Shiatsu Massage Ireland - Shirley McClure Shirley McClure
Bray, Co. Wicklow.
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Enjoy time out to nourish the senses, calm the mind, unravel the muscles' knots. Pampering Aromatherapy massage using your special blend of fragrant essential oils is the ultimate in luxury.

Tests* have found that adults exposed to Rosemary showed decreased frontal alpha and beta power, suggesting increased alertness. They also had lower anxiety levels and performed maths computations faster.

Adults exposed to Lavender showed increased beta power, suggesting increased relaxation. They performed maths computations not only faster but also with fewer errors and less depressed mood.
*Tests carried out at the Touch Research Institute, Miami Florida

The term 'Aromatherapy' was first coined in 1928 by Gattefossé, a French chemist working in his family's perfumier business. However, aromatic plants and oils have been used for thousands of years, and they constituted one of the earliest trade items of the ancient world, being rare and highly prized.

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Modern research has largely confirmed the traditionally held beliefs about the therapeutic uses of specific plants, proving that some, like Lavender, tea-tree and lemon, are strongly antiseptic; others such as chamomile are anti-inflammatory; some helpful for rheumatism (black pepper, juniper, rosemary..).

Diego, M.A., Jones, N.A., Field, T, & Hernandez-Reif, M (1998), International Journal of Neuro-science, 96 217-224.

The skilled application of essential oils in Aromatherapy massage can both relax mind and body, and aid the body's systems in healing. Aromatherapy massage has been shown to help:


Indian head massage with Shirley McLureStudies carried out at the Touch Research Institute showed that Massage therapy decreased occurance of headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms, and increased seratonin levels in adults with migraine headaches.

  • tense muscles & joint problems
  • anxiety, depression & stress
  • menstrual and menopausal problems
  • respiratory difficulties
  • weakened immune system

The mood of women with premenstrual symptoms improved and anxiety, pain and water retention symptoms decreased after massage therapy.

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The Touch Research Institute has conducted over 100 studies on the positive effects of massage therapy . Significant research findings include diminished pain, decreased auto-immune problems, enhanced immune function and enhanced alertness and performance.