Commit to your health and Save Money.

Purchasing block bookings for massage, will not only allow you to schedule several massages in advance, making sure that you make a commitment to your health, but you will also pay less than you would if you pay for your massage session each month.

Our clinic currently offers two Massage blocks for purchase:

5 x 1 hour appointments £140 a saving of £35
10 x 1 hour appointments £270 a saving of £80

There is no expiration on these packages, and you can add on extra time to an appointment for a discounted rate.

The benefits of massage are extensive and include the ability to reduce stress, relieve muscle tension and evoke feelings of calmness and relaxation.

Growing evidence suggests that if you allow regular periods of massage in your schedule you will gain a sense of wellbeing be fitter and be healthier in mind and body.

The benefits of massage include:

o Enhanced flexibility and circulation

o Encourages lymphatic flow

o Assists venous flow of blood

o Reduces edema

o Stimulates sensory receptors of the skin and subcutaneous tissues

o Improved self-esteem

o Provides gentle stretching of the tissues

o Encourages endorphin release

o Stimulates or soothes nerves

Massage isn't capable of curing any serious or life-threatening medical disorder. The benefits of massage however, can provide welcome relief from back pain, muscle pain, headache and symptomatic relief of some psychological disorders.

How often?

I am sometimes asked by new clients, how often should they schedule for another massage.
As a therapist, this is a really tough question to answer, however I will share my views on the subject, and allow you to decide for yourself.

In an ideal world, one I certainly wish I could afford to live in, we would all get massages about once a week.
What a great way to reduce stress and help maintain good health, and physical fitness.
Sadly this is seldom possible for most people, so my thought is this:
Come as often as your wallet and your schedule will permit!

This may be once every two weeks, once a month, once every two months, the goal is to make you feel good, and to make Massage a regular part of your healthcare routine.
If you are suffering from an Injury that is being treated, the first few weeks of treatment are most important, so 1-2 sessions a week for the first week or two of treatment is ideal, but again, its not always possible or financially viable for people to do this, so as long as you take care of yourself between sessions and follow any recommendations for aftercare, you should still do well in your recovery.

Ask me about ways to treat yourself at home, or for suggestions on stretching after your workout routine. I love sharing this type of information with people.

Affordability is the biggest concern, especially when things in the economy are as tough as they are right now. Massage is viewed as a luxury, and one of the first things to go when people start living on budgets. However when you consider how much longevity you can receive in your health from regular massage, it may pay to keep up those appointments. Research has shown that people who receive regular massage often take less "sick leave" from work, and are generally happier employees. Your Immune system benefits, so you become less reliant on medicines to treat things like viruses and infections.

I have tried to ensure that I have priced my massage at a point where it doesnt break the bank.
Think of all the ways you could save that £35 a month to put towards your massage*?

Remember your body is the only you'll ever have, treat it with love, care and attention and it will take care of you and carry you for a long, long time.


*60 minute massage

Muscles: The Rhomboids

Do you suffer from bad posture, and rounded shoulders?
If you do then there is a chance that you may have overstretched (or weak) Rhomboids.
The Rhomboids (Rhomboids Major and Minor) are posterior shoulder muscles which have the appearance of a Christmas tree on your back.

The Rhomboids get their naame from the Greek word Rhomb, a Parallelogram with oblique angles and only the opposite sides equal.Which describes their shape.



Origin: The Rhomboids Originate on the Spinous processes of C7 through to T1.

Insertion: They insert along the Medial (vertebral) border of the Scapula

Actions: The Rhomboids primary action is to retract the scapula, which is the action when you squeeze your shoulder blades together, moving them closer to your spine. They stabilize the Shoulder blade, and assist when you move your arm from above your head, down towards shoulder level.

The most common problem that you would experience with these muscles is tenderness, pain or aching between the shoulder blades. This occurs if the muscles are tight.
If the muscles are overstrertched you will experience rounded shoulders.
The rounded shoulders are also assisted by your Pec Muscles being too tight, pulling your shoulders forward, and overstretching the rhomboids.

You can strengthen the Rhomboids in many ways, including Rowing, Lat. Pull Downs and using a Pulley for Shoulder adduction.

The Rhomboids are mostly treated in the Prone (face down) position.
The use of several techniques including Stripping, Myofacial release, static friction and Trigger point work when massaging the Rhomboids can help relieve pain, and release taut bandsin the muscles. However in the case of overstretched Rhomboids, Strengthening exercises would also be recommended.

Trigger points in the Scalenes can often refer pain to the Rhomboids, and around the medial border of the shoulder blade, so should also be treated when addressing pain in this area.

