Posts tagged ‘home massage’

Learn to massage with our beginners course

A reminder of our second great offer this month and it’s not just for Valentine’s Day:

Learn basic massage techniques with a professional massage therapist and reap the benefits both at home and at work.

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.

If you live in and around Mérignac and Pessac, you can now contact me for courses with you and your significant other, all in the comfort of your own home. You can learn the basics in a just a few hours, and get a massage into the bargain!

Back massage

Effleurage, pressure strokes, hacking, friction, kneading; all these words will suddenly take on a new meaning.

As a couple, you’ll learn how to give your partner a relaxing back massage*, relieving knots in the neck and shoulders, reducing tension in the lower back, taking it in turns to massage each other.

And the big plus side is that you’ll be massaged half the time by your other half, it’s a win-win situation!

No need for you to move from the comfort of your own home, just a phone call to make and your massage lesson is booked. No running about trying to get the kids looked after, no time lost in travelling to and from your appointment, no traffic jams, no worrying about being late, no parking nightmares.

All necessary material brought to your doorstep on time, every time – massage table, oils, clean linen.

 

You should allow a maximum of two and a half hours for a 2-hour lesson (for setting up and changeovers) with 2 full hours of massage included (1 hour per person).

Special introductory offer 75€ instead of 90€ per 2-hour lesson.

Offer valid until February 28th 2019.

You can offer a massage lesson as a gift voucher (as with all our massages).

* You can also ask for a lesson on massaging the arms, neck and head; or the feet and legs.

To book your course, just call 06.47.14.06.03

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

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Reminder Valentine’s day massage offer

Valentine’s Day Special

It’s that hearts and flowers time of year again (well, we need something to brighten up February, don’t we?).

So  here at Just Massage we’re offering a 20% discount on all our one-hour massages so you can offer the perfect pamper gift to your loved one.

Mobile massage therapy - blissful pampering in the comfort of your own home

Mobile massage therapy – blissful pampering in the comfort of your own home

But if you’re not in a relationship, hey, nothing’s stopping you saying I love ME, I’M the greatest thing since sliced bread, massage ME ME ME (Ok, maybe I overdid that a little…!)

And since it’s for St Valentine’s Day, this offer is, exceptionally, valid on gift vouchers (6 month validity) bought up to and including February 14th.

So what are you waiting for?

40€ instead of 50€ for a 60 minute massage of your choice.

Offer valid up to and including Febraury 28th 2019 (up to February 14th for gift vouchers).

Call now to book on 06.47.14.06.03

massage-sparkle

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

Chocolate kisses for Saint Valentine’s

Give out some chocolatey kisses on Valentine’s Day with this quick lip balm recipe made with cocoa butter.

It comes from my favourite  homemade beauty recipe site,  AromaZone. 

It’s a French site, though part of it is translated into English – unfortunately not the huge collection of free beauty recipes.

Don’t worry, I’ve translated this one for you:

3 g cocoa butter

3 g vanilla-infused oil

1,5 g mimosa floral wax (or use beeswax, it’s easier to get hold of)

Melt all the ingredients together  (in a bowl in hot water), mix, pour into a small pot or jar, set in the freezer.

Apply to lips and get kissing!

 

Offer a mini-massage course for Valentine’s Day

A second great offer this month just in time for Valentine’s Day:

Learn basic massage techniques with a professional massage therapist and reap the benefits both at home and at work.

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.

If you live in and around Mérignac and Pessac, you can now contact me for courses with you and your significant other, all in the comfort of your own home. You can learn the basics in a just a few hours, and get a massage into the bargain!

Back massage

Effleurage, pressure strokes, hacking, friction, kneading; all these words will suddenly take on a new meaning.

As a couple, you’ll learn how to give your partner a relaxing back massage*, relieving knots in the neck and shoulders, reducing tension in the lower back, taking it in turns to massage each other.

And the big plus side is that you’ll be massaged half the time by your other half, it’s a win-win situation!

No need for you to move from the comfort of your own home, just a phone call to make and your massage lesson is booked. No running about trying to get the kids looked after, no time lost in travelling to and from your appointment, no traffic jams, no worrying about being late, no parking nightmares.

All necessary material brought to your doorstep on time, every time – massage table, oils, clean linen.

