Massage Treatments and Therapies
When looking for quality treatments, I always try to find a massage therapist near me. It’s nice not to stress about arriving late, struggling through traffic, or finding parking. So, if you’re in Altea, Albir, Altea Hills, or Altea la Vella, please scroll down take a look at the services on offer and decide if they’re a fit for you.
My holistic therapies are focused on self-care, self-respect, and stress management. Almost nowhere in this mad modern life are we allowed to relax! Come to my therapy room and find the space, time, and comfort you so dearly need. Relax. Let the oxytocin flow, get those cortisol levels down, and come back to yourself.
If you are not in Altea and would like an online consultation, please click here. I can offer yoga, breath work, and pranayama online via Zoom, Skype, or Messenger.
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Swedish massage is a holistic bodywork treatment. Massage is applied directly to the client’s skin, using a carrier oil and, optionally, essential oils. Towels are draped for comfort and discretion.
Swedish massage lasts 75 minutes.
Zone massage is like Swedish massage but does not cover the whole body. If you have sore shoulders or a headache, you may just want a neck massage. You may prefer to concentrate your session on the feet, or the lower back. In that case, zone massage is the one for you!
Zone treatments can last 30, 45, or 60 minutes, depending on the area being treated.
Facial massage is a kind of zone massage in which the head, neck, jaw, throat, and face are specifically treated. This is not a “beautician” treatment, although it will leave you looking gorgeous! I don’t offer any special creams or serums. Instead, I use my expert knowledge of facial anatomy to relax tense muscles and reduce puffiness. The face is a very complex structure. Wrinkles are usually the result of tense facial or cranial muscles. Relaxing these muscles, then applying Manual Lymphatic Drainage make you look and feel great!
Face massage lasts 60, or 75 minutes.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone Massage is a deeply relaxing treatment. It is a treatment that combines both hand and stone massage. Hot stones are placed on the body and the heat is allowed to penetrate the skin and underlying tissues while other areas are massaged. Smaller stones may be used to massage. The profound, even pressure they exert is just wonderful for feet! The heat penetrates deeply into the muscles and helps them to relax.
Cold stones may also be used in the classic “hot and cold” therapy like your mum might have given you when you hurt yourself as a child.
The hot stones dilate peripheral blood vessels and the cold stones cause them to contract. This probably helps to stimulate lymphatic and venous micro-circulation and may help with peripheral blood flow and local inflammation.
Hot Stone massage lasts 90 minutes.
Deep Tissue and Fascial Massage
Connective tissue and fascia are found throughout the body. They may be string-like or flat, and they both cover and penetrate within muscles. Connective tissue pain has a pin-like or knife-like quality and is responsible for many of those niggling discomforts that we try to get rid of but cannot. Think of things like pain deep in the calf muscles, or between the ribs, or on the wrists.
Fascial and deep tissue massage does not necessarily have to hurt, although it is a modality in which some degree of discomfort is expected. Assisted muscle stretching and joint mobilizations are used in this modality, but at the same time very gentle skin movements are used to stretch the fascia in the skin. I worked extensively with fascia using Manual Lymphatic Drainage and have a special sensitivity in this area.
Deep Tissue and Fascial Massage treatments last 75 minutes.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Manual Lymphatic Drainage, MLD, also known as lymphatic drainage massage, is a medically recognized treatment. It is used to treat swelling, inflammation, lymphedema, lipoedema, sprains, strains, scars (including cesarean), bruising, mastitis, migraines, sinusitis, and digestive discomfort.
I studied MLD in London, Germany, and Austria and have over 800 hours of classroom learning. From 2005-2018, I worked with breast cancer charities assessing, treating, and monitoring their members. It is safe to say that I am something of an expert!
MLD is extremely gentle, slow, and relaxing. You don’t need to have a pathology to experience the joy and healing of MLD. Please get in touch to discuss your needs. Your lymphatic system is in good hands!
MLD treatments can last 60, 75, or 90 minutes, depending on what is being treated.
People undergoing treatment for cancer can safely receive massages. I recommend getting the consent of the oncologist, but this is just a precaution. Those undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or recovering from surgery have specific needs. Often, the skin is quite tender and/or fragile.
Aromatherapy is particularly useful in oncology massage, but we have to be careful as the sense of smell can actually be heightened during certain phases of the treatment.
Anxiety is a massive problem for people undergoing treatment for cancer, so massage can help give them a mental break from the worry. Even after the “all-clear”, anxiety crops up every time a periodic revision comes around. So, booking a massage a week or so before the scan/follow-up is a nice way to stay as calm as possible and at least not let the negative effects of stress do their dirty deeds.
Oncology massage is completely personalized. No two cases are the same. Please get in touch to discuss your needs, with no obligation. I am here for you, I really do care.
Oncology massage can last 60, 75, or 90 minutes.
Hatha yoga is the yoga of postures. It is a holistic healing method that helps us to unite body, breath, and mind. To read more about my yoga project, please head over to my other website, Alteayoga.
Yoga may be over 3000 years old. It certainly predated Hinduism, so please do not be put off yoga thinking it could interfere with your established belief system.
In fact, yoga is about perceiving the vital energy inside and around the body. Once we have perceived it, we get a little closer to controlling it. Once we can control it, then the world is our oyster!
I could not believe more in the deep healing power of yoga! I have been practicing for 22 years, since 1999, and teaching for 13 years. In that time, I calculate that I have done about 15,000 hours of personal practice. Yoga puts a strong emphasis on dominating the ego, so it is hard to sell myself as a yoga teacher.
But, I know, I am a great teacher, and I have a special gift when it comes to alignment cues and hands-on adjustments. Private yoga classes are by far the best way to learn yoga, and my treatment room is so inviting! Please do get in touch to talk about what you’d like to learn. Namaste, sisters, and brothers.
Hatha Yoga classes last 60 or 90 minutes.
Meditation is a more specialized and subtle form of yoga. In the yoga tradition, hatha yoga should be mastered before we try meditation. In the modern world, there are many people who want to jump straight into meditation. Well, that’s ok! But, it is nice to be able to meditate without an app (although apps are also useful). For this, you need a qualified and experienced teacher… like me!
Meditation sessions last 30 minutes or can be combined with hatha yoga.
Breathwork and Pranayama
Through my work at SHA Wellness Clinic, and after years of personal study, I have become somewhat of an expert on teaching people to breathe. I am one of the few teachers who will not tell you to “belly breathe”. In fact, there is a far easier and more fun way to learn to breathe. You will have to book in with me in Altea, or request an online consultation as you will not find this anywhere else (well, other than SHA, but my prices are more affordable!) Once I get the Intellectual Property all sorted out, I will unleash it on the world.
Curious? Want to be the first to know? Then book in for a breathing session and prepare to be surprised at just how enjoyable and nourishing correct anatomical breathing is. Aaaaahhh.
Breath work sessions last 60 minutes and have a theoretical and practical component.