About Charlotte Abraham

Second year student at University of Reading studying BA Art and Psychology.

Shrivenham Fete, Swindon

Come along for fun, food and beer at Shrivenham Fete (off Swindon to Oxford Road), SN6 8BL. I will be there with my chair offering massages as fundraising for Parkinson’s UK at stall no. 53 in front of the main arena.

Taster sessions of Seated Massage are just £10, where clothes are to be kept on, and no oils are used. Times start 12:00 midday and bookings are every 20 minutes.

I have already started taking early bookings, so please book your fundraising session now! Email us at orchidtherapeutics@gmail.com or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

Please come along and help support Parkinson’s UK. Thank you

FAQs

Please take a look at the more in depth answers to some of the most frequently asked questions including what the benefits of massage are, and the some contraindications that you need to be aware of.

Haven’t answered your question? Comment below or fill out a form on our Contact page and we will get back to you.

What are the benefits of massages?

Important Information following your Massage

General aftercare advice

Do you massage at home only?

Are there any contraindications to massage treatments?

How long do the massages you offer last?

What are the benefits of massages?

Throughout history, we have used our hands to give comfort and healing to one another.  Touching is contact, warmth, reassurance that we are not alone, affirmation of our sense of being and self-worth, this simple way of communication is something that we all do naturally every day of our lives.

Physiologically, caring touch and massage help the flow of blood and lymph in our bodies.  Touch soothes our nerves and decreases tension producing relaxation and a state of well being.

Complimentary or natural therapies aim to keep people in a balanced state, therefore helping to prevent the onset of disease or illness.

  • Deep, releasing movements
  • Used after relaxing strokes
  • Stretches muscles, improves suppleness and elasticity
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Loosens and disperses tension
  • Helps break down adipose tissue (fat tissue)
  • Breaks down and aids elimination of waste products – lactic acid and urea
  • Decongestive
  • Aids interchange of tissue fluids
  • Releases tension and breaks down adhesions / nodules (scar tissue and lumps just below the skin)
  • Warms tissue
  • Releases Pain
  • Stimulates and clears nerve pathways
  • Improves circulation
  • Improves lymph drainage (to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart)
  • Improves mobility

The Main Psychological Benefits:

  • Relaxation of body and mind, reducing the effects of tension, stress and anxiety
  • Improve a person’s general self-esteem
  • Increase overall energy levels, thus improving their ability to cope with general day-today running of their lives
  • Provide a positive lift to emotions and increase positive feelings

The Main physiological Benefits:

  • Dilates blood vessels, improving circulation and congestion throughout the body
  • Acts as a mechanical cleanser, stimulating lymph circulation and hastening the elimination of waste and toxic debris
  • Relaxes muscle spasm and relieves tension
  • Increases blood supply and nutrition to muscles without adding to their load of toxic lactic acid produced during voluntary muscle contraction
  • Prevents the build-up of harmful ‘fatigue’ products resulting from strenuous exercise or injury
  • Improves muscle tone and helps prevent muscular atrophy resulting from forced inactivity
  • Compensates (partially) for lack of exercise, especially in persons who are forced to remain inactive due to unfortunate circumstances such as injury, illness or age
  • Helps return venous (used) blood to the heart and so eases the strain on it
  • May have a sedative or stimulating effect on the body depending on the type and duration of massage given
  • Increase nutrition of the tissues as a result of improving general circulation
  • Increases interchange of substances between the blood and tissue cells heightening tissue metabolism
  • Increase excretion of fluids and waste products via the kidneys, such as inorganic phosphorus and salt
  • Stretches connective tissue, improves circulation and nutrition, breaking down or preventing the formation of adhesions and hence reduces the danger of fibrosis (the thickening and scarring of connective tissue, usually as a result of injury)
  • Improves circulation and nutrition of joints, hastening the elimination of harmful deposits. This helps lessen inflammation and swelling of joints, alleviating pain
  • Disperses oedema (a condition characterised by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body)
  • Massage makes you feel good!

Important Information following your Massage

Generally, massage is a pleasurable experience, however massage stimulates the circulatory system and therefore improves the body’s ability to detoxify itself, it is possible that the body may experience some form of ‘healing Crisis’ as it attempts to heal ad rid itself of unwanted toxins dispersed by the treatment.

