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Complementary therapy and 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.


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.

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.

Facial Reflexology - Bergman Method 

"...heals the body from the inside out...The Bergman Method is a deeply relaxing, anti-ageing treatment that eliminates the need for Botox" Zsa Zsa Vella, Hip & Healthy

The award winning Bergman Method of Facial Reflexology is a deeply soothing, gentle, non-invasive treatment which can help to reduce symptoms of migraines, bruxism, sinus problems, stress, insomnia, IBS, joint pain, depression and Stroke rehabilitation. Using organic oils to nourish and revitalise the skin, it gives the complexion a younger, more radiant glow as well as leaving the skin's appearance tighter, smoother and plumper over a series of treatments.

The Bergman Method integrates Ancient Native Indian American healing, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Vietnamese face maps and is a very powerful treatment due to the face reflexes being stimulated which are in close proximity to the brain and central nervous system. Based on the theory that areas of your face are connected to different parts of your body via the nervous system, it is believed that stimulating or calming these reflexes can enhance the body's own natural healing processes. Courses are available and particularly helpful for those who are energy and sleep deprived.

Zone Face Lift™ - Naturally lifts your face and spirit. 

Sarah Vine, leading beauty journalist, described it as: 'A contender for London's best facial treatment.'

Do you want to look more vibrant and feel more energised? Are you looking for a natural and holistic way towards uplift and glow without Botox, dermal fillers or machines? The Zone Face Lift™ is based on the idea that if we experience inner wellbeing and nourish the soul, then this is reflected in the face. Renowned for its natural face-lift effect, Zone Face Lift™ is deeply restorative and rejuvenating. The following techniques help to heal the body from the inside out:

• Bergman Method of Facial Reflexology helps to stimulate the body's healing mechanisms and has calming and relaxing effects.

• Japanese Facelift Massage together with facial Ridoki rollers - softens fine lines and wrinkles, reprogramming muscles to relax and lift. 

• Facial Guasha for rejuvenation and decongestion.

• Quartz crystals help you feel calmer, energised and grounded.

• Organic facial elixir to nourish and calm the skin.

• Facial Lymphatic Drainage Massage.

• Lifestyle recommendations to support your transformation.

If your goal is to look good and feel confident in your own skin, a course of Zone Face Lift is recommended to help retrain the facial muscles for a tighter, smoother and plumper, youthful appearance: the treatment helps to release stored up emotions and to bring back the glow after illness or stressful times.

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I have been seeing Steve on and off for years. Every time I see him I feel as if I have been put back together. He’s an incredible osteopath. I highly recommend the practice because of their ethos and very high standard of treatment.

Claire, SW19

Charley worked wonders with my back after it had seized up after carrying and giving birth to my daughter. She did a thorough assessment of the (multiple!) problems and worked her magic within a couple of sessions. I wouldn't hesitate to return to Charley for any future problems. Thank you

Cecily, Tooting

I recommend Charley thoroughly. I have had years of sudden onsets of back pain that have interfered with daily life. I have never been sure of the difference between an osteopath, a chiropractor and a physio (despite even receiving some physio in the past that didn’t resolve the issue) and I was a bit sceptical of seeing an osteopath at first. I was incredibly impressed with Charley’s thorough initial consultation, checking every avenue for my back pain. The treatments have been remarkable and I am shocked by how quickly I have responded to Charley’s treatment and her detailed exercise plan to support my core and increase my back mobility. Charley’s manner is friendly; she puts you at ease whilst being professionally direct and always very attentive. I strongly recommend Charley.

Tariq, Colliers Wood

My personal experience at SW19 Osteopaths has been wonderful. My osteopath, Charley, is vey efficient at her work whilst maintaining a professional manner. In addition to this, she is always on time for our appointments which is very helpful when on a tight schedule. I have now completed five sessions of osteopathy with Charley which have greatly benefited the issues I experience with my back. I would highly recommend attending SW19 Osteopaths especially having Charley as your therapist as she is very welcoming and great at answering any queries and/or questions you may have and overall amazing at what she does. Many thanks

Mark, Colliers Wood

Having suffered from a shoulder injury since last September and following unsuccessful physio, I decided to try SW19 Osteopath and Yan-Kei has been amazing. Not only has my mobility greatly improved as has my posture and knee pain, I am no longer in pain. Amazing at how effective this has been for me in such a short period of time, and I now am able to return back to sports. Yan-Kei explains what she is doing and definitely is invested in my well-being and although I am so much better, I will make this as part of my self care and ensure that I visit her every 5 – 6 weeks to re-balance myself. I highly recommend Yan-Kei; I truly feel she has worked wonders for me.

Maria, Colliers Wood

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 rate Stephen very highly and would recommend him to anyone.

Jonathan M

I saw Simon regularly to help me with symptoms of multiple slipped discs. Cannot recommend enough - as a first time Osteo patient I found Simon to be professional, helpful and friendly. Everything was done at my own pace and fully explained so I knew what it all meant. Many thanks again!

Oliver, Colliers Wood

I am from Greece. I have a severe musculoskeletal problem affecting my upper and lower back. In my country, I have physical therapy sessions weekly for the past 30 years. I came to London to visit my daughter for 4 months. I had to find a therapist so as not to cease treatment for my back. I visited Simon after reading the reviews on the center’s website. Without any hesitation I want to say that I was ecstatic with the results of his work. Simon was able to meet all my needs based merely on my descriptions without even having to see X-rays of my back. He is incredibly nice, knowledgeable, motivated and friendly. I want to thank him from the bottom of my heart and I hope that he stays well and continues to offer his services to people in need for many many years to come.

Eleni from Greece.

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