This is a gentle style of massage that promotes deep relaxation. The techniques used in Swedish massage are flowing or circular and the hour treatment includes an Indian head and scalp massage and a mini reflexology session. Aromatherapy essential oils can be added if you wish; Rose uses organic essential oil blends from the Neal’s Yard range.
Deep tissue massage
This is a firm style of massage that works into the deeper muscle layers and surrounding connective tissue to relieve tension. The therapist may use thumb, forearm or elbow pressure. A heat pack is used to warm particularly stiff or sore muscles. Although a deep tissue massage involves strong pressure, it should not be painful.
Deep tissue massage is recommended after sport in order to speed up recovery of the muscles and encourage healing and regeneration of tissues. It does this by mechanically assisting the flow of blood back to the heart. This in turn means that waste products are flushed from the muscles, and fresh blood and nutrients are returned more efficiently to the muscles and vital organs.
Deep tissue massage can also be very helpful for anyone who experiences consistent pain from overactive muscles. The trigger points or “knots” that form in these muscles can cause local pain, or may refer pain to another area of the body. Some of the muscles in the neck and shoulders, for example, can refer pain to the head, which is then experienced as a headache. Regular deep tissue massage can help to break down these trigger points.
Reflexology is a therapy that has been used in various cultures for thousands of years. It is not just a foot massage! Your feet have thousands of nerve endings and acupuncture points, all of which are stimulated in a reflexology session. Reflexology is a holistic treatment which encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance.
The session begins with a massage to relax and warm the feet, after which the therapist will use gentle thumb and finger pressure on specific points of the feet. These points correspond to organs and structures in the body, and often tenderness in a particular area indicates that there is an energy blockage or imbalance in the corresponding part of the body. Reflexology is an ideal treatment for stress and anxiety.
Treats chronic pain and tense muscles by liberating fascia, the thin membrane that surrounds muscles and allows them to move freely. The therapist uses various physiotherapy techniques, including small metal hooks (“crochets”) to separate precise areas of restriction, and a percussive-vibration instrument to work deeply into the tissues. The result is a sensation of lightness and freedom of movement.
Rose works in collaboration with the Hotel du Golf in Villars and treatments take place in the hotel’s modern spa area. You may choose to have a massage only, without access to the spa, or you can combine your massage with sessions in the jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, chromotherapy room and gym.
The Hotel du Golf is conveniently situated in the centre of Villars, 100 metres from the train station. Ample parking is available in the public car park Le Centenaire which is next door to the hotel.
Home visits in the Villars-Gryon area are also possible.
Massage, reflexology or myofascial release without spa access = 130.- CHF (60 minutes), 170.- CHF (90 minutes)
Massage, reflexology or myofascial release + spa access = 165.- CHF (60 minutes), 205.- CHF (90 minutes)
Originally from Jersey in the Channel Islands, Rose spent many years in Australia before moving to Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland with her husband.
After leaving a career in law to pursue her interests in health and wellbeing, she completed diplomas in Swedish massage and reflexology, as well as a masters degree in physiotherapy (physical therapy) from the University of Queensland, Australia. She has worked in private physiotherapy practices in Brisbane, Australia and Switzerland, including at the Lavey-les-Bains medical centre, and currently works part-time as a physiotherapist with PhysioNRJ in Martigny. Her physiotherapy background has given her an in-depth understanding of anatomy, physiology and injury rehabilitation, together with the ability to zone in on knots and muscle tensions!
Rose says: “I love my work – helping people to recover from injury is extremely rewarding. I have also come to realise that helping clients to relax and de-stress effectively is just as important for their overall health. My approach to each massage session is focused and intuitive – first I look for particular patterns of tension or blockages throughout the body, and then I treat what I find. This means that every treatment is tailored to the specific needs of the individual, and that there is no such thing as a standard massage.”
When she is not busy with massage clients, Rose spends her time hiking and skiing in the mountains around Villars-sur-Ollon. A yoga teacher for the last 16 years, she also offers yoga classes and yoga therapy through Villars Yoga.