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Massage

We offer four additional types of massage at the Aim Clinic: Shiatsu, Thai Yoga, Thai Foot Massage and Ayurveda. All are carried out by a qualified, experienced practitioner. A free initial consultation is available to check that massage is right for your particular needs.

Just call us on 01420 479502 to book a consultation.


Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu is a 5,000 year old oriental form of bodywork; it gives a powerful yet relaxing treatment. Shiatsu technique involves stretching, holding and leaning body weight into various parts of the recipients body to improve energy flow, blood circulation, flexibility and posture. Pressure and contact is applied through the hands, thumbs, fingers, forearms, knees and feet, with the recipient sitting or lying in various positions.

This form of complimentary therapy helps maintain an individual's health, vitality and stamina. It strengthens the vital organs and the body's own immune system. It can help with a wide range of disorders and chronic conditions: promoting mental, emotional and physical well-being.

Each session lasts approximately one hour. The first session may be slightly longer since we will ask some questions about your health history. During treatment you will lie on a mat on the floor. To ensure maximum comfort any physical difficulties will be taken into account.

The number of sessions needed will depend on the condition being treated. Benefits will be experienced from the first treatment, with an accumulated effect over a series of treatments.

The sessions are given with the client fully dressed, but preferably wearing socks and loose fitting clothes made of natural fibre to allow for movement. Jeans are not suitable as they do not allow easy leg movement. Watches and jewellery should be removed prior to the session.

We recommend that you do not eat heavily in the hour prior to the treatment, nor drink alcohol before or after treatment. After the treatment drink plenty of water, as this smoothes the flow of changes through the system. If possible, strenuous or stressful activities should be avoided after the session.

Conditions helped by shiatsu include:

Benefits of shiatsu include:

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Thai Yoga Massage

Traditional Thai Yoga massage is an ancient healing art, which has been handed down from teacher to pupil since the third century BC. It works on the energy line system (the Ten Sen) through which the body's natural life force flows. Blockages in this life force cause aches, pains and disease. The therapist uses hands, feet and elbows to apply pressure to important points along the line system in combination with gentle stretching and applied yoga. This releases the body's own natural healing potential, thus restoring balance, health and healing.

A treatment can be taken either as a 1.5 or 2 hour session. The first session may be slightly longer since we will ask some questions about your health history. The session takes place on a comfortable mat on the floor. Thai massage is a whole body massage and is carried out in four positions: front, sides, back and sitting. Benefits will be experience from the first treatment, with an accumulated effect over a series of treatments.

The sessions are given with the client fully dressed, but preferably wearing socks and loose fitting clothes made of natural fibre to allow for movement. Watches and jewellery should be removed prior to the session.

We recommend that you do not eat heavily in the hour prior to the treatment, nor drink alcohol before or after treatment. After the treatment drink plenty of water, as this smoothes the flow of changes through the system.

Benefits of thai yoga massage include:

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Thai Foot Massage

Thai Foot Massage is a massage of the lower legs and feet that involves hands on stretching and massage along with the use of a stick to stimulate the reflex points on the feet which correspond to the internal organs of the body.

Thai Foot massage is a relatively new treatment that has been adapted from two very ancient techniques, reflexology and traditional Thai massage. It has been taught and practised in Thailand since around 1999.

It seems to have originated from some Thai masseurs who studied Chinese, Korean and Japanese forms of reflexology and then came up with a one hour treatment that combines reflexology techniques with some Thai massage techniques for the feet and legs. The result is a very effective and stimulating foot massage.

Unlike reflexology, Thai foot massage is not diagnostic, but works to stimulate all the reflex zones of the feet in every treatment with the additional bonus of some Thai massage techniques that stimulate energy flow in the legs and stretch the ankles and feet as well.

The Benefits of Thai Foot Massage:
Thai Foot massage is a relaxing and invigorating treatment to the feet and lower legs. It promotes general well being and harmony to the receiver as well as many other benefits such as:

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Ayurveda Massage

Ayurveda, the name given to the ancient Indian science of life is said to have originated 4000 years ago, and is believed to be the oldest health system known to man today. Rather than treating symptoms, it treats the whole person, working holistically, combining nutrition, herbal remedies, yoga and massage.

Massage is an important part of Ayurvedic therapy, but rather than concentrating on western techniques that manipulate body contour, it works on the marma points, opening up 'energy' channels which are believed to cause an imbalance or blockage.

Ayurvedic Massages Available

Abhyanga Snanam Full body massage therapy
An ancient oleation therapy using flowing strokes according to the circulatory system and pressure to marma points. 60 minutes. Good for: relaxation, detoxification, skin complaints, fatigue, anxiety, eczema.

Shirobhyanga Head Neck and Shoulder Massage
A detoxifying upper body massage that has been used in Indian for years as 'home' therapy. The massage is relaxing and focuses on the marma (vital) points and leaves the head neck and shoulder area rejuvenated. It also nourishes the scalp. 30 minute or 45 minute to include back. Good for: stress, strain, migraines, hair condition.

Udwarthanam - Exfoliation & Slimming Therapy
A unique detoxifying therapy where specially ground Ayurvedic herbs are gently rubbed over the body to help reduce subcutaneous fat and remove dead cells of the skin. 45 minutes. Good for: obesity-related problems, poor blood circulation, slimmers, cellulite, exfoliation.

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Mary Daniel offers two massage treatments at The AIM Clinic, Oakhanger

Shiatsu and Thai Yoga massages are available at The Aim Clinic in Oakhanger

Powerful, yet relaxing massages at The Aim Clinic

Mary Daniel is a qualified and experienced practitioner of Shiatsu and Thai Yoga massage

The AIM Clinic, Oakhanger for massage sessions with a qualified practitioner

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