Has your ‘get up and go’, got up and gone? Feeling tired, sluggish and ready for a change? Or perhaps you would like to treat aches and pains without popping pills. There are a range of treatments on offer throughout Preston ranging from traditional massage, to yoga and sound therapies. We contacted four centres in the city to find out more.Advertisement
The Mandala Preston, Yoga and Complementary Health Centre
The Mandala has been established in central Preston for over six years. The centre offers a variety of styles of yoga over sixteen classes, with ten teachers, that run seven days a week.
“Lots of people have a misconception of yoga as women sitting around doing some light stretching and ‘omming’, or young slim women sweating in tiny shorts, we have both those but everything in between too,” said Emma Lowther-Wright, centre director and manager. “Our classes range from slow, deep yin which explores perhaps 6-10 postures in an hour, to energetic, strong ashtanga which is great for core strength and involves a lot of flowing movement and can explore 25-45 postures in a 60-90minute class.”
As well as yoga the centre offers counselling, sound
therapy, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage and therapeutic massage for people
recovering from surgery and injuries. The centre’s therapists have been
practicing for two to fifteen years.
“We also offer Himalayan Bowl massage,” said Emma. “It is a type of sound therapy currently featuring at luxury resorts around the world! The Himalayan bowls are placed on and around the body and played gently, the hypnotic sounds soothing the mind, calming emotions and closing down the internal chatter, while the vibrations are felt in the body easing away aches and pains. The therapy has proven to be highly effective for emotional, physical and mental relaxation and have helped people with anxiety, chronic pain, stress related conditions, insomnia, IBS, PTSD and menopause symptoms.”
“A Himalayan Bowl massage is conducted fully clothed, so we recommend comfortable clothing. For yoga wear something you’re comfortable moving and stretching in, so leggings, shorts and t-shirt or vest too and we practice bare footed. If it’s a traditional massage they will be asked to undress to underwear and a blanket will be placed over them.”
Yoga classes are £5 – £7 and massages are £20 to £45 depending on which treatment is chosen and the duration.
What are people saying about Himalayan Bowl Therapy?
“I recently had four sound therapy sessions with Emma and they were an awakening experience for me, Emma was able to make me search within myself for a deeper understanding of what I’ve been going through for the last 12 months and the sound baths really gave me some me time to focus and reflect. Emma also gave me some valuable lessons on how to cope with my symptoms going forward. The sound baths were a beautiful relaxing experience and I would highly recommend Emma who has a natural ability to make you feel at ease.” Katherine.
The Mandala Preston, Yoga and Complementary Health Centre, 18 Derby Street, PR11DT.
(Situated behind Action Records and Little Vegan)
Preston Therapy Centre
“Massage works on many levels; mind, body and spirit,” said Margaret Tuxford. “It is good for many things from stress and tension relief to muscle injury and everything in between. Our area of expertise is soft tissue so anything that affects it can be helped via the body work route.”
Margaret Tuxford and Diane Jackson are based at Preston Therapy Centre, Lostock Hall. They each have over twenty years’ experience in the industry and offer a range of massage-based therapies individually tailored to suit their clients; sports, remedial, Swedish, Indian head massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, hot stones, hot bamboo, lymphatic drainage, deep tissue, ear candles, mum to be, baby massage, holistic facial and soft tissue injury. Treatments cost between £20 – £35, depending on the treatment and duration.
The centre is primarily a VTCT accredited training centre, so they also offer a variety of courses in massage, as well as supervised clinic sessions by their students at a reduced cost.
What are people saying about Preston Therapy Centre?
“I went to see Margaret for some sport massage sessions. The session itself was amazing and helped relieve my shoulder aches and stiffness. Margaret was both professional and friendly. I would highly recommend this treatment to anyone who needs deep tissue work. I also received some good general health advice.” Chetna.
Preston Therapy Centre, 5 Victoria Terrace, Lostock Hall, Preston, PR5 5RX
(Situated above the Spar shop, on the main road)
T: 07796 297071
Masahe Massage Studio
Krystian Brzezinski treats a range of conditions from general aches and pains to hyper contractions and sciatic pain, muscle fatigue to stress related stomach disorders, insomnia, anxiety and lack of strength and muscle mass.
He has been working in the field of massage for several years. He is a fully qualified massage technician and has administered treatments in hospitals and rehabilitation clinics, as well as in his relaxing studio in central Preston.
“I am a therapist to the current English Super Bantamweight Boxing Champion and the female MMA Straw weight fighter. I also treat people who are wheelchair bound, the elderly and everyone in between,” he said.
