Posts from the ‘Massage’ Category

Take years off your neck 2

Following on from Take years off your neck with advice on improving your décolletage, here is a beauty routine specifically for your neck from beauty expert Kazia Pelka.

  1. Cleanse your neck and chest area with your usual cleanser.
  2. Exfoliate. work a little facial scrub into damp skin using light circular movements over your breastbone, then gentle upward stokes on the neck. Rinse
  3. Apply body oil to damp skin. Look straight ahead and using your finger pads, stroke down the length of your neck, then hold firmly onto your collar bone.
  4. Lift your chin, stretching up so the front of your neck feels taut. Slide your lower lip over your top lip. Now, gently grip your top lip with your lower lip.
  5. Slowly smile towards the tops of your ears. At the same time, feel a lift at the jawline in the same direction – upwards and backwards. Hold for a count of 10. Relax, breathe and repeat once more.
  6. Apply a rich moisturiser on top of the oil for added hydration. Moisturise again before bed (you can apply a serum underneath for optimum results). Do this every day and, once a week, apply a moisturising mask to the neck and chest and leave overnight.



Face massage tools – high tech vs manual?

I came across this article from Elle magazine online, vaunting the merits of some very high-tech face massage devices (some of which are exorbitantly priced! The one below comes in at £425).

Cult Beauty - £425 This may look a bit like a UFO, but it's the closest thing to a professional face lift without having to go under the needle or knife. The tiny device - which links up with your iPhone - uses nano-currents and vibrations to supercharge slack skin cells with energy, prompting them to tighten up. Much like laser treatments, it works alongside a 'conductor gel' which helps it glide across the skin, and you can use it everywhere, from your cheeks to your forehead and even your upper lip and under eyes. Ge-ni-us. 

Really, I thought? Not a tad gimmicky?

I admit I have a wooden face roller that resembles N° 8 in Elle‘s list, only it was a free gift, so far from the £39.99 price tag on Amazon. I used it enthusiastically for about a week or so, then went back to my usual manual massage routine when I apply my face cream morning or night.

So, does anyone have one of these massage tools? And can they really do better than your own fingers?

I’m not convinced…

And let’s face it (excuse the pun!), having a professional do the work for you is all part and parcel of the relaxation process – that’s what pampering is all about.

Here at a Just Massage we have a popular facial massage which incorporates the neck, shoulders and scalp (as tension in those areas affects tension in your face). You’ll come away with a fresher-looking complexion and some advice for continuing the massage at home (it’s the regularity that gets results, just like in sport!)

Why not give it a try – personally I think manual beats mechanical every time, if only for the sensual aspect of touch combined with oils.

Let me know what you think.

Just Massage offers home massage in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France).

Christmas closure

Just Massage will be taking a break over Christmas from 22 December 2017 to 01 January 2018 inclusive.



Massage … an extraordinary gift

Have you been knotty?

Ask for some well-deserved pampering this Christmas.

You deserve some pampering this Christmas.

Ask Santa for a Massage gift voucher in your stocking this year!

And if you’re looking for something different for your Christmas presents, why not offer  your loved ones the gift of relaxation.

Who wouldn’t be happy with an hour or more of blissful pampering?

Gift vouchers available for a 40, 60 or 90 minute massage.

Image by Genuine Massage& Spa, Minneapolis

Image by Genuine Massage& Spa, Minneapolis

Book your gift voucher now to avoid disappointment.

For your gift vouchers or for a home massage appointment in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France), call:

Take a massage course “à deux”

If you fancy taking up a new hobby why not consider a massage course – but not alone. Book one for you AND your partner.

According to new research from Northumbria University, couples who took part in a three-week basic course not only reduced stress and improved their well-being, but also felt more satisfied with their relationship.

It backs up previous studies that regular massage from a loved one can reduce symptoms of depression, too.

If you live in the UK, check out

If you are in and around Bordeaux, contact me for courses with you and your significant other, all in the comfort of your own home (by the way, you can learn the basics in a few hours, you don’t need three weeks, like above!).

The ultimate pamper experience in the comfort of your home

Let Just Massage teach you how to massage








PS I tried once to book my hubby on a back massage course with my Tuina teacher here in Bordeaux but he refused to go saying it didn’t interest him! He didn’t seem to realize my (OK, selfish) motive for wanting him to do it was so he could give ME a massage at the end of a busy day for a change!!

Now I have the research results, I may try again…My mistake was to try and send him off on his own, whereas I should have booked us both in!

Source: Good Housekeeping magazine September 2017

Robots to replace massage therapists?

Oh no!

Apparently even massage therapists can be replaced by robots.

Check out this article which details how a robot has been developed in Singapore for use in a Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic.

The robot even has a name – Emma, short for Expert Manipulative Massage Automation!

Personally I prefer the human contact, but the future will tell…

Release tension in your muscles

Do you have specific problem areas?

I have terribly tight muscles in my neck and shoulders.

Not good for a massage therapist, huh?

But I do practise self-massage and try to do regular movements to release the tension.

If you have the same problem here are some suggestions for a tight neck and shoulders (to be done REGULARLY, it goes without saying).

With the tip of one shoulder, make the biggest, smoothest circle you can. Do this a couple of times then put the opposite hand on that shoulder, push down gently on the shoulder and make a few more circles. This will take the dominance off the tightest muscles to disperse the pressure.

Lie down and let your head fall from one side to the other. This is a very simple mobilisation technique but it recognises that the muscles in your neck will never fully relax when you’re standing or sitting. A good one to do in bed in the morning or at night (minus your pillows of course).

For even more relaxation of your knotty muscles, why not try an Indian Head massage with Just Massage which targets the upper body, neck and scalp. Perfect for stress relief.