Back Massage

TAYLORED BODY

Massage therapy tailored to meet the specific needs of the client to promote an optimal level of physical and psychological health and wellbeing.

 

Meraki Studio, Topsham
Tuesday / Wednesday
Daytime and evening appointments available.

Mobile appointments available on all other days of the week.

 

Treatments

Massage

Swedish Massage

Full body £40 (60 mins)


Swedish massage is a classic form of full body massage that relaxes tense muscles and improves the body systems. Swedish massage helps to maintain physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.


The skin and superficial muscles are gently manipulated using traditional effleurage, petrissage, and percussion variations. 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.

Swedish massage is recommended as a relaxing treatment for:

  • Stimulating the release of happy hormones (endorphins, serotonin and dopamine) to give a person a sense of wellbeing, reduce anxiety, depression and levels of stress and pain.


  • Lowering the levels of the stress hormone (cortisol) to increase relaxation, reduce pain and improve overall mood.


  • Increased temperature and blood flow to the muscles and soft tissues to promote muscle relaxation. 


  • Stimulate the lymphatic system to excrete toxins and waste products naturally and to help to prevent illness.


Massage

Deep Tissue Massage

£45 (60 mins)

£55 (90 mins)

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that concentrates on the deep layers of muscle and fascia in the body. Primarily, it focuses on alleviating aches and pains from exercise or certain muscular and skeletal conditions. It involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues. These techniques break up adhesions and fascial restrictions lying deep in the muscles. It may also promote faster healing by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation.

Deep tissue massage is recommended for:​

  • Reducing acute pain.


  • Reducing chronic pain.


  • Managing musculoskeletal disorders.


  • Promoting faster healing.


  • Relieving muscular tension.


  • Reducing delayed onset muscle soreness.


  • Breaking down adhesions.


  • Reducing fascial restrictions.


  • Reducing muscle spasms.


  • Increasing range of movement.


  • Post injury rehabilitation.


  • Post surgery rehabilitation.


  • Reducing scar tissue.


Shoulder Massage

Tension Release Massage

Upper body £40 (45 mins)

Full body £60 (90 mins)

Tension release massage is a deep tissue massage with the additional use of neuromuscular therapy, which uses soft tissue manipulation to help improve the overall function and alignment of the musculoskeletal system. Using pressure points, a consistent amount of pressure is placed on a specific area of the body, helping to reduce chronic pain and ease away tension without causing further pain. Additionally at the end of the massage, the restricted muscles are stretched and released using muscle energy techniques to increase the range of movement and improve movement patterns.

Tension release massage is recommended to treat the following:

  • Migraine/tension headaches: Which can stem from trigger points, nerve entrapment and vascular compression.

  • Trigger points: These are highly irritated points in muscles that refer pain to other parts of the body.

  • Nerve compression: Pressure on a nerve by soft tissue, cartilage or bone causing pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness. The most common being pressure on the median nerve causing carpal tunnel syndrome.

  • Postural distortions: An imbalance of the muscular system resulting from the movement of the body off the longitudinal and horizontal planes. Longtime poor postural habits are the most common cause of pain from this element.

  • Biomechanical dysfunction: An imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in faulty movement patterns.

Massage Therapy

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Coming soon...

Full body cycles from £40

Manual lymphatic drainage is a gentle, detoxifying treatment utilising very light pressure strokes flowing with soft pumping actions. These movements stimulate the body’s lymphatic system and circulation of lymph, improving the removal of metabolic waste, toxins and excess water from the cells via the lymph nodes. It also improves the production and distribution of antibodies and lymphocytes as well as relaxes the sympathetic nervous system, reduces pain and enhances the immune system.

Manual lymphatic drainage is recommended for:

  • Improving the immune system response.

  • Supporting with many chronic conditions.

  • Improving acne and other skin conditions.

  • Assisting with conditions arising from venous insufficiency.

  • Reducing headaches and migraines.

  • Supporting with menopause and hormonal imbalances.

  • Reducing oedema or fluid congestion.

  • Reducing pre and post surgery tissue congestion.

  • Promoting the healing of fractures, torn ligaments and sprains.

  • Reducing cosmetic surgery healing time.

  • Reducing the appearance of scarring and stretch marks.

  • Improving sinus congestion.

  • Reducing tiredness and fatigue.

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Oncology Massage

Coming soon...

Localised and full body cycles from £30

Oncology massage is a specialist treatment for those living with cancer or recovering from cancer. It is a gentle, flowing treatment utilising very light pressure strokes and soft pumping actions. This wellbeing treatment can have a powerful physical and emotional impact and has cleansing, relaxing, pain-relieving and immunological effects which can relieve some of the side effects associated with living with cancer and cancer treatments, as well as for those recovering from cancer.

*Please note oncologist consent may be required prior to treatment for any client living with cancer.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy massage

Single treatment £40 (60 mins)

Pregnancy package treatments available for your pregnancy journey (ask for details).

Pregnancy massage is a range of treatments to support you through your pregnancy journey using relaxing massage strokes and a combination of abdominal massage, massage of neuro-lymphatic points and foot accupressure. This range of treatments is for you to connect with your own body to prepare you for pregnancy, to support you with your changing body during pregnancy and to support you with pregnancy related conditions and symptoms, to find time for you to relax and bond with your baby, prepare your body for labour, and after birth to return your body to a non-pregnant homeostasis.

Treatments available include:

  • Pre-Pregnancy Massage - This treatment can help to physically and mentally prepare your body for pregnancy, to balance your hormones and to help to support your body with conception.

  • Pregnancy Massage (12 weeks - 37 weeks​) - This treatment can ease and support with your pregnancy related conditions and symptoms using a detailed consultation to understand your pregnancy. Recommended a monthly massage treatment during weeks 12 - 33 and a weekly massage treatment in preparation for labour during weeks 33 - 37.

  • Post-Pregnancy Massage - This treatment can help to ease your muscular fatigue following pregnancy and rebalance your hormones to help to return your body to a non-pregnant homeostasis.

 
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PRE-PAID TREATMENT GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE

DISCOUNTED BLOCK BOOKING PACKAGES AVAILABLE (ask for details)

10% discount available on all single and block bookings for Love Topsham card holders, NHS staff, serving military personnel/HM Armed Forces veterans (with a valid ID).

 
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Client Reviews

 

I have been having a lot of stiffness and pain in my neck and shoulders from sitting at a desk all day. Karen's communication was excellent, she discussed the issues with me and spent some time understanding my specific problems. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, very specific guidance and protocols were observed, which was highly reassuring. The treatment itself was excellent. Throughout, Karen explained what she was doing and why. She is very experienced and knowledgeable. I have already noticed a significant improvement in the mobility of my neck and shoulders; the pain has subsided. I will definitely continue to use this treatment and would highly recommend it to anyone.