 

You should allow a maximum of two and a half hours for a 2-hour lesson (for setting up and changeovers) with 2 full hours of massage included (1 hour per person).

Special introductory offer 75€ instead of 90€ per 2-hour lesson.

Offer valid until February 28th 2019.

You can offer a massage lesson as a gift voucher (as with all our massages).

* You can also ask for a lesson on massaging the arms, neck and head; or the feet and legs.

To book your course, just call 06.47.14.06.03

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

Valentine’s Day massage offer

Valentine’s Day Special

It’s that hearts and flowers time of year again (well, we need something to brighten up February, don’t we?).

So  here at Just Massage we’re offering a 20% discount on all our one-hour massages so you can offer the perfect pamper gift to your loved one.

Mobile massage therapy - blissful pampering in the comfort of your own home

Mobile massage therapy – blissful pampering in the comfort of your own home

But if you’re not in a relationship, hey, nothing’s stopping you saying I love ME, I’M the greatest thing since sliced bread, massage ME ME ME (Ok, maybe I overdid that a little…!)

And since it’s for St Valentine’s Day, this offer is, exceptionally, valid on gift vouchers (6 month validity) bought up to and including February 14th.

So what are you waiting for?

40€ instead of 50€ for a 60 minute massage of your choice.

Offer valid up to and including Febraury 28th 2019 (up to February 14th for gift vouchers).

Call now to book on 06.47.14.06.03

massage-sparkle

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

Contra-indications to massage 2

In a previous massage post we looked at some common local contra-indications to massage, such as cuts and bruises.

A massage consultation

A massage consultation

Here’s a reminder of what a contra-indication is.

What is a contra-indication?

It is a condition where the therapist must exercise caution or possibly avoid working on an area of the body.

In more extreme cases, you may need to avoid treatment altogether (but at the same time, in such extreme cases a person would rarely be wanting a massage).

Today we’ll be looking at conditions that are totally contra-indicated, conditions that may be contra-indicated but require medical advice, and additional cautions such as medication and allergies.

Total or local?

Total or local?

Conditions that are totally contra-indicated

Fever

A high temperature is a sign the body is fighting an infection of some kind. Massaging could place undue strain on the body so you must wait until the temperature has subsided.

Skin or scalp infections

Any contagious skin disease (ringworm, scabies, herpes simplex or

Colds and flu are contra-indicated too

Colds and flu are contra-indicated too

cold sores, impetigo etc) because of the risk of cross-infection.

Acute infectious diseases

For example, measles, chicken pox, mumps, tuberculosis, but even colds and flu because of the risk of spreading the disease.

 

 

 

Alcohol consumption/Drug user

Avoid massaging someone who has consumed alcohol or has taken drugs as the increase of blood flow could make them dizzy and nauseous.

Recent operations

GP referral necessary

You should get the go-ahead from the client’s doctor for certain major medical conditions. These include:

Cardio-vascular conditions (angina, ateriosclerosis, atherosclerosis, thrombosis, hypertension). As massage increases blood circulation it will, initially at least, exert pressure on the vessels of the cardio-vascular system.

Varicose veins and phlebitis.

Cancer. The current medical opinion about cancer is that the tumour is not likely to be spread by mechanical means such as massage. However there are many other considerations to take into account such as the patient’s general condition, blood counts, weakness, chemotherapy/radiotherapy treatment, drugs etc. which need a doctor’s input.

Dysfuncitons of the nervous sytem such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy.  GPs approval needs to be sought although massage may help reduce spasms and involuntary movements, rigidity and stiffness.

Neuritis. This is characterized by tingling or numbness. Refer to GP.

Osteoporosis. Bones can break easily with this conditin so seek medical advice before giving treatment.

Diabetes. Some clients with diabetes may be prone to arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure and oedema, and possible loss in sensory nerve function. Medical advice is required.

Epilepsy. Refer to the GP regarding the type and nature of epilepsy. The risk is that deep relaxation or overstimulation may provoke a convulsion.

Additional cautions

Allergies. Care should be taken to ensure the client is not allergic to any oils used (be careful with nut-based oils if using, for example)

Medication. Certain medications may inhibit or distort the client’s response to give feedback about pressure, discomfort and pain (for example if taking strong painkillers).

Find a comfortable postion for your pregnant client

Find a comfortable postion for your pregnant client

Pregnancy.

