primary purpose is to increase the oxygen in the blood and to release toxins from the muscles.  It may take the form of a full body treatment or be directed to specific areas of tension.

Swedish Massage is used to relieve stress, both physical and emotional;  to increase circulation without increasing heart load;  to stimulate the skin and nervous system;  to shorten recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes;  and to stretch the ligaments and tendons, keeping them supple and pliable.

The treatment involves the use of five styles of long, flowing stroke;  Effleurage (sliding or gliding;  Petrissage (kneading); Tapotement (rhythmic tapping);  Friction (circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and fingers);  and Vibration (oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body)

£60 per hour, £90 90mins

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE

A treatment which is designed to be more remedial than purely relaxing.  It is recommended for individuals who suffer from muscular aches and pains or pulled muscles, and for those who engage in heavy physical activity (for example, athletes) or repetitive movement (for example, working at a computer or driving for long periods).  Its purpose is to relieve severe tension in the deeper muscles and the connective tissue or fascia.

Tension reduces the supply of oxygen and nutrients to a muscle which, in turn, leads to a build-up of toxins. A deep-tissue massage helps to loosen muscle tissue, release toxins and get blood and oxygen circulating properly. It can be used in conjunction with other forms of massage.

A spectrum of techniques are employed which include Petrissage (kneading); Friction (circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and fingers);  Vibration (oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body);  Percussion (brisk hacking or tapping);  and applying pressure with the elbow and forearm as a means of releasing new blood into the muscles.  Trigger-point release is also used to isolate and treat muscular “knots” (a build up of lactic acid which results in symptoms ranging from general tension to a frozen shoulder).

£60 per hour, £90 90mins

‘I do a lot of sport and have visited Niki many times for massage to remedy my aching body. She’s an amazing therapist who is passionate about holistic therapies and uses her wide knowledge to ensure that you get the most from each session. She also has great advice on how to continue your treatment at home. I think when you’re going to spend time and money with someone it’s really important to like them and Niki has an awesome personality. I’d recommend her to the moon and back.’

Cara Curran, Coventry. Marketing Manager, Warwick Business School.

INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE

Based on the Ayurvedic system of healing which has been practiced in India for over a thousand years, the aim of Indian Head Massage is to release the tension that has built up in the head, neck, shoulders and upper back.  It can be administered clothed or unclothed and very little or no oil is used.  Traditionally it is a seated treatment but can also be administered lying down.  It is very calming and relaxing, excellent for relieving general stress, tension and fatigue, and is especially good for those with sedentary jobs.  Many people find that it leaves them feeling energised, revitalised and better able to concentrate.

The treatment comprises a range of different techniques including the application of deep kneading and compression movements over the neck, shoulder and scalp areas. In addition, pressure points on the face are gently stimulated and stroked.  The purpose of the treatment is to free knots of muscular tension;  increase joint mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulders; improve blood circulation and lymphatic flow; relax connective tissue; and aid in the elimination of accumulated toxins and waste products.

£60

 

I have been using Niki now for nearly three years and in that time her deep tissue massage has made the world of difference to my back and shoulder pain, which can be quite debilitating.

I would not hesitate to recommend Niki to my friends and family as her professional but friendly approach make my visits a real treat.

Joanne Whitehead

 

 

LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE

A specialised treatment which is designed to improve the functioning of the Lymphatic System.

The Lymphatic System plays a crucial role in the body’s immune system.  It clears toxins, waste and excess fluid from all tissues in the body and carries disease-fighting materials to cells.  It does so using a fluid called lymph which flows through the lymphatic channels.  If the channels become congested, blocked, damaged or severed, the efficiency of the immune system can be compromised and fluid can build up in the connective tissue leading to edema and swelling.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage involves gentle, rhythmical, circling movements of the skin which stimulate the contractions of the lymphatic vessels. These movements activate lymph circulation as well as stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems.

The treatment can be carried out on the body and the face.  Some of the benefits may include:

  • Helping the body to detoxify
  • Reducing fluid retention and swelling (for example, during pregnancy)
  • Regenerating tissue around wounds and burns
  • Promoting the healing of fractures, torn ligaments and sprains
  • Minimising lines and wrinkles
  • Hydrating and stimulating the skin
  • Reducing “puffy” eyes

£60 per hour, £90 90mins

THAI MASSAGE

Traditionally carried out on a mat on the floor, this treatment has been redesigned for a massage table.  It does not involve the application of oils and is carried out fully clothed (loose-fitting and comfortable clothing should be worn).  It is more rigorous and energising than many other forms of massage.

It is also known as Thai yoga massage because the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches.   Muscle compression, joint mobilisation, and acupressure are also used during treatment.

The treatment aims to promote relaxation;  reduce stress;  improve circulation;  increase flexibility;  and improve the range of movement.

£60 per hour, £90 90mins

 

BABY MASSAGE

I teach baby massage to groups and offer individual sessions. Each session can last one hour or more, depending upon the needs of the client.

You will learn simple techniques to relax and soothe your baby and specific strokes which may help with congestion, digestion, elimination, colic, gas and teething.  Massage is also thought to aid muscular co-ordination, posture and flexibility in preparation for crawling. By helping your baby to relax it may promote longer, sounder sleep and decrease the production of stress hormones. For mothers with post-natal depression it can be a very positive experience and may increase their sense of bonding with their child.

I run group sessions and individual sessions can be arranged at a mutually convenient time and venue.

Please contact Niki to discuss costs

PREGNANCY MASSAGE

Massage can reduce the general aches and pains you may experience during pregnancy. It can also reduce fluid retention and sciatic pain, caused by an accumulation of fluid around the sciatic nerve. It can lower high blood pressure, maintain elasticity of the skin and encourage deeper, easier breathing.

Massage is a natural and wholesome way to address the physical discomfort and emotional stress which can accompany pregnancy. It aims to relax the mind and body, relieve muscular tension, promote wellbeing and improve sleep at night.

Massage can also help after giving birth. As well as providing you with some precious time to look after yourself, it may promote muscle healing and spinal alignment – important factors in returning your body to its pre-pregnancy state.

£60 per hour, £90 90mins

 

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE

Myofascial Release is a treatment which aims to address musculoskeletal pain syndromes and trigger points.

Most forms of massage focus specifically upon the muscles, seeking to loosen and relax them by the application of pressure and manipulation. Myofascial Release does this too, but takes it one step further. The treatment is based on the premise that tension and stress are stored in muscles and connective tissue which causes them to become stiff and locked, leading to discomfort or even pain. Myofascial Release seeks to alleviate those symptoms through a series of stretches which are designed to open the muscles and connective tissues.

£60per hour, £90 90mins

“I’ve had treatments from Niki for over five years and the fact that I keep going back speaks for itself. Whether it’s reiki, reflexology, massage or a pampering facial she has magic fingers and is always keen to tailor treatments to my changing needs.

After having reiki sessions with Niki I was keen to find out more and went on two training weekends with her to learn how to become a reiki practitioner myself. The course was thorough, professional and lots of fun. Oh, and the healthy lunch she cooked was to die for!” Penny Jenkins

 

To book or if you have any questions please ring or text me on 07976 568 280 or email me at nw@nikiwakeman.co.uk