Massage & Complementary Therapy Guide

Complementary therapy guide - learn about aromatherapy massage, reflexology, Indian Head Massage Chair Massage, aromatherapy massage, all available in the London area

Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage is one of the newest and most fashionable treatments to sweep the West; but as with all therapies which are steeped in thousands of years of history; it has enormous therapeutic benefits for the recipient.

Indian Head Massage takes place seated whilst the client experiences a variety of massage strokes and accupressure point work designed to allieviate physical stress from around the back, neck and shoulders (ahhhh!). The scalp is then treated to gentle manipulation and the face to a wonderful lymphatic drainage massage.

This highly effective treatment finishes with the secret marma points on the head being circled to spiral energy through the body to leave the client feeling totally relaxed balanced and re-energised!

This holistic treatment is highly effective against stress both physical and emotional and is fun to receive and give.

This therapy is beautifully versatile as it can take as little as 15/20 mins or can be extended to an hour to include many more strokes and balancing of the chakras (the body's 7 main energy points because it takes place in a chair the space and equipment required is minimum.

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Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy massage is the art of applying powerful plant extracts known as essential oils to the body to bring about physical, emotional and spiritual harmony and balance.

Each essential oil has it's own individual properties and will be chosen by the therapist for a specific reason which will relate to the client's physical and emotional well-being.

Once several oils that will complement each other have been selected and diluted in a carrier oil, a full body luxury massage will follow. A combination of strokes and heat ensures the passage of the oils through the skin, into the bloodstream and then circulate every organ system in the body.

Over the next 24 hours these magical oils will work to a schedule to help create positive change within the individual. Aromatherapy Massage is a truly enjoyable way of keeping stress levels low, immune systems high and emotional equilibrium

The above describes the 1 Hour treatment. This treatment needs to be carried out within the confines of a private room.



What is it?
Reiki means "Universal Life Energy" and is a gentle yet powerful ancient healing technique form Japan.

Reiki works by connecting the mind body and spirit to the flow of this powerful curative force.

How: Attuned to this energy reiki therapists channel universal healing energy through to the patient using points on the body relating to pressure points, major organs and the chakras (the 7 vedic energy centres) thus rebalancing the patient on a spiritual, physical, mental and emotional level.

What's it good for:

Reiki is both relaxing and re-energising, and is a wonderful antidote for stress and tension - enabling you to centre and rebalance. You will be aware of a sense of inner calm and harmony following a treatment

Treatments are fully clothed and is a combination of "off the body" (working in the body's energy field - the aura) or hands on. It is wonderful to help with stress, and tension and after a treatment you will experience a feeling of inner calm and harmony

There has been an incredible awareness in the last few years of the healing powers of Reiki - which you can also learn to do yourself for self-healing and balancing.

Ethical principles of Reiki:

Just for today,do not worry.
Just for today,do not anger.
Honour your parents, teachers and elders.
Earn your living honestly.
Show gratitude for everything.

Dr Mikao Usui

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Corporate or Chair On-Site Massage  





Corporate or onsite massage is a clothed massage which takes place in a specially designed seat is where the client sits facing forward embraced by comfortable padding. This allows the therapist to work with the clients head, neck, shoulders, back, and arms with great efficiency.


Suitable for: offices, demonstrations, corporate days, product launches. Parties or balls.

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Reflexology is a complementary therapy where the therapist works on the feet or the hands to enable the body to heal itself. We mostly associate reflexology as being used on the feet. Here at Calmer Karma as we pride ourselves on having the very best consultants fro your health and wellbeing - we also have reflexologists with advanced experience in a new powerful technique called "vertical reflexology"!

Reflexology has its origins in the same Chinese roots as acupuncture.

A reflexologist works on specific reflexology points on the foot, each of which relate to a different part of the body to redress any imbalances of energy Sensitive, trained hands can detect tiny deposits and imbalances in the feet, and by working on these points using gentle pressure and massage techniques the Reflexologist can release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body. Tensions are eased, and circulation and elimination is improved. This gentle therapy encourages the body to heal itself, often counteracting a lifetime of misuse. Treatments are extremely relaxing.

