Q & A’s

About Lynsey

Upon discovering holistic therapies, Lynsey has immersed herself in the holistic way of living. The search for the eternal question, Who am I, & What is my purpose? Led Lynsey far & wide across many countries & cultures of the world. Her three year travels took her to countries such as Central & South America, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand & India among many others, where she studied traditional forms of massage, healing therapies, meditation & yoga. Her travels gave her the depth of knowledge & understanding that is needed to be a holistic therapist & the passion & presence to truly give from the heart.

Lynsey’s passion & experience is evident in her knowing touch. She understands that no two people are the same & that no two massages should be generic. Using her vast & varied training Lynsey tailors a massage to your unique needs providing a treatment that is tailored especially for you.

"Massage is the dance of the hands on the body, easing muscle tension, calming the mind, balancing emotions & promoting the natural flow of energy to the body. Restoring balance to body, mind & spirit". (Lynsey)

Lynsey is professionally qualified & fully insured to carry out a wide range of holistic therapies. She undertakes continuous professional development & abides by a strict code of conduct.

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What is massage?

Massage is the therapeutic use of touch to improve health & well being. There are many different types & variations of massage. Massage varies from one country to another, and from one region to another each with broadly different origins & aims. Some focus on soothing muscle pain, others on increasing energy levels, some aim to improve a specific physical condition, others simply to help you relax. Basic forms of massage includes movements such as stroking, kneading, warming, rolling, pressing, friction, effleurage, percussion, hacking, cupping & vibration. These movements are applied with varying speed, intensity & depth.

Massage complements traditional medicine in the treatment of specific conditions & symptoms. It has significant benefits for the body’s essential systems, helping to maintain our general health & well being, improves flexibility, muscle tone & remediates against future injuries. Massage may also relax or stimulate the nervous system, reducing stress hormones or preparing the body for exercise.

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What are Holistic Therapies?

Holistic Therapies are ancient discipline used to improve health & well-being by treating the mind, body & spirit. It complements traditional medicine , helps maintain our general health & well being. Holistic therapy is clinically proven to help in the prevention & treatment of musculoskeletal injuries & reduction of stress, anxiety & depression. The relaxing, soothing, refreshing & rejuvenating treatments promote balanced living, well-being & boosts energy levels, helping to create a healthier, happier environment.

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The Power of Touch

The power & importance of touch is often over-looked & underrated especially in the modern world where social inhibitions has led to limited touching between people. Why is this so, when in modern time of stress, tension & heightened pressures when we are in most need to touch it is so rarely used. We are told by psychologists that stroking & caressing, especially during infancy, is as vital to our emotional & physical development as food & shelter.

It is instinctive to give someone a hug or a reassuring touch to comfort them. In some ways, massage is a formal version of that instinct. When touching takes the form of skilled & sensitive massage, not only does it relax and revitalise an ailing or tired body, but it also is a way of communicating warmth, reassurance, a sense of confidence & self worth, nurturing us on every level of our being, restoring balance of body, mind & spirit.

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What are the Benefits?

In its various forms, massage can help to cure and relieve a wide range of complaints. Massage works on the three fundamental levels; physiological, psychological & emotional to restore balance of body, mind & spirit. Research has proven that massage is highly effective for the following:

  • Prevention or rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders
  • Improve flexibility and muscle tone
  • Eases muscular aches and pains
  • Eases stiff and aching joints such as arthritis, rheumatism, osteoporosis
  • Decreases fatty tissue deposits, reducing cellulite
  • Improves poor circulation
  • Decrease build up of waste products within the body
  • Helps stabilise blood pressure
  • Helps to regulate breathing
  • Improves digestive system
  • Strengthen immune system
  • Stimulates the release of natural feel good and pain-killing chemicals
  • Eases headaches / migraines
  • Helps with insomnia / promotes healthy sleep
  • Calms the mind helping to reduces anxiety / stress
  • Emotional and hormonal imbalances
  • Helps with depression
  • Promotes feel good factor
  • Promotes self awareness
  • Reconfirms the connect of body, mind and spirit

Massage has a positive effect on your whole body - your bones, your muscles, your heart, your skin, your breathing, digestion, your mental health & well being. The greatest effects of massage is that it reduces stress, anxiety & tension & boosts self confidence helping to you to feel better about yourself, more relaxed in your own skin, calm & more peaceful. Massage helps to restore your physical, mental & emotional well-being, increases your self awareness & reconfirms the connection of body, mind & spirit.

