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Biodynamic Massage is a non-talking therapy which looks at the person in their entirety (mind, body and soul) and can be experienced on its own or integrated into psychotherapeutic work to support and enrich the individual process.
It can particularly beneficial if you are experiencing low energy levels; stressed; feeling stuck or all over the place; feeling disjointed; feeling unsupported etc.
This form of gentle massage goes beyond the physical sense of self and helps us integrate our experiences from a relaxed state of being as emotions and feelings naturally emerge during the session.
Your therapist can work on different layers and levels to support your experience step-by-step and the techniques they use will vary accordingly per session. During one session, your therapist may guide you in melting the tensions in the body or, on another occasion, you may be aiming to contain and support difficult feelings. You could also be gently inviting a freer movement of energy to inhabit your whole being. The massage will always be tailored to your needs during each session.
Biodynamic Massage focuses on your psychological process as much as your physical being. Although it can be experienced as a standalone treatment, it is more effective as a series of weekly sessions. A minimum of 6 sessions is recommended in order to begin noticing some changes in your day to day, whilst a longer number of treatments would be ideal to support a deeper process and lasting change.
Deep tissue massage helps to relieve muscle pains and aches by having an effect on muscle tissue that lies deep beneath the surface. This is achieved by applying concentrated pressure on the muscles using a range of techniques.
Don't be put off by the idea of concentrated pressure - it's a common misconception that deep tissue treatments are, or should be, painful. This kind of treatment is designed to reduce pain, not create it. Your therapist will check the pressure is comfortable for you throughout to make sure you are left in an incredibly relaxed state. Your session will be put together specifically for what your body needs, making sure you get a treatment that's as unique as you are.
Regular deep tissue treatments have been proven to:
Hot stone massage is an ancient practice dating back thousands of years, and involves the use of flat, heated stones (basalt stones) that your massage therapist places on key spots across your body. These special areas are said to control your body’s energy flow and when recharged can help to rebalance body and soul.
While a hot stone massage is more complicated than your regular shoulder rub, the process is actually quite simple. Your massage treatment takes place in a private room, where your therapist will have heated carefully selected stones at a comfortable temperature. For anyone worried about overheating, fear not! The stones will be warmed to a pleasant and entirely bearable heat.
Stone massage therapy is a great pick-me-up if you’re feeling burnt out, as it’s deeply relaxing, What’s more, hot stone massage is thought to be helpful in treating all sorts of muscular injuries, aches and pains - and can even benefit people who suffer from multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia.
As you lie down on the table, light oil is applied to your skin before placing a towel between you and the stones. Once you’ve fully relaxed and have got used to the warm sensation, your therapist will gently glide the stones over your body, stopping every now and again to rest them on different areas of your legs and back. From the moment you close your eyes, you’ll feel those everyday stresses simply melting away.
Sunday (Must be booked before 9am on day of treatment)
Lymphatic drainage massage uses very light pressure and gentle, rhythmic strokes, usually through a thin sheet and without using oil, to increase the flow of lymph and reduce toxins in your body.
The lymph system is part of your body's immune system and helps fight infection. It is is made up of a fluid which transports nutrients and oxygen to cells, collecting toxins on the way and flushing them out through the lymph nodes. Though your body has around twice as many lymph vessels as blood vessels, the system has no pump, so the pressure from your blood vessels and movement from your muscles push the lymphatic fluid around.
Improving the flow and drainage of lymph can be of great benefit to your immune system as it can reduce chances of minor colds and viruses, help fight off infection, speed up healing and recovery from illness, help reduce water retention, boost weight loss, help treat lymph oedema. It can also improve your skin texture by reducing swelling, puffiness and blotches, giving you clean, healthy pores, speeding up healing in scar tissue (so it may, for example, improve the appearance of stretch marks), helping to reduce cellulite.
The main lymph nodes are in the neck, armpits, and groin and toxins are pushed in the direction of these nodes to help increase the flow and eliminate them from your body. You will be lightly massaged in these areas during your treatment along with the therapist performing light rhythmic strokes and pulses.
