Pascale King MT, MLDT, CLT
Pascale has been working in massage and bodywork therapies for 20 years. She started her journey in touch therapy with Holistic Massage training in London with Ken Holme in 1996. Later in 2002 she started training in Manual Lymph Drainage (Dr Vodder) and is a Certified Lymphoedema Therapist. She is a member of the British Lymphology Society. Living and working across the world ever since, she has trained in numerous different bodywork techniques. These are now integrated in unique treatments she gives for each unique receiver. To help you unwind, improve your sleep at night, reduce your pain levels, calm your sore muscles, or simply enjoy some time for yourself. In her many years of experience in bodywork, she has worked with a wide range of health-related conditions. She believes touch therapy gives us body awareness, reconnecting ourselves with our body, mind and spirit. To help bring back a balanced life. For more information about her work, please visit www.pascaleking.com.
Emma Walker, DipSIM, BABTAC
Emma achieved a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science (Sport Injuries) which led her to a specific interest in the treatment of Sport Injuries and Lymphatic Drainage using massage therapies. Emma treats a variety of conditions and injuries. During your treatment, Emma uses a combination of manual therapy and taping as required. Emma practices injury prevention, rehabilitation, physiology and psychology of the body, aiming to facilitate your recovery.
Claire Hay, DipSM, DipCA, SMTO
Claire qualified in Swedish Massage followed by Clinical Aromatherapy and has continued regular development training to enhance her massage practice. This includes courses with Jing Institute of Advanced Massage, which have afforded Claire with specialised clinical massage techniques. More recently, she completed Gayle Macdonald/Iris Cancer Partnership’s ‘Massage for People Living with Cancer’ course and their Level One programme. She continues to develop her skills and knowledge through working with those who have had a cancer diagnosis.
MASSAGE FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER
This is comfort-oriented massage which can be used alongside medical treatment, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery. It can assist in easing side effects, such as anxiety, pain, fatigue, nausea, and can help improve sleep and quality of life. Light touch and holding techniques are used, making it safe for people at all stages of cancer.
For those with a history of cancer or currently in treatment for cancer.
MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
Manual Lymphatic drainage techniques facilitate the removal of metabolic wastes, excess water, toxins, bacteria, large protein molecules, and foreign substances from tissue via the initial lymph vessels and the venous capillaries. In addition it relaxes the sympathetic nervous system, reduces pain, and enhances the activity of the immune system.
It is an effective treatment for a variety of issues including oedema, skin disorders, headache, sinus congestion, sprains and aches, stress, digestive disorders and it can be used before and after surgery to remove tissue congestion and minimize scar formation. It is particularly useful as part of post-mastectomy therapy oedema and fibrosis and relieves pain and tension.
LYMPHOEDEMA CARE/COMPLETE LYMPHOEDEMA THERAPY (CLT)
Lymphoedema is a result of a failure of the lymphatic system. This causes swelling in the body tissue, which can affect the limbs, though it may also involve the trunk, breast, head and neck.
The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and nodes throughout the body that transports fluid (lymph) from the body tissues back to the bloodstream. The functions of the lymphatic system are to remove excess fluid and to assist the immune system in removing waste products from the tissues.
Primary lymphoedema may be present at birth, develop at the onset of puberty, or not become apparent for many years into adulthood.
Secondary lymphoedema is the most common type, typically developing following damage to the lymphatic system. The damage may occur as a result of cancer treatment, including the removal of lymph nodes, following radiotherapy to lymph node groups, or with the progression of malignant disease. The onset may be at any time, e.g. within months of the damage or years later.
Complete Lymphoedema Therapy (CLT) is designed to keep the swelling (lymphoedema) under control and to reduce the oedema so that there is no risk of complications, such as inflammation, ulcers or immobility. CLT consists of education, skin care, exercise, Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), and compression therapy. Treatment is individualised for each client. For example, not all the above treatment elements may be necessary in all cases. Elastic Taping for lymphoedema might also be used as an element in CLT.
When the client has sufficiently improved, the next step is self-management. Unfortunately, there is no cure yet for lymphoedema, so it is important that the client keeps up with the self-management programme and checks in with their CLT therapist once or twice a year.
CLT has a holistic multidisciplinary approach and is provided by qualified lymphoedema therapists.
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This is the use of essential oils – the life force of the plant – seeking to help the client achieve physical, mental and emotional well-being. A tailor-made blend is created using a carrier oil and essential oils. The treatment uses this blend with soft tissue massage techniques.
Can help with stress-related, sleep-related and skin problems.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Similar to Swedish massage, yet uses slower strokes to go deeper in to the muscle tissue to realign layers of muscles and connective tissue (or ‘fascia’). Adhesions can restrict circulation, cause pain and limit movement. Additional clinical techniques, such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release, table shiatsu, stretching and power effleurage, are used when necessary. For chronic aches and pains, limited mobility, back pain and postural problems.
HOT AND COLD STONE MASSAGE
This warm and soothing treatment involves a full body massage with the aid of water-heated basalt stones. The heat and energy of the stones help to de-stress, increase the blood supply, bring deeper relaxation, and balance physical and emotional health.
To give a perfect balance to the treatment, I might also use cold stones to invigorate and to give a ‘little wake-up call’ after the deep warmth experience.
A variation on this is thermotherapy, where I alternate the hot and cold stones to further stimulate and improve the blood circulation, particularly on the legs, relieving pain in some cases, and energising.
Hot and cold stone massage is definitely an experience not to be missed!
INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE
This is an Ayurvedic form of healing and relaxation that has been used in Asia for thousands of years. Using a combination of massage strokes, this ancient art can help ease the stresses and strains of modern-day life. As well as the scalp, it focuses on other areas of the upper body which hold tension, such as the back, neck and shoulders. This treatment also stimulates noted ‘acupressure’ points. The client can choose to sit in a chair or lie on the massage couch for this treatment. For easing tension headaches and neck & shoulder tension.
This is a natural therapy designed to bring balanced health and well-being through stimulation of particular points on the feet. The whole of the feet are worked on with a gentle thumb and finger pressure technique with relaxing and healing effects.
The feet reflect the body. This treatment is effective because the feet have numerous nerve endings – reflex points – which are related to other areas and organs in the body. By working and stimulating these, the nervous system is stimulated, which helps to rebalance the body’s systems.
Reflexology has many benefits such as improving the digestive system, hormone imbalances, and fertility, aiding stress and sleeping problems, or simply to relax you if you have been on your feet the whole day!
This treatment is done by working on your bare feet while you lie on a couch or sit in a recliner chair.
Sports massage can help maintain the body in a great condition, help prevent injuries and loss of mobility, cure and restore mobility to injured muscle tissue, enhance performance and prolong the overall life of your sporting career. In this treatment, deep tissue massage techniques are used along with stretches and exercises.
Pregnancy is a special time, however, as your body changes, it can bring about many aches and pains, especially in the latter stages. Massage can be a natural way of easing these ailments. A pregnancy massage is also beneficial for: anemia, heartburn, back ache, symphysis pubic dysfunction (SPD) or pelvic girdle pain (PGP), sciatica, stretch marks and circulation.
Uses various techniques that apply pressure to superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue. As well as smooth, gliding strokes, other techniques include kneading, friction, stretching and tapping.
For those dealing with muscle tension or simply looking for relaxation.