Sports Massage was developed to help with muscle systems used for a particular sport, and uses a variety of approaches to help sports men and women before, during, or after sporting activity.
Relaxing, 'bien être', massage uses a system of therapeutic movements to relax, stimulate and tone the body. Massage utilises touch to bring about physical and psychological changes, creating a feeling of wholeness in the body and mind.
Massage in the Val d’Isère Clinic, Langley Tignes 2100 Spa or your own Chalet
Whist we offer, and highly recommend, massage in the clinic or Spa, where we can provide a peaceful, relaxing environment, for those of you that would prefer a massage in the comfort of your own chalet, this can be arranged at a time convenient to you. Bonne Santé recognises that after a hard day in the mountains you may prefer treatment in your own environment, and we do our best to accommodate your needs.
Choose from a selection of exquisite massage oils:
Lavender - for ultimate relaxation
Citron - to refresh and revitalise
Violette - to soften skin, relax and unwind
Coco - for a tropical escape. Cooling and soothing
Sweet Almond - to soften and moisturize the skin
Arnica cream - to help ease muscular aches and pains
We also have a selection of unscented and hypo- allergenic oils and creams
Benefits of massage include:
Relieves accumulated tension
Restores flexibility to tight, sore muscles
Relaxes mind and body
Aids cell renewal
Encourages natural healing properties of body and mind
Reduces mental stress and promotes natural sleep
Benefits circulations and digestion
Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
Increase awareness of body - mind connection
Various techniques are used including myofacial release techniques, trigger pointing and acupressure and neuromuscular techniques. These can be combined with stretches and exercise prescription for maximum gain.
Aside being used simply for easing tired muscles or relaxation, the differing types of massage have the capacity to help treat other conditions. Speak to one of our Therapists at Bonne Santé if you are unsure as to whether to have a massage or not.
Sports and Deep Tissue Massage
At Bonne Santé we triage the best combination of sports and deep tissue to appropriately treat our clients.
Developed to help with muscle systems used for a particular sport, sports massage uses a variety of approaches to help sports men and women before, during, or after sporting activity. One might use it to promote flexibility and help prevent injuries, or to help ease muscle strains, whilst also aiding healing after any sports injury
Sports massage can be one of the most effective means for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the musculo-skeletal system. It can help prevent overuse injuries, reduce pain and stiffness and relieve tensions in muscles that may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments and tendons.
Tensions and imbalances in muscles may cause discomfort or impede performance. Our skilled sports massage therapists will be able to detect variations in the soft tissues and, by using the correct techniques, help relieve tension and restore flexibility thus helping the skier, boarder, sports man or woman 'keep you mountain fit’ and achieve optimal performance.
Deep Tissue Massage
A deep tissue massage has a similar style to a holistic massage, with the pressure adjusted to manipulate the tissues deeper down. These are the tissue layers that lay on top of the muscle, not the muscle itself. Deep tissue massage can focus on new or small knots or stiffness but any larger tensions knots, due to a build up over time, or any injury to muscles are dealt with by our specially trained sports massage therapists.
Here the emphasis is on relaxing your tired body and mind. A relaxing massage can help sooth tense and painful muscles ease stress and relax the body and mind. Our aim is to give you the ultimate relaxation. Our relaxing massages can include use of hot packs, a heated bed and relaxing music to help you unwind.
Pregnancy massage can help with these changes by reducing stress, decreasing arm and leg swelling, and relieving muscle and joint pain. Massage may be particularly helpful during a time when medication and other medical options may be more limited. Using specially designed massage pillows, the Bonne Santé massage therapist will help get you into a comfortable position for this type of massage
What is Pregnancy Massage?
A massage tailored specifically for pregnant mums to help ease those inevitable aches and pains. Giving you some time to relax, de-stress and enjoy the amazing changes happening to your body. Our therapists truly believe that massage can help you to have a happy and healthy pregnancy. Good for you and your baby! Dads and birth partners are also welcome to join in to learn some great techniques and pressure points that can help during labour, just ask for a slightly longer session. A nurturing post-natal massage can help you recover from the birth by giving you much needed time to relax and recharge and also to help your body cope with the physical changes that come with becoming a mum for the first or second, third…time.
Can I have a massage?
Yes, but only after your first semester, 12 weeks and after you can have a massage at any time. Post-natally you can have a massage as soon as you feel ready and your baby can stay with you throughout the massage.
If you are ever unsure if it is suitable for you to have a massage always check with your midwife, GP or other health professional. Our Therapists at Bonne Santé can speak directly with others involved in your healthcare and would in fact recommend it to make sure you get the best care possible during and after your pregnancy.
