Massage Therapy Guide – We’re here to help!

Here at The Ark, we offer a range of massage therapies including Sports Massage, Aromatherapy, Reiki, Indian head massage and many more!

Here is our massage therapy guide to help you decide which is best option for you!

Swedish massage

This is possibly the most common massage technique that offers long smooth strokes, kneading and circular motions on your superficial layers of muscle
(Superficial muscles are surface based muscles, opposed to deep muscles).
This provides the ultimate relaxation as this style of soft and soothing massage isn’t to target any serious back pain or muscle tension.

Swedish massage therapy is a good place to start if you are new to massages!


Aromatherapy massage is similar to Swedish massage, with the extra addition of soothing scented plant oils! You can choose from a selection of stress-reducing, energising, relaxing and balancing essential oils to address specific needs.

This style of massage is extremely effective on people suffering from high levels of stress or emotional and energy related unbalance.

Sports massage

Specifically designed for people who frequently participate in physical activity, sports massage helps those who are active or work out a lot. However, you don’t have to be a professional athlete! Unlike many other forms of massage, sports massage aims not to relax you, but rather to treat injury, loosen muscles and enhance your athletic performance. The strokes are a lot firmer and faster than a Swedish massage.

Indian head massage

The Indian head massage is based on an ancient Hindu form of healing that dates back to around 4,000 years ago. It provides healing and relaxation, as well as playing a crucial part in Indian weddings and births. The purpose of Indian head massage is to release tension and stress that has accumulated in the joints and muscles in the head, face neck and shoulders through the use of deep kneading and compression movements. This massage is especially good for relieving tension, stress, headaches, migraine, fatigue, insomnia and afterwards increasing energy and concentration.

Deep tissue massage

Not for the faint-hearted, this style of massage is designed to target deep layers of your muscle and connective tissues. Long, slow and extremely firm motions, as well as friction techniques, are used repeatedly across the grain of your muscle to cure chronic pain from tight and painful muscles.

You might opt for a deep tissue massage if you are recovering from a serious injury, suffer from bad posture or experience repetitive strain. A highly effective and beneficial massage technique, however, it will leave you sore for a few days afterwards!

For a blissful experience, call us today on 01702 710531 and save £5 on your first treatment when you mention our website!

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Gum Massage with Sesame Oil and Other Oils Deters Plaque and Gingivitis

While conventional dentistry is pouring chemicals into our mouths, ancient Ayurveda has been preventing gingivitis and periodontal disease with natural oils for thousands of years.
Ayurveda has been recommending oil pulling and gum massage for thousands of years to help prevent gum disease and plaque build up.
Yet the chemical industry is convinced their antibacterial mouthwashes and rinses are the answer. The heck with ‘superstitious’ ancient therapies – they more …read more

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Tight muscles? Roll out those kinks and knots

By Mary MacVean Foam rollers are an inexpensive way to stretch and massage tight muscles, knots and other soft tissue problems. But don’t expect spa-like ahhs. It can hurt — but you should feel relief afterward.Foam rollers are an inexpensive way to stretch and massage tight muscles, knots and other soft tissue problems. But don’t expect spa-like ahhs. It can hurt — but you should feel relief afterward. …read more

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7 Ways to Improve Posture for Better Health

Did you know that poor posture leads to illness and lost years of life? This infographic offers 7 simple ways to improve posture for health and longevity.

The post 7 Ways to Improve Posture for Better Health appeared first on more …read more

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Massage Can Reduce Stress Hormones by 50% (Infographic)

Are you stressed out? Suffer from headaches or back pain? Massage can reduce the stress hormone cortisol by up to 50%! This infographic explains the health benefits of massage…
Related article: Menses Pain and Excessive Bleeding Treated with Essential Oil Massage
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Shoulder pain leads to a search for realignment

By Hilary MacGregor Whether it was years of swimming, too much sitting at the computer or too much driving, life was taking its toll on my body. My shoulder was messed up beyond belief; the pain seeped down my right arm and across my back, up into my neck. With a mile-and-a-quarter open water swim race just… …read more

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AUDIO: Bad mattresses linked to back pain

One in three British people wake up with back or neck pain – and bad mattresses are the main culprit according to a poll carried out by the British Chiropractic Association.

However Rishi Loatey, chiropractor and spokesman for the British Chiropractic Association, believes changing mattresses every seven years could be the solution.

He told BBC Radio 5 live’s Breakfast: “A mattress along with a pillow should provide the correct support so that your spine is kept in a neutral position, so that we don’t get… back pain first thing in the morning.”

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Curved soles ‘do not help back pain’

Curved-sole shoes were not found to help back pain

Shoes with curved unstable soles are no better than traditional trainers for reducing lower back pain, suggests a study from King’s College London.

But previously published research has shown that the shoes can have a positive impact on posture, back and joint pain.

Medical professionals are known to regularly recommend the shoes.

The study also said normal trainers may be more beneficial for back pain brought on by standing or walking.

Shoes with an unstable curved sole are often sold as being able to help increase muscle activity, reduce lower back pain and improve posture and balance.

Physiotherapist Dr Sian MacRae, who led the research during her PhD at King’s College London, said patients were always asking her if ‘rocker sole’ footwear worked, so she decided to find out if they could improve back pain and disability.


In the study, in the journal Spine, 115 people with chronic lower back pain were asked to wear rocker sole shoes or normal trainers for at least two hours a day while standing and walking.

They also attended an exercise and education programme once a week for four weeks and wore their shoes during these sessions.

After six weeks, six months and then one year, the participants were assessed using a disability questionnaire.

At the end of the study, researchers calculated that people in the trainer-wearing group experienced a larger reduction in disability than those in the rocker sole group.

After six months, 53% of the trainer group showed a small improvement in their back mobility compared to 31% of the rocker sole group.

For the 59 people who said their back pain was aggravated by standing and walking at the start of the study, those in the trainers group experienced a greater reduction in disability after one year than those in the rocker sole group.

If you’re struggling from the effects of your footwear – get to The Ark to experience the benefits of a massage from Mike

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