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I possess a natural empathy and a desire to help people; whether that is to help ease the pain of chronic tension, to soothe the muscles following over-exertion or simply to relax and take away anxiety. I treat people holistically and as individuals

Amy Phillips - 07800 636266

Dekker Road, Dulwich Village. London. SE21 7DJ

thedulwichtouch@me.com

Massages

Swedish Massage:

Swedish Massage can be traced back to The 1800’s where Per Henrik Ling, a physiologist developed a system of exercises, which was then developed further by Dr. Johann Mezgner to be used to treat disorders using his knowledge of scientific principles and anatomy and physiology, The techniques used then of: effleurage, petrissage, vibration and friction are still used today.

When I perform this massage, it is done on a comfortable therapy table with oils and I require the recipient to remove clothing down to the underwear, though towels will be used on all areas when they are not being worked on.

Swedish Massage has been found to have many benefits, including:

  • Reduces muscle spasms, pain and tension.
  • Releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
  • Promotes relaxation and reduced anxiety.
  • Improves blood circulation.
  • Improves flexibility as the muscles are stretched.
  • Improves lymphatic drainage and the detoxification of the body.
  • Reduces swelling caused by an accumulation of fluid in the tissues.
  • Balances the overall flow of natural life energy through the body.
When I perform this massage, it is done on a comfortable therapy table with oils

Thai Massage:

Traditional Thai Massage is a 2500-year-old technique for relaxing the body and quieting the mind. It can help to relieve many physical problems such as back pain, tense shoulders and neck, stiffness, poor posture, indigestion and sciatica as well as stress relief and mental imbalances.

The massage is performed fully clothed (no oils are used) on a mattress on the floor. The technique involves putting gentle but firm pressure on the body with the palms and thumbs on a sequence of points along what are known as the ‘Sen’ energy lines of the body. Stretching of the limbs and back is also performed to increase flexibility and give the recipient an overall feeling of well-being. It works effectively on the skin and muscles, internal organs and the skeletal structure. Blood and lymph circulation is increased and waste substances are removed from tissues.

Benefits of Thai Massage Include:

  • Extends awareness from the head to the whole body.
  • Releases chronic tensions in all areas.
  • Improves posture and flexibility.
  • Increases range of movement.
  • Improves sleep.
  • Increases vitality.
  • Lifts your mood.
  • Improves your mental and physical performance.
  • Removes toxins from the body.
  • Improves depth of breathing, helping the respiratory system.
The technique involves putting gentle but firm pressure on the body with the palms and thumbs on a sequence of points along what are known as the ‘Sen’ energy lines of the body

Indian Head Massage:

Massage has always played an important part in Indian life. It features in the earliest Ayurvedic texts, which date 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.

Indian Head Massage is a therapeutic seated massage of the shoulders, neck, scalp face. It lasts for approximately 25-30 minutes and takes place with the recipient fully clothed. Oil can be used but it is not necessary and it is performed sat in a chair and therefore it is ideally suited to those who are shy or in a rush, or have mobility problems.

Benefits of Indian Head Massage:

  • Relieves tension and headaches.
  • Helps relieve neck, shoulder and back pain.
  • Alleviates stress.
  • Promotes relaxation.
  • Stimulates lymphatic drainage, helping to remove toxins and boost the immune system.
  • Restores joint mobility.
  • Improves circulation which lifts energy improving concentration.
Indian Head Massage is a therapeutic seated massage of the shoulders, neck, scalp face

Pregnancy Massage:

Pregnancy Massage is excellent for both the Mother and the baby. Pregnant ladies place a lot of stress on their body as their baby develops and this can lead to aches and pains in the muscles, specifically in the back and legs. Massage is an excellent aid to a healthy and comfortable pregnancy and can also promote a better bond between the Mother and Child. I perform this massage with the client laid on her side on the bed, so that I can work on the back, leg and arm on that side before turning her over and repeating the techniques on the other side.

Benefits of Pregnancy Massage include:

  • Reduces swelling in hands, feet and ankles.
  • Lessens sciatic pain.
  • Eases muscular discomforts in areas like the low back neck, calf cramps, it also helps with tension and tightening that can be experienced throughout the body.
  • Helps with relaxation which in turn can decrease insomnia.
  • Increases blood and lymph flow, which can help increase the elimination of toxins.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, into the brain and nervous system.
  • Helps increase blood circulation, which in turn delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the mother and baby.
  • Increases the flow of natural painkillers in the body, which has been found to lead to a less painful labour.
**** Please note **** Pregnancy Massage is not recommended in the first trimester. I will require consent from your Midwife/ G.P. before your first treatment. You can download one here to take with you and get signed.
Massage is an excellent aid to a healthy and comfortable pregnancy and can also promote a better bond between the Mother and Child

Integrated Massage Therapy

I use various different massage techniques to treat each individual and their issues. I am qualified in Swedish, Indian head, Thai, Hot stone and pregnancy massage as well as a Reiki level 2 Practitioner. I look at each client and the issues they have and then work quite intuitively using the knowledge, skills and experience that I have. I tend to work in a nurturing way, being kind to my clients and helping them to relax and let go of their tension. As the mind lets go the body does too, this is when true relaxation occurs.

I work with the body’s tissues, facilitating releases rather than being overly forceful and avoiding pain as much as possible. I believe that pain creates tension; the very opposite of what I hope to achieve during a treatment and often that means working slowly and precisely. I notice that clients who feel very in touch with their bodies are particularly receptive to my style of working. Those who view their body as a machine that can be fixed and repaired in the same way their car can may prefer a more intense, deep massage and I urge them to look elsewhere. I may offer advice about ways clients can help their own healing and any small changes they may be able to incorporate into their lives to enhance their well-being.

