Hello! And Welcome to the Enchanted Forest Therapies page.
My name is Jen and I am a qualified holistic therapist providing Body Massage, Aromatherapy and Aromatherapy Massage, and Indian Head Massage in and around Bolton and Manchester in the North of England.
I provide most of my treatments on a mobile basis – which means I come to you with my massage table, oils and so on, and you can relax and unwind in the comfort of your own home. This can be really helpful if you have a hectic daily life and the last thing you want to do when you get home from work is to go straight out again. (It also has the advantage of a convenient bed awaiting you if you fancy curling up for a nap after your treatment!)
However, I’m well aware that sometimes it can be easier to relax and clear your mind away from your everyday life, and I have a treatment space in my home in Bromley Cross, Bolton, which is available if this is the case for you.
I am also available to work at events (such as a hen party or a girly night in) and can provide on-site massage in an office environment – I have a portable massage chair for providing brief, seated, (and fully clothed!) massage treatments.
Body Massage (sometimes referred to as Swedish Massage) is a ‘traditional’ body massage using a variety of techniques to relax and reinvigorate the muscles, from smooth stroking to more vigorous kneading and tapping. can help to relieve muscle tension, improve circulation, and promote general relaxation. Great for sorting out those aches and pains! The techniques were developed and formalised by Swedish physiologist Henrik Ling in the 18th century – hence being knwon as ‘Swedish’ massage.
This is a more vigorous treatment than an aromatherapy massage, with more focus on working the muscles using brisker strokes and deeper pressure where required. The techniques used in a Body Massage are adaptable and can be adjusted to suit your needs, for example if you prefer a deeper massage, or if you have areas you know are sensitive and would like less pressure, just let me know. Your comfort and enjoyment is of paramount importance!
A usual 1-hour treatment will cover all of the body – treating first the back, shoulders, neck and scalp, followed by the backs of the legs, then you will be asked to turn onto your back to allow me to treat the front of the legs, arms and hands, and finally a short facial massage will complete the treatment. If you have a particular ‘problem area’ you are welcome to request a greater proportion of your massage time spent on this area (with correspondingly less elsewhere) and if there are any areas you would prefer left out please let me know.
30-minute treatments are also available – most clients choose to have their half-hour treatment focussing on selected areas such as the back, neck, and shoulders, or legs and feet.
30-minute Body Massage – £20
60-minute (1 hour) Body Massage – £35
Aromatherapy / Aromatherapy Massage
An Aromatherapy Massage uses a gentle and soothing massage to apply a blend of essential oils designed to fit your personal needs at the time of your treatment. The essential oils used will be selected and blended according to your needs and preferences at a consultation immediately before your massage (so a 70-minute treamtent will consist of a 10-minute consultation and 1 hour Aromatherapy Massage). The essential oils may be selected to help invigorate, relax, or to benefit particular problems – such as insomnia, stress, digestive discomfort, muscular aches, and so on. Aromatherapy is not to be used as a substitute for proper medical care, but can help to relieve some symptoms.
An Aromatherapy Massage will normally cover the back, legs, arms and face. If desired the abdominal area can be included (this can be beneficial in cases of digestive trouble, for example). If you would prefer an area to be omitted please ask.
You can have an Aromatherapy consultation to select and mix a blend of essential oils designed to suit your needs – this might be an aromatherapy blend to add to bathwater to promote relaxation, a blend to burn in an oil burner to provide an emotional boost, oils to add to a hot or cold compress to benefit a particular condition, a blend to inhale from a handkerchief to help clear blocked sinuses, a scented hand cream or refreshing lotion for tired feet. The possibilities are endless! A 20-minute consultation includes 2 blends.
20-minute Aromatherapy Consultation – £20 (includes 2 essential oil and carrier blends)
70-minute (1 hour 10 mins) Aromatherapy Consultation and Massage – £40 (includes massage oil blend)
60-minute (1 hour) Aromatherapy Massage using Pre-blended massage oil – £35
Indian Head Massage
An Indian Head Massage treatment comprises massage of the upper back, shoulders, neck, arms, hands, scalp and face. As with Body Massage, if you have particular ‘problem areas’ and would prefer a greater proportion of your massage time spent on them, please ask. Indian Head Massage can be done through clothes i.e. with the client fully clothed, or with the upper clothes removed and a towel wrapped around to protect modesty.
Indian Head Massage is performed with the client seated, either in a normal straight-backed chair (low-backed to allow access to the upper back) or on a massage chair, where the client is supported leaning forwards. If you have a suitable low-backed chair and you would prefer to use this for treatment please let me know, otherwise I will provide a portable massage chair.
45-minute Indian Head Massage treatment – £30
On-Site Massage refers to massage at an office, event or party, normally this will be using a portable massage chair and clients will not remove any clothing. The techniques used are a combination of Indian Head Massage and Body Massage, and the massage will usually consist of 15-minute treatments covering the back, neck, shoulders, and scalp. Facial and foot massage can be provided if desired.
On-Site Massage is charged at £10 per 15 minute treatment / £40 per hour.
Things to be aware of before your treatment:
Clothing – Please wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. You will be asked to remove outer clothing (not underwear) for Body Massage and Aromatherapy Massage; for Indian Head Massage you can choose to remain clothed if you wish. I will always leave the room while you change and you will be covered using towels during the massage apart from the area being treated.
Your first treatment – When you book your first treatment, I will need to ask some simple questions to ensure there are no reasons why massage could be detrimental to your health. If you have certain medical conditions, or have had surgery in the past 6 months, it might not be recommended for you to have massage. If you are being treated by your doctor for a medical condition, you may need to obtain medical non-objection to massage (this means you will need to check with your doctor that they do not object to you being treated and sign a statement to this effect).
At your first treatment I will run through a brief consultation and record some information about you to help me make your treatment as effective as possible. Please allow an extra 5-10 minutes at your first treatment to allow me to take this information (you will not be charged extra for this time). If you have further treatments, it will be your responsibility to notify me of any changes that could affect your suitability for massage.
Allergies – I will check at the consultation stage whether you are allergic to anything you may come into contact with during the treament. If you have a nut allergy it is important to let me know since I use almond oil (problematic to some nut allergy sufferers) for some treatments; this can easily be substituted for grapeseed oil if you are potentially sensitive to nut products.
Aftercare – I will give you some information after your treatment on what you can do to ensure you get the best out of your massage/ aromatherapy experience. The most important thing is to drink lots of water, and take it easy – massage can release built-up toxins from your muscles so try not to overdo it on rich food, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine or even exercise for a couple of days – give your body a chance to process and remove those toxins.