Over the past 18 years, the massage therapy sessions at The Quiet Space have evolved into broad categories. The various descriptions are tailored towards outlining the potential outcomes rather than a textbook description of what actually happens on a physical level to your muscle fibres,metabolic reactions etc. The use of simple language is intentional and hopefully facilitates an easier understanding for all readers rather than a lack of confidence! In my experience over the years simple language is also more appropriate in the attempt to describe the multi dimensional effects of body work.
Nevertheless a wide variation of techniques and approach is used during your massages and can include for example: trigger point, myofascial stretching, neuro muscular, reciprocal inhibition, facilitated stretching and so forth. (If you are reading these terms for the first time, and unsure whether this is the right place for you to come for a massage, read on below. I have mentioned these terms only as an indication for some people who do have a little more knowledge of the technical side and are perhaps seeking reassurance or insight into what I may or may not know.
SPORTS EXERCISE AND INJURIES
Each discipline or type of exercise works your body in a different way. For example: The muscular tone, type of fitness and neuro musculature response is very different in a swimmer, a kick boxer, a polo rider or a weight lifter not to mention all of our different body types.
Sports and Exercise do not automatically equal injury but lets be honest: injury and soreness are just part of sport and exercise even if you only sprained your ankle dancing in your stilettos..! Accidents happen, soreness and imbalance happen. Professionals have whole teams of specialists looking after them,committed amateurs have no one really until things start to go wrong. By the time they seek advice they have often gone a long way down the wrong road! Regular massage is geared towards enhancing your performance and therefore enjoyment and can sometimes help avert an injury that has been building up unnoticed. (more about sports massage)
(After 18 years in Canary Wharf there is a pretty long list of sporting endeavours! I work with swimmers, karate enthusiasts, kick boxers, cyclists, marathon runners, netball players, pole dancers, ballerinas, weight lifters, golfers, tennis players, gymnasts, rugby players and many others. Not to forget all I have learned from my own personal athletic efforts and injuries over the years). (more about sports massage)
MASSAGE FOR PREGNANCY
Massage during pregnancy is aa individual to you and the day of your appointment as any of the other type of massage sessions. I have always taken my long term clients right from the conception through to the due date. For most of those who are unknown to me prior to their pregnancy, I normally prefer to wait until the first trimester and first scan has been completed. It is up to you.,
Early stage reasons for seeking a massage tend to be the normal ones we all have: tight shoulders, day to day stresses. As the pregnancy progresses, lightening up heaviness in the legs and easing back pains and swelling of extremities are common outcomes. The week or so before due date is often all about deep relaxation and calming.
Information on positioning.
Anyone who has been here to The QS will tell you just how comfortable lying on their side propped up by lots of pillows is (until I spoil it by asking you to roll over!)Once the bump gets a bit bigger lying on your side gets even more comfortable and I find that people get very relaxed very rapidly and frequently go on to implement the method of positioning to facilitate sleeping better at home. No position is mandatory however to enjoy and benefit from a massage. Normally the last half hour of your massage is semi reclined . My couch is a very well padded fully adjustable steel hydraulic. There have been several weekly clients over the years carrying twins and triplets.
If you really cannot find someone to mind the baby whilst you have a massage, and are wondering if you can bring them along. I am always game to give it a go. (It has probably only been successful maybe 10 per cent of the time though.) The babies seem to be waiting just until you are really relaxed before letting out a wail! But it works sometimes we can always try!
The better option though is to let someone mind the babe and take an hour for YOURSELF. . This will allow you to check in with your body which you have probably been ignoring as all your focus goes to your baby.
You have probably spent a lot of time staring down at them and lifting, bathing and feeding at awkward angles making it next to impossible to use good posture. So aside from spending all your time hyper alert to every sound, your arms and back are probably sore. ( this baby is getting a little heavier each week...who needs to go weight lifting at the gym?!) Once they are a little older (and heavier but still not yet able to move around under their own steam), you have no doubt developed the habit of carrying them around on the same hip more often than not. These are just a couple of good reasons for a post natal treat.
