Martha offers bespoke massage treatments to clients who are in need of a deeply nurturing treatment to restore, reduce tension and stress or to those who may be in pain, suffering soft tissue injuries or discomfort.
Martha’s treatments are a fusion of both eastern and western advanced clinical massage techniques, which include; deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, hot and/or cold stones, soft tissue release, scar work, sports stretching, joint mobilisation and acupressure (acupuncture) points and meridians (shiatsu).
Guidance can be given on effective and appropriate after-care (relaxation techniques, exercises and lifestyle adaptations), to help clients facilitate their own healing.
Martha focuses on encouraging deep relaxation, releasing restrictions, reducing pain, improving circulation and increasing your range of movement.
Effective reflexology is the art of stimulating reflex areas in your feet and hands which correspond to organs, glands, and each area of your body. Skilled practitioners apply specific and precise techniques, blood, lymph, nerve and chi circulation improve, your body and mind relax and further balance and well-being can be achieved.
Receiving regular reflexology can make a real difference to your quality of life, effective as part of a healthy lifestyle combining appropriate exercise and good eating practices.
Reflexology with Martha
Martha will work with you to discover areas that require balance through stimulation of the reflexes in your hands and/or feet. Treatments with Martha are holistic (treating you as a whole person, not only a symptom) and Martha brings her knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine to her treatments.
Many health problems can be linked to nervous stress and tension. In treatments with Martha she looks to bring you into deep relaxation, relieving stress and tension and restoring your vitality.
Shiatsu is a holistic, hands-on treatment, with its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. Focused on bringing balance to your physical, spiritual and emotional well-being.
Shiatsu originated in Japan and has evolved to incorporate many western practices. Treatments with Martha can include her working along acupressure (acupuncture) points and meridians, ampuku (abdominal massage), the release of myofascia and muscles, assisted stretches, joint mobilisation and deep rhythmic movement. Treatments are discussed with clients at the beginning of the session, this way we can together find an appropriate and effective treatment.
Shiatsu treatments can help to relieve physical pain, heal from injury, realign your body, reduce stress, re-energise weaker areas and ease areas which are overworking. Treatments help calm the nervous system and promote relaxation, this can help to improve your mood, boost energy levels, relieve tension and aid your sleep. By assisting the body to work harmoniously, we can help prevent imbalances from developing into symptoms of dis-ease.
Shiatsu treatments with Martha
Martha supports your body’s own ability to self-repair, our bodies are on an incredible continuing quest for balance (homeostasis). Treatments are a journey through collaboration of client and therapist to facilitate optimum body/mind/spirit harmony.
Treatments are given through loose clothing that enables comfort throughout your treatment, with complete freedom of movement.
10 - 11am on Monday's at Wells Town Hall
The next 4-week groups start on:
18th November 2019, 13th January, 2nd March, 27th April, 15th June 2020
Ideal for babies from 8 weeks – crawling
A wonderful opportunity to create and relish in time and space with your baby, deepening the bond between you… There is time to talk, to be, to connect, to breathe… there will be smiles and there may be tears - however you feel I am here to support you. My aim is to create a safe space for each family and the group as a whole!
You will learn beautiful techniques to massage your baby, drawn from traditional Indian massage, Swedish massage, Acupressure and Reflexology. Massage can help to soothe wind and colic, promote relaxation and deepen bonding for you and your baby.
Touch is baby’s first developing sense and this nurturing massage is such a special way to help your baby feel cherished and soothed, whilst deepening your communication during baby’s early development. Easy to learn, fun and relaxing to do, baby massage provides very positive early interaction and strengthens the bond you share.
What will I learn?
The techniques combine Reflexology and Acupressure with Swedish and Indian massage - all of this is a framework to offer the gift of safe loving touch to your baby. Deep relaxation, relief from common symptoms as well as stimulation encouraging development.
Baby Massage with Martha
Classes - The classes that I offer are kept small to enable you to connect to other parents at a similar stage and to enhance your personal learning journey in a supportive, calm and relaxing environment.
One-to-one - You will learn bespoke routines for your baby in the comfort of your home, learning alongside other family members can be a very special way of integrating baby massage into your family. I recommend follow-up sessions.
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This beautifully dynamic hot stones massage combines the healing properties of heat with the listening touch of my hands to give a soothing, releasing and replenishing treatment. This treatment feels incredible - a huge favourite of mine, whether combined with other techniques in a fusion massage or as a stand alone treatment!
When offered as a stand alone treatment it is ideal to have at least a 75 or 90 minute appointment. The duration depends on how much of the body you would like to be treated. The stones can also be included in a fusion with other techniques and used responsively to the needs of your body.
The stones can be cooled to offer contrast bathing or cold elements to a treatment. This can be beneficial in shifting chronic soft tissue pain conditions or to support intense training/strain on muscles.
Pregnancy and post-natal treatments are offered to support the physical and emotional transformation of women in all stages of their pregnancy and post birth journey.
I always work with my clients to create personalised treatments that reflect your needs and preferences. You may be in need of a nourishing and relaxing treatment or a more specific treatment for conditions which can occur or deepen in pregnancy such as carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, oedema, migraines, pelvic girdle pain or neck, shoulder and low back pain.
I offer facial rejuvenation, massage, reflexology and shiatsu or a combination of these. I support mums who may wish/need to bring their babies with them to treatments.
Birth preparation sessions with Martha teach birth partners (and mothers-to-be) techniques drawn from massage, acupressure/shiatsu and reflexology to support, enhance and empower your journey through pregnancy and the birth of your baby.
This gives birth partners a reassuring focus to their vital role in this incredible shared experience and mums-to-be the knowledge that they can seek confident and skilled relief and comfort from their birth partner. Sessions are always unique, working together to ensure that your hopes and needs are supported.
You would have a series of sessions together, layering up your knowledge and hands-on experience of the huge potential that these bodywork disciplines can offer during pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Treatments with Martha are given as an additional element, a wonderfully nurturing conclusion to these sessions.
What to expect during a session
Birth preparation sessions will usually take place in my clinic space or a comfortable space in your home.
The first session is usually 2-3 hours long, where key time will be dedicated to discussing both mums-to-be and birth partners hopes and needs.
Ongoing sessions (1-2 hours) will be spent exploring techniques that will nurture, support and relieve mum-to-be. Time is spent where you can explore connecting with each other, developing a listening touch, understanding the principles of the techniques, playing with how each technique can be adapted and finding your pace together.
These sessions include supporting handouts of techniques/positions.
(ALSO KNOWN AS NATURAL LIFT FACIAL MASSAGE)
This treatment is a unique blend of Indian and Japanese face massage, working on acupressure (acupuncture) points and energy channels for the face, along with highly effective beauty techniques to release muscular tension, remove toxins and improve circulation.
In combination with appropriate exercise, good eating practices and hydration this offers a natural treatment to rejuvenate your skin and improve your complexion.
Facial Rejuvenation with Martha
I use organic Jojoba oil for this treatment, however you are welcome to bring an oil of your choice with you, one that suits your skin type and sensitivities.
Please be mindful that you will need to re-apply any make-up that you usually wear and that hair can require re-styling/washing.
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