spinal problems
shoulder massage
remedial massage

Remedial massage
Working to relieve muscular pain and to allow the body to heal effectively. The aim is to alleviate discomfort and to facilitate more effective / optimum movement.  Remedial massage uses superficial and deeper massage techniques and the pressure will be catered to what suits you at the time of treatment.

Deep tissue & sports massage
Deep tissue massage applies a stronger, steady pressure to deeper layers of the muscle. It can be used to release trapped nerves and correct damaged muscle tissue, as well as to soften hard muscles which have caused joint restriction and structural misalignment. 

Myofascial release
Myo balm, very little or no oils are used to apply slow controlled techniques so as to gain access to superficial and deeper fascial structures. Trigger point therapy techniques may also be used in conjunction.

Swedish / relaxation massage
This is designed to disperse physical tension from the body in a gentle way by loosening tight muscles and reducing stiffness, removing energy blockages within the body and increasing blood and lymph circulation. Relaxation/Swedish massage uses four soft tissue manipulation techniques: effleurage (long, gliding strokes), petrissage (kneading strokes), friction (deep, circular rubbing) and tapotement (tapping). The aim of the massage is to bring the body back into a balanced and relaxed state using soothing, rhythmical movements aimed at promoting a wonderful sense of wellbeing and relaxation.

Pregnancy massage
Ideal for 3months onwards (unless approved by your GP).  Massage is fantastic pre&post natal therapy to help the body adapt to the changes it goes through during and after pregnancy. A treatment will be tailor made to you from anything to a simple relaxing foot massage to a more focused massage on areas of tension or muscular and postural dysfunction sometimes present during pregnancy. Depending on your 'bump' massage will be done with you sidelying and you will be positioned comfortably with lots of extra pillows and towels.

Aromatherapy massage
A blend of pure essential oils to meet your specific needs will be used working on a physical, mental and spiritual level. The oils will be inhaled and applied to the body in a blend.  Essential oils stimulate the olfactory system and trigger changes throughout the body whether it be stimulating or sedating.  An aromatherapy massage incorporates lymphatic drainage, acupressure and Swedish massage techniques. A sample of the blend will be given to take home. 

About your treatment
When you first book in with balance bodyworks a full clinical history will be taken and any conditions you wish to discuss you may do so.  A postural exam may be carried out and dependent on the treatment you are after, you can either specify the exact areas you want focussed on or your therapist will advise the work that is needed.

Whether you are looking for a full body massage or simply an area of focus such as back, neck shoulders or simply leg and foot massage please always feel free to say.  This is your treatment and will be geared to exactly how you want it.