We offer a wide range of massage therapies. Our therapists come from different backgrounds providing a unique session.
Adrianna is trained in various abdominal techniques including those using Thai accupressure points and abdominal visceral manipulation. The abdominal treatment she offers works initially with the fascial system, enabling structures within the tender and vulnerable core to soften allowing for healing in more superficial tissues, before working with the digestive, urinary or reproductive systems. Abdominal work is slow and sensitive, it can be very powerful to help cleanse any restrictions and to make way for deeper restoration wihtin the core. Minimum of 1 hour on the massage table required.
Massage is wonderful for relaxing muscles and knots but the addition of aromatherapy essential oils makes it extra-effective, due to their individual physiological and psychological properties. After a detailed consultation Jo blends oils to suit your particular needs and applies them in a full body or head/neck/shoulder massage to leave you feeling relaxed and revived.
Deep tissue massage is a technique to release tension in the body, whether built through stress or intensive exercise.
Deep tissue massage restores the body to a relaxed state, increases flexibility and releases ‘knots’ or adhesions (where muscle fibers have become entangled and stuck together within muscles).
What ‘trigger pointing’ is and how it works
Sometimes muscles will enter into a state of constant contraction or ‘spasm’, even when you are not using them. This can be caused by a number of reasons, for instance: nervous tension or stress, a mis-aligned skeletal joint that is causing a nerve to clench a muscle or tension in an adjacent muscle of the same muscle group. Another cause can be a ‘pain-spasm-pain’ cycle where a muscle has become super-tight in a small area. This sends a ‘pain’ message to the brain. The brain then responds in an attempt to protect this part of the body by clenching, which in turn increases the intensity of the cycle. This can be released by a technique called ‘trigger pointing’ which suppresses this sensation of pain to the brain thereby reducing its intensity and gradually switching-off the cycle.
“My back/leg issue hasn’t bothered me since last week. Quite amazing.” Robert Hocking. Director of Global Development, Fitch Worldwide
This 30 minute treatment can be performed sitting up or lying down and is a popular at the festivals Adrianna frequents. It’s a beautiful, relaxing treatment which is often incorporated in to a Swedish Massage. It stimulates blood flow to the scalp, helps relieve tensions in the upper back and includes a facial accupressure massage that encourages cell regeneration. It is used in India initially on newborns and children to help promote hair growth, improve calmness and increase a sense of connection.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage reduces swelling of the soft tissues caused by blockages and build-up of fluid in the lymphatic system. This technique also clears excess water held in adipose tissue (fat reserves) and can assist the body’s process of clearing excess of weight, especially water.
How does it work? Alongside the circulatory system responsible for blood flow (‘closed system’) there is an open-ended one-way lymphatic system containing lymphatic fluid. The circulatory system provides nutrients to the soft tissues. Once the nutrients are used-up 80% of the by-products or toxins are re-absorbed into the blood and quickly disposed of. The remaining 20% of toxins are absorbed by this one-way lymphatic system to process toxins and this system will more gradually transport this fluid to be processed. The passage and processing of these toxins out of the body is greatly assisted by this specific massage technique.
Release of Myofascial tension increases flexibility, eases functionality, helps postural alignment and promotes healthy movement patterns, which can reverse tension build-up in the body.
What is Fascia? Enveloping all muscle, bone and organs in the body are connective tissues called fascia. This thin sheathe-like material maintains our organs in their respective positions in the thoracic and abdominal cavities, provides surface area for some of the muscles to attach to bones and reduces friction between adjacent muscles.
How does this treatment work? Adjacent structures of fascia can become adhered, reducing flexibility and inhibiting range of motion, particularly with multiple-joint movement, like touching your toes. These structures pass through the whole of the body. For example there is one piece of this connective tissue which passes from the big toe, under the foot, up the calf and rear of the thy, continues up the back and neck, over the top of the scalp and finally attaches to the forehead. So perhaps it is no wonder you might feel there is a tight sock restricting the action of say, doing up your shoelaces.
This Japanese massage technique was traditionally practiced after Jujitsu training. It works along energy channels or chi channels throughout the body.
How does it work? There are routes through the human body where a greater concentration of neurological pathways can be found. In this system these pathways or ‘chi channels’ can become blocked, in much the same way as a river might become dammed, restricting the flow of water. This technique releases such blockages and thereby returns the body to a more natural state of equilibrium.
Sports massage is a technique to release tension in the body, whether built through stress or intensive exercise.
Sports massage enhances performance, as the benefits from training are attained more effectively over time. The build-up of lactic acid from training is literally pushed out. Loaded with essential nutrients fresh blood flows to specific sites in the soft tissues that were previously blocked facilitating a more effective recovery post training. Factoring-in sports massage over a month of training, the adaptation of your body will be speeded-along as the recovery periods become more efficient. The body is refreshed and ready to train earlier.
“John’s applications of Sports Massage Therapy techniques make him a truly exceptional massage therapist.” Mark Hall, Solicitor, UK
The most popular form of European massage, the Swedish massage, works using the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Working around the bones of the body, with the muscle structure, the points of muscle insertion and joint mobility Adrianna uses this type of massage for those who need positive touch for restoration, assistance in healing injuries and for repetitve traumas.
A popular Asian massage in Europe, this Thai therapeutic massage incorporates accupressure points and lines on the body similar to those used in accupuncture and tapping techniques. Adrianna works with an injury or ailment using the vitality of these points to stimulate circulation, encourage positive shifts in energy blockages and release restrictions in the body. It’s often performed on the floor however this treatment at Harley Street will be on a massage table.
Most people are in need of more physical touch with or without knowing it. Before, during and after pregnancy a woman’s emotional and physical body requires even greater devotion and care. Adrianna offers women treatments on the reproductive system:
- before conception to help support ongoing fertitlity treatment and prepare the uterus and abdomen for physical and hormonal changes.
- during pregnancy and birth to offer relief from painful physical changes and naturally reposition fetuses and turn breech babies.
- after birth to help realign the pelvis and heal symphysis pubis dysfunction.