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Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy is a gentle healing therapy using relaxing massage and essential oils to relieve physical and emotional conditions, enhance well-being and promote health. The term "Aromatherapy" was coined by French chemist Ren Maurice Gattefoss in the 1920's to describe the practice of using essential oils. Essential oils are extracted from aromatic plants (flowers, fruits, leaves, woods etc.) which have been widely recognized as beneficial for various health problems.
Aromatherapy can possibly affect you physically, emotionally and also spiritually. Each essential oil has its own unique combination of therapeutic properties. These properties include anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesics, antidepressants, expectorant immune stimulants, relaxants and many more. Professional aromatherapy may be safe and beneficial for use in both acute and chronic conditions and for any age.

Aromatherapy affects the body and mind via smell, inhalation and skin penetration. When essential oils are diluted in a carrier oil and massaged into the skin, they are absorbed slowly into the blood stream and travel around the body having a therapeutic effect according to their properties. In aromatherapy massage, essential oils are primarily absorbed through the skin, and the scent of essential oils may have a powerful effect on the emotions. Essential oils are highly volatile and so they can enter the bloodstream through the lungs by inhalation during the massage. After a full consultation, Rieko chooses the appropriate essential oils according to the client's condition. The client's mental and physical problems, spiritual energy levels, and skin type are taken into account. The massage takes place on a couch. Aromatherapy massage is very relaxing and it soothes the nervous system. It also stimulates the circulatory and lymphatic systems improving the supply of nutrients to the body tissues and aiding the elimination of toxins and waste products.The first appointment includes a consultation (15-20 minutes) in order to complete a confidential medical checklist, devised to establish the most appropriate course of action.
Sessions can last from 30 to 90 minutes. Upon the client’s request Rieko offers a combination of Herbal Medicine & Massage. At the end of the session Rieko will discuss any further needs you may have and provide home care advice as and when appropriate. If you are pregnant or suffer from a medical condition such as asthma, osteoporosis, arthritis, inflamed nerve, epilepsy, diabetes, high blood pressure or a heart condition, you are advised to consult your G.P. before embarking on any therapy.

Holistic/ Therapeutic massage

Holistic/ Therapeutic massage is a very effective healing massage. Massage may help to speed up the body's recovery from physical and mental fatigue, stress and general aches and pains. Various pressure and massage strokes are applied according to the client's need.

Gentle/gliding strokes give a relaxing & soothing feeling, while penetrating strokes using the fingers, thumbs and heels of the hand provide a firm pressure massage. This is particularly effective on areas which suffer from chronic muscle tension, including a stiff neck or sore shoulders.

Deep Tissue Massage (DTM)

Deep Tissue Massage (DTM) is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. It helps to release the chronically tensed and contracted areas in the body, such as stiff necks, sore shoulders and lower back tension. DTM employs slower strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibres of the muscles, tendons and fascia.

DTM works to unlock the fibers of muscle by breaking down and eliminating toxins, at the same time relaxing and soothing muscle.
DTM usually focuses on specific areas of tension and pain. It may cause some soreness during or right after the session, however, the client should feel better within a day or two. Rieko also incorporates DTM with Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial Release technique.

Trigger point therapy

Trigger Point Therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Rieko often incorporates massage and Trigger Point Therapy together. Trigger Point Therapy is also called Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy. Dr. Janet Travell in the United States developed it in the 1940s. A trigger point is defined by Dr. Janet Travell as: "A hyper irritable locus within a taut band of skeletal muscle, located in the muscular tissue and or its associated fascia. The spot is painful on compression and can evoke characteristic referred and autonomic phenomena". Trigger points may be associated with myofascial pain syndromes or fibromyalgia. Trigger points are very common. They are also referred to as muscle knots.
Possible causes of trigger points are:

  • Birth trauma
  • An injury sustained in a fall or accident
  • Poor posture
  • Over exertion
  • Joint problems
  • Nutrition
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Chronic illness

Trigger Point Therapists can possibly treat patients who suffer from headaches, muscle and joint pain, and back pain.