‘Healing Crisis’ Reactions to massage:

  • Increased urination
  • Temporary outbreak of a condition that has been suppressed ie acne
  • Lethargy / tiredness
  • Emotional release of suppressed feelings
  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Disturbed sleep patterns

In order to reduce the possibility of a ‘Healing Crisis’ follow the aftercare stated below, as these measures will improve the body’s ability to flush out unwanted toxins and will therefore enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.

General aftercare advice

After each session, please follow the aftercare advice stated below for a minimum of 12 hours, wherever possible:

  • Avoid stimulants e.g. coffee, tea
  • Avoid hot, spicy foods
  • Avoid alcohol and reduce amount you smoke for a few hours
  • Drink plenty of water, herbal tea, diluted fruit juice
  • Ventilate the car on the way home from treatment as dizziness may occur. Take extra car whilst driving and in the tasks you are performing at home and at work as your reactions may be slower
  • Avoid strenuous exercise and heat treatments such as saunas and steam rooms
  • Eat light meals to prevent overloading your system
  • Keep yourself warm
  • Rest as much as possible, inducing a relaxed state
  • Take a warm bath or shower for aches and pains on sore muscles
  • Occasionally you make experience a slight headache which will soon pass

Are there any contraindications to massage treatments?

Yes, please read below for more details.

What are the Contraindications to Massage Treatment?
Massage treatment is non-invasive, relaxing and natural. It is therefore generally considered a safe treatment for most people. However, there are three types of contraindication:

  • TOTAL, when massage should not be performed at all.
  • LOCAL, when massage can be performed but not over the contraindicated areas.
  • MEDICAL, when massage can only be performed once medical permission has been granted.
    The following restrictions are in place to protect your health and well-being.

Total Contraindications
When you have any of these conditions, please do not book a massage:

  • Fever
  • Contagious diseases, including any cold or flu, no matter how mild it may seem
  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol-including prescription pain medication
  • Recent operations or acute injuries
  • Neuritis (which is described as inflammation of a nerve or the general inflammation of the peripheral nervous system. Symptoms depend on the nerves involved but may include pain, paresthesia (pins-and-needles), paresis (weakness), hypoesthesia (numbness), anesthesia, paralysis, wasting, and disappearance of the reflexes)
  • Skin diseases

Local Contraindications
Massage not over any areas affected by:

  • Varicose veins
  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
  • Pregnancy
  • Bruising
  • Cuts
  • Abrasions
  • Sunburn
  • Undiagnosed pain
  • Inflammation, including arthritis (unless confirmed by a medical professional)

Medical Contraindications
If you have any of the following conditions, massage can only take place once it has been approved before your session in writing by your Doctor or Medical Professional:

  • Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)
  • Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner
  • Oedema
  • Psoriasis or eczema
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer
  • Nervous or psychotic conditions
  • Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves
  • Gynecological infections

Does a contraindication mean that treatment cannot take place?
Not always. In fact, massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in the above cases it is best to have advice from your Doctor or Medical Professional.

If you have further questions or concerns, please contact your Doctor or Medical Professional.

How long do the massages you offer last?

Table

Time Included Price **
25 minutes Back, Neck, Shoulders, Neck, Face and Head £25.00
60 minutes Feet, Legs, Stomach, Arms, Hands, Back, Neck, Shoulders, Neck, Face and Head £40.00

Materials included: Clean Towels, Warm Cover, Table Cover and Paper protection, Oils and Massage Wax products, Equipment Cleaning materials plus supporting equipment to make your massage more comfortable

Seated On-Site Massage

Time Included Price **
15 minutes* Choose from 3 – Head, Neck, Arms/Hands, Shoulders, Upper Back, Lower Back, Glutes £15.00
25 minutes Head, Neck, Arms/Hands, Shoulders, Upper Back, Lower Back, Glutes £25.00

* The 15 minute massage is offered to a minimum of 2 people or a double session

Materials included: Clean Towels, Face protection, Cleaning materials plus supporting equipment to make your massage more comfortable

** Prices include up to 5 miles from Covingham, Swindon, however for large bookings / events further afield, please contact me to discuss