If you have any questions about the Rhomboids that you would like answered, or any aches and pains you would like addressed, please comment below, or Email Me.

I would like to thank Charlie Watson at Advanced Massage Therapeutics for some of the information contained within this article.
Also used as resources was:
Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy by Mel Cash
Deep Tissue Massage: A visual guide to techniques by Art Riggs
The Concise Book of Neuromuscular Therapy by John Sharkey

Service Industry Discount Day!

Having worked in the Service Industry myself for many years, I know how much of a stressfull and thankless job it can be. So to honor those who deal with this type of work day in and day out, I am introducing "Service Industry Discount Day".
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Special Offer: Limited Time Only

For a limited time only, receive a Hot Stone Therapy massage for the same price of your regular massage.

A hot stone therapy can:
    * boost your circulation
    * release stored tension
    * recharge your energy levels
    * relax you.

Hot stone therapy can offer health benefits for people with:
    * muscular pain
    * poor circulation
    * rheumatic and arthritic conditions
    * fibromyalgia
    * multiple sclerosis (MS)
    * back pain
    * stress
    * insomnia
    * depression.

As with all massage therapies, you should never underestimate the feel-good factor. Hot stone massage will make you feel nurtured, pampered and special.

New hours for 2011

Now that 2011 has arrived, the Massage Clinic in Bathgate has changed it's hours of operation.
The new hours for 2011 will be:

Tuesday - Friday 12pm - 8pm
Saturdays 10am - 6pm

Walk-ins are welcome during these times for Chair Massage, which is offered at £5 for 10 minutes.

Appointments outwith these hours may be available upon request, but please call to check availability.

I look forward to seeing you this year, as we introduce several new modalities to the clinic and hopefully offer services to meet your needs.

To schedule an appointment please call: 01506-238366

Hot & Cold Stone Therapy now Available

Over the last few months many clients have asked about the availability of Hot Stone Massage.


I am pleased to announce that we now offer Hot and Cold Stone therapy treatments eithehr as a stand alone  service, or in conjunction with our regular massage.


There are several different methods of using stones in a Massage treatment.

Placement: Placement involves positioning the stones on certain areas of the body, and resting them there to allow the heat to penetrate the muscle tissue and assist in relaxing the muscles to allow deeper penetration when massaging those areas.


Gliding and massage: Effective hot stone massage  uses tthe stones as tools to deliver effective tissue and muscle masage at a pressure level that the client is cmofortable with.


The heat from the stones relaxes muscles andincreases blood flow to the  area beeing worked, assisting in the acceleration of the healing process.


Call now to book your next massage session, and why not ask for Hot Stones to be incorporated into your session.

As a warm up for winter, why not have a relaxing hot stone massage to help fight off those winter chills and the stressors of the holiday season.


Caught in the rain?

Now that rainy season is here, the chances of you getting caught in the rain while out running errands in Bathgate is pretty high. Why not pop into the clinic on North Bridge Street, warm up, dry off and enjoy a relaxing 10 minute chair massage for just £5??
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West Lothian Business Directory Savings Card

This is an amazing deal, that won't ever be offered again, or with any other savings card scheme or promotion. The West Lothian Business Directory has just been published, and there is an amazing offer from Wee Sally Therapeutic Massage on page 12.
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Police Federation Discount Scheme

Wee Sally's Therapeutic Massage clinic is a proud member of the new Police Federation Savings card scheme.
We are offering a £5 discount on massages of 60 mins or more each time you show your Discount Card.

We look forward to your business, and help in finding you relief from pain and injury.

Now accepting Credit/Debit/Chip&Pin payments

I'm happy to announce that as of Monday October 18th, Wee Sally Therapeutic Massage clinic in Bathgate will be accepting card payments.
For those of you who, like me don't like to carry a lot of cash, this is the perfect solution.

It also allows for you to consider the purchasing of our Gift Vouchers which can be bought for specific massage sessions, or be bought with a specific face value to be used over a number of visits.

Finally, a reminder that we also offer discount packages for blocks of 5 and 10, 60 minute massages.
A block of 5x 60 minute massages will cost £140 which is a saving of £25.
A block of 10x 60 minute massages will cost £270 which is a saving of £80

With the countdown to Christmas about to begin, why not consider block purchases, or gift vouchers as the perfect stocking filler this year.

Discounts and new features!

I was grateful to receive my copies of Issue 1 of Whitburn and Armadales "Up the Street" brochure today. This will be distributed over he next week to all homes in the Whitburn and Armadale areas, so keep your eye our for our Ad to receive £10.00 off a 90 Min massage, which is regularly priced at £45.00.
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