It is a type of massage therapy involving manipulation and stretching, which examines and stimulates muscles and muscle attachments in layers. It addresses surface muscles and the connective tissues and deeper ligaments and the connective tissues. The practitioner applies a firm, digital pressure in order to find the specific points causing pain and restricted movement. Trigger points can cause referred pain in specific areas. These areas have been charted and are predictable and consistent, and usually the pain is experienced in areas located away from the trigger point. A trigger point in the back, for example, may trigger pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The aim of trigger point massage is to encourage the elimination of toxins and the lessening of pain in the muscles. Patients could find that after several treatments, pain may be relieved and the range of motion and circulation might be improved.

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Pregnancy Massage

During pregnancy our bodies go through major changes such as structural, physiological, psychological, spiritual, and social changes. Some of these changes may produce discomforts and emotional problems. Massage and aromatherapy can potentially ease these discomforts and give you a warm and well-being feeling. They may also help a mother to prepare physically and emotionally for these changes which occur during the time of pregnancy.

Possible Benefits:

  • Reduce physical discomforts e.g. muscle discomfort and pain, tired legs, tension, and back pain
  • Help emotional problems, e.g. stress and anxiety, mental health issues, fear, restlessness, and sleep disorders
  • Ease digestive problems
  • It may also be beneficial in labour & post-natal care

No essential oils are used in the 1st trimester. During the 1st trimester no abdominal, lower back or foot massage is given. There are some contraindicated conditions during pregnancy, so Rieko suggests that you obtain a referral or advice from your Medical doctors or midwife before your 1st appointment.

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Reflexology

Reflexology is the technique of applying gentle pressure on the reflex points of the feet and hands. This brings about a state of deep relaxation, stimulates the body’s own healing processes and encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance. Many people may benefit from reflexology and find relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. It is important to stress that reflexology does not aim to diagnose or cure. Rieko has experience of using reflexology on clients who suffer from:

  • Stress related conditions
  • Migraine
  • Sleep disorders
  • Digestive problems
  • Back pain
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Fertility issues
  • Hormonal imbalance

A course of several sessions is advisable to improve conditions. A client will often require four to six sessions to alleviate or overcome a specific problem. However every client is an individual and therefore each client care plan is different.

[Maternity Reflexology]
Maternity reflexology is tailor-made to possibly assist with fertility issues, IVF Support, pregnancy and childbirth. The term ‘fertility issues’ is used if conception has not occurred naturally after 12 months of trying for a baby. The inability to conceive can depend on many different factors (e.g. anxiety, stress, erratic eating patterns, hormonal imbalance, over or under exercising) and it is important that both partners are in optimum health to encourage this to happen.

Reflexology is a safe and calming therapy that may help to ease emotional and physical stress and tension. It works by balancing all the body systems, thereby helping to provide a healthy body in which conception can take place. Gentle pressure on reflex points may balance the hormonal system and stimulate the reproductive organs to function more efficiently. Both men and women might benefit from reflexology for different reasons, such as regulation of menstruation or stimulation of sperm production. Please note whilst all the therapies Rieko offers (whether combined or used alone) have been successful, in her experience, the speediest results, for both partners, were achieved from the following combination: Herbal Remedies and Aromatherapy. Also commitment to lifestyle changes by both partners can be important in helping to achieve a successful outcome.

[During Pregnancy]
During pregnancy our bodies go through structural, physiological, psychological, spiritual, and social changes. Some of these changes may produce discomfort and emotional problems. Reflexology, massage and aromatherapy may ease these discomforts and give you a warm sense of well-being. Reflexology, massage and aromatherapy may also help a mother to prepare physically and emotionally for the changes that occur during pregnancy. It is possible for most women to benefit from having reflexology during pregnancy and there is NO EVIDENCE to suggest that reflexology causes miscarriage. However there are some cases where you may be advised to wait until after the 1st trimester. There are also some conditions during pregnancy that can be contraindicated, so Rieko suggests that you obtain a referral or advice from your Medical doctor or midwife before your first appointment.

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