What to Expect
o What to wear? Pants. But, your comfort during the massage is key, so a large sheet and towels are used to keep you warm and retain your modesty throughout.
o What will I lie on? You will be positioned in a way that is best for you and your baby, often side-lying, using pillows and cushions to support every bit of you. If needed our therapist may also include some work on all fours or sitting using a large exercise ball.
In our clinic, or in the comfort of your chalet or home
What will you do to me? After a quick discussion about your medical history, health and what you hope to get from your massage your Bonne Santé therapist will create a massage tailored to you. Depending on what you need on the day, we will use a variety of movements based on Swedish, deep tissue techniques and some accupressure, energy (Shiatsu) work to aid physical, emotional and hormonal balance. At Bonne Santé we will also give advice for postural help and exercises to help maintain your well-being throughout pregnancy, during labour and after birth.
What will it do?
Reduce stress Levels – whether it is your 1st, 2nd or 3rd (or more!) time, pregnancy can lead to worries, tiredness and anxiety, don’t underestimate the power of touch through massage to help calm your mind and body
Release and relief from muscles tension and help ease aches and pains
Energy work to help keep an emotional and hormonal balance in your body
Help disperse excess fluid often retained in limbs during pregnancy and after
Help you connect with your baby and enjoy your pregnant body
Help you prepare your body for labour
Help you to recover, physically, hormonally and emotionally after the birth – massage has been proven to reduce the rates of post-natal depression
Classic or Swedish
Relaxing and Pampering - The most common type of massage is Swedish massage therapy. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined with movement of the joints. Swedish massage can help to shorten recovery time from muscular strain by flushing out lactic acid, uric acid and other waste products. It increases circulation and stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Swedish massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system. It can also help to reduce both emotional and physical stress.
By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energising. A classic or Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage:
Effleurage: a smooth, gliding stroke used to relax soft tissue
Petrissage: the squeezing, rolling, or kneading that follows effleurage
Friction: deep, circular movements that cause layers of tissue to rub against each other, helping to increase blood flow and break down scar tissue
Tapotement: a short, alternating tap done with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand Vibration/shakin
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone therapy is a complete body, mind and soul treatment. Hot and cold stones are used to produce a deeply relaxing and powerful treatment. The stones are made out of basalt, which is a black volcanic rock that contains beneficial minerals.
Physically, muscles become relaxed and circulation and metabolism are stimulated. Mentally you reach a state of deep relaxation within minutes and spiritually you become balanced and healing takes place. Hot stone massage is not a new therapy. The Native Americans used heated stones in their lodges and the Hawaiian people have been using basalt lava stones for hundreds of years.
The stones are gently heated in water and then applied to the body at the correct temperature. The therapist will then massage the body with the stones. The heat, combined with the stones delivers an incredibly deep massage to the muscles creating an all-round feeling of relaxation and calm that has long lasting results. The therapist may leave particular stones on your body, or in the palms of your hands, or even between your toes as this will help to improve the flow of energy through your body and make you feel completely relaxed.
If you have any inflammation or muscle injury, the therapist may decide to use cold stones or a combination of hot and cold. This use of hot and cold is known as contrast bathing and is a method used with great success by physiotherapists.
Who can benefit from Hot Stone Massage treatment?
Hot stone massage can benefit anyone who is suffering from muscular aches and pains, chronic pain conditions and/or tension and stress. Many people say that they feel an increased sense of vitality and wellbeing after the treatment and that they sleep very well after the massage as it promotes a deep sense of relaxation.
Indian Head Massage
(Also known as Champissage) is based on ayuverdic healing that has been practiced in India for over 1000 years. Traditionally the techniques were restricted to the head and hair, to improve scalp and hair condition of Indian women.
The massage involves techniques to release stress and tension from the head, shoulders, neck and face. The aim is to manipulate the body’s energy channels to promote feelings of relaxation and well-being.
A range of different movements are used including application of deep kneading and compression movements over the neck, shoulders and scalp areas. In addition, the therapist will also gently stimulate and stroke pressure points on the face.
Indian head massage is especially good for relieving stress, tension, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, migraine and sinusitis. Clients report that the experience is deeply calming and relaxing, leaving them feeling energised and revitalised and better able to concentrate. It helps increase joint mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulders, improves blood circulation and lymphatic flow, frees knots of muscular tension, relaxes connective tissue, and aids in the elimination of accumulated toxins and waste products.
Following a treatment some clients may experience tiredness, dizziness, an increased desire to urinate (as the body eliminates toxins and waste materials) or aching muscles. These side effects usually last for no more than a few hours, after which clients generally experience increased energy and alertness.
Indian head massage should be avoided if you have a head or neck injury, recent surgery, a history of thrombosis or embolism, spondylitis or spondylosis. If you have high or low blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy, any kind of heart condition, cancer or osteoporosis, talk to your doctor before arranging a treatment. Avoid alcohol for at least five hours before having an Indian Head Massage.