Massage is classically defined as manipulation of soft tissue by the hands, to elicit
an effect on the muscular, vascular and nervous systems of the body. It is highly
therapeutic. A blended base oil is usually used directly on to bare skin.
My massage routine is designed to be flexible enough to work at various levels of
pressure – relaxation, medium and deep – all of which can be appropriate during
one treatment. Very tender areas are often best worked with relaxation pressure.
Highly congestive, resistant or tense areas might need deep-tissue work. Usually
medium pressure will suffice for areas of normal-level tension and for linking movements.
This is a classic therapeutic treatment.
People who experience a lot of sensitivity and who tend to tighten up their muscles
with deep pressure, generally respond best to relaxation pressure alone. This is
the therapeutic treatment for sensitive skin.
The treatment will release tension in the muscles and stimulate lymphatic flow which
channels lactic acid and other toxins – natural bi-produces of muscular activity
– from the muscles to the eliminatory organs for excretion from the body. You will
feel looser and more relaxed as your treatment ends. – Ita McEnnis
Back, Neck & Shoulders - about 40 mins
Legs - 30-40 mins
Back & Legs - 50 mins
Back, Neck, Shoulders & Legs - 55 mins
Full Body - 100-120 mins
Indian Head Massage - This is dealt with separately. Please check icon.
There are many definitions of Yoga. To me Yoga means to connect together one’s body
energy and mind energy, focusing on the breath, and staying in one’s fullest awareness
on all levels.
When the body and awareness become connected, merging awareness with the physical,
our well-being is enhanced. We can achieve this easily, and in small amounts, through
The key is to adapt all aspects of teaching to the individual, taking into
account physical strength, flexibility and stamina, as well as the mental state, gender,
culture, religion and lifestyle of each client.
While it is easier to achieve this in one-to-one sessions, I nevertheless always aim
to achieve the same in group class
settings. – Camilla O’Callaghan
Reflexology is a compression technique used on points on the feet which reflect
the various organs and systems of the body. Linking massage movements allow the
hands to work smoothly from one point to the next. It is an energy healing. All
you have to do is take off your shoes and socks, lie back and relax.
You may feel mild crunching or other reactions on tender points during the treatment.
I may feel crunching (crystals) and different types of blockage on various points
of the feet. All of this gives a lot of information as to how your body is coping
with life as you are experiencing it.
These findings can be interpreted on both/either a physical and/or an energetic
E.g. – if the spine shows as reactive:
1. What does the reaction feel like – tight with tension, crunching with toxic build-up
2. Does it relate with stiffness, back pain etc…?
3. The spine supports the body, is there an area of your life where you feel unsupported?
This kind of information, and the fact that the problem is manifesting in your body,
can form the momentum for dealing with various problems in one’s life!
Your body, because is rests during the treatment, will take what it needs from the
session. If you are very busy and exhausted, you may sleep, because that is what
your body needs at the time. – Ita McEnnis
Reflexology with Physical Interpretation - 40-45mins
Reflexology with Full Interpretation - 60mins
The people of India have always used massage, especially head massage, to relax
and soothe. Nanendra Mehta is generally regarded as the man who brought Indian Head
Massage to the West. He is based in London, and over the years, has developed his
techniques and training, keeping his standing as the head massage guru of the West,
firmly in place.
Traditionally the treatment is given informally with the receiver seated and fully
clothed. The rest of the family is often going about daily life as usual.
I found that in the peace of the therapy room, people tended to doze off, dropping
their heads during treatment. This meant that they would jolt as they regained awareness.
Therefore I extended my treatment to include a full back massage with oil, which
commences the session, lying down on the treatment couch. Then you turn onto your back and I massage the shoulder and
neck (décolleté) area, moving up to the face and ending the session with the massage
of the head. This induces a state of deep
relaxation. By the end of the treatment you feel loose and relaxed, yet clear-headed.
– Ita McEnnis
Classic Indian Head Massage - 30-40mins
Prone Indian Head Massage - 60 mins