Massage

HOLISTIC MASSAGE THERAPY

Massage has been used for physical and emotional wellbeing for millennia and involves the manipulation of soft body tissue including muscles. Our muscles contract and relax to enable us to move. They also define body shape, protect internal organs, stabilise joints during movement and help maintain posture. 

Furthermore in recent scientific studies, it has been shown that massage is excellent for boosting our immune system and reducing stress levels.  This is because stimulation of the skin, epidermis, myofascial web and soft tissue, all of which can be targeted in massage, has many positive impacts on both the body and mind. 

INTUITIVE MASSAGE

Intuitive massage doesn’t follow a pattern nor use set techniques but instead is guided by you and your needs on the day and uses a variety of methods.

Massage pressure can be gentle or firm, with deeper remedial work where needed, and can be anything from 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on your needs and the time available.

An hour is the minimum you can book, and you will need to allow an extra 15 minutes per booking for the session consultation and feedback afterwards (arrive at the time booked but allow an extra 15 minutes on top of the treatment time for estimating your time of departure).

As an indicative idea – although every treatment is tailored specifically to you – for a thorough ‘restorative’ massage, with plenty of time, please allow:

  • Neck and shoulders                          – 30 minutes
  • Arms and hands                                 – 30 minutes
  • Central and lower back                    – 30 minutes
  • Stomach, hips and glutes                – 30 minutes
  • Front of legs, thighs and feet        – 30 minutes
  • Back of legs, thighs and calves      – 30  minutes

If there is significant physical pain / remedial work required, the times above could be doubled, or conversely a relaxing ‘light touch’ full body massage can be provided in 1.5 hours. If you’re not sure how long to book for, please contact me to discuss your current needs.

A standard treatment involves applying oil (sweet almond oil unless otherwise agreed) to the areas to be treated, as agreed with you, and focusing on different problem areas in turn.  You will be significantly draped throughout, with an electric blanket beneath if required.  

Alternatively you can choose to remain fully clothed throughout, to be seated instead of lying on the massage table, or to be treated on a floor mat instead.  You are welcome to contact me in advance to discuss options or we can go through everything on the day.

I am beginning to incorporate some Shiatsu and Acupressure techniques, as I have recently started training in both, but this is entirely optional and would be agreed in advance following an initial consultation (allow an extra 15 minutes per booking for this consultation).  Contact me for further details.

One of the best massages EVER. I’m a difficult client due to hyperesthesia of the right side of my back, but Cheryl adjusted her treatment and worked with me constantly to check how I was coping. We focussed on my neck and shoulders and it was a very thorough experience. Highly recommended!
Juliet M
First visit to Cheryl.. & by no means the last. From the moment I arrived I knew was in hands of a deeply caring person. Opted for 1.5 hours Deep Tissue Massage: have experienced some v good therapists in past (including in Sweden & California) but this exceeded all. Post-treatment felt utter bliss which has carried through several days now - including some of the best sleep in many a nights. Would recommend unreservedly.
Peter B
Hi Cheryl. Thank you so much for the massage yesterday. It was quite blissful and am still feeling the effects strongly today.
John A
Thank you so much. My back feels lovely and loose. My posture has already improved because I’m able to sit up without it hurting.
Zoe N

Couples Massage

Sometimes it is nice to get away from it all with a friend, family member or partner. We can offer a luxurious couple’s massage at Cosmic Teapot for 1.5 hours, 2 hours or 2.5 hours.

If you stay for the day and add a mindfulness walk, stress management or meditation workshop, lifestyle or relationship coaching, we can include a light lunch and private use of the hot tub.

Click HERE for further details on Private Retreats – half day, full day or overnight.