At My Retreat your massage is our speciality. We have created three signature styles, designed to address specific issues. We will discuss any needs you have at your consultation and advise a bespoke package to best suit you.
Feeling stressed, tight, anxious? Using Swedish techniques this deep tissue massage is designed to relax muscles and eliminate knots and tension. This therapy can re-energise your mind and body.
Feeling sluggish, depressed, unwell? This holistic massage stimulates the body’s recovery systems through lymphatic drainage and acupressure points. Energy and blockages may be released physically and emotionally.
Feeling tired, nervous, overwhelmed? An utterly relaxing massage, which uses a combination of movements with hands and hot stones and gentle rocking movements to lull you into a state of repose. This can also be performed with wooden ‘Dream Stones’ if you prefer it without the heat.
When time is of the essence but you need a fix, pop in for our shorter, tailored back, neck and shoulders massage. Alternatively you can add this to any of our other therapies.
“I have just had the most AMAZING full body massage! Julia has magic hands. I’m floating around but full of energy!”Jules Aspin
SPECIALIST BODY MASSAGE TECHNIQUES
At My Retreat we are highly-trained in massage techniques which address specific issues and enhance your experience.
hot stone massage
A healing therapy with history reaching back to the ancient Egyptians. The heat relaxes your muscles in a short space of time, so your muscle tissue can be worked more deeply, without the need for excessive pressure. The stones the massage experience and increase your sense of relaxation and calm.
LOMI LOMI MASSAGE
Aloha to this fantastic therapy. A beautiful dance-like massage using kukui and coconut oils, it is also known as the ‘loving hands’ massage. This name helps to explain its principles – the massage works gently yet deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, allowing you to relax and feel like you could float away on the Pacific Ocean.
A soothing but effective massage using essential oils specially selected to ease specific health concerns, such as hormonal imbalance, irregular sleep patterns or digestive issues. This is a truly bespoke treatment and you will receive a bottle of your personal blend to take home, ensuring the benefits continue between treatments. Please allow extra time for consultation.
PRE & POST-NATAL MASSAGE
A real treat when your body is working its hardest. Specialist massage techniques will target your aches and pains, especially in the lower back, around the rib cage and shoulders and relieve the common discomforts of pregnancy, breastfeeding and the post-birth period. We use oils specifically chosen to soften the skin and help reduce the appearance of stretch marks, fragranced with a blend of essential oils ideal for hormonal balancing. Please allow extra time for consultation.
INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE
Indian head massage is a highly relaxing treatment that is performed sitting (or lying if combined with other therapies). Treatment can provide instant relief from tension and stress symptoms, and promote high levels of alertness and concentration.
It relieves aches and pains, promotes a healthy scalp and hair, and helps induce a state of calm, peace and well-being. Whilst sometimes performed without oils, we use a signature blend of aromats such as black pepper, sandalwood, patchouli and lemongrass that evoke India and promote your relaxation. If you choose the longer version, we’ll also include an optional nourishing hair treatment.
HOT & COLD STONE LEG MASSAGE
Introducing geo-thermotherapy, which helps reduce swelling and relieves muscular aches and strains. Massaging with alternating temperature stones encourages vasodilation and constriction, pumps oxygen and nutrients around the body and encourages an effective removal of toxins. Cold stone therapy massage stimulates the nervous system: prostaglandin, the body’s natural pain relief, is released when applying cold treatments.
The amount of hot vs cold stones used will depend on your symptoms. The oil is our exclusive blend of birch, pine and juniper – evoking the fresh aromas of a traditional sauna therapy, which this treatment emulates.