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Massage treatments

Lara’s Bespoke Therapy treatment sessions can include combinations of the treatments listed below along with other techniques that she has acquired over the years. She can refer you for ongoing care as she works closely with other healthcare professionals. She strongly believes that Complementary Therapy forms part of a regular maintenance routine and that everyone can benefit from taking time to look after their own health and well being.

The Emmett Technique

The Emmett Technique is a highly effective neuro-muscular release treatment developed by Australian remedial therapist, Ross Emmett.  It is used to release muscle tension, relieve pain and increase mobility. Clients can expect to feel a dramatic reduction in discomfort or pain and increase in mobility in just one session. Emmett Technique is suitable for people of all ages, pregnant women, office workers, sports people, those in recovery from injury, surgery or have restricted movement. Application of gentle, non-invasive pressure activates nerve responses, enabling the release of specific muscle groups. Many admirers of the Emmett Technique say the point of difference over other therapies was that clients could expect to see a reduction in pain or discomfort BEFORE they left the appointment.

Your first session will include consultation about your general health and assessments indicated by pain and mobility in order to treat in the most efficient way. This treatment can be done through loose, soft clothing or on skin, during the course of a session this can be standing, sitting or lying down on a massage couch. This therapy can be used as a stand-alone treatment or combined with Massage Therapy, Reflexology or Lymphatic Drainage Massage treatments to enhance the results.

Perfect for older people, children or others with restricted mobility the treatment is gentle and less intrusive than most therapeutic modalities. If you are not sure if the Emmett Technique can help with your concerns – from headaches to foot pain, book in with Lara today and she can integrate with a massage or Reflexology treatment so that you can feel the change.

Some pain and discomfort issues which may be assisted by Emmett Technique:

  • Back, neck & shoulder restriction/pain
  • Hip, hamstrings, knee, calf tightness
  • Arm, elbow and wrist pain
  • Persistent ankle, heel & foot pain
  • Alignment and balance issues
  • Fluid retention
  • Jaw pain and headaches
  • Breathing restrictions & sinus congestion
  • Abdominal cramps and bowel discomfort
  • Plus many more (please enquire)

Lara Last is one of very few massage therapists in London, qualified as an Advanced Emmett Practitioner who has also been trained by Ross Emmett.

Deep Tissue & Remedial Massage

Treating musculoskeletal pain, this massage can help with a significant reduction in pain levels. It combines massage, trigger point therapy and other techniques working on the affected and related areas of the body. Good for those with chronic pain and reduced range of movement. Helps with:

  • Neck, shoulder and lower back pain
  • Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
  • RSI and Tennis elbow
  • Postural problems
  • Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
  • Sciatica and Piriformis syndrome

Pregnancy Massage 

This treatment is tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, carrying a baby inside you changes your centre of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, shoulders, abdominal muscles and changes your posture, During 2nd and 3rd trimesters, this massage will help you relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good.
* Wait until your 2nd trimester before having a massage.

Abdominal Sacral Massage 

This massage is founded on ancient techniques from various indigenous cultures. It is an external non-invasive massage that brings the organs within the abdominal area back into alignment, releasing pressure and strengthening surrounding muscles and ligaments. This massage for women addresses common complaints affecting the digestive and reproductive systems, such as bloating, constipation, painful/irregular periods, fertility problems, cystitis and menopause. As well as relieving physical symptoms the massage is know to relieve emotional issues. This treatment can also include Reflexology.
* Avoid this treatment 3 days either side of your period or if fitted with a coil.

Indian Head Massage 

This is a highly effective therapy, which has evolved from traditional techniques that have been practised in India for over 1,000 years. This is a seated fully clothed therapy working on the upper back, scalp and face.* Good for unblocking and alleviating built-up tension headaches, sinusitis, migraine and eyestrain, Improving mental fatigue and concentration, relieves muscle tension in shoulders, neck and jaw. Helps to reduce blood pressure, stress, anxiety, insomnia and depression.*Wearing loose comfortable clothing is best. Oil is not used during this treatment.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage 

This is a deeply relaxing, very gentle, rhythmical treatment. It regulates the Lymphatic system which acts as the internal cleansing system for the whole body. Good for boosting the immune system, eliminating toxins and fluid retention;  tiredness and body aches, puffiness, skin conditions, swellings due to sprains and fractures: lingering colds and sinus problems; high stress levels and low energy levels. This is a deep detoxification treatment and is excellent way for those who want to start any healthor detox plan. There are no oils used during this treatment. A course of treatment is recommended in order to benefit properly. *Those with kidney complaints, Low Blood Pressure or implants should not have this treatment.

Japanese Tsuboki Face Massage

The Japanese believe that to be beautiful you have to be healthy too.The fantastic thing about this face massage is that it works on many levels at the same time, improving skin and muscle tone, lymph flow, circulation and general appearance. Many techniques including working on the meridians and ridoki rollers can help prevent lines, wrinkles, and puffiness – a natural facelift! It is incredibly relaxing to receive, and after the treatment you are left energised. Using Camellia oil, which has been used for centuries in the East for its rejuvenating and revitalising properties, this beauty oil nourishes and deeply moisturises the skin. *In some circumstances this massage may not be appropriate – this includes pregnancy, recent procedures such as Botox.

Bellabaci Cupping Massage Therapy

This healing massage uses medical grade silicone, vacuum cups which have all of the benefits with none of the drawbacks of traditional Chinese cupping. By creating suction and negative pressure with the silicone cups, the massage can help with the following:

  • Relief from tight, sore muscles, knots and joint pain
  • Deep detoxification – drains excess fluids and toxins from deep muscle and tissue
  • Improve metabolism
  • Digestive disorders
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Spider veins, cellulite, stretch marks, scar tissues
  • Fatigue and insomnia
  • Anti-ageing face treatment – encouraging collagen and elastin production, improving skin texture and reducing pores
  • Facilitates deeper penetration of Genie oils

Use of Genie Olis which combine the benefits of Aromatherapy, Homeopathy, Flower Remedies and vibrational frequencies. They are rich in antioxidants, anti-bacterial and packed with multivitamins and nutrients. Formulated to target specific issues.