Pregnancy isn’t a contra-indication but special care should be taken to ensure a pregnant client is comfortable during treatment.

 

 

The ultimate pamper experience in thecomfort of your home

The ultimate pamper experience in the comfort of your home

 

 

You can contact me at Just Massage for a home massage appointment in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France) on:

06.47.14.06.03

 

 

Contra-indications to massage 1

Massage is a non-invasive, relaxing and natural treatment. It is therefore generally considered safe for most people.

A massage consultation

A massage consultation

However there are certain conditions that are contra-indicated for varying reasons.

It is important that your therapist check for contra-indications as the massage could worsen an existing condition.

A shortened or adapted treatment may be possible while still providing an effective treatment, for example,  by avoiding the affected area.

What is a contra-indication?

It is a condition where the therapist must exercise caution or possibly avoid working on an area of the body.

In more extreme cases, you may need to avoid treatment altogether (but at the same time, in such extreme cases a person would rarely be wanting a massage).

Today we will look at LOCAL contra-indications to massage i.e. those where massage can still be given but the area affected must be avoided.

Below is a list of local contra-indications to massage as advised in the UK during massage training.

Skin conditions

Cuts, abrasions, bruises, bites, stings, boils, carbuncles, septic foci (pus present), weeping ulcers, verrucas, athletes foot.

The area affected is contra-indicated because of the risk of infection. Also there may be possible discomfort if the area affected were to be massaged.

If there is slight bleeding, a plaster should be used to cover the infected area as well.

NOTE: Any skin disease (herpes simplex  or cold sores, impetigo, ringworm, scabies, conjunctivitis, folliculitis, head lice) would be a total contra-indication for massage because of the risk of cross-infection.

Pregnancy (over abdomen)

Avoid massaging abdomen in first 12 weeks

Avoid massaging abdomen in first 12 weeks

This is especially important in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and care should be taken not to exert any pressure over the abdomen area.

Menstruation (1st 3 days over abdomen)

There is a risk of causing nausea and queasiness if massaging the abdomen area. Light effleurage however is often beneficial in the treatment of associated stomach cramps. In some cases the abdomen will be too sensitive to work on at all.

Unrecognised redness or scars

Areas of redness can be a sign of inflammation and working over them can aggravate the problem. They should therefore be avoided if it is not clear what has caused the redness.

Newly-formed scars should be avoided until they are healing. Once healing, light effleurage can be used.

Lumps and bumps

In some cases, these could be a sign of something more serious. The area should be avoided and the therapist should inform the client if anything seems abnormal.

Bruises

In the first few days bruises should be avoided because of the obvious discomfort that could be caused.

Broken bones

Areas of fracture must be avoided completely until healed. It is best to avoid working on the whole limb affected.

Burns

The area of the burn should be avoided during the acute stages because of the risk of infection to the thin layer of skin at  the site. Massage would also cause discomfort. When the area is healing, light strokes may be beneficial to assist the healing process.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Massage should not be given over painful or inflamed joint areas. Sometimes light effleurage or friction can be useful as long as it doesn’t cause discomfort as it may help loosen the tendons and ligaments in the area.

This is also true of Osteoarthritis which usually affects the weight-bearing joints of the body.

Hernia, diarrhoea, ulcers (over abdomen)

Any problem in the abdomen area will be aggravated by massage so massage should be avoided in the area concerned. It is important for the therapist to check the client is being treated for the condition. Some of the symptoms may be indicative of a more serious condion and treatment should be avoided completely if the client is passing any blood or has other unusual symptoms.

Very hairy areas (yes, really)

In some cases the area to be treated is so hairy it may cause discomfort. Use more oil or cream or avoid completely.

After an operation

Wait for one year after a major operation before massage over the site of the scar. For minor operations, wait about 6 months.

This is to allow the scar to heal completely and to ensure no complications are going to set in due to the operation.

In some cases, the doctor will prescribe massage (with a physio) to help prevent the scar lesions from binding together.

 

In my next post we’ll look at conditions that are totally contra-indicated, conditions that may be contra-indicated but require medical advice, and additional cautions such as medication and allergies.

 

The ultimate pamper experience in thecomfort of your home

The ultimate pamper experience in the comfort of your home

You can contact me at Just Massage for a home massage appointment in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France) on:

06.47.14.06.03