Wellbeing Massage

Even if it is not the end of the world we are all in need of de-stressing from our busy non-stop lives. Many people are under constant levels of stress with no end in sight and in light of our current situation things are not likely to get any easier for a while.

What does chronic stress do to the body? Stress hormones are the body’s way of dealing with ‘fight or flight’ situations and if you are trying to fight a sabre toothed tiger or trying to get to a meeting on time the release of cortisol, the fight or flight hormone, is very effective at making the body go from comfort mode to sport plus. It increases heart rate, breathing rate, energy production and blood pressure. Cortisol also works on suppressing inflammation in the short term but prolonged exposure to this hormone may actually suppress your immune system and make you prone to coughs, colds and other contagious diseases as well as being more susceptible to cancer.

One of the questions I ask my most of my clients and it is usually a rