Rieko Oshima-Barclay helps you to find out
which type of treatment is right for you.

Rieko offers a several types of massage therapy.
This is a basic overview of massage techniques, which may help you to find out
which type of massage is right for you.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine is one of the oldest forms of medicine in the world, and it is still extensively practiced today. Many Herbs have powerful medicinal properties, and are known as botanical medicine or Phytotherapy. People have used herbs as a medicine to assist the healing process during illness. Herbal Medicine also helps in maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. You may know that many of the pharmaceutical drugs today are based on herbs, in Herbal Medicine we combine modern scientific research as well as traditional methods for optimum results. What the Herbalist does Medical Herbalists are much like the old style GPs, we have studied and trained in the orthodox diagnostic skills, however, we take a more holistic approach i.e. we don't examine the illness in isolation but try to understand the whole person. We will try to identify the underlying cause of an illness, thus working holistically and individually. Herbal remedies will be based on and tailor made to the patient's need. We may also advise on diet and lifestyle if necessary, and we have consultations with people of any age.

The Consultation

The initial consultation will last approximately 50 minutes. During the consultation, a full case history and any necessary physical examination will be taken. Following appointments will last 30 minutes. Normally the follow up appointment will be 2 - 6 weeks after the initial consultation, depending upon the severity of the symptoms. Herbal Remedies Your herbal remedies will be prepared after the consultation. They will be individual and usually in the form of tinctures (alcohol based herbal extraction), herbal teas, creams or lotions. If you are already taking medication or other treatment, we always take this into consideration. It is important for the patient to take professional advice and not to stop any treatment without guidance from your specialists. Medical Herbalists support patients who suffer from a variety of conditions, such as; joint pain, breathing disorders, stress and anxiety, digestive problems, skin problems, headache and migraine, blood pressure problems, reproductive and urinary problems, and seasonal issues. Herbs can also work to stimulate the body's own healing power and restore the balance of health.


Aromatherapy is a gentle therapy using relaxing massage and essential oils to relieve physical and emotional conditions, enhance well-being and promote health. Aromatherapy could possibly affect you physically, emotionally and also spiritually. Each essential oil has its own unique combination of therapeutic properties. Rieko will give a massage using the appropriate essential oils according to the client's condition.

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. It is also used for reducing pain and discomfort in conditions such as repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. DTM employs slower strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques such as Myofascial Release or Trigger Point Therapy.

Trigger point therapy

A trigger point is also known as myofascial trigger points, which are tight areas within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. Trigger Point Therapy is a technique that involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve myofascial pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Rieko often incorporates massage and Trigger Point Therapy together.

Holistic/Therapeutic massage

Holistic/ Therapeutic massage is a very effective massage which 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.

Lymphatic massage (MLD)

MLD(Manual lymphatic drainage massage) is a very gentle massage technique, which uses rhythmic, very precise hand movements, pressures and sequences that encourage and stimulate the lymph’s circulation in order to speed up the removal of waste from the body and stimulate the functioning of the immune and nervous systems. There are many conditions that may be beneficial from the application of MLD, which include reductions in edemas, detoxification of the body and regeneration of tissue. May assist the healing of scar tissue, skin conditions.

What is the Lymphatic System?

The lymph system is a network of organs, lymph nodes, lymph ducts, and lymph vessels that make, move and drains fluid (lymph) from tissues and empties it back into the bloodstream.

The main functions of the lymphatic system:

  • Remove excess fluid from bodily tissues
  • To defend the body against disease by producing and storing lymphocytes
  • It absorbs fats and fatty acids from the digestive system and transports them into the bloodstream

Possible Benefits:

  • Is deeply relaxing by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Promotes the healing of fractures, torn ligaments, sprains and lessens pain
  • Promotes healing of wounds and burns and improves the appearance of old scars
  • Relives and prevent fluid retention: e.g. swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes and swollen legs due to pregnancy
  • Can improve many chronic conditions: such as skin conditions, sinusitis and recurring infections
  • Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
  • Aid stress, insomnia, stress and loss of vitality
  • Relives pain - joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, muscular pain, migraine, chronic headaches.
  • Aids and may strengthen the immune system

Neal's Yard Holistic facial

The Neal's Yard Remedies Holistic Facial is a tailored facial treatment, incorporating consultation, detailed skin analysis to determine your skin type, facial diagnosis to unveil any signs of inner health and well being issues, and comprehensive aftercare advice.
After a consultation, Rieko will choose your skin products from the Neal’s yard range with the aim of deep cleansing, improving skin tone, condition and elasticity as well as making you feel relaxed with a treatment enriched with a face; scalp, neck and shoulder and arm massage to help release tension.


Reflexology is an ancient form of complementary therapy. It is the technique of applying gentle pressure on the reflex points of the feet and hands that are thought to correspond with organs, glands and structures around the body. 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.

Pregnancy Massage/Pre and Post Natal Massage

Pregnancy massage is specifically tailored for the expectant mothers needs.
  The benefits of pregnancy massage are just the same as any other massage - easing  physical discomfort such as back pain, swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints, reduce emotional stress such as depression and anxiety 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

Maternity / Pregnancy Reflexology

Maternity reflexology is tailor-made to possibly assist even before pregnancy with fertility issues, IVF support, during pregnancy, right up to childbirth and may help ease many common discomforts including nausea, morning sickness, heartburn, back pain and constipation, as well as other conditions during pregnancy. Rieko has taken a number of additional post graduate courses included Pre-Conception and Pregnancy Reflexology & massage.

  • Herbal Medicine
  • Massage therapy
  • Reflexology
  • Pregnancy Therapy

: : Cautions and Contraindicates for Massage therapies : :

There are specific situations in which massage should be limited or used only with great caution, such as:

  • Acute inflammation
  • Systemic infection
  • Thrombosis and phlebitis
  • Bleeding – External or internal
  • Major cardiac problems (e.g. Heart problems, acute angina, recent heart attack)
  • High blood pressure (in severe case)
  • Malignant aliments in the area (e.g. Active cancer, leukemia) including those with any undiagnosed lumps
  • High fever
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle and tendon partial tears
  • In early pregnancy (in the first trimester)
  • Some local contraindications for massage
  • An open wound or burn or at the site of a recent injury
  • Varicose veins
If you have a chronic condition, such as arthritis, cancer, or heart disease, talk with your doctor before having massage.

Cautions and Contraindications for Reflexology.

  • Any contagious skin disease i.e. Impetigo, scabies, etc.
  • Severe psoriasis or eczema on foot
  • Foot fractures, unhealed wounds, or active gout in the foot
  • Any untreated severe medical condition, or acute pain (Reflexology may hide a condition which needs medical attention)
  • Thrombosis or embolism
  • Haematoma

Some of the conditions that require Specialist or medical WRITTEN MEDICAL PERMISSION – GP/Consultant

  • Cancer
  • Recent operations
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Any condition already being treated by a GP or Specialist
  • Nervous/Psychotic conditions
  • Severe Arthritis/Osteoporosis
  • Medical edema
  • Pregnancy: if you are a high risk pregnancy, and/or have any medical/pregnancy complications, and/or any undiagnosed medical conditions (I do not massage clients in the first trimester)
  • Trapped/pinched nerve (sciatica) inflamed nerve
  • Conditions that are infectious for a certain period during the acute phase, such as pulmonary TB. Hepatitis and cirrhosis
  • Any dysfunction of the nervous system

Please ask Rieko if you are uncertain or have any specific concerns before your booking.