“I offer a range of treatments depending on what the client needs; anything from a standalone treatment, to a course of treatments that can be combined together to give the best possible results. Usually I use at least 3 different techniques on a client during a session. Every client has different needs and so every session is different.”
The range of treatments he offers include; deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, IASTM / GUASHA, visceral therapy, lymphatic drainage, no hands massage and Japanese face lift massage.
“Ideally treatment would be direct performed directly on the client’s skin, however not everyone is comfortable with this so I am very accustomed to working on clients through their clothes if they wish. Comfortable loose clothing is best but I can adapt techniques to suit the client’s choice.”
“Treatments start from £15 to £65 depending on the treatment, booking a course of treatments always attracts a discount however I always try and give maximum result in the shortest time.”
What are people saying about Masahe Massage Studio?
“Brilliant service. Dealt with underlying traumas/ sports related injuries with deep tissue fascia therapy and acupuncture. The massage was quite intense and got to the very heart of the pain I had been in for months. Highly recommended. Very professional and excellent value for money.” Rachel.
Masahe Massage Studio, 30 Bairstow Street, PR1 3TN
(near Winckley Square & Avenham Park – Krystian can provide a parking permit to park outside the studio)
From her private therapy room in Broadgate, holistic therapist Aimee Johnson offers a broad range of treatments ranging from deep muscle work to bodywork, a variety of massage techniques, sports treatments to very gentle aromatherapy massage, reflexology and energy work.
“I can relieve pain, rehabilitate sports injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address anxiety and depression, and aid general wellness,” she said.
“My own Energy Body massage treatment looks at the body as a whole. I don’t just treat one area, this treatment tracks and then treats the source of the pain giving longer lasting and quicker results. Every Energy Body treatment is different, I do not follow a set formula or sequence of strokes, instead I try to work intuitively and tailor the treatment to every individual.”
“Energy medicine can be used to treat illness and relieve pain; stop the onset of illness as soon as it begins, stimulate immune function, relieve headaches, release stress, improve memory, enhance digestion, relieve arthritis, neck, shoulder, and low back pain, rebalance hormones and cope with electromagnetic pollution.”
Aimee began training in New Zealand sixteen years ago, beginning with a therapy called the Brandon Raynor massage, a fusion of different techniques and Indian Head massage. In 2005 she travelled to Thailand and studied Thai Massage in Wat Po Traditional medical school.
“In New Zealand I was lucky enough to meet Gilles Marin, a French practitioner who teaches Chi Nei Tsang, an ancient stomach manipulation – a non-invasive method of abdominal massage. It makes use of the energy flow of all major systems in the body; digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, integumentary, lymphatic, nervous, fasciae tendon-muscle and acupuncture meridian.”
“Chi Nei Tsang can be of particular benefit to some of the more intractable contemporary problems, such as sleep disorders, digestive disorders involving the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, pancreas, etc., challenges to fertility, nervous disorders such as anxiety and depression, musculoskeletal problems of undetermined origin, and auto-immune disorders such as Lupus and chronic fatigue. Additionally, Chi Nei Tsang can help to speed healing from injury or trauma, including obstetrical and surgical trauma.”
When Aimee returned to the UK in 2007, she worked and studied with Autism Initiatives.
“While there I did numerous courses on understanding and working with people with autism so that I could offer workshops to my colleagues. I was very fortunate to attend a workshop with Phoebe Caldwell a leading practitioner in Intensive Interaction, communicating with people with severe learning disabilities and a course on sensory integration understanding sensory processing disorders. I also attended a lecture by the amazing Temple Grandin on how the autistic brain works.”
Aimee also has qualifications in anatomy and physiology, aromatherapy, reflexology, Swedish massage, thermal- auricular therapy (ear candles), hot stones, audio sonic machine and sports treatments.
“I have also attended workshops on warm bamboo massage, lymphatic drainage and cancer care treatment with the lovely Margret Tuxford from Preston Therapy Centre. For the past 2 years I have been studying and practicing Eden Energy medicine, ancient techniques used in a contemporary way, it is both a complement to other systems of medical care and a complete system for self-care and self-help. It can address physical illness and emotional or mental disorders, balancing your energies, balances your body’s chemistry, regulates your hormones, helps you feel better, and helps you think better.”
Prices start at £30 for a half hour treatment.
A one-hour treatment can range from £40 to £60.
Aimee is also offering £10 taster sessions.
What are people saying about AJ Holistics?
“Aimee is an amazing therapist, combining her many years of massage therapy skills and understanding of the body with her energy work. I can’t wait to go back.” Hazel
T: 07745 389 421.