Here at Back In Action we believe that everyone deserves to be healthy. Because modern society places a lot of pressure and strain upon the individual, we are constantly researching for ways of becoming healthier and fitter. Aromatherapy and massage therapy may offer a way of helping people feel better without the use of conventional medicine.

Massage For Shoulder Pain

In recent years there has been a remarkable increase in the use of massage as a therapy. The growth and acceptance of therapies which complement orthodox medicine has led to massage being much more widely accepted as a treatment for all sort of stress related and musculoskeletal problems. Massage works on many different levels (both physical and psychological), making it such a versatile and effective treatment method.

Massage For Neck Pain

People nowadays are becoming more health conscious and therefore choose more natural alternatives when it come to treating ailments. Aromatherapy is one of today’s most popular complementary therapies and its holistic approach is one of the reasons why it is so successful. The aromatherapist takes into account a person’s medical history, emotional condition, general health and lifestyle before planning a treatment. We use essential oils that have been sourced locally and are of the highest standard of quality.

What To Expect On Arrival

We will typically email you in advance of your initial consultation, confirming your appointment time, letting you know what to expect, and including the basic paperwork. If this can’t be done in advance, we ask that you arrive 10 minutes in advance to fill in a patient information form and a consent form. You will also be given a “refer a friend” voucher to fill in if you’ve been sent to us by an acquaintance (this is worth £5 to both of you).

After the paperwork has been completed, you will be invited through to the treatment room, where the massage therapist will talk to you about the reasons for your visit, expectation of therapy, what to expect in terms of treatment, and its effects etc.

As a massage therapist, Alison is not trained in diagnostics, any tentative opinion given would be that of an informed layman; though the chiropractor may be available if further details are required. Occasionally however, we may need a note from your GP confirming that it is safe to receive treatment (see below).

Massage Of The Back

For remedial or aromatherapeutic massage we offer 3 different time frames of treatment: 30, 60 or 90 minutes.
During a 30 minute (half-body) appointment we can cover approximately half of a body, so low-back, pelvis and legs; or neck, shoulders and mid-back.
During a 60 minute (full body) appointment we can cover all of the areas above.
During a 90 minute (indulgent) appointment we cover a little bit more, so can include the head, arms, hands and feet. However the bigger difference for the 90 minute appointment is that we can take our time a little more, be a bit more relaxing, more indulgent.

If you have one of the following conditions, we would need a note from your GP confirming that it is safe for you to receive treatment:
Extant: Medicated hypertension; HIV / AIDS; Severe osteoporosis.
Current: Cancer; Cardiac condition; incorrectly medicated type I diabetes.
Recent: Thrombosis / DVT; Phlebitis; Epilepsy.

We cannot treat patients with:
Current high fever; Contagious disease / skin condition; Recent operation in the area of treatment.

Who Can Benefit From Massage Therapy

Shoulder Pain Relieved By Massage

Here at Back In Action, we have an holistic approach to our treatments. This means we take into account a person’s whole being, not just the physical symptoms. Everybody is unique and therefore we strive to provide a treatment tailored for you.

Massage is the use of hands, or mechanical means, to manipulate the soft tissues of the body, particularly muscles. It can be used for relaxation, stimulation or rehabilitation of the whole body or part of it. Massage provides relief to people of all ages and from all walks of life.

Massage should never be considered as a method of diagnosing or treating medical conditions, as this is the responsibility of your GP. However, in a complementary role, massage has much to offer patients suffering from a wide variety of medical complaints.
As the circulation is stimulated during a massage, it promotes the healing process and will always have some therapeutic benefits. A relaxation effect can also often be achieved through massage, which can have a positive effect on recovery and bring great results about.

Back Massage

Your therapist will also give you a wide range of advice, including the use of other therapies, of exercises you can do, or lifestyle changes that may help your body.
Moreover, we are happy to share the management of your condition, both with your GP and other therapists.

Massage is in general a safe therapy; however there are situations where it should be avoided. These are called contraindications and, in most case, are only local conditions and only the affected area has to be avoided. These could be some of the following: acute soft tissue inflammation, open wounds, fractures, DVT, varicose veins, infectious skin diseases, etc. Before the massage, the therapist will ask you a variety of questions in order to determine if any contraindication apply.

If you are unsure if we can help, please give us a call as we are always happy to answer any questions you may have. We also offer a short free chat appointment with Aidan in order to determine which treatment care is the most appropriate to your individual case. Please note that, from time to time, we may refer you back to your GP or to more appropriate specialists.

Remedial & Sport Massage

Massage is a natural therapy involved with soft tissue manipulation and has evolved over thousands of years. From ancient China to present-day Europe, it has been used for the promotion and restoration of health.
In recent years there has been a remarkable increase in the use of massage as a therapy. The growth and acceptance of therapies complementary to orthodox medicine have led to massage being much more widely accepted as a treatment for all sort of stress related problems.
Massage is a non-invasive, non-threatening and natural therapy.

Remedial Massage

The term “Remedial Massage” refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. This also includes the use of deep tissue strokes, to help more chronic (long-standing) problems of the muscles, tendons and fascia.
This type of massage helps you de-stress and relax whilst loosening muscle tissue and releasing toxins from the muscles themselves.

Sport massage

Sports massage is typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.
Vigorous pre-event massage helps reduce sports-related injuries by warming, stimulating and preparing muscles and joints for increased activity while more restful post-sport techniques relieve sore, overworked muscles. Note: this does not need to be pitch-side.
Like any other massage at Back In Action, the treatment will be tailored to the individual.

Or just for relaxation

People often seek massage for stress, tension, feelings of fatigue or general weariness. Massage is excellent at promoting relaxation when used in conjunction with exercise and other activities which promote physical and mental well-being.


Aromatherapy is usually applied through the form of massage, but can also be administered in a number of other ways (such as inhalation, compress, home remedies like creams and lotions) depending on your individual case and needs.
Many researchers have shown that when they are applied to the skin or inhaled, essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream and metabolised in the body. By enabling deep relaxation, (especially when combined with massage,) essential oils can help improve quality of sleep, and indirectly boost the immune system.

An aromatherapy massage has the advantage of being tailored to suit the individual’s needs as everyone is different. Therefore, your therapist will recommend a custom blend just for you.
Your therapist may recommend some home care such as specially blended essential oils to use in a bath or as an inhalation, or a handmade aromatherapy cream. These are tailored to the client’s individual needs and therefore part of the treatment. The lotions and potions are made from the highest quality base ingredients and are not for general sale; as they are individually made, this service requires a full consultation.
At Back in Action, we consider each person as an individual and therefore Alison will take time to tailor your treatment to your individual needs. The essential oils are selected specifically with you in mind.

The benefits of Aromatherapy:

The benefits of using essential oils are as varied as the oils themselves. Also, one of the advantages of aromatherapy is that it can be tailored to address your specific needs.
Essential oils can be useful for people of all ages to optimise well-being. The oils can have a relaxing, soothing, comforting or even uplifting nature when blended correctly by a registered aromatherapist. Some essential oils are warming, stimulating and reviving and paired with massage, they can therefore support a healthy body.
People nowadays are becoming more health conscious and therefore choose more natural alternatives when it comes to treating ailments.



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