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Why it works: Elemis Deep Tissue Muscle Massage

A deep tissue massage is always a favourite spa treatment, but there is no way quite like the Elemis way. Here, one spa therapist tells us what we need to know about an Elemis Deep Tissue Massage.

What exactly is the Elemis Deep Tissue Massage?

The Elemis Deep Tissue Massage begins with the Elemis Welcome Touch, using warm towels on the feet to cleanse and balance the body. Following this, the massage is completed on the backs of the legs and the back to ease muscular tension and stress. A lavender eye pillow is placed over your eyes when you turn over and any remaining stress is relieved from the arms and legs. Tibetan Tingsha bells are rung at the end of the treatment to gently welcome you back to reality.

Where does the Elemis Deep Tissue Massage come from?

The treatment is designed by the product house Elemis, using 10 different touch types including Shiatsu massage, Swedish Massage, Thai Massage, Balinese Massage, Indian Ayurveda, Reiki, Chinese Tui Na, Reflexology, Middle Eastern Massage and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage. They are all combined focusing on relieving tension and alleviating stress.

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What is the Elemis Deep Tissue Massage supposed to do?

The massage relieves specific stress and muscle tension and the deep rhythmic pressure gives the whole body a vigorous workout.

Is there anything else you do to enhance the effectiveness of the massage?

You have a choice of either a Cellutox oil to detoxify, Musclease oil for aches and pains, or a de-stress oil for relaxation.  They are all formulated to increase the activity of the treatment depending on what result the client desires.

Is there anything you recommend people to do pre- or post-treatment to get the most out of the massage?

We would recommend a gentle swim and use of thermal facilities to heat up the muscles prior to your treatment. Afterwards we advise as much rest as possible; to avoid tea, coffee, and alcohol; and to drink plenty of water

Is there anyone you particularly recommend the spa treatment for?

It's really for everyone looking for some time out. It is ideal for someone with stiff muscles, aches and pains, or generally looking to work out tension from the muscles. It’s excellent for the avid golfer after a long day out on the course too.

Is there anyone who shouldn’t have this massage and why?

We wouldn’t recommend this massage during pregnancy, instead it's better to opt for a dedicated prenatal treatment. Anyone with a slipped or inflamed disc would not be treated, and we wouldn't recommended it soon after major surgery (at least three months). If you are concerned about your medical history or are unsure if you can have this treatment, a detailed consultation form is carried out and reviewed with your therapist to ensure there are no other areas of concern.

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