Michelle Blake

Michelle, the founder of Jala, is a massage therapist with a particular interest in Asian massage and healing techniques. Her qualifications include IIHHT diplomas in Swedish massage and Indian head massage and an IIHHT teaching certificate in Baby massage. Having lived and worked in Asia, she returned to continue her education, studying Ayurveda in Auroville, South India and traditional Thai massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

 

Michelle has worked as a therapist for over 17 years and, during that time, has further expanded her knowledge through courses in Reiki level one and pregnancy massage. She has recently completed a sport stretching massage course, the Emmett technique and dry cupping combined with Gua Sha, which she incorporates into treatments to enhance benefits, strengthen muscles, speed up sports injury recovery time, and join the Neal's Yard Remedies company as an independent consultant. She has worked within the NHS for two years at the RVI and Freeman hospitals in Newcastle upon Tyne, where she was employed as a massage therapist on haematology wards. She is a member of the FHT and has written an article feature for their International therapist magazine.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 am to 4 pm

Thursday 12 pm to 8 pm

Ayurveda Marma Massage

Sometimes we feel that we are 'out of balance. This can be due to an accumulation of stresses within the body obstructing the flow of energy. This full-body massage focuses on the body's marma (acupressure) points. By applying gentle pressure and using oil specific to your body constitution (dosha), the experience leaves you feeling harmonised and rejuvenated.

60 minutes £45

90 minutes £62

Indian Head Massage

We spend a lot of our time surrounded by stimulation …traffic sounds, music, radio, TV … our heads are swirling and working constantly. This massage technique is a seated massage working on the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp, and face, bringing relief from everyday stresses that can cause headaches, eyestrain, stiff neck, and insomnia. We use coconut oil for this one, a great natural moisturiser for the hair.

30 minutes £28

60 minutes £45

Thai Yoga Massage

A unique technique often referred to as 'yoga massage'.Unlike most other massages this one is done fully clothed on a floor mat. You are moved into various yoga 'asanas' (positions) by the therapist who is simultaneously applying pressure to acupressure points along the energy lines running throughout the body. This technique manages to give you a yoga workout whilst awakening the organs due to the nature of the positions. It is almost a two hour treatment which will leave you feeling invigorated,stretched out and amazing.

105 minutes £69

Deep Tissue Massage

A massage designed to work on injured or tight muscles to bring relief. By using pressure movements to speed up bodily functions and softer movements to soothe tension this technique will invigorate yet relax.

30 minutes £28

45 minutes £37

60 minutes £45

90 minutes £62

Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage

A soothing massage of the back area using trigger point therapy to ease points of tension and softer movements to melt away stress. This massage will leave you feeling stress free and floating.

30 minutes £28

45 minutes £37

60 minutes £45

Tension Buster Massage

Using trigger point therapy and our signature base oil to work out any knots and tension then winding down with a pressure point massage of the scalp and face.

30 minutes £28

45 minutes £37

60 minutes £45

Swedish body massage

This healing treatment is a full body massage, focusing on the back, legs, arms, neck and shoulders. Using Swedish massage techniques and specially selected oils, your muscles will become more relaxed, stress and tension are relieved, and your sense of emotional well being is enhanced.

30 minutes £28

60 minutes £45

Mum to Be Massage

During this time in a woman's life it is more important that she takes care of herself. Using pregnancy safe oils and a gentle touch muscular aches due to added weight of the baby are soothed. And an added benefit is that as Mum to Be relaxes, endorphins are released which pass over the placenta benefiting baby too!

30 minutes £28

45 minutes £37

60 minutes £45

90 minutes £62

Sports massage

Massage pre and post event is a great way to ensure peak performance for any sportsperson and can also benefit anyone who has achy, overworked muscles!

Massage improves circulation so increases blood flow to muscles assisting in the healing process of damaged muscular tissues and increases the rate at which waste is eliminated from the body by improved lymph flow.

Using firm pressure and applying stretches (PNF and AIS methods used) the muscles and joints benefit from this treatment.

30 minutes £28

45 minutes £37

60 minutes £45

90 minutes £62

Gua Sha and Cupping therapy

Gua sha is a facial treatment aimed at improving ones natural healing power and detoxification. By using a small flat instrument made from a water buffalo horn and simple press strokes along facial contours circulation is improved bringing nutrients and boosting collagen and elastin.

Cupping therapy involves a cup being attached to the skin using a vacuum. this draws blood and therefore oxygen and nutrients to the skin allowing deep tissue work and release with minimum discomfort.

Gua Sha can be added to the end of your treatment and further enhanced with either a kansa wand face massage or rose quartz facial massage

Cupping can also be incorporated into your sports massage to speed up the healing process and benefits.