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.

Scar release

Scar Tissue Release Technique

The scar tissue release technique is a unique treatment using hands on movements to normalise scarring which gives permanent results. It is an effective method of reducing the symptoms associated with recent or long-term scars. This can be used for a number of different scars including:

  • Post surgical scars,
  • Traumatic injury
  • Muscle injury
  • Spinal scars
  • Hysterectomy scars
  • Caesarian scars
  • Head wound scars
  • Mastectomy scars
  • Amputation scars
  • Underlying scar tissue from laparoscopic surgery

The practitioner lightly manipulates the scar tissue to help separate the tissue strands to free any trapped nerve endings, re-supply blood circulation and improve lymph drainage. This technique can be used on old or new scars but the client must wait until all healing has been completed on both the skin’s surfaces and underneath before the technique can be performed. This high quality technique requires a level of training which is undertaken by healthcare professionals.

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 uses hot stones to penetrate heat deep into the muscles on key acupressure points on your body. The stones warm and relax your muscles, allowing deeper pressure to be applied during your massage.
Due to the effectiveness of the heat from the stones deeply relaxing the muscles, they are very effective in working with pain and injury.  
As the stones are used as an extension of the hands, deep, precise techniques with both the stones and hands can be used to alleviate pain, discomfort and tension. If you have areas of inflammation then cold basalt stones can be used to draw out the inflammation.

Ayurveda Yoga Massage

This treatment is performed on the floor, through clothing. It is a combination of relaxing deep tissue / sports massage and yoga stretching for each joint to relieve tension and restore the body, leaving you feeling incredibly relaxed and blissful. We can also incorporate Thai hot herbal compress on request.

Traditional Thai massage 

This is a traditional healing system combining acupressure points, and uses no oils or lotions. The client remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant contact and the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked. Thai massage takes place upon a floor or mat. This allows the client a more complete range of motion. 
The Potential Benefits of Thai Massage
• Relieve tension headaches
• Reduce types of back pain (typically sub-acute and chronic nonspecific pain)
• Relieve muscle pain and joint stiffness and pain
• Increase flexibility and range of motion
• Stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage

Thai Hot Herbal Compress (can be incorporated as part of Ayurveda Yoga Massage or Thai Massage)

Thai hot herb compress massage combines healing herbs with an Eastern style massage to soothe muscular aches and pains, and to relax the body.  This deeply warming therapeutic massage is based on the traditions of Thailand.
The heady scent of the Thai herbs and oils induce such a deep relaxation that we advise you to rest for at least 15 minutes after the massage.
The Thai Herbal Compress technique offers several potential health benefits:  it induces deep relaxation, relieves stress and fatigue, boosts both emotional and physical wellbeing, assists alignment and postural integrity of the body, improves circulation of blood and lymph and stimulates the internal organs.

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

Baby and child massage

Baby and child massage is an ancient tradition using gentle and nurturing touch as a way of lovingly communicating and bonding with your child from the beginning. Working with your child it creates a deeper level of trust and understanding between you and your baby. When taught correctly these strokes can relax your child, encouraging better sleep and can help improve digestion. Your practitioner will provide you with the skills and confidence for you to incorporate soothing massage into your parenting. 

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  • AACP
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • BUPA
  • HCPC
  • Cigna
  • Viality Health