Since reflexology treats the whole person, not just the symptoms of disease, most people benefit from treatment.

Indeed reflexology can benefit almost everyone. An increasing number of people are using this safe, natural therapy as a way of relaxing, balancing and harmonising the body.

Reflexology is beneficial for:
Acute and chronic conditions Stress related conditions Sleep disorders, Sports injuries Preventative therapy

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The ancient spiritual masters of India taught that all living things were based on underlying energies. This became the foundation for Ayurveda, the world's oldest system of medicine, which developed as a method for balancing energy to promote optimal health and longevity.

AYURVEDA (pronounced "I-your-vay-da") is a system of holistic medicine from India with roots going back at least 5,000 years

Its influence has been noted in the roots of Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as the healing arts practiced by Hippocrates, the Ancient Greek founder of Western medicine.

The word "ayurveda" is a combination of the Sanskrit word "ayura," meaning "life" or "life span," and "veda" meaning "wisdom." Ancient ayurvedic texts, compiled by master herbalists and healers and tested over centuries, trace the sources of illness from the physical body through the mental plane, the "subtle body" (similar to the energy systems used in acupuncture) all the way up to vast cosmic cycles.

The ayurvedic system is based on the belief that the universe is made up of five different elements -- ether, air, fire, water and earth, which are present in all things, from planetary systems to subatomic structures, from colors and moods to sounds and feelings. Human sickness is seen as being caused by an excess or imbalance in these elemental influences; the goal of ayurveda is to bring them back into balance.

For example, excess air can cause gas (physical) or light-headedness (mental). Too much fire can lead to heat rash, heartburn or a hot temper. An overabundance of water may lead to laziness, obesity or bronchial congestion.

Therapies used by ayurveda include herbal mixtures, nutrition, meditation, aromatherapy, music and color therapy and deep cleansing techniques known as Panchakarma.

Panchakarma methods include oil rubs, massage, herbal sweat baths, and medicated inhalations aimed at flushing out harmful toxins which damage sensitive cells and tissues.

Because it is a holistic system closely related to yoga and other spiritual disciplines, much ayurvedic knowledge is aimed at maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This includes a proper diet, regular exercise and meditation, and living according to DINACHARYA, the cycles of nature, both daily (rising with the sun) and seasonally (eating less oily foods in the summer).

One of the great strengths of ayurveda is that, unlike Western medicine, it takes a more individual approach to patients. People are not seen as interchangeable biological machines, but as fitting in a particular DOSHA, or body type, based on the combined influence of the five elements.

There are three basic dosha types: VATA, PITTA, and KAPHA. The nervous, sensitive vata dosha (or "air type") is made up of ether and air; the temperamental, ambitious pitta dosha ("fire type") consists of fire and water; and the cool, phlegmatic kapha dosha ("water type") combines influences of water and earth.

Ayurvedic treatment usually begins with the practitioner carefully interviewing a patient to determine their body type and mental state, as well as specific health problems. Treatments for the same ailment will vary based on individual dosha.

Some ayurvedic therapies focus on MARMAS, or "nerve doorways," and SROTAS, or "channels" -- nerve centers and meridians similar to those used in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Ayurveda also does not reject Western medicine, thanks to the traditional Vedic philosophy of SANATANA DHARMA: accept everything in its appropriate time and place. Ayurvedic practitioners realize all aspects of medicine can be useful at times.

Ayerveda is recognised by the World Health Organization. More than 300,000 Ayurvedic physicians belong to the All-India Ayurveda Congress, making it the largest medical organization in the world.