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What Massage can do for you

Massage is an ancient discipline used to improve health & well-being by treating the mind, body & spirit. Massage complements traditional medicine & helps maintain our general health & well being. It has significant benefits for all the body’s essential systems, improves flexibility, muscle tone & remediates against future injuries. Massage may also relax or stimulate the nervous system, reducing stress hormones or preparing the body for exercise.

It is clinically proven to help in the prevention & treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, reduction of stress, anxiety & depression. The relaxing, soothing, refreshing & rejuvenating treatments promote balanced living & well-being & boosts energy levels, helping to create a healthier, happier environment.

Research has proven that massage is an excellent & highly effective treatment for the following:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Muscular aches & pains
  • Stiff and aching joints
  • Arthritis, rheumatism, osteoporosis
  • Flexibility & muscle tone
  • Fatty tissue deposits
  • Poor circulation
  • Build up of waste products within the body
  • High blood pressure
  • Respiratory system
  • Digestive system
  • Strengthen immune system
  • Stimulates the release of natural feel good and pain-killing chemicals
  • Headaches / migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety / stress
  • Depression
  • Emotional & hormonal imbalances

Massage restores your physical & mental, emotional well-being & increases your awareness of the body, mind & spirit connection.

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What are the physiological effects of massage?

Massage encourages blood flow, which increases the amount of oxygen & nutrients that reach your organs & tissues. Whilst massage encourages your body to circulate vital nutrient & it also encourages it to get rid of waste products, toxins, carbon dioxide, & excess water. Blood flushes through the capillaries & cleanses the body of toxins. Nutrients then flood the freshly massaged areas, strengthening the immune system.

Muscle tissue regeneration is encouraged & muscle becomes softer & able to function more efficiently. Body fat is broken down reducing the appearance of cellulite, leaving the skin smoother & firmer & muscle tone is promoted. The nervous system is stimulated & serotonin & endorphins are released along with our natural painkilling chemicals & ‘feel good ’ chemicals. This helps improving the immune system, promoting general health & well-being. Aches & pains are eased a feeling of peace, calm, & relaxation is promoted.

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What can I expect from a massage treatment?

Prior to the treatment you will be asked to be conscious of your physical, psychological & emotional wellbeing. On the day of treatment you will be asked simple questions about your medical history, lifestyle & general health. Taking into consideration the connection between health, lifestyle and well being, a unique treatment will be tailor to your specific needs.

Massage is usually done with a combination of movement using the hands, forearms, and possible use of elbows and feet. Depending on the type of massage you may be clothed or unclothed (covered appropriately). Oils may be used to make it easier for the hands to glide flowingly over the skin. The strength of pressure will vary according to the type of massage, part of the body being massaged & your specific needs & specifications.

The length of sessions varies. Treatments can last from 10 minutes to half a day, depending on what kind of treatment you are having. Make sure you allow yourself time to get ready & get settled, as well as time to wind down afterwards.

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How can I ensure that the pressure is how I like it?

You need to be open & honest with the therapist before, during & after the massage to ensure that the right amount of pressure if use. The therapist is there to help & accommodate your needs so do not feel afraid to correct the therapist if required. Feedback will be taken after the treatment so that the therapist can gain a deeper understanding of your specific needs & requirement for future appointments.

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Will I have to undress completely when I’m having a treatment?

Different therapies require different clothing levels. Therapies such as Thai Yoga massage, Seated Massage, Sports Massage, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology & Reiki are carried out through loose, comfortable clothing.

For most of the full body massage treatments such as Ayurvedic, Lomi Lomi, Tibetan, Aromatherapy & Sports Massage you can opt to keep your underwear on.

The amount of clothes you take off is optional so don’t be too worried about taking everything off if you don’t want to. Your modesty will always be protected with strategically placed towels to ensure that you are made to feel comfortable & secure.

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Do I have to do anything before my massage?

You don’t need to do anything in particular, but it can help if you allow some relaxation time first. Ensure that you do not eat a large, heavy meal directly before the treatment & the taking of alcohol or intoxicant before the treatment is not advisable.

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Do I have to do anything afterwards?

Drink plenty of water after your treatment as massage helps to eliminate toxins from your body, & the water will help flush them out of your system.

Don’t eat a large, heavy meal directly after the treatment, & avoid the intake of alcohol & intoxicants as toxins will be absorbed faster into the blood stream.