Joanna TruthPie is qualified in Lymphatic Drainage for cancer, but please note that any clients with cancer should in agreement with their oncology team before obtaining any form of massage, especially if the cancer is effecting the lymphatic system. Please contact us prior to booking if you have any concerns.
Sports Massage is the therapy for treatment and prevention of injuries. It uses the application of massage techniques which aid soft tissue (muscles and surrounding structures), combined with musculo-skeletal evaluation techniques to ensure the health and well-being of the client and to enhance mobility. Treatments are suitable for everyone from an athlete warming up before or after training/an event, to a parent who has developed muscle imbalances after carrying their child in one position regularly, and your therapist will combine sports massage with other techniques including Chinese Cupping, Deep-Tissue and Trigger Point massage when they deem it to be suitable.
The roots of Thai massage date back to the founder of the practice, Shivago Komarpaj, known as Father Doctor. He was a doctor and friend to the Buddha. Ancient medical texts were carved in stone to preserve the tradition of Thai massage and these can be seen upon the walls in the Wat Pho temple in Bangkok.
Thai massage techniques differ, depending on which areas of the country you are in. Today, Thai massage combines both pressure points and stretching.
Thai massage works on the meridian (energy) lines within the body. When you become ill, the flow of energy around the body has become blocked or is not flowing as freely as it should. When you have a Thai massage it encourages the flow of energy, bringing harmony and balance to the body.
The Thai method uses pressure points, muscle stretching and compression in a rhythmic motion. When doing a Thai massage, therapists use their hands, feet, elbows, forearms and knees. It is performed on a mat on the floor using no oils, as it is done on top of clothes.
A trigger-point is an area of local facilitation that can be housed in any soft tissue structure, most usually muscle and/or fascia. Palpation from the skin, sometimes with pressure, is required to localise these. The Therapist locates and deactivates 'trigger-points', which are often tender areas, where muscles have been damaged, or have acquired a recurring spasm or 'kink' that worsens painfully when aggravated. Damaging postural holding patterns can form trigger-points in the soft tissues and the therapists understanding of how these are formed enables them to help release them and to guide their clients in how to avoid their return.
Treatment can bring relief of pain, including referred pain, alleviation of cramping and muscles in spasm.
Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy using the aromatic extracts of plants and flowers, harnessing their benefits through various therapeutic techniques.
An aromatherapy massage is gentle and flowing compared to other massage therapies. The use of essential oils can enhance the benefits of pain-relief, supporting care of more than just muscular tension, to promote a greater sense of wellness in mind, body and spirit. Regular treatment may help to boost the immune system, aid relaxation and relieve stress and anxiety, which often promotes sounder sleep. Massage can assist in care of skin conditions such as eczema, acne or rosacea, and home care products are seen to help these benefits last. Occasionally compresses to soothe ailments such as varicose veins may also be included in the therapy session.
All treatments begin with an in-depth lifestyle consultation to allow us to tailor and update your bespoke treatment plan. Please allow up to an hour extra on your treatment time for treatments including Massage or 30mins for Facials and Reflexology. This time is spent with your therapist whilst you establish a personalised plan for aromatherapy, to which bespoke home-treatments can be added, if agreed. This assessment will then be regularly updated in a shorter consultation as therapy continues.
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Here at TruthPie, many of our practitioners are trained in various styles of of massage, which they can combine to create a truly relaxing but also therapeutic experience.
Therapeutic massage is a general term that describes any type of massage modality that helps relieve pain, reduce stress, and can work on a specific problem, such as a frozen shoulder. People tend to assume therapeutic massage means deep tissue massage, and that they will get a very strong massage. But this is not always the case. Some therapists may incorporate deep tissue massage as it is great at breaking down scar tissue and getting your blood circulating, but others use lighter massage techniques to approach your needs from a different angle, which can be just as effective and sometimes can even be more suitable. A good therapist will use the best of the specific techniques they have knowledge of, with the right amount of pressure to address your need- and sometimes that’s a lighter touch!