Aromatic Tasters

A 20 minute aromatic foot or hand massage is a deeply therapeutic experience which can be enjoyed by anybody whilst sitting in a chair. The hands and feet contain huge numbers of nerve endings and taut muscles which when manipulated firmly can release physical and emotional stress. Essential oils enhance the treatment not only because of their wonderful aromas wafting into the atmosphere but they can be chosen specifically as an afternoon pick-me-up, a morning mental stimulator or as a soothing treat of after a hard day blend!

Available as: 20 minute treatments. Clothed. Require only a chair so can be carried out at your desk. This treatment requires minimal room and so is beautifully versatile.

Suitable for: offices, demonstrations, corporate days, product launches. Parties or balls.
Foot Massage: This is particularly popular where there is dancing (ie balls,or dinner dances) or in-store, where tired feet need a little pampering!
Hand Massage: this is particularly popular in office where there have been long hours at the keyboard





Energy Balance Massage

The client experiences a variety of luxurious relaxing massage strokes and accupressure point work designed to allieviate physical stress from around the back, neck and shoulders

This is completed with energy work on the aura and the chakras (the body's 7 main energy centres). The therapist may also use crystals and rattles during energy balance work

Available as: 20 minute treatments are fully clothed and require only a chair so can be carried out at your desk. This treatment requires minimal room and so is beautifully versatile.

Or 1 hour in-depth treatment

Suitable for: offices, demonstrations, corporate days, product launches. Parties or balls.

Our Energy Balance therapists include Kimberley Ann Finney and Karin Taylor who have been featured in national magazines and are well known figures at Holistic Events

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Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture

The ancient Chinese viewed the ear as a miniature representation of the whole body. They found that inserting small fine needles in to the relevant body parts on the outer ear led to an improvement in body functions. This system (auricular acupuncture) is helpful for stress management, relaxation, detoxing and as a general tonic. It is also used for a wide range of other conditions including stopping smoking, weight control, tension, insomnia, fatigue, digestive problems, depression, allergies, PMT and headaches.

What does it involve?
It is a simple, safe procedure which involves the insertion of very fine needles in to the outer ear. These are left in place for around 20 minutes while the client relaxes - seated and fully clothed. All needles are pre-packed, sterile and used only once. For those who are afraid of needles or can not have regular treatments, small magnets can be applied to the ear.

Suitable for: offices, demonstrations, corporate days, product launches. All treatments are clothed.

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Shiatsu is a holistic therapy based on a Japanese healing art. It literally means "finger pressure" although during the course of a treatment hands, forearms, elbows and even feet may be used. Originating in Japan as a type of relaxing massage, Shiatsu has developed, incorporating the ancient knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine, into a therapy using a number of techniques and is not strictly just massage.

As a result of our lifestyles, diets, family or work situations, tension and stress build up creating blockages in our bodies. This often results in physical, emotional and psychological "dis-ease". Shiatsu seeks to redress this imbalance by encouraging energy to flow smoothly, offering support while your body relaxes and allows itself to open up to the healing process.

Pressure is applied on energy channels in the body called 'meridians'. Individual meridians relate to different systems, eg nervous system, digestive system, reproductive system, etc, as well as organ functions. The aim and intention of a treatment is to bring balance and harmony to the energy channels, removing any blockages to allow the smooth flow of energy ("Chi" in Eastern terms).

Available as: 15/20 minute treatments
(Head and shoulders)
Fully clothed and can be carried out at your desk.

1 1/2 Hour treatment fully clothed, in a warm and private treatment room, on a futon or body cushion on the floor. The initial session will involve taking a personal and medical history and an additional 30 minutes is allowed for this. All details taken will be confidential. A number of techniques are used as well as pressure, including stretching, holding and breathing exercises, depending on the type of energy stimulation or sedation required.
Or 1 hour in-depth treatment

Suitable for: offices, demonstrations, corporate days, product launches,parties. All treatments are fully clothed. Recipients need ideally to be dressed in comfortable loose clothing

Therapists: Hold Diploma of British School of Shiatsu-Do

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