You can expect to feel relaxed and calm after a massage, however, your muscles may feel a little tender & ache the day following a treatment. Depending on the type of massage & your specific requirements you may feel either relaxed & sleepy or on the other hand energised & revitalised.

Give yourself plenty of time to relax before & after the treatment to gain maximum therapeutic benefit. Don’t forget to take time for yourself as your health & well-being is in your hands. Be more self aware, increase your conscious awareness of your body, mind & spirit & how they are all connected.

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Are there any precautions I should be aware of?

You should always tell your therapist in advance if you have any of the following medical conditions:

  • Recently had an injury or operation
  • Cancer
  • Leukaemia
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart problems
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Low blood sugar
  • Diabetic
  • Receiving any treatment or medication
  • Allergic to anything, particularly skin allergies
  • Open wounds or sores
  • Fever or infection
  • Pregnant or think you may be pregnant

Information disclosed is confidential. Ensure that you are open & honest with your therapist as any of the above medical conditions may affect the kind of treatment you receive to accommodate your condition. In cases of severe medical disorders medical approval may be required. Speak to your therapist who will advise you accordingly.

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Do I need to get approval from my doctor to have a massage?

It will depend on the severity of the medical condition & the type of therapy you wish to receive. Speak to your therapist first & they will advise you if medical approval is required. If you have a serious or chronic medical condition it may be advisable to get medical approval. Complementary therapists are happy to work with your doctor & other health care providers to determine the best course of treatment for you.

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I recently had surgery. Will it prevent me from having a massage?

Recent surgery will prevent you from having certain therapies. However, if it has been more that 6 months & the scar is healed then you will be able to receive a specially adapted massage that avoids direct pressure on the surrounding area. If in doubt, speak to your therapist who may advise you to seek medical advice.

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I have high blood pressure, can I have a massage?

Research shows that massage lowers blood pressure, helping to stabilise the condition. If in doubt, speak to your therapist who may in severe cases advise you to seek medical advice.

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I have a heart condition, can I have a massage?

Depending on the severity of the condition, depends on what therapy can be administered. If in doubt, speak to your therapist who may advise you to seek medical advice.

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I have diabetes, can I have a massage?

Yes, as long as you take sensible precautions when planning a massage to prevent any adverse effects. Let your therapist know whether you use insulin & when & where you normally inject it. Research shows that massage like exercise can help people with type-2 diabetes to make more efficient use of their naturally produced insulin. Massage can significantly increase serum insulin action, thereby decreasing blood glucose levels in people with type-1 diabetes.

If in doubt, you may want to talk to your doctor or healthcare team before using massage therapy.

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I’m pregnant, can I still have a massage?

As with any form of massage, you should always tell your therapist in advance if you are, or think you might be, pregnant as this may affect the kind of massage oil & treatment you receive. Massage is considered to be a safe treatment after the first trimester as therapists will adapt the treatment to avoid certain pressure points & areas to accommodate the clients condition.

Clients are asked to lie on their sides to have a full body massage or the may opt to have a seated massage. Appropriate essential oils can be used to help you along with your pregnancy aches, pains, tiredness, & prepare you for the big day.

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I’m disabled, can I still have a massage?

Certain conditions & disabilities will make some treatments unsuitable. Speak to your therapist who will tailor a treatment to your particular needs & preference.

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I suffer from chronic pain, will massage help?

Chronic pain can often be traced to postural imbalances, hypertonic muscles (muscles that are too tight), impingement of nerves (often by a muscle), & repetitive stresses all of which massage can be highly effective in treating.

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I have very sensitive skin, will it prevent me having a massage?

In short, no it will not. Speak to your therapist about your skin concerns and areas most affected. In cases of extreme sensitivity it may be suggested that you have a massage without oil or to carry out patch tests to determine the appropriate carrier oil and essential oil to use.

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I suffer with PMS. What treatments do you suggest?

After close review of your health, lifestyle & well being your therapist may suggest changes to your diet, advise you to drink more water & take regular exercise especially pilates & yoga as it elongates & strengthens your muscles, & helps to balance body, mind & spirit. They may suggest an aromatherapy massage the week before your period. An aromatherapy massage can be soothing, relaxing & with the correct use of essential oils can reduce the symptoms of PMS.

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I’ve been feeling really tired & run down. What treatments will help me feel better?

