Please note that Alexandra does not take on any new private massage clients until further notice. All enquiries will be directed to one of our most trusted therapists. Details upon request.

The above notice excludes Corporate On-Site Chair Massage.

Holistic – An overused word of importance

Sometimes a word is used so often that its meaning is lost. Overused, however, doesn’t mean invalid. “Holistic” is one of those words that is fashionable but unfortunately not always used in the right context.

“You Happy First” is built on the belief that self-care is incredibly important. Some people think self-care is limited to eating 5-a-day and going to the gym here and there. We think there’s a lot more to it! That’s where holistic comes in. You are more than just a body. You are also mind, soul and spirit. They are all interdependent and in need of nurturing. So whilst focusing on the body is a good start it shouldn’t stop there.

So what about Holistic Massage?

The term ‘holistic’ comes from the Greek word ‘holos’ meaning whole. The holistic approach aims to restore balance within the body, taking into account your whole being not just your physical symptoms or ailments.

This is why at “You Happy First” we always start with a thorough consultation. We take into consideration your age, gender, occupation, medical history, lifestyle choices, stess levels and anything else you’d like to share. Having a rounded picture will allow us to create the right treatment plan for you.

Benefits of Massage

One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins, the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that are responsible for pain reduction and feelings of well-being. Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.

Here are some of the physical and psychological benefits of massage. This list is not exhaustive.

  • reduced muscle tension
  • helps prevent formation of adhesion in muscle fibres
  • improved circulation
  • removal of toxins
  • stimulation of the lymphatic system
  • reduction of stress hormones
  • increased joint mobility and flexibility
  • improved skin tone and increased skin elasticity
  • speedier healing of soft tissue injuries
  • strengthens the immune system
  • heightened mental alertness
  • reduced anxiety and depression


Whilst it is very safe for most people to have a massage it is important to consult your GP before the first treatment if you are currently on medication or you suffer from certain medical conditions. There will also be times when we are not able to offer you a treatment at all. To avoid disappointment we always ask you to fill in the consultation form before your visit. This also saves time on the day. More massage, less paperwork. 🙂