We offer a choice of therapies and treatments at Lifetree, so whether you are experiencing chronic muscle discomfort, stress-related tension or simply looking for relaxation, all our therapists use a range of massage techniques providing a treatment tailored to your needs.
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.
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.
Suzanne Balfour DipSM
Suzanne attained a diploma in Swedish Massage from the Scottish Advanced Massage Techniques School and is skilled in Remedial and Sports Massage therapies. Suzanne also works part time as a clinical nurse specialist in sexual health, with a BSc in Nursing and Sexual Health.
MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE
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.
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.
Therapeutic massage relaxes the entire body, and is beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lymphatic Drainage also has some more time variables: