New Study Reveals Lavender Oil Improves Sleep Quality

Chronic sleeplessness is rife in today's society: 1 in 5 people living in the U.K. today suffers from sleeping difficulties, whether it be disrupted sleep, insomnia, or poor sleep quality. Usually, this is treated with sleeping pills, which can be harmful to your health, particularly if used frequently. It's no wonder, then, that a veritable torrent of research has been conduct in recent years into achieving good quality sleep through natural means, from meditation and exercise to herbal remedies and aromtherapy. Results have demonstrated that aromatherapy, in particular, can be useful in achieving restful sleep that leaves you feeling rejuvenated and alive.

One oil that researchers have been particularly interested in is Lavender. This powerful, yet soothing oil has long been known to producing calming, relaxing  affects, and has been shown in previous studies to help alleviate the symptoms of insomnia, anxiety, depression, and other sleep disruption. One study, completed in 2005, demonstarted the effectiveness of lavender on patients with mild insomnia, while another, published in 2006, showed the effects of lavender on stressed college students.

New research conducted by the  Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran, has revealed the effectiveness of the essential oil on patients in Coronary Care Units. As could be expected, patients in these units report poor sleep quality as a matter of course, so the oil's effectiveness was impressive indeed. The trial included 64 male and female patients suffering from unstable angina and myocardial infarction, revealing large differences in the average sleep quality scores between the group who received aromatherapy and those who opted for sleeping pills. On average, the group who received lavender oil therapy reported a postitive change in quality of sleep.

You can use lavender yourself: our resident aromatherapist, Susan Munro, recommends adding a couple of drops to a cotton ball and tucking into into your pillowcase before bed. Another option is having a lavender bath: add 5 - 10 drops of pure essential oil (diluted with 10 - 20 mL of carrier oil, such as sweet almond) to warm bath water for a wonderfully relaxing prelude to bedtime. Even a sprig of fresh or dried lavender tucked into the pillow can help you get a restful night's sleep. Susan is also able to make you up your very own sleepytime blend that can be applied to the wrists and temples before bed. Harness the power of aromatherapy for a wonderful night's sleep today.

We're Back!

Many of you may be aware we had an electrical fire at our Bathgate clinic late last month that managed to burn through paint, supplies and our kitchenette. All in all, it wasn't the best time of year to suffer a fire, with many people on holiday it's taken a while to get cleaned up and re-organised.

See the damage here:












We have been operating for the past month in nearby office space, a handy temporary solution, but as you could imagine not ideal for a clinic. We'd like to thank all of our customers for your patience and understanding over this time. The good news is that we have everything painted, installed and arranged, and with the arrival of our new door (a mildly important addition!) we have now re-opened to the public! Woo-hoo! We have a newly co-ordinated reception area, new chairs, lights and a new colour scheme to help you relax.

See our new clinic below:

Long story short, we'd love to see you in for another appointment!

Come and say hi and enjoy our wide range of treatments today.

You can still call 01506 238366 to schedule your appointments, or book online at

Do you work for a Charity or Support Group?

The therapists at Wee Sally Therapeutic Massage are always striving to become more involved in the community.
Our training provides us with the skills and knowledge to offer assistance for many  long term illness, physical conditions, rehabilitation and mental health support.
We would love to offer our services to your Charity or Support group, to meet with  the group and present the benefits of Massage for their Physical and Mental Health and Wellbeing.
We will also provide information on research which backs the treatments we offer and the benefits to the conditions that we treat.

We provide these presentations free of charge, and also offer all attendees the opportunity to visit our clinic and receive a complementary session with one of our Therapists.

If you would like to arrange for us to present to your group, please contact us at 
Some of the conditions that we regularly treat are:


Multiple Sclerosis
Stroke Rehabilitation
Post Surgery Rehabilitation and Scar Reduction
Chronic Pain sufferers
Eating Disorder Rehabilitation
Mental Health Support and Wellbeing

Any questions regarding what we can support, please don't hesitate to contact us and ask.

Massage Frequency

We are often asked "How regularly should I come for a massage?"
Wouldn't we all love to say every week?

The truth is, that the frequency you receive a massage depends on several factors.

Why are you receiving massage treatment?
What type of massage treatment are you receiving?
How much can you comfortably afford to spend on regular massage?

In general, if you are receiving a Swedish Massage or other modality purely for relaxation and what we would call "maintenance" having a massage every 4-6 weeks is  great.

If you have an acute condition or injury, we would advise at the time of your first session what the best treatment plan would be, but we would always aim to get you back to a place where the maintenance of every 4-6 weeks applies.

In the end, it is best to receive massage as often as you feel you need it, and can afford it.
If you feel like you could REALLY do with a massage but money is tight, why not ask for a 30 minute massage and then just focus on the particular areas you would like to have addressed.
After all, some massage is better than none, right?

If money is really tight, why not contact some local massage schools and find out if the could use bodies for their students to practice on?
This will often be offered for a vastly reduced rate, or on some occasions  for free.

If you  are looking for schools who may offer student services like this, please let us know and we can put you in touch with some schools that can help.

Is there such thing as a 'bad' massage?

Every client has their own opinion on what constitues a great massage. A brilliant treatment is a highly subjective thing: what is great for one person can sometimes be disastorous for another. So is there such a thing as a good massage at all? The short answer is yes and no. Here's the long answer.

Massage Therapy is a delicate art Everyone is different and a great therapist will be sensitive, understanding, and a great listener, both of verbal cues and physical reactions. Often, a person's body will relate what they are afraid to voice or unable to put into words. Signs of tension, stress, or discomfort can be read in a person's body by a trained and experienced therapist, allowing the bodyworker to adapt their practice to suit the client.

Massage is a healing process No one treatment is a 'cure all.' Like every complementary procedure, massage is concerned with maintenance and establishing a new, healthier status quo. Just like you wouldn't expect to go to the gym once and be fit for life, one massage isn't going to fix everything. Regular massages (ever 2 -6 weeks) are essential for maintaining a healthy, flexible body and a relaxed mind.

Know what you want It's important to select the correct treatment for you. When booking a treatment consider the following questions:

1. Are you looking for a more relaxing or remedial treatment? These terms aren't mutally exclusive, but it's a good idea to let us know whether you want to relax or would prefer a targeted treatment.

2. Do you want to address a specific physical issue or would you like a more generalised treatment?

3. Would you like to focus on one modality or include a combination? For example, it is possible to blend hot stone therapy with deep tissue, reflexology with relaxation massage, or reiki therapy with Swedish. These are just a few of the combinations available: it's possible to pick and choose many styles to create a tailored treatment for your needs. If in doubt, your booking agent and therapist should be able to help you with choosing the correct therapy for you.

It's not all about the Massage 
A great treatment is all about the experience: your therapist should be friendly and welcoming, the room warm and the table comfortable, the lighting and music just right. If any of these things are missing the treatment, while wonderful, can suffer as a result. We understand that the setting and environment is just as important to you as a stellar massage session. That's why we use soft lighting, conduct a full client appraisal to ascertain your needs, and use  glorious heated sheepskin blankets on our tables to keep you lovely and warm.

There isn't any such thing as a bad massage, just a massage that is badly adapted to your needs. At Wee Sally we are dedicated to providing a targeted, professional service that is perfectly attuned to your individual situation and treatment goals.

Edinburgh Clinic Re-opens Monday January 16th.

We are back at our Edinburgh Clinic on Monday January 16th.
The clinic is located in Daybreak House Wellness Center, 12 Marchhall Cresent, Edinburgh.

We currently have appointments available at the following times:

If you would like to be scheduled for an appointment, please call 01506 238366 ASAP before the times are filled.

We are now available at this location EVERY MONDAY.
So make sure you get booked in advance as spaces are limited.

What is Holistic Medicine?

The term Holistic (or Wholistic) is thrown around a lot where complementary therapies are concerned. Holistic Medicine differs from conventional Western medicine in that it seeks to treat the whole person, rather than seeing a patient or client as a body only. Holistic thought is centred around the idea that we are complex organisms made up of emotional, mental, physical and spiritual elements that comprise a complete system, or a whole. Each component of the system must be treated in order to attain balance and optimum health. Many of the philosophies surrounding holistic treatment concern Eastern thought. From Chinese Medicine to energy treatments like Reiki, the idea of balance and oneness throughout the body is key.

Massage Therapy is an important mode of holistic medicine, aiming to bring together the body, mind and spirit in harmony to achieve homoeostasis (inner balance) as a whole person. While Western massage therapy has tended in the past to address foremost the mechanics of the body, Eastern therapies tend to give equal weight to the mind and spirit of the person being treated. It is believed that an imbalance in one system can provoke an imbalance in other systems. We can see this in how stress causes a variety of physical illnesses, including heart disease, respiratory problems and skin complaints, or how depleted spirits can be harmful to the body and have a slowing effect on the mind. We still don't fully understand the complex web of interactions between mind, body and spirit however: we are complex organisms and everyone is different.

Natural or complementary therapies have been treating humans in a holistic way for thousands of years. Science is only starting to confirm why these techniques work the way they do: some therapies stimulate feel-good hormones and kill pain, some aromatherapy oil scents activate parts of the brain associated with pleasure and trigger memories, and certain sounds can influence our physical processes and moods. The inner workings of some therapies, like Reiki and Reflexology, haven't yet been explained by science (existence of the human energy field was only confirmed 20 years ago), yet proof has been found that they have certain psychological benefits. The fact is the human body is made up of complex interactions between many forces, both seen and unseen: we just don't have the instruments or the knowledge to reveal how they 'speak' to each other yet. We are complicated organisms filled to the brim with mysteries science is only just starting to uncover.

Book a holistic massage treatment with Wee Sally today and see how we can help you find balance in your life today.

Free Massage Fridays

Every Friday on the Internet is Follow Friday.
Well we have just upgraded this event to "Free Massage Friday".
For every person who follows our Twitter account @weesally and retweets our #FreeMassageFriday tweet, you will be entered into our Prize Draw for a free 60 min massage.
If you follow us on Facebook, and you like our page/post you will also be entered into the prize draw.

Terms and Conditions:
Only one prize per person.
Massage must be redeemed within  3 months of receipt.
Cannot be exchanged.

Massage and New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions sound good when you're making them: whether you are resolving to improve your diet, taking up a hobby or hit the gym, the excitement at turning over a new leaf can be intoxicating. Be this as it may, statistics show that a quarter of people fail on their resolutions every year. Still, making resolutions is an important step to changing your life, if only to get you thinking about the direction you would like to take your life in.

Resolutions concerning health (for example, losing weight, getting regular massages, eating more healthily, exercising regularly, meditating) are amongst the most popular resolutions for the year (one in three set goals related to weight loss alone). Making a decision to improve your health is really all about making a decision to improve your quality of life overall. For example, if you feel better physically and mentally you will get a better quality of sleep, meaning your days are much more productive. This is the year you could really throw a focus on your health and improve your whole life for the better.

The very act of list-making can help you arrange your priorities for effectively. The key is to break down your resolutions into bite-sized portions, otherwise known as chunking. 'Chunking' a single goal into a bunch of easy steps can make the resolution seem much more obtainable. So, rather than making a resolution 'I need to lose weight', you could write:

  1. Cycle to work

  2. Take up yoga

  3. Find a personal trainer

  4. Get regular massages

  5. Buy books on healthy recepies

  6. Cook one new healthy dish a week

  7. Drink plenty of water

  8. Give myself occasional treats (for example a new outfit)

Here's to a happy and healthy New Year from Wee Sally Therapeutic Massage. Hope to see you in for a treatment in 2012 in our newly renovated centre!

Massage in Wintertime

It's wet, windy and freezing outside. So what's the best way to warm up this winter? Why, a massage of course! Here's why:

  1. Massage Improves Circulation: Keeping you warmer and helping to reduce instances of cold feet and hands.

  2. Essential oils help give you an inner glow. Many oils, such as Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cedarwood and Frankinscene warm the skin and muscle tissues, allowing better malleability of tissues and melting pain and soreness (and stress!) away.

  3. Our tables are heated and covered in cosy sheepskin to ensure you're toasty warm and allowing you to relax in comfort.

  4. Winter is often the busiest time of year, so sometimes it can be easy to forget to take a little time for yourself. Getting a massage can be a great way to reduce tension and stress, and enter the festive season relaxed and happy!

  5. Improve immune system function. It's well known that lack of light, seasonal flu and staying indoors with people who may be suffering from viral infections means people often get ill in winter. Massage is known to bolster your immune function and as a result can shorten the period of your illness.

  6. Until the end of the year, when you buy a massage you get a free gift certificate to give to someone you care about.


Follow Friday: Win A Free Massage!

Do you use Twitter or Facebook? Do you love massage? (Of course you do, or why would you be here?) In that case, we have the perfect competition for you! Once a month we will be giving away a free massage to new followers of our clinic. You can choose from Wee Sally's famous range of remedial therapies, including Deep Tissue, Sports, Hot Stone, Kinesio Taping, and many others, or if you are looking for a more soothing treatment, we have Relaxation Massage, Indian Head Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Reiki or Reflexology, all with the added benefits of an array of aromatherapeutic oils. Add us on Twitter  or Facebook for the chance to win!

Common Barriers to Massage Treatment

Massage treatment has many benefits: from soothing the mind and healing the body to warming the heart and revitalising the spirit,  regular treatment with a skillful therapist is a useful tool to assist in the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.

' ...but I'm not sick'

Massage isn't just for those suffering from aches and pains or other illness. The healing power of touch has been used for thousands of years, and you don't have to be visibly unwell in order for it to improve your standard of life. That said, many of us have gotten used to various aches and pains as just another part of our lives, and have written it off as the result of growing older or an inevitable consequence of a stressful job or a highly physical (or sedentary) lifestyle. One of the fascinating things I see again and again in the treatment room is clients notice sore muscles or points they didn't know they possessed. Once we discover them, they can be treated and the person feels more relaxed and in tune with themselves.

'Massage is just a treat.'

Massage has been used as a general treatment for maintenance of mind, body and spirit since ancient times. Many people worldwide get regular massage treatments (generally every 2 – 6 weeks) as a way to relax, to remedy physical problems or soothe the mind. Massage has been shown to help alleviate mental conditions such as depression and anxiety, and equip a person to better deal with stress. That said, a massage does make a fantastic gift for someone you care about. One of our gift certificates can be redeemed for any treatment, including aromatherapy, deep tissue, hot stone, reflexology, kinesio taping or lymph drainage. A gift of massage shows you care about the person's health and general wellbeing.

'I don't think I'd like a stranger touching me when I'm not wearing clothing.'

Your therapist will never ask you to fully disrobe: underwear (ie. pants) must remain on at all times. That said, we can provide treatment clothed, including chair massage, reflexology (which stimulates the hands and feet) and some trigger point and lymph drainage techniques. Reiki energy therapy is also available, which can be applied without even touching the body.

'I'm sensitive about how I look.'

To a massage therapist, the body is a finely-tuned machine made of over 500 muscles, 206 bones, countless nerves and cellular systems. When a therapist treats their clients, they do not see the body as something to criticise and condemn, but a beautiful organism which can be manipulated in certain ways in order to initiate healing processes. Your therapist will treat you with courtesy and the utmost respect during your visit. Of course, you can also choose a chair, reflexology or reiki treatment should you be uncomfortable at removing your clothing.

'Massage is too expensive.'

Massage therapy is an indispensable tool when it comes to encouraging healthy circulation, a balanced mental state and a healthy musculo-skeletal system. That considered, we think 35 pounds an hour is a reasonable sum to pay in order to see a real difference in your body's operation. We recommend you return every 2 – 6 weeks in order to see a change.

'I'm worried my illness/ condition means I can't get massage.'

Massage therapy can be applied in many ways which are sensitive to many ailments. For example, light lymph drainage treatment can be applied when a client has a history of high blood pressure or varicose veins, or side-lying massage can be applied when a woman is heavily pregnant. Reiki therapy can be used on areas that cannot be touched.

Massage is a useful tool that can be used to overcome almost any barrier to treatment. There are contra-indications to treatment, but most of the time some form of massage can be applied.

Why You Should Schedule a Massage This Winter

Winter is the season of roaring fires, roast dinners, mulled wine and festivity. Unfortunately, as it is also the season of grey skies, freezing weather and wind, winter can make you feel sluggish, lethargic and dull. A healing massage can help you warm up to winter and leave you feeling rejuvenated, happy and healthy.

Here are a few reasons we've found that booking a massage in the colder months is a great idea.

Improved circulation

Pressure is put on the body's circulation mechanisms during colder months: heat is lost easily and the heart has to work harder in order to oxygenate and deliver nutrients to the extremities, often leaving you cold. Massage improves the function of the circulatory system, helping you stay warm in the colder months. Your second circulatory system, the lymphatic system, (which runs parallel to the blood circulatory system) is associated with the removal of wastes and the purification of the body and is also stimulated during massage treatment. 

Alleviate symptoms of the winter blues

SAD, or Seasonal effective disorder, affects 1 in 13 people in the U.K. Massage has been shown to reduce the severity and frequency of syptoms of depression, low mood and anxiety associated with the syndrome. Even if you don't suffer from SAD, a massage can go a long way to improving your mood on a dreary winter's day, helping you relax and even sleep better.

Treat winter sports injuries

If you ski, snowboard, ice-skate or merely spend a lot of time in the snow, a sports massage or deep tissue treatment will be beneficial for sore, aching muscles that often result from a day spent in the powder. Receiving regular massage treatment will also help decrease the chance you will sustain serious injuries when participating in these activities. Ask us to design a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.

