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Massage & Reflexology - Oakspring Health Clinic

Holistic massage

Holistic massage involves not only massaging muscle, but skin and bone as well, and draws techniques from a wide range of areas, including classical Swedish Massage techniques such as effleurage (superficial pressure), petrissage (deeper pressure), kneading, and compression strokes also known as friction techniques; percussive techniques such as pummelling, tapping and brushing; gentle hand holds; deep tissue techniques; passive joint mobilizations and tissue stretches; Myofascial Release, Soft Tissue Release and Strain-Counter-Strain techniques; Simple Lymphatic Drainage (SLD); and appropriate techniques from other related bodywork traditions.

Holistic massage can lead to a variety of outcomes depending on your needs, and the benefits may include:

  • physical improvements such as reducing muscle pain and tension, improving blood circulation and encouraging lymphatic flow, soothing the nervous system, and improving joint mobility; which can ease many short and long term ailments;
  • reducing stress, one of the main causes of disease in Western society; and facilitating the switch between sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous systems, allowing both body and mind valuable recuperation time;
  • and emotionally, massage can provide the caring non-intrusive touch which can soothe the busy mind and enhance self esteem. 

Holistic Massage Therapy can be used in conjunction with other conventional and complimentary health practices, and can be a valuable tool in achieving optimum health.

 What is reflexology?

Reflexology is a holistic treatment based on the principle that there are areas and points on the feet, hands, and ears that map via the nervous system to corresponding parts of the body. When pressure is applied to these areas and points it stimulates the movement of energy along the nerve channels, and helps to restore homeostasis (balance) in the whole body.

How can reflexology benefit me? 

Reflexology is suitable for all ages and throughout every stage of life. This gentle therapy may bring relief from a whole range of both acute and chronic conditions.

Benefits of reflexology:

  • Induces a deep sense of relaxation, reduces feelings of stress and anxiety.
  • Promotes restful sleep and increases energy levels.
  • Improves circulation and speeds up the efficient removal of toxins and impurities from the body.
  • Enhances mood and general feeling of well-being.
  • Strengthens the immune system. 

What is difference between remedial (Swedish) and therapeutic massage?

Remedial (Swedish) massage:

  • Aims to help treat common strains and reduces pain.
  • Helps to aid chronic conditions which cause muscle tension or weakness.
  • Improves general movement, mobility and assist in releasing stress.

Therapeutic massage:

  • Helps remove tension in the muscles and eases aches caused by stress.
  • Aids the loosening of superficial and deeper muscles groups.
  • Promotes and improves blood flow and lymphatic circulation.
  • Generates warmth and energy to the muscles that can release general tension.
  • Has many benefits for the body and mind, promoting relaxation and well-being.



Massage & Reflexology Practitioners:


Louise Humphreys
VTCT Dip. Reflexology, IIHHT Body Massage, IIHHT Body Massage (workplace) – is qualified in reflexology, remedial (Swedish) massage and therapeutic body massage.

Louise has been treating clients since 2002 and has recently joined the Oakspring Health Clinic in 2016. She first practiced in Bristol as a health and beauty therapist before going into private practice in 2006. Louise completed her VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology at Positive Living School of Natural Therapies. She has also undertaken advanced training in remedial and deep tissue techniques. Louise is a member of Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and her treatments are covered by Henry Seymour & Co.