* Pregnant women and those with hernias, slipped disc, cancer, blood disorders, varicose veins, history of renal failure, cirrhosis or heart disease, on blood thinning medication, uncontrolled High Blood Pressure or Diabetes should not have this treatment.

Swedish Massage 

A holistic massage (light to firm pressure) aiming to restore balance to the body’s systems, encouraging relaxation and wellbeing.  It combines long, relaxing moves with tension-release kneading and percussion strokes that will boost your energy levels. It helps flush toxins out to reach homeostasis, that perfect balance between your body and mind. Regular Swedish Massage contributes to the care and maintenance that helps improve your wellbeing over time.

Warm Bamboo Massage  

Heated smooth bamboo sticks of various sizes are used to knead and roll out knots, relaxing tense and painful muscles and help with internal energy flow. Other benefits are increased circulation, good for deep tissue work with even and longer pressure being applied; reduction of stress and fatigue; a variety of chronic pain conditions including back pain and headaches; 
aids relaxation and lymphatic circulation. The structure of bamboo contains silica which activates properties similar to crystal – Piezoelectricity and Pyroelectricity. Piezoelectricity is activated by pressure and Pyroelectricity is activated by heat. These energy properties stimulate circulation, thus helping to flush toxins and improve internal respiration. It promotes deep relaxation and melts muscular tension. For those who like deep tissue and sports massage. Warm Bamboo massage benefits for you include:

  • Reduction of stress and fatigue
  • Stimulates blood circulation and elimination of toxins
  • Relieves muscular tension
  • Decreased pain and healing time
  • Achy feet (perfect if you don’t like your feet being touched)
  • Helps manage Arthritic pain

Reflexology

This is a deeply relaxing treatment incorporating advanced reflexology techniques, foot massage and acupressure to stimulate reflex points on the feet. It can be used to help with many problems such as headaches, insomnia, sinusitis, PMS, thyroid. Reflexology does not treat specific problems individually but works to address imbalance for the whole body.

Which therapy should I choose?

Looking for help with aches and pains? Look no further and try ...

  • The Emmett Technique
  • Deep Tissue & Remedial Massage
  • Bellabaci Cupping Massage
  • Lymphatic Drainage Massage
  • Abdominal Sacral Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Warm Bamboo Massage

Looking for help with de-stressing and rejuvenating? Look no further and try...

  • The Emmett Technique
  • Japanese Tsuboki Face Massage
  • Bellabaci Cupping Facial Massage
  • Swedish Massage
  • Abdominal Sacral Massage
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Lymphatic Drainage Massage
  • Reflexology

Looking for help with detoxing and boosting your immune system? Look no further and try ...

  • The Emmett Technique
  • Lymphatic Drainage Massage
  • Bellabaci Cupping Massage
  • Abdominal Sacral Massage
  • Reflexology

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My daughter has just played her cello for the first time in four months without experiencing pain. Stephen, we are amazed and delighted!

J. Wimbledon

Over the last 6 months Lara has effectively used the Emmett Technique to eliminate my persistent lower back pain as well as foot and heel pain. She has also been able to relieve stress and tension from my neck and shoulders. The relief, as a result of her treatments, is immediate and long-lasting. I would highly recommend her treatments.

Amanda, Wimbledon

I am just e-mailing you Stephen to let you know that my baby daughter’s tight tummy calmed down considerably after your treatment so thank you very much.

G. SW19

I started seeing Lara about my sinuses, which have cleared. She has also helped me with my neck pain and digestive problems. Thank you so much Lara.

Anne, Teacher

I have had several treatments with Steve over the years for neck pain, back pain and under active thyroid. Steve has natural healing hands as well as a bank of experience and knowledge, which enhance his effectiveness. He is a very skilled practitioner both sensitive and subtle with powerful results; I have completely recovered from these conditions.

Chrissie C Streatham

I rate Stephen very highly and would recommend him to anyone.

Jonathan M

Just before Christmas, my back ‘went’. By ‘went’ I mean I could barely walk and had constant pain in my lower back and leg. I was off work and spent most of the time lying on the floor. I was treated by Stephen and Simon, both of whom have a professional but very calm manner – ideal for anyone who’s in a lot of pain. They identified muscle and sciatic nerve damage. They obviously knew what they were doing because the pain gradually started to ease, such that by the beginning of March I was back on the treadmill in the gym. Would I use SW19Osteopaths again? Definitely. Only this time I’d go sooner.

Sam B, SW19

I thought the treatment for pain in my knee was excellent. I felt I was being considered as an individual as Stephen listened to everything I said and gave a treatment appropriate to my needs. His approach was non-invasive. I began to notice an improvement in my knee after a couple of days and the pain has not recurred. To me, it felt as if each treatment enabled my body to correct itself and rebalance.

Sabine, Wimbledon

Lara’s thoughtful, gentle, confident and knowledgeable approach results in the most expert therapeutic massage one could hope to receive. The outcome is therefore a very holistic one in which specific discomforts have been eased with and overall relaxation achieved at the same time. 


Helen, Colliers Wood

Stephen has been my osteopath for many years and has helped me recover from several serious operations. The atmosphere in the clinic is so calm and relaxing, and Stephen is an absolute professional in everything he does. He truly has healing hands.

Laura D