Are you tired, sore and stressed) Do you have trouble sleeping standing up straight, getting in and out of your car or walking for long periods of time? Chances are your muscles are tight and you need a massage.
Body massage is a comforting, gentle way to come back into yourself. Massage can be stimulating or relaxing, depending on what is needed and wanted. I often say that the “art” of massage is sensing the fine line between pleasure and pain, and working at its edge. This differs from patient to patient – some people think “no pain, no gain” is the name of the game. Others pull back and tense up, but won’t say anything. A small minority can’t tolerate any pain at all. A thorough interview before your first treatment helps me to understand your style and work accordingly.
My massage is a mixture of Swedish Massage, that is, on a massage table with oils, and Tui Na (chinese massage) with passive movements, breathing and stretches and Manual Lymphatic Drainage. I use tuning forks and my voice as sound therapy tools to deepen and enhance your experience.
I use only organic food-grade coconut oil as my carrier oil. Coconut fat is only the fat fraction and does not smell of coconut, in case you were worried. I use high-quality natural essential oils – never fragrance or parfum – to add aroma.
I have, sadly, never tried my own massage, but routinely get comments like “that was the best massage I’ve ever had.” I am very grateful for these compliments as I am passionate about my work and feel fortunate to perform skilfully a job that I love.
To help people relax, I use Sound Therapy and Hot Stone Massage. This is a deeply relaxing massage that helps warm and ground the body and spirit through the powerful Earth energy held in the stones and the vibrations of tuning forks and singing bowls.
My Canadian basalt stones are hand-collected from the west coast of British Columbia. I use OM-tuning forks and a trio of 32-64-128Hz forks. All are weighted tuning forks, so the vibration is audible and lasts for some time. I also use my voice. I have been practising mantra for many years now, and use overtone chanting and long syllables to help people “tune out” their intrusive thoughts.
Sound therapy and Hot Stone massage lasts 1.5 hours and is a slower, deeper, more relaxing experience. This is the best option for you if you suffer from insomnia, chronic stress, or you’re just going through a tough moment and you need some “me time.” If you want hot stone massage, tell me when you book, and be prepared to pay a bit more. Get in touch and I will explain everything, no pressure.
I sometimes call the massage that I give “Medical Massage” as it seems to be the best way to resume what I do. Although in Spain, neither massage nor “medical massage” as a modality is recognised, elsewhere in Europe, it is.
Medical massage is bodywork that uses evidence-based assessment and remedial techniques to help restore movement and reduce pain. In Spain, I am not allowed to diagnose anything (say frozen shoulder, or foot pronation). This is the domain of physiotherapists in this country and I have to be careful what I write and what I claim. Also, outcomes are usually quantified using Range-Of-Motion, strength testing and subjective perception of pain reduction. I can do all this, but not officially. So, if you are here and looking for a physiotherapy experience, you might be better off elsewhere.