Improve Immune System Response

Massage has been shown to boost the effectiveness and activity of your immune system response. As we all know, winter is the time of year when you are most likely to suffer from viral infections such as cold or flu, so booking a treatment will help improve the odds you won't fall victim to dreaded winter bugs.

Merry Christmas

Everyone at Wee Sallys Therapeutic Massage would like to with all our Clients and their families a very Merry Christmas.
We hope you enjoy the next few days with your family and  friends, and hope to see you in the new year.

We will re-open on Wednesday Dec 28th, and will be open Wed-Fri 12pm - 8pm.

Lots of love to you all this Festive Season.

New premises

Our new premises are now fully set up, and we have two lovely treatment rooms available.

We are located upstairs in the same building as the Clinic, in 48C/2.
This is signposted as the Carlson Suite.

Sally has appointments from 12pm-3pm and them 4pm-8 tomorrow (Thursday Dec 22nd)
Lynn has appointments available between 12pm and 5:30pm.

Call us to schedule yourself in on 01506 238366 or book ONLINE

12 Days of Christmas 2011 - Day 12

On The 12th Day Of Christmas, Wee Sally gave to me… Our Lovely Harrison!

Now Harrison is always in the clinic. He greets you as you enter, he can help in finding out what may be causing pain or discomfort, he is educational and even dresses up for holidays... (This year he was a Devil for Halloween.) So who is Harrison? He is our very special Human Skeleton Model.


New Address 48C/2

Thank you everyone for the kind thoughts regarding the incident at the clinic.
We can only be thankful that there were no injuries or people harmed in any way, and that we were able to save a lot of our property from the clinic.

We now have a temporary location which will be 48C/2 North Bridge Street.
This is in the same building that the clinic is currently located, but we are now up the first set of stairs as you enter the lane from North Bridge Street.

We will be open as of 12pm Wednesday December 21st, and are still booking appointments, and offering Gift Vouchers for sale.

If you need to schedule your appointment, or would like assistance in finding the new location, you can call us on 01506 238366
We appreciate the understanding during this rough time, and hope that once we return to the main clinic it will be even better than before.

12 Days of Christmas 2011 - Day 11

On The 11th Day Of Christmas, Wee Sally gave to you… Tennis Balls!

Using tennis balls is a simple and very effective way to get a home massage. If perhaps it’s your back that needs a bit more work at home, then slide a tennis ball into a sock, flick it over your shoulder and lean against a wall. The pressure you use can be altered by how much body weight you put on and by simply moving your body over the ball you can reach all those hard to get bits. Why not pick up one next time you’re in? You’ll be surprised that something so simple can make a big difference.

Temporary Relocation

Unfortunately due to a small electrical fire this evening which has caused extensive smoke damage at the clinic, the premises will be closed for the next 3-4 weeks.
In the meantime we will be relocating to the upper floor of the building where the clinic is located.
We will be closed on Tuesday 20th December, but all appointments which are currently scheduled for Wednesday December 21st onwards will take place at the temporary location.

We will be calling all clients who are currently scheduled to let them know which unit we will be operating from.

Should you have any questions or concerns during this please please feel free to call us on 01506 238366 or email us


Thank you for your understanding during this time.

12 Days of Christmas 2011 - Day 10

On The 10th Day Of Christmas, Wee Sally gave to you… A Reflexology Massage!

Reflexology is the massage to specific reflex points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears. Reflex areas on the feet form “maps” which are even on your toes and heels. Therapists believe that these areas and reflex points link to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them has a beneficial effect on the organs and person's general health. For example, reflexology holds that a specific spot in the arch of the foot corresponds to the bladder point. Although Reflexology cannot diagnose or cure any disorders people feel the benefits when used to compliment other treatments for asthma, cancer treatments, PMS etc. In reflexology theory, points and areas on the feet, hands, and ears correspond to specific organs, bones and body systems. Therapists use these points on the feet and hands (bottom, sides, and top) and the ear (both inside as far as the finger can reach and outside) to affect organs and systems throughout the entire body.

They use these reflexology "maps," to represent how the body systems correspond to one another, A good example of a reflexology map exists for the feet. Each foot represents a vertical half of the body:

  • The left foot corresponds to the left side of the body and all organs found there.

  • The right foot corresponds to the right side of the body and all organs found there. For example, the liver is on the right side of the body, and therefore the corresponding reflex area is on the right foot.