Lisa Medcalf (MFHT)
Lisa qualified in holistic therapies in 1998 and worked in a 5 star spa hotel before becoming self employed. She has provided holistic treatments and workplace massage throughout South Wales for the last 13 years. Lisa specialises in back massage, pregnancy massage and workplace massage. Lisa is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).
Aromatherapy is the use of plant essential oils for therapeutic purposes. Essential oils have been used in fragrances, flavourings and medicines for thousands of years and there are around 400 different oils extracted from plants all over the world. Each oil has its own special therapeutic properties.
Before you have an aromatherapy massage, your therapist will carry out a full consultation, asking you various questions about your medical history, general health, diet and lifestyle. This will enable him or her to select a small number of essential oils, appropriate to your individual needs, which will then be blended into a carrier oil or cream and applied to your skin as part of a massage treatment. The areas treated will come down to your personal preferences, but would typically be either a full body massage, or a neck, back and shoulder massage, with towels used to protect your modesty.
At the end of the treatment, your therapist may recommend that you use certain essential oils at home – for instance, in the bath or on a tissue for inhalation – to further enhance the benefits gained from your aromatherapy massage.
- Indian head massage
Indian head massage has been used in Asia for over 5,000 years and works specifically on the area surrounding the head, scalp, face, neck, shoulders and upper back. Indian head massage comes from Ayurveda, an ancient method involving natural therapies, which takes into account mind, body and spirit.
An Indian head massage usually lasts for approximately 30-45 minutes, although the treatment can be shortened to 15-20 minutes if it takes place in the workplace.
You will be invited to take a seat and relax on a low backed chair. The use of oils is optional e.g. sesame, coconut, mustard, olive or a special blend of oil with added herbs and spices. If oil is used, a towel will be used to ensure your modesty. Alternatively, you can remain fully clothed.
- Hot stone/Bamboo/Swedish/Pregnancy massage
Massage is used by people for a variety of reasons. Some use it to simply relax and unwind, while others have regular massage to help them manage or cope with specific physical, mental or emotional problems. Many aspiring and professional athletes have massage before and after training and competing, in order to stay in optimum condition and aid recovery.
If the treatment involves the therapist directly massaging your skin, a nourishing oil or cream-based product will generally be used to provide a free-flowing massage, and towels carefully placed to ensure your modesty and keep you warm and comfortable throughout the treatment.
There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that massage can be effective in helping to treat certain chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia and low back pain. In guidelines produced in 2009 by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), manual therapies – including massage â€“ are recommended for the early management of persistent, non-specific low back pain.
Deep cleaning treatment of the face, neck and shoulder which can involve; steam, exfoliation, extraction, creams, lotions, masks, peels and massage.
The Bellabaci massage is based on the knowledge of Ancient Traditional Cupping Therapy. Cupping Therapy is a well known treatment used for stagnation, toxin elimination, pain relief, all relatively quickly and with the only known “side effect” of the cup kiss (a bruised circular mark).