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Caroline Platt Massage Therapist

 
 
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Caroline Platt
A14 Crown Street
Brentwood
Essex CM12 4BA
M07812914730
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Welcome to All Massage Solutions

As a practising therapist for over 15 years experience I have come to appreciate the many benefits that massage therapy can bring to my clients.  Massage is for everyone whether your age, or if you have an  existing health condition, a stressed office worker or a regular fitness and gym goer then there is a treatment to suit you. Massage should not be routine based but tailored to the individuals needs and during the initial consultation areas that need attention will be highlighted. It may be recommended for you to have a short course of treatment depending on the reasons for having massage therapy and this could involve a combination of techniques and even sometimes different therapies.




Why have massage therapy?

Although massage has been around for thousands of years in many forms, it is only in recent years that research and clinical studies have been undertaken to highlight the many benefits of regular massage.  By improving circulation and joint flexibility along with the reduction of muscular tension and stiffness it makes the body less prone to injury acting as a preventative measure.  The release of endorphins helps in the reduction of pain and is a natural way to relax and help cope with stress and anxiety. One of the reasons why it is helpful for many health conditions including high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, arthritis and cancer.   Studies have shown massage boosts the immune system by increasing white blood cells and decreasing cortisol the “stress hormone” better preparing the body for fighting illnesses and infection. In an increasingly hectic and busy world in which many of us have time constraints why not take an hour to unwind and relax and see the benefits massage therapy can bring.

About Me

I am a fully qualified and insured therapist with The Complementary Therapist Association (CThA) and my details can be checked on www.embodyforyou.com.  Having previously worked in Finance in London I can relate to how working long hours, sat in front of a computer, can play a part in minor niggles and muscular tension. I decided I wanted to work for myself and having always had an interest in health and fitness decided to retrain in massage therapy. Having worked with many clients over the years I have always had an interest in the role chronic stress can play in many  health conditions and its affect on the body both physically and mentally. I have worked in clinics, gyms, and spa’s and  taken part in  many therapy events including providing massage for charity days and a corporate event for clients at The Grosvenor Hotel in Victoria.

I work in Billericay and Brentwood and the surrounding areas including Stock, Ingatestone, Chelmsford, Wickford and can provide a mobile service for clients unable to travel or who wish to have a home treatment.


SERVICES

Remedial and Deep Tissue Massage

“Do you suffer from chronic pain, have a stiff neck and back resulting in you having limited mobility in your joints, or suffered an injury such as whiplash that is still giving you pain and muscle tension?  If so you may want to try a remedial and deep tissue massage to help ease the problem”

Remedial massage is an effective way to prevent and treat muscle injuries, pain and soreness using advanced massage techniques to access, correct and re balance the soft tissues of the body. Most pain is soft tissue in origin and trigger points which are sensitive points in our muscles can radiate or refer pain to many parts of our body. For example most headaches originate in the muscles of the neck and head and low back and sciatica pain are often originated in the muscles than in vertebral disc problems. Deep tissue massage uses pressure and movement to release deeper layers of tissue including tendons and fascia and is slower and firmer than a Swedish massage.

Pregnancy Massage

There are many benefits for both you and the baby in having a prenatal massage and it is a safe and relaxing way to relieve and minimise the common discomforts experienced during pregnancy. The side lying position is considered the safest and most comfortable for pregnancy massage along with the use of pillows for extra support and comfort.  Although a very small part or the massage can include some abdominal work this will only be part of the treatment if the recipient agrees and will be included in the initial consultation.

Regular Prenatal Massage has many benefits including:

  • Helps to alleviate stress on weight bearing joints and musculo-fascial structures.
  • Helps alleviate muscular tension, stiffness and pain especially in the upper back, neck, and shoulders and in the lower back, hips and sacroiliac joint including sciatica
  • Helpful for reducing swelling in the legs and feet and reducing muscle spasms and cramps and improves circulation.
  • Aids relaxation and stress reduction and relieves mental and physical fatigue

Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy is the art and science of using plant oils to bring about a change in our psychological, physical and spiritual state of health. It is a holistic therapy and one of the most popular ways to practice is to use with massage therapy.

