Here’s Some Good Stuff About Massage in St Albans

Yes, by having regular massage, you can really make a difference by feeling less stressed-out, with lifted spirits & enjoying deeper sleep.


Holistic massage therapy aims to treat the whole person, allowing you to relax and unwind from the stresses and strains of life whilst addressing the physical tensions that build up in the body, so you will discover that the session takes into account your emotional wellbeing as well as your physical body.

A massage is best enjoyed with your eyes closed and by focusing on your breathing, you can assist yourself in becoming more and more relaxed, imagining your body becoming heavier and sinking ever deeper into the couch more with every out-breath!  You will very soon find your mind clearing of any negativity that you may have been accumulating and you will feel warm, relaxed and very much cared for throughout your session.

Whilst I am here for you if you should wish to communicate during your massage, most clients are peaceful and just fully absorb everything about this wonderfully soothing experience.  It is not unusual for clients to doze off during a treatment so please do allow yourself to be fully immersed in the moment.


Swedish Massage, which is widely used by practitioners today was introduced to this country in the 19th century so it has been well tried and tested!  It is a whole-body therapeutic massage designed to relax the muscles and joints. It has a range of health benefits from lowering blood pressure to easing migraines.  I will use a variety of massage techniques, including percussive strokes where applicable, both to help improve your circulation generally, encouraging increased blood, oxygen and nutrient levels to reach the body’s essential organs and to focus on highlighted areas of muscle tension and tightness.  Whilst I will read the body to determine the optimum pressure applied, I may occasionally check in with you to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout your session but not in any way to disturb your peace. However, I am here for you should you wish to sip some water for example or just ask anything along the way.


Hot Stone Massage is an advanced massage in which I will utilise smooth, heated Basalt stones which form an extension of my hands, both in applying the massage and also by placing the heated stones on targeted areas of the body.  By doing this, you will experience a warming effect of the muscles which can penetrate up to seven times deeper than a regular massage and it is deeply relaxing.  The heat will allow for a comfortable yet deep massage treatment as it assists in the release of muscle tension.  Some clients, having experienced a Hot Stone Massage, might prefer it over a regular massage although having said that, you will soon discover that there is nothing “second-best” about my regular massage!


This is an area which is too often neglected during massage and yet can only be beneficial to the digestive system by assisting in the removal of waste and toxins from the small and the large intestines of the stomach and help with such conditions as chronic constipation and fatigue. However, you certainly don’t need to have an existing condition to experience the wonderfully soothing qualities of this gentle massage.
I would normally include this area in a full-body massage following a consultation, or when the client requests it and it is a beautifully flowing and enveloping massage which becomes integral to the overall “wow factor” of your holistic body experience.


Many common daily activities using general body movements are dependent upon your gluteal muscles. These muscles are located in your buttocks and can naturally benefit from regular massage. In fact, the gluteus maximus which forms the main bulk of the buttock is the strongest muscle in the body. Sadly, once again, these are too often neglected during a massage, usually due to time constraints and also possibly because some might needlessly feel a little embarrassed when referring to what might be perceived as being a more sensitive area. However, once you have experienced this beautifully deep and liberating massage, you will feel for yourself how by relaxing those tight gluteal muscles, you can benefit in helping to reduce such complaints as lower back pain, leg stiffness, pain around the hips and legs, and aches or pains in the buttocks themselves.
By alleviating many of these issues, you can help reduce any discomfort and stress that you may be carrying and find yourself feeling more comfortable in your day to day life.

It is good to know that this massage can not only help reduce any pain issues that you may have in your glute muscles, but it can in some cases help alleviate other issues throughout your body. Sometimes people don’t realise that “sympathetic pain” is their problem. For example, if your legs are constantly sore and tense, it might actually be related to your lower back or buttocks rather than stemming from your legs directly. Massage can assist in reducing stress and pain over many areas of the body to help keep things working as they should.

I will naturally ask you about your preferences regarding areas to be worked on before your session commences as no one specific massage will ever suit everyone and this is all part of the process to personalise your treatment in order that you can always be assured of a wonderful custom-made experience.

Endorphins help diminish the perception of pain and are produced by the brain and spinal cord, for example when stimulated through massage. A by-product of this can be a feeling of euphoria as these “feel good chemicals” affect the whole of your body, and so my aim is much more than just about benefiting the local area that is being worked on. Your whole body will experience a beautiful tingly energy, yet at the same time, a relaxing and calming effect that will help you feel positive in many different ways while assisting your muscle health at the same time!


One thing that clients remark upon is how much they enjoyed having their feet massaged; how soothing it was. It is quite remarkable how many have never previously benefited from this delight and let’s face it, feet are very important extremities of the body which work extremely hard for us on a daily basis, too often taking quite a lot of abuse in the process! I can’t help feeling that the feet are very much taken for granted and are so deserving of some precious time devoted to them. Most people will have heard of the benefits of reflexology and these are due to the relationship that the different sections of the foot have with other parts of the body. During your initial consultation, I would establish whether you would like the feet to be included in your session as although I personally would love them to be part of my 2-hour treatment, I am also aware that there are some ladies out there who simply would prefer their feet not to be touched so, as with everything else, I will not presume anything. It can be lovely though!


On arrival, you will be offered a glass of filtered water as we can become dehydrated, especially during and after a Hot Stone Massage but regardless of the type of massage you enjoy, please ensure that you drink plenty of water following your treatment. This will cleanse and nourish body cells, thus helping your body to expedite the post-massage release of harmful wastes and toxins.  Assisting the body to increase your resistance to sickness is just one of the many benefits of massage. It is possible that you may experience an increased frequency of visits to the toilet, thereby allowing your body to get rid of waste. Your body may possibly also react afterwards by showing slight signs of stiffness, aching muscles and/or tiredness. Although this certainly doesn’t affect everyone, it is quite normal as your body is just re-adjusting following the session in what we could refer to as the “repair phase”.  Please allow time to take it easy after your massage and do nothing strenuous in order that you can reap the full benefit.


Prior to your first massage, I will carry out a short consultation to ensure that your treatment is safe for you and to establish that there are no contra-indications which may restrict or prohibit a massage. All information provided on your consultation form will be used solely for the purpose of providing the most appropriate treatment for you. Your personal data is strictly confidential, will be stored securely in hard copy, not electronically and will not be shared with anyone else.

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Massage: The AMMT Way

Just some of the conditions that massage can help with:

Circulatory problems
Headache, especially due to tension
Digestive problems