Services

Hivamat Deep Oscillation (Physiopod)

The special structure of DEEP OSCILLATION® allows the creation of biologically effective oscillations in the treated tissue using electrostatic attraction and friction. In contrast to other therapies, these pleasant oscillations have a gentle and deep-acting effect on all tissue components to an 8 cm depth (through skin, connective tissue, subcutaneous fat, muscles, blood and lymph vessels).

Because of the non-invasive, non-traumatic, gentle nature of this therapy, very early possibilities of application are possible following injury and from Day One post operatively. Chronic conditions can also be worked upon with effective results.

Whilst being a very powerful treatment, it is an extremely gentle form of therapy, especially useful when in extreme acute or chronic pain where other forms or manual therapy cannot be tolerated.

The following physiological effects of DEEP OSCILLATION® are clinically proven:

Highly effective in reducing pain

Anti-inflammatory

Effective in reabsorbing oedema (swelling)

Encouraging wounds to heal

Fibrosis Reduction

Improving trophicity

Rubor reduction (haematoma/bruising)

Detoxification

Improving quality of tissue

https://www.physiopod.co.uk/

Warm Bamboo Massage

This relatively new treatment combines deep tissue work with the use of warm bamboo 'cho' sticks. It delivers all the benefits of deep tissue massage without the repetitive strain to the therapist's hands and forearms.


The combination of the warmth and pressure can offer remarkable benefits and relief of tight and tired muscles. 

Two main techniques were the inspiration behind warm bamboo massage as is now practised in the western world:

The original bamboo massage is derived from an Asian therapist, Ernesto Ortiz, who spotted 2 monkeys rubbing each other with bamboo sticks and noticed how relaxed the recipient monkey was. He developed a treatment called Tian Di Massage (meaning heaven and earth) by combining three techniques: Gua Sha, the ancient technique using stone, bone and jade on the skin, cupping and bamboo massage. The principles of his treatment were taken from the Chinese elements theory - the association of wood, fire, metal, water and earth.

Another therapist in the United State, Nathalie Cecelia developed a massage routine called "Bamboo Fusion", designed to alleviate stress on her hands and wrists caused by giving a traditional massage. She uses bamboo sticks in varying sizes and lengths to apply a variety of techniques. Bamboo fusion is known as a luxurious experience and effective treatment for chronic pain conditions caused by stress and tension.

The bamboo sticks are heated up and used to roll, knead and relax muscles. It brings about increased circulation, relief of sore muscles and a deep state of relaxation. Bamboo symbolises suppleness and resilience, straightforwardness and simplicity and the massage satisfies two major needs: relaxation and well-being.

Bamboo is also used in Chinese Medicine and in South East Asia they believe that Bamboo is the "Good luck Plant".

Advanced Massage

A highly effective, multi-modal approach to massage therapy. This form of massage is well regarded for assisting in the relief of chronic pain, whilst invoking a sense of deep relaxation and calming of the nervous system.

A creative fusion of techniques combining art and science developed from the wisdom of the East and West, using the skill of an informed and listening touch. 

To Include:

Trigger point therapy.

Myofascial release.

Accupressure.

Application of heat modalities.

Powerful deep hand & forearm massage.

Sports stretching.

Table shiatsu and Amma fusion - shiatsu & Amma basics used on the massage table.

Clinical practice without the loss of the spiritual roots of massage.

Teaching self help strategies within the therapists scope of practice. 

Reflexology

Reflexology is rapidly developing into one of the major naturopathic therapies in many parts of the world. It is a safe and effective way of assisting the body to heal itself. It generally brings about a feeling of well-being along with mental and physical relaxation. Stress and tension are often at the base of diseases and disorders of the body and reflexology is known to bring about a balancing effect on the body and an enhancement of relaxation.

There are over 7,000 nerve ending in each foot, which may also explain why we feel better after our feet are treated.

Reflexology is based on the theory of zone therapy, the zones being longitudinal lines of energy ascending from the feet to the brain. When applying pressure to the feet, we are subsequently stimulating these lines, which have a rejuvenating and healing effect on the entire body, helping to disperse energy blockages,

Some of the things reflexology can assist with:

Overall good health and well being.

Stress and anxiety Management.

General aches and pains.

Creating a state of balance.

Amongst many other benefits. Reflexology doesn't diagnose illness or disease.

Robyn offers general reflexology, Women's Health reflexology, Reflexology for Stress, RLD (Reflexology Lymph Drainage) for primary and secondary lymphoedema, Oncology and Palliative reflexology, Limbic Reflexology and Facial Reflexology. 

Bookings can be made by calling (please leave a message and your contact number if I am unable to pick up the phone), email or text message. 

What to expect:

Massage: Followed by a warm reception, Robyn will carefully craft a bespoke treatment, which is most often a combination of some or all of the above, but will be discussed and agreed the start of the appointment. A health questionnaire and consent form will be completed and signed prior to treatment.

Often deep oscillation, followed by heat therapy is applied before massaging to help soften and warm the tissues. Warm bamboo sticks may be integrated into the treatment in areas which are stuck and tight and difficult to palpate effectively with the hands. Robyn will check in regularly with regard to the pressure of the massage and whilst she has found in most cases deep work can be more effective in alleviating aches and pains, she is certainly not a fan of the 'no pain, no gain' school of thought, in fact studies have shown that this approach can aggravate the nervous system and create further holding pain patterns. Massage mediums used may include wax, thai balms, oils and pre-blended aromatherapy oils and any allergies will be discussed prior to treatment. The relaxing therapy room is warm and inviting and Robyn has tried to avoid it from feeling like a 'clinical' setting and instead an ideal space to relax and unwind. Privacy is always provided whilst dressing/undressing and draping.

In cases of pain and swelling the Hivamat is an excellent stand alone modality as it is very gentle and can provide pain relief to areas where massage would be too painful. It can also be used very soon after surgery.

Reflexology: After taking a detailed history (now online) Robyn will discuss with you what sort of reflexology will be best if this differs from general reflexology. Robyn is trained in general reflexology, reflexology for women's health, reflexology for stress, limbic reflexology, oncology and palliative reflexology, RLD (reflexology lymph drainage) and has attended some of Tony Porter's ART (advanced reflexology techniques) Reflexology seminars.  Robyn has also studied facial reflexology and advanced facial reflexology with Ziggie Bergman.  Reflexology on the couch then follows, using some advanced techniques and and either one of the above types of reflexology or a combination of techniques. 

NB: For many soft tissue and muscular complaints, it is usual for it to take a course of several treatments to obtain relief. Some easing of symptoms are often felt after the first treatment, however many problems take weeks, months, even years to set in, therefore they can take work and time to resolve.