Do take a look on our individual practitioners pages in the info section of the site if you'd like to see how each therapist can approach your session.
Our practitioners often work holistically and a deeply relaxing Holistic massage can help to:
Relieve aching muscles and joints
Reduce stress and anxiety, leaving you feeling calm,
relaxed and rejuvenated.
Remember, each TruthPie therapist brings their own wealth of knowledge to the session, so treatments will vary between practitioners. All sessions are aimed to relax and treat the whole person but may include different elements of each practitioner's skills, so we advise choosing a practitioner who also offers other treatments you are interested in.
During the massage, you will remain covered with towels or a blanket, as is comfortable for you, with only the area being massaged uncovered.
This is to ensure you feel more comfortable and relaxed.
Prenatal massage is a light therapeutic bodywork that focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy. It may enhance the function of muscles and joints, improve circulation and general body tone, and relieve mental and physical fatigue.
The specialised massage technique is focused to meet the unique needs of pregnant women. Pregnancy massage employs primarily Swedish type massage strokes and usually lasts 50-60 minutes. Special care is taken in bolstering the mother-to-be’s body to allow for the physical changes that accompany pregnancy. Because of the complexities of pregnancy those receiving are recommended to check in with their doctor prior to booking to make sure that massage is safe for them.
Full body massage that utilizes specific techniques and bolstering to help relax and ease tired muscles of moms-to-be.
Following massage therapy, subjects found less anxiety and depressed mood and less leg and back pain. By the end the group had higher dopamine and serotonin levels and lower levels of cortisol and norepinephrine.
An aromatherapy option can be included in sessions with Joanna TruthPie.
In Sweden, "Swedish massage" is simply known as "classic massage". And that is exactly what it is - a classic treatment which represents the western standard for massage. The five main techniques used in Swedish massage; stroking and gliding; kneading; rubbing; tapping or pounding; vibration, are probably what spring to mind when you think about a "typical" massage.
The various Swedish massage techniques are designed to improve your circulation, soothe your muscles and make you feel more relaxed.
Swedish massage uses softer strokes on the bonier and more delicate parts of the body, and stronger strokes where there is thicker muscle coverage. This adjustment of pressure makes it an ideal massage for relaxation.
Besides the calming benefits, Swedish massage is thought to be good for:
easing muscular strain by flushing out toxins
improving circulation by increasing oxygen flow in the blood
helping to keep ligaments and tendons supple
reducing emotional and physical stress.
As with all treatments, inform your therapist of any medical conditions you may have and tell them if you are or just think you might be pregnant, as in this circumstance you should book a specific maternity treatment.
It's best to avoid heavy meals and alcohol in the hours leading up to your massage.
Traditional Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient healing art, handed down from teacher to pupil since the third century BC.
Thai Yoga Massage (TYM) uses an energy line system—the Ten Sen—through which the body's natural life force flows. Blockages in this life force cause aches, pains and disease.
The therapist uses hands, feet and elbows to apply pressure to important points on the energy lines, together with gentle stretching and applied Hatha Yoga. This releases blocked energy and frees the body's healing potential, restoring balance and harmony.
TYM treats ailments such as headache, knee pain, back, shoulder and neck pain, premenstrual tension and others. It is especially effective for numbness or loss of feeling in conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, or after a stroke, and can help with pain relief during labour.
The treatment improves flexibility, relaxes, restores and energises.
Contrary to popular preconceptions, TYM does not require practitioner or receiver to be flexible, athletic or strong. Each treatment is designed to suit client needs. As the basic principle is to balance the energy body with palming and thumbing techniques, this form of body work can be done on or by anyone: young, old, healthy or unwell!
TYM's wonderful yoga-based stretches are secondary and do not need to be integral to the treatment. However, for those able to receive them, these effective and beautiful stretches really enhance the experience and benefits.