Prior to the treatment you will be asked simple questions about your health, lifestyle & well-being. A treatment will be tailored to your specific needs. Your therapist may suggest a stimulating massage with the use of aromatherapies that are energising & revitalising to help pick you up.

The consultation may provide you with a chance to review your lifestyle in connection with your heath & well-being. Your therapist may suggest simple lifestyle changes that may have a more harmonious effect on your well being, such as change of diet, or regular exercise, or simple techniques in dealing with daily stresses & worries. Appropriate essential oils may be recommended to use in the bath, in oil burners, in room sprays, mixed with carrier oil or cream & applied to the skin etc. Further treatment may be suggested to ensure long term affects.

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My neck is permanently stiff as I spend all day on my computer. Will a massage help?

In the short term, massage will definitely help. In teh modern corporate society it is reported that over 60% of the workforce will at some point suffer from back related issues & 1 in 5 will suffer from stress. Companies around the world are now looking for alternative solutions & are turning to holistic therapies as part of the solution. Many forward looking companies have incorporated holistic therapies into their corporate policies as a preventative measure in reducing RSI, musculoskeletal injuries, stress, anxiety & depression, in a bid to reduce the high work related injuries, the number of absentees & high staff turnover.

There are a number of therapies that are specifically designed to focus on the neck, back & shoulder areas such as On Site Seated massage, Indian head massage, Sports massage & Oil massage which are ideal for loosening up tight muscles, reducing stress & helping to promote healthy sleep. Speak to your therapist to arrange for them to come direct to your workplace.

In the long term, your posture when working on the computer needs to be corrected along with regular stretching & massage of effected areas. Your therapist can advise you on postural correction, stretches, strengthening exercises & self massage, along with simple stress management techniques that will help you reduce your musculoskeletal disorders & stress levels.

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I’m feeling really stressed and it is affecting my sleep, will the treatments help?

Holistic therapy is an excellent way of providing instant stress relief. Through the application of massage & simple relaxation techniques the body & mind are encouraged to let go of tension &stress, which helps promote deep, healthy sleep. However, the treatments are only a short term remedy, you need to take your health in your own hand for long term effects. It is important to look at the root causes of what is causing the stress, & use practical techniques, as shown by your therapist, to help manage your coping response to stress.

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Are holistic therapies a ‘Hippy’ therapy & a waste of time & money?

Holistic therapy sees the ‘individual’ as a ‘whole’. Allowing the treatments to be tailored to the individuals specific needs in line with their physical, psychological, emotional & spiritual needs. What more could you ask for than a unique treatment that is tailored to ‘you’ & ‘your’ individual needs? Does that really sound like a waste of time & money?

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Is there any way to cut the cost?

Therapies can vary in price, depending on the type & length of treatment. Look out for special offers to reduce the cost.

  • Look out for special offers & block booking as they will reduce the cost
  • Attend a reduced price well being day
  • Arrange a pamper evening which could bring down the cost
  • Sign up for the newsletter and be kept up to date with news, events and special offers
  • Refer a friend & you both receive £5 off a treatment
  • Discounts are available for regular clients, students, OAPs, & nominated sports clubs
  • Speak to your therapist & see if an arrangement can be made

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Is there a charge for cancellations?

We do levy a charge for appointments that have been cancelled with less than 24 Hours notice. If no notice of cancellation is given we reserve the right to charge the full cost of the treatment.

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Get the most out of the treatment
  • Research the therapies
  • Speak to the therapist to ensure that the right therapist & therapy is selected
  • Speak openly & honestly with your therapist so that they can ensure the therapy is tailored to your needs to get maximum therapeutic benefit from the treatment
  • Advise the therapist of any medical condition that may prevent you from receiving a treatment
  • Maintain open communication with your therapist before, during & after your therapy
  • Mentally prepare for the therapies. Try to be a relaxed as much as possible before, during & after the treatment
  • Your treatment does not end when you get off the therapy table, your health & well being is in your hands
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Tips!
  • Take control of your own well being
  • Eat healthily
  • Take regular exercise
  • Avoid alcohol & intoxicates
  • Meditate / Visualisation
  • Be aware of your physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual well being
  • Be aware of your posture
  • Stretch
  • Self Massage
  • Remember to relax & take time for yourself
  • Remember the importance of breath work
  • Remember to smile
  • Write a journal to dispel concern of past, present & future

Be present, be aware, be mindful, be in the now! Remember your health & well being is in your hands!