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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.


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 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

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

Following a breech caesarean birth, Max developed a tendency to turn his head to one side, and he developed a visibly flattened side of head. We were fortunate enough to know Steve's expertise in paediatric osteopathy and it was clear to see how passionate and informed he was regarding treatments and possible outcomes. Throughout the non-invasive treatment we felt totally at ease with Steve, as did Max who fell asleep! I would highly recommend Steve. We are extremely grateful for his time, care and attention to detail.

Andreas, Bex and Max. Raynes Park

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 have seen Charley for several months for my neck pain, sinus pain and knee pain. Her gentle but assertive treatments have released the tension and relieved the pain – instantly in the case of my neck. She also provided exercises and advice, which I continue to use. I would recommend her without hesitation.

Katherine, Wimbledon

It was my first time seeing an osteopath and Charley was incredible. She is both knowledgeable and personable, she makes you feel completely comfortable and in extremely safe hands. I really feel like she wants you to get better and to really get to the root of what is causing the pain and discomfort. The exercises and stretches she taught me have become part of my daily routine and I have noticed a real difference. Thank you Charley!

Natasha, Mitcham

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

Jonathan M

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

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

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