Paws & Relax

What massage is right for me?

This is probably the question I get asked most often here at Pampered Panda.  I currently offer 3 styles of massage, Swedish, Hot Stone and Indian Head. Choosing the right massage will not only help you to get the most out of your treatment but also help ensure these benefits last between sessions, helping you to feel good for longer.

So whether it be a stiff aching back, tight knotted shoulders, stress or problems sleeping, choosing the right massage can really help you to tackle those niggling pains and issues and get you back to you again.

I want a massage to help my back pain, tight shoulders, tired heavy legs, aching feet.

I want it to reduce my stress, help me relax and sleep better.  

This is my first massage and I’m unsure which one to try.

I’d like to buy a gift voucher for someone.

Which massage is right for me?


Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is excellent for:

  • Relieving aches, pains, tension, knotted muscles
  • Relaxation or revitalisation, tailored to your needs
  • Soothes anxiety, depression and aids restful sleep
  • Reduces stress and improves mental well-being
  • Ideal regular massage
  • Ideal as a first massage
  • Excellent as a gift

Swedish massage is a traditional technique that uses a variety of different ‘strokes’, these are what we call the different ways we move, manipulate, massage and press the muscles and body.

Each person’s body is different but the beauty of Swedish massage is that it is suitable for almost everyone, making it an excellent first massage too.  Other benefits include improved sleep quality and insomnia, increased circulation, stimulation of the nervous system, flushing out toxins, decreasing stress, soothing anxiety, depression and much more.

Massage really does so much more than help with a creaky lower back, or a niggling shoulder, it supports your physical and mental well being, and I find Swedish massage is my go-to treatment when I feel my body needs some care and attention.

A Swedish massage can leave you feeling relaxed and ready to snooze, or energised and vibrant, depending on how I work over the body and the oils I use.  It is an excellent treatment to have regularly to support your own well being. It also makes an ideal choice for a gift as it is such a great all-around treatment.

Swedish massage is suitable for both men and women of all ages.

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I want a deeply relaxing massage and a luxurious treatment.

I want a massage to reach deep into the muscles and I want to really switch off and reduce my stress levels.

I’m stressed and having trouble sleeping and relaxing.

Which massage is right for me?



Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone massage is excellent for:

  • Deep physical and mental relaxation
  • Boosting circulation and warmth
  • Aiding restful sleep
  • Soothing anxiety and depression
  • A truly luxurious treatment

Massage using heated stones has been performed for centuries across the world and is a very popular and luxurious treatment.  During this treatment, I will first warm the muscles and area using Swedish massage strokes, before beginning with the stones.

I use specially shaped pieces of volcanic basalt which will be heated to around 50 degrees, but this is tailored to each client. The stones are used as an extension of my hands to work over the body, the heat and pressure allow the muscles to deeply relax and the circulation and blood flow to problem areas to increase. I will also place stones onto areas of the body, allowing the heat and relaxation to continue on those areas for longer periods of time.

The result is a very deep, relaxation and warmth. The heat penetrates into the muscles, allowing me to work deeper into them and the shapes of the stones allow for a very therapeutic and restorative sensation.

Hot Stone massage is excellent as a luxurious treatment, for when you want to really relax and recharge and to treat areas of pain. It is suitable for men and women but due to the heat of the stones, it is not suitable for those with certain medical conditions so I always advise you to contact me if you are considering booking your first Hot Stone massage so I can make sure this treatment is right for you.

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I am very tense and stressed and having headaches. My sleep pattern is broken and I am feeling strained and tense.

My back, neck and shoulders are tight and hurting.

I want a massage but I would rather not lay down or have to remove clothing.

Which massage is right for me?


Indian Head Massage

Indian Head massage is excellent for:

  • Relieving mental and emotional strain
  • Relaxing the back, neck and shoulders
  • Reducing headaches
  • Promoting calm, restful sleep
  • Stimulating the scalp and hair
  • Ideal for those wanting a treatment without oil or laying down
  • Makes an excellent gift

Indian head massage is an ancient therapeutic treatment that has been practised in India for thousands of years. It is very relaxing and stimulating massage, and it is unique in that you will be seated rather than laying on my massage table, and you can be fully clothed if you wish.  It can also be performed without using oils. This makes it an excellent treatment for anyone who may not be able to lay down, but also for those who prefer to remain clothed for their treatment or do not enjoy traditional oil massages. It also makes an excellent choice for a gift as it is suitable for so many and that little bit different!

Indian head massage focuses on your head, neck, shoulders and arms. It is a deep massage, using a variety of pressure and techniques, including massage strokes on your scalp, deep tissue work on your shoulders, and stretching the neck.

Indian Head massage helps to reduce the symptoms of tension by relaxing the muscles and alleviating emotional strain. It stimulates the circulatory system and can help to restore temporary hair loss associated with hormonal changes and stress. Indian Head Massage stimulates the body and mind and helps to restore a sense of well-being. It can help to clear the mind, leaving you feeling refreshed, restored and relaxed.  It is fantastic for anyone suffering from stress, anxiety, sleep issues and headaches.

Another benefit of Indian Head Massage is the effect it has on the hair. It nourishes the hair as it stimulates the production of the body’s natural oils giving the hair a healthy ‘shine’. Oils can be used during the massage to further encourage the nourishment of your hair.

Indian head massage is suitable for both men and women of all ages.

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