From a relaxing treat to treating chronic pain there are many advantages of massage

There are many different types of massage but most involve applying pressure to the body through hands, fingers, elbows, forearms and sometimes feet or knees to manipulate muscles, tendons and ligaments. A variety of massage techniques can be used to relax, ease stress, loosen stiffness or help towards easing an injury.
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Depending on the nature of the massage, clients can be treated while lying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair, or lying on a mat on the floor.
At PHP, our practitioners can offer several different types of massage. The practitioner you see may depend on the type of massage you require. If you are unsure which type of massage you need then please contact our reception who will be able to advise you.

Pain or injury relief massages

Sports Massage

A combination of techniques are used specifically on areas that have been injured during sport, such as lower back, neck and knees to relax the muscles and allow blood flow to the area to aid with healing.

Physiotherapy Massage

All of our Physiotherapists are trained in massage techniques that are aimed at the treatment of muscles, tendons and ligaments after an injury. Physiotherapy massage is very much a part of an overall treatment and is combined with other techniques and exercises to aid recovery.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).

While some of the strokes may feel the same as those used in Swedish massage therapy,  deep tissue massage is unique in the sense that it is used to dissipate scar tissue and physically break down muscle “knots” or adhesions – bands of painful, rigid tissue – that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, a limited range of motion and inflammation.Some light bruising is also a possible side effect of deep tissue massage. 

Therapeutic and relaxing massages

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is a series of techniques, used to work different muscle groups within the body. It can be a deep, invigorating and stimulating treatment or a more gentle and relaxing massage, depending on your problems. It can relieve muscular tension, aches and pains, it can also improve movement around joints and help muscles recover after exercise. It is a great stress reliever.

Therapeutic soft tissue massage

A Therapeutic soft tissue massage incorporates the methods of the Swedish massage but is intended to be relaxing and ease away tightness in muscles and leave you feeling relaxed and stress free.

Hot Stones Massage

A hot stone massage may begin with a traditional Swedish massage technique to prepare your muscles. Your massage therapist will then place the warm stones on key acupressure points on your body. The stones warm and relax your muscles, allowing deeper pressure to be applied during your massage. Using massage oil and a combination of strokes and techniques, your therapist will massage your neck, back, arms and legs, with and without the stones.

Warm Bamboo Massage

Warm bamboo massage is a modality that anyone looking for either a relaxing and luxurious massage, or needing some serious deep-tissue bodywork for overworked and injured muscles, would benefit from.The results are incredible, the body is able to completely relax as muscles get looser and joints become more flexible.

CBD Massage

CBD enhanced massage oil treatment is aim to provide benefits that include anti-inflammation, pain reduction, relaxation and overall improved skin health. You can combine CBD oil with other treatments such as Hot Stones, Deep Tissue Massage or Therapeutic Massage for a rejuvenating and relaxing experience.

Lomi Lomi – Hawaiian Massage

The massage is performed using flowing, ruythmical movements that have been decribed as feeling like gengle waves moving over the body.
where Lomi Lomi differs to regular massage is the long sweeping movements that are performed up and down the whole of body. this forces the left and the right sides of the brain to connect, allowing the client to “let go” if the choose.

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage is a hands-on massage during or after pregnancy (prenatal or postnatal massage). You will be treated on a massage plinth lying position or alternatively in a sitting position to suit the clients needs. Pillows will be used throughout your treatment to add support and comfort where necessary.

Pregnancy is a special time, however, as your body changes, it can cause many aches and pains, especially in the latter stages. Massage can be a natural way of easing these ailments. As your baby grows, your posture changes and backache in the lower and upper back is common. Other common symptoms are swelling in the ankles and hands) Massage can be very helpful in boosting Lymphatic Drainage during pregnancy This gentle massage technique helps to encourage the flow and release of excess fluid held within the tissues just below the skin, this is why many women will find it very beneficial during the later stages of their pregnancy.

Massage can help greatly by loosening any tight muscles and help relieve tension in the back and other parts of the body giving expectant mums to be a sense of wellbeing.

Benefits of pregnancy massage:

  • Can help with posture balance
  • Helps to reduce swelling
  • Can help with muscular tension
  • It helps to boost lymphatic drainage
  • Reduces stress, tension and anxiety
  • Helps to encourage deeper breathing and enhances internal respiration
  • Lifts the mood
  • Helps to reduce pain and discomforts in pregnancy,this can then help to prepare expectant mums physically emotionally and mentally for the birth.
  • By stimulating circulation will raise blood count and produces more haemoglobin helping to relieve tiredness
  • Helps to reduce symphysis pubis dysfunction
  • Help reduce pelvic girdle pain
  • Reduces migraine and headaches
  • Can help to reduces stretch marks
  • Helps reduce blood pressure
    Pregnancy heartburn

When to avoid pregnancy massage

Women can be massaged at any point in there pregnancy in the second or third trimester. At PHP Ltd. we will not offer pregnancy massage in the first trimester or 12 weeks of pregnancy due to the increased risk if miscarriage.
There is no scientifically agreed guidelines but be sure to be cleared from your doctor before you try our massage service  if you are feeling

  • Nausea, vomiting or morning sickness
  • If you have high risk of miscarriage
  • If you have a high risk pregnancy such as placental abruption or labour.
  • Heavy vaginal discharge or bloody or watery
  • High blood pressure
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Diabetes
  • High temperature or fever Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Vomiting/diarrhoea
  • Unusual or identified pain
  • Contagious illness

  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • BUPA
  • HCPC
  • Cigna

Temporary closure due to Coronavirus

Due to Government guidance to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), we are having to temporarily close.

It is with heavy hearts we are announcing the temporary closure of PHP effective from 23 March 2020. We wish all our clients the very best of health in these challenging times.

We look forward to opening our doors again and welcoming you back when it is safe to do so.

Megan and Jo The Directors Private Health Professionals ltd.