Essential oils are the natural essences extracted from flowers, plants, leaves, woods, herbs, fruits and gums.  The essential oils are blended with carrier oils that have therapeutic properties of their own. Examples of carrier oils are Sweet Almond, Peach kernel, Jojoba, Evening Primrose, Sunflower, Macadamia Nut, Rosehip, Grapeseed and many more.

Essential oils are now used widely and some of the most popular and well know are:

Lavender one of the most versatile oil with analgesic, antiseptic and antibiotic properties useful for relieving muscular pains and headaches, valuable for many skin conditions and as an aid to sleep and stress reduction.

Roman Chamomile has many similar properties to Lavender and is also soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory and helpful for stress and anxiety conditions.

Frankincense used by the Egyptians as an aid to skin care and beneficial for older skins, it has a calming effect on the emotions and the ability to slow down breathing.

Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage uses volcanic basalt stones known for both heat and cold retention properties.  The stones are heated and then used to massage the body, creating a sensation of comfort and warmth.  The direct heat relaxes the muscles allowing for a deeper and more intense massage. Stone therapy works not only on a physical level as the energies from the stones promote a meditative state and enables the client to relax in the deepest state possible.

Aromatherapy can also be incorporated in Hot Stone massage therapy as the heat aids greater penetration of the oils

To get the full benefit of the treatment it is advised to rest and not do anything energetic for a couple of hours afterwards.  Because oil is used as a medium you should avoid direct sunlight, saunas and sunbeds after your treatment.

Swedish Massage or Therapeutic Massage

Swedish or Therapeutic massage evolved when a physiologist named Per Herik Ling created a system of massage movements and techniques which became known as Swedish massage.  Swedish massage is a lighter treatment which works the soft tissues of the body helping to relieve stress and tension and can be both relaxing and energising.

Massage therapy has many proven benefits as it

  • increases oxygen to the area being treated improving blood circulation and tissue repair and helps to reduce blood pressure.
  • Improves lymphatic flow and the remove of toxins from the cells as the build up of waste products in the muscles can cause soreness.
  • Stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and releases serotonin and natural endorphins creating a natural high and feelings of wellbeing, whilst relieving pain.
  • Lowers cortisol levels in the body – Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone” and a reduction helps to relieve stress, depression and anxiety.

Reflexology

Reflexology has been around in some form for thousands of years and its origins are in ancient Chinese therapies and based on similar ideas to Acupuncture. Both therapies work on the principle that there are energy lines linking the feet and hands to the various body parts and the whole body can be treated by working on the reflex areas in the feet and hands.

Reflexology works on the principle that every organ and system of the body has a corresponding point or zone of the feet. By applying pressure to these reflex points in the toes, feet and ankle creates a stimulating effect throughout the body helping to restore energy flow, improve circulation and activates the elimination system to release toxins.  The client may sometimes experience some discomfort and/or the therapist may feel some blockages when certain reflex points are worked on. Each session is an hour long and in most cases a course of treatment is necessary to resolve any problems but some clients may book a weekly or monthly session as maintenance and to help with stress relief and relaxation.

Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage is a form of massage beneficial for relieving stress and tension and is based on the Ayuvedic system of healing practised in India for over 1.000 years. Today Indian Head massage is no longer confirmed just to the head but has been westernised to treat other parts of the body vulnerable to stress such as the neck, upper arm and shoulders.  Some of the many benefits of having an Indian Head Massage are as follows:

  • Relieving muscular tension and fatigue and helps to relieve tension headaches.
  • Slows down breathing and heart rate and is helpful for reducing blood pressure
  • Helps to relieve mental fatigue and improve concentration and elevate mood
  • Helps to promote sleep and stress reduction encouraging the body to rest and relax.
  • Improves circulation to the skin and hair, nourishing the tissues and promoting hair growth

For all enquiries contact us today!




Service Categories
Aromatherapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Indian Head Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Reflexology, Remedial Massage, Stone Therapy Massage, Swedish Relaxation Massage

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