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There are many different massage techniques, but the general rule of an effective massage is that it should not be too painful. Although it may be necessary to work deeply, the pressure should be adapted to suit individuals. Remember, this is your treatment, so let the theapist know if you'd like them to work deeper or to back off.

Massage can benefit those suffering from tension related problems, muscular pain, stress etc. There are a number of conditions where massage is not recommended:


  • Infectious skin disease, rash, openwounds or over bruised skin.

  • Immediately after surgery.

  • People suffering from cancer, unless recommended by a doctor

  • People with osteoporosis should consult their doctor before getting a massage

  • People prone to blood clots. As there is a risk of blood clots being dislodged.

Aftercare Advice

You may feel light headed, tired and dehydrated after your treatment. It is important to drink plenty of water after a massage to help reduce such effects and to flush out toxins released by the massage.

Do not jump straight back into your busy lifestyle, take time out to relax. Avoid heavy meals/alcohol/excercise.

The massages available at GAIA:

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