If you have had a C-section and are wondering if you need to wait until you have had the all clear from your midwife for moderate exercise; everyone is different. Some new mums come along within a few weeks,others may need to wait a little longer before feeling comfortable lying face down once again. There is usually a way to make you comfortable and a soft gentle massage will still be beneficial. If not ready to lay face down but feeling a need to relax, think about coming along for a Reiki session.
There are many medical conditions that can benefit from massage. In my experience, this past twenty years, if you want a massage there is generally always some approach we can take that you can both benefit from and enjoy. Unfortunately training of therapists in England is very unequal and GP's are rightly wary of referring or suggesting massage to a patient with a long term or acute medical condition.
Massage is very adaptable. It can relax, it can be used to stimulate or to soothe your nervous system, it can boost circulation or have minimal impact. It depends on the skill and experience of each therapist. If unsure please discuss with your GP or Consultant, but you do not need a referral, I am able to decide and explain or discuss with you whether massage is appropriate or in some cases not. However, if advised by your healthcare professional against it please follow that advice.
I have worked with many types of illness and long term conditions including Chronic Fatigue, Paralysis, Multiple Sclerosis, High Blood Pressure, Cancer and Depression and many others.
YOGA, SELF KNOWLEDGE AND REFLECTION
I discovered yoga back in 1992 I think! I started out alone at home while living in San Francisco with a wonderful book and experienced the benefits for myself without any preconception. From them on I became an ashram, class and workshop attender and maintained a personal practice which also included meditation and pranayama, study of texts and mantras and so forth up until around 2012. Currently I still find myself drawn back to using the tools I learned. when I need to rebalance and set a new direction in life. So I am confident that I can understand what you may be trying to 'achieve' or experiences you may be having in whatever style is currently capturing your attention.
As you may be discovering Yoga can be so much more than the popular physical practice it is today. For many the path of self knowledge taken during any period of intense or longterm regular practice will eventually enhance your internal body awareness and consciousness. As your awareness of the more subtle energies begin to stir you can benefit from receiving a massage from someone who can perceive and understand what you are experiencing as that heightened awareness and sensitivity evolves from within you. This kind of massage work and indeed massages I received myself many years ago at a favourite ashram provided the inspiration for the name The Quiet Space.
Your life's history has been 'vacum packed' away in your body and can when ready expand (more about massage for yoga)
GENERAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
That is pretty much what it says. If the idea of a massage seems appealing as you are feeling a bit down emotionally; a little 'under the weather' physically; not inclined or able to exercise, or feeling 'stressed' for whatever reason, I can pretty much guarantee that it is great for your general health and wellbeing. Massage is very adaptable to the individual. Try it for a few months and see for yourself!
18 years ago I wrote the following in my first leaflet distributed in London.
Dear Body and Mind. When you are tense, your muscles are literally squeezing you internally; inhibiting the free flow of energy. You can think of this energy as circulation, nerve impulses, ideas, openness, enthusiasm, zest for life...general sense of well being, the resilience of your immune system. Easing of this tension, with the help of massage can assist in enhancing the energy you have for your daily activities, how you relate to the people in your life and of course, your general health.
Simple and proven over the years in numerous ways to be utterly true.
The majority of reasons for which people have been drawn towards a Reiki session here have seemed to be for a diversity of mental and emotional issues rather than physical. Some examples are acceptance of a serious illness; bereavement; relationship problems/emotional distress; studying hard for exams; or on one occasion, nerves before a driving test!
There are many types of 'healing' in the alternative health world but a Reiki session here is non directive. Such an egotistic prescriptive approach would impose an unnecessary limitation. How much Reiki flows is totally up to the person on the receiving end. A Reiki practitioner is a channel-you can think of it a like turning on a tap. In my role as the 'tap' the less I focus in on what I think you need, the greater the flow and abundance will be available for you to draw on.
Therefore the sometimes powerful effects from the seemingly effortless simplicity of a Reiki session are dependant upon us both. The tap's (ie the practitioner) ability to open up as a channel and the receivers capacity or ability to receive. You will never get more than you can handle.
It is fair to say that nearly everyone no matter what comes up for them in a session will also feel very relaxed and peaceful after a Reiki Session.