Treatments explained

Aromatherapy  (also in pregnancy)  Aromatherapy, the practice of using volatile plants oils (essential oils) has been found to have significant physical and psychological benefits when used safely and correctly. When inhaled the aroma helps stimulate the brain and when applied to the skin, the oils are absorbed gently into the bloodstream to help ease a variety of ailments. Essential oils are chosen according to your needs at each visit, and can be used to relax or revitalise you, ease pain in muscles and many other benefits.  Deep tissue techniques can be used if required. (When used incorrectly essential oils can be dangerous, and a qualified Aromatherapist should therefore always be consulted prior to use.  Jackie is qualified to use essential oils during pregnancy)

Deep Tissue Massage  Based on Swedish massage, the use of pressure to manipulate soft tissue, it aims to improve the suppleness of muscles and joints, improve circulation, heal muscles, tissues and joints, and prevent future injuries.

Ear Acupuncture  Ear (or Auricular) Acupuncture is a specialised complementary therapy where acupuncture points on the outer ear are treated, using very fine needles to help relieve many chronic complaints. The outer ear acts like a switchboard to the brain and each acupoint on the ear, when treated, triggers electrical impulses, from the ear, via the brain, to the specific area of the body that is being treated.  It can also assist with weight management and smoking cessation.

Facial Rejuvenation using microsystems acupuncture As well as being able to treat the body on the face, this simple, safe and effective treatment uses very fine needles to improve the look of wrinkles and muscle tone.  Facial acupuncture stimulates the cells to lay down new collagen fibres under wrinkles giving them a plumper look.  It relaxes muscles, which combats sagging in facial areas and giving a fresher, smoother appearance after several treatments although small changes may be seen after the initial session.

Facial Reflexology is incredibly soothing and relaxing and is used to balance the whole body using reflex areas on the face.  Reflexology is a form of massage that concentrates on certain areas of the body including feet, hands, face etc.  Each point, known as a ‘reflex’, is thought to relate to a specific body part which can be unblocked and balanced.
Hot Stone Massage  The use of hot stones in a massage treatment can help ease muscle tension in specific areas and give a warm relaxing treatment.  When placed along energy lines on the body they also help rebalance the body’s energy and aid relaxation.  Stones are used to massage the body in gentle fluid movements for maximum relaxation.
Indian Head Massage  Indian Head Massage is based on the ancient Indian tradition of Ayurvedic medicine.  It is ideal for easing tension in the head, neck and shoulders, increasing joint mobility and flexability, improves blood circulation and lymphatic flow, frees knots of muscular tension, relaxes connective tissue.  It is particularly good for reducing the effects of stress and tension.
Massage in Pregnancy  Massage in pregnancy can be used after the first trimester to help ease pain and reduce swelling, at a time when other pain relief options may not be suitable.  Specific positions and techniques are used to ensure the comfort and safety of both mother and baby.  Aromatherapy in pregnancy should not be used unless by a qualified Aromatherapist trained in pregnancy.  Jackie is fully trained in this.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)  Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a very gentle massage that encourages the flow of lymph fluid through the body.  It consists of specialised gentle massage strokes and is the most effective treatment in controlling Lymphoedema and other forms of swelling, and can also help to heal fractures, sprains, burns and scars.

Myofascial Release is a light, gentle technique used to help ease pain and improve movement by gently easing the fascia (connective tissue) in the body to release long-held discomfort and restrictions. 

Trigger Points are tears or restrictions in the muscle fibre which may cause ongoing pain. Specialised gentle techniques can discover and ease the source of the problem and reduce or eliminate the pain.