Hot Stone Massage:

Ancient civilizations of India and China were the first to recognize the healing benefits of hot stone massage, which was believed to cleanse the body, relax the heart, ground the soul and soothe the mind. The stones are made from Basalt, igneous, volcanic rocks, which are particularly smooth and known for their ability to acquire, hold and emanate a consistent heat. During the massage, the stones are used to heat the therapists hands, as well as directly on the body, this use of heat is not only extremely relaxing, it also penetrates far deeper into the muscles than other forms of manipulation. When the stones are used for a whole body massage, I often need to break contact with the client to change the stones, but the residual heat from the stones feels so soothing that this is barely noticeable.

Benefits of Hot Stone Massage include:

  • Increased circulation.
  • Decrease in pain perception.
  • Decrease in muscle spasms and stiffness.
  • Increase in the release of toxins.
  • Decrease in stress, tension, anxiety and fatigue.
  • Increase in metabolism.
  • The stones can also be used cold- this is highly beneficial for reducing swelling in the body, for example after an injury, or if someone suffers from puffiness around the eyes and face, they are also good for any sinus disorders.
**** PLEASE NOTE- I am happy to incorporate the stones into a therapeutic massage- this gives you the benefits from both- a massage with lots of contact maintained and the heat used on specific area’s where they will be most beneficial to you. For example, it is particularly nice to have the stones laid underneath the back as I work on the arms and legs, this is deeply relaxing for the back allowing me to get much deeper into the muscles when I come to work on them.
The use of heat is not only extremely relaxing, it also penetrates far deeper into the muscles than other forms of manipulation.

Reiki:

Reiki is an ancient healing system first developed in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui around 1920. Translated from Japanese it means: Universal Life Energy, Rei meaning God or light, the source of all life and Ki meaning the life that animates all that is. It is the fundamental life force we require on all levels- physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, to balance our health in all areas. It has no religious affiliation nor is it based on dogma or faith; it is simply based on belief that the human body and the human mind is not all that there is.

The five principles of Reiki:

Just for today:

  • Do not be angry
  • Do not worry
  • Be grateful
  • Work with appreciation
  • Be kind to all living things
It is balancing for the whole person, creates a feeling of well-being and accelerates the body’s self-healing abilities.

Reiki is based on respect and trust and is passed down from master to student through a series of attunements that descend through a direct lineage from Dr. Usui himself. Though with the increased popularity of Reiki there have been schools that have branched out and cannot show a direct lineage. My lineage can be traced directly through 8 masters back to Dr. Usui.

In Reiki healing, illness is seen as a lack of balance in the energy system or a separation from the oneness of creation. This separation is enhanced by the Western tradition of always looking outside ourselves for comfort and for love when the reality is that if we look inside we will find all that we need.

During a treatment the client remains fully clothed and is asked to close their eyes and breath deeply. Reiki is directed by the healer, through the palms of their hands using very gentle touch in some places, and no touch at all in others. The treatment is deeply relaxing and some clients experience a feeling of heat (or cold) penetrating their body, seeing colours or other visual images, some may have involuntary twitches as blockages are released and some clients experience other methods of release such as laughing or crying as the emotions they have been holding on to are let go. Blockages in our energetic field can be caused by any kind of worry or tension, from pain we have experienced in the past and haven’t let go of, or pain we are currently experiencing. These blockages can manifest themselves in illness or dis-ease, a lack of continuity and balance in our bodies, minds and spirits.

Reiki can be used to treat pretty much any disorder, including:

  • Stress reduction, depression, anxiety
  • Emotional balancing, self-esteem, mental clarity
  • Fatigue, problems sleeping
  • Pain reduction or elimination,
  • Making or handling changes in your life
  • Relationship problems
  • Trauma, grief
  • Sexual/physical/emotional abuse
  • Living with chronic conditions
  • Arthritis, Migraines, Asthma, Skin conditions, Flu/Colds, Back problems,

It is balancing for the whole person, creates a feeling of well-being and accelerates the body’s self-healing abilities. It can be used alongside conventional medicine to speed up the healing process and decrease anxiety.

As Reiki is used by the body, without direction, and where it is needed the most, results can sometimes be surprising. For example, a client with a headache who receives Reiki may find that they feel depressed and withdrawn for a few days, this may not be what the client wants, but actually the body feeling as though it can let go- the vital energy of Reiki has given it some breathing space from the stress of everyday life. The headache is just a sign that the body needs to rest and withdraw from the world and of course if the client acts on this the headache will also go away and balance will be restored.

Having been a massage therapist for many years, I have no doubt that there is more to human life than the mechanics of our bodies, which science, as the current leading doctrine has convinced us it is. In the modern world, if we have an illness we go to a doctor and they try to understand in a physical way what has gone wrong and how it can be fixed. But science cannot account for emotions and the less physical side of our being, which can, without doubt, affect the balance of our bodies and cause physical problems. Neck pain is a great example; I have studied body symbolism a great deal and often think about what a client’s pain may be indicating. Neck pain is often an emotional blockage, a holding back of feelings, leaving them unexpressed. The little knots, which cause the pain and the restriction of movement are like little worries and anxieties preventing us from holding our head up high, free from pain and facing the world with pride and truth. Getting rid of the knots will help, but unless the deeper issue is dealt with, they will always return.

Reiki is a way of connecting with the deeper issues in our life, which inhibit our development and hold us back from being and achieving everything we want. It helps to unblock the chakra system directly and heals on all levels. Though it is in no way a replacement for medical attention, it is a fantastic complementary therapy in all cases of disharmony, be it minor first aid or long-standing medical, emotional or mental problems.