High Wycombe welcomes an exciting new concept to the town in the form of The Massage Company, which is the only Membership based Massage Centre in the UK. I was recently invited along to experience one of their top class massages first hand and to meet the owner, Mark Coldham, to learn more about the company’s unique approach to bringing massage to the masses.
Regular massage is proven to help reduce stress, improve mental health, raise energy levels and alertness as well as assist in recovery from an injury or surgery, yet most of us only use the services of a massage therapist as part of a ‘pamper day’ or when that niggle in your back gets too uncomfortable to function properly. Why is this, when there are so many benefits to improve our health and wellbeing through having one?
Prevention is better than cure and the ethos behind The Massage Company is to change consumer’s perception of receiving a massage as a ‘once in-a-blue moon treat’ to a ‘once a month necessity that you owe to your body to maintain good health’. They want to highlight the positive effects regular massage can have on different aspects of ones life and they do so by providing a competitively priced monthly membership offering top quality 50minute massages that fit perfectly into your day-to-day life from expertly trained therapists.
Although all the therapists at The Massage Company have a background in the health and wellbeing industry, before they are employed by the company they are expected to undergo a specialist training programme, designed by John Holman, who is an industry pioneer and expert in the world of massage. During this intensive training programme therapists learn how each muscle group works in conjunction with massage to develop a technique that is totally unique to The Massage Company and proven to be 50% more effective than the standard massage. Once fully trained all therapists will be able to offer members the same standard of massage across the board.
There are 4 massage types to choose from;
- Deep Tissue: helps to release and reduce musculoskeletal pain and tension, and is particularly effective in helping with general back, neck, shoulder and leg pain.
- Classic Swedish: A great choice for those who are new to massage. The therapist will adapt the pressure to suit the customer (Light, Medium or Firm) and generally work the whole body to loosen muscles and remove toxins.
- Sports: This deeper muscle massage is typically associated with recovery from minor injuries, strains and sprains and is an excellent follow on from specialist work like physiotherapy or osteopathy.
- Maternity: Ideal for ladies at all stages of pregnancy to help relax tense muscles, ease aches and improve circulation and mobility. The treatment is conducted by a fully qualified pre-natal (and post-natal) therapist, and a long maternity pillow is provided to ensure optimum comfort and security throughout.
As a busy working (and highly stressed) mum of two I opted for the Deep Tissue Massage with the addition of the Aromatherapy. I was welcomed by my friendly and warming therapist who led me through to the treatment room, which is decorated in colours chosen for their calming qualities. The warm therapy beds are covered with sumptuously soft blankets and an aromatherapy diffuser was placed under the face cradle in the bed to circulate a relaxing scent around my head whilst the treatment was taking place. My therapist placed bolsters under my legs throughout the massage, a new concept for me, to help alignment the body. It’s amazing what a difference this made to the quality of the massage as my posture felt a lot more comfortable. I had a lot of work to be done as I was completely knotted in places that I didn’t even realise I was harbouring stress and tension. I found the whole experience extremely professional and I instantly felt uplifted afterwards and lighter.
The other thing that stood out to me whilst looking around the centre is that every tiny detail has been thought through to give clients a premium experience from the non-ticking clocks and tranquil colour scheme in the therapy rooms to the calming artwork adorning the walls in the corridors and the special, homemade blended oils used during the treatments. There’s 3 on offer, ‘Tension Relief’, ‘Motivation’ and ‘Calm & Relax’ (TMC – The Massage Company) – which are designed to be non-greasy so clients don’t feel like they need to go and shower after their treatment meaning members can opt to use their monthly massage before heading out for work drinks on a Friday after a busy week in the office, during a shopping trip in the town, or even during a lunch break.
I think this concept of a Monthly Massage Membership is a fantastic idea and one that we should all incorporate into our lives; we only get one body after all, it’s our duty to take care of it!
The Massage Company, located at 1 Castle Street, High Wycombe, is open 7 days a week until late evening making it easy to fit in to everybody’s lifestyle.
For further information about the benefits of becoming a member at The Massage Company or to book an appointment,
Call: 01494 424646