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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