Doreen Hughes Reflexology for Stowmarket

Swedish Massage available at Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket

Massage has been used promote relaxation and well-being for many years, featuring in the earliest Ayurvedic texts dating back nearly 4000 years. These ancient texts describe that, when used in conjunction with herbs, spices and aromatic oils, massage had an important medical function and could not only “strengthen muscles and firm skin”, but also encourage the body’s innate healing energy during which aches and pains are soothed as toxins are released from the muscles.

Techniques used during the sequence of Swedish massage include;

  • Effleurage: gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips.

  • Petrissage: kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingertips.

  • Friction: circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and/or fingertips.

  • Vibration: oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body.

  • Percussion: brisk hacking or tapping

    Prior to any massage a full medical history is taken.
    A full Swedish Body Massage lasts around 1 hr, with work to the arms, legs (front and back),back, neck and shoulders clothing other than underwear will need to be removed for this.

    A prescriptive Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage can last 30 or 45 minutes as required.


    Oncology Massage

    Over the years there has been much mis information regarding massage and cancer, having worked in the NHS with palliative patients I understand the importance of touch, with the person wanting to be recognised as an individual and not a disease.
    I like to do a phone consultation prior to the first appointment , I have found that this works really well and avoids any disappointments on the day.
    Other patients have reported that not having to go over their illness, treatment etc on the day helps to make them feel normal and enjoy the experience. It also means that I am prepared with the room temperature, equipment, and any other special requirement's on the day.

    La Stone

    La Stone is the original hot stone massage. Basalt stone and cold marble are used to encourage the body to heal itself. Treatments are tailor made and prescriptive to the client.

    Benefits of La Stone.
    The massage encourages a sense of deep relaxation which can help with balancing and rejuvenation. This can then stimulate the natural healing response within the body, which can help restore balance on a physical and emotional level.

    This combination of temperature through massage helps to tone muscles and help to relieve muscular tension flushing the body of toxins aiding in cleanse the lymphatic system. The benefit of the cold stones helps to reduces inflammation.
    During the session you will lay on the warmed basalt stones, then warmed stones are placed on specific points along with some crystals, this allows the body and mind to relax. the routine is similar to the Swedish massage but rather than using the hands the stones are used which allow a deeper more relaxing massage. Cold stones are usually used on the back of the leg, arms back and shoulders depending on the history taken before the massage commences.

    A full body La stone lasts 75mins but allow 90 mins for the session.
    Please see below for further benefits of massage

    Prescriptive massage using Hot and cold Stones

    This is a more prescriptive massage and length of time spent massaging will depend on the history taken prior to the massage. Hot and Cold stones are used alongside the hands for a deeper massage with a concentration of techniques to areas most prone to tension.
    See below for cost and benefits.

    Indian Head Massage

    Head massage is carried out on a daily basis in India be family members and depending on the time of year what oils are used. In 1973 Narendra Mehta came to England to train as a Physical Therapist, he was dismayed to find that head massage was not generally available. He was also disappointed to discover that the head seemed to be completely neglected even in a full body massage. He returned to India in 1978, and after studying the ancient art of head massage and observing it where ever it was practised: in barber’s shops, on street corners, at the beach and in family homes.
    This new therapy was introduced at the 1981 ‘Mind, Body and Spirit’ exhibition at Olympia, England, where a total of 179 clients came to Narendra’s stand suffering from headaches and many other stress-related symptoms. They left recharged and relaxed

    What to expect
    This is performed with the client seated and keeping on their clothes. No oils are used, the head, upper arms, neck, shoulders and face are massaged.
    This Is a great mini session when time is of the element, it proves really popular at pamper events and in the work place A session lasts 20 mins.

    A more in-depth session is available where oil is used to work the back neck and shoulder before then working the head. The client then lies on the massage couch to finish with a holistic facial working pressure points on the face.

    Aids in the reduction of ;

    • back and shoulder pain
    • stiffness
    • headaches
    • fatigue
    • mental stress

    Indian Head Massage provides relief from aches and pains, promotes a healthy scalp and hair, and helps induce relaxation and a feeling of well-being. This can provide instant relief from tension and stress symptoms and induce a state of calm, peace and tranquility. This may also promote high levels of alertness and concentration.

    Crystal Healing

    This is a natural therapy utilizing the therapeutic properties of rocks, stones and crystals.

    What to expect
    You will be asked to remove your shoes and lie on the massage couch, you are not required to remove any clothing.
    Crystals are placed on and around your body and this leads to changes within the body’s energy field (aura), which in turn has a positive effect on health.
    Crystals to work within our energy field this can relieve physical symptoms associated with poor health as well as bringing balance to the mind and emotions. This helps create a sense of well-being.
    Clients have said they feel like they have had an energetic detoxification / spring clean, however it is extremely relaxing experience and you may find yourself drifting away during the session!

    Post session clients had fed back that they feel relaxed and centred more able to concentrate.
    Sessions last 60-75 mins

    If you would like to know about training or purchasing crystal I can highly recommend Andrew Carter who now runs The Rose School in Northamptonshire Just to visit the site .


    Hopi means ‘people of peace’. The Hopi ear candles are named after the Native American tribe who introduced this gentle therapy to Europe. The candles have been used by shaman healers and the historic roots can be found in Asia and traced back to the Indians of North and South America.

    This is a gentle relaxing treatment which can help with sinuses problems, headaches, migraines, tinnitus, glue -ear, snoring, vertigo or travel sickness.

    What to expect
    You are required to complete a health questionnaire prior to the session and then an examination of your ear canals using an otoscope.
    There is no need to remove any clothing, you will be required to lie on your side. The ear candle (which is a hollow bees wax tube) is placed in the ear. You may be aware of a warm sensation and sometimes a slight noise, the candle can take anything from 10 to 20 minutes to burn. This is then followed by massage to the face and neck which encourages lymphatic drainage.

    Please note that there are some contra-indications for the use of ear candles and these include: recent operations (major surgery), Recent perforated ear drum, acute ear infections, epilepsy, diabetes, grommets already in place, first few days of cold.

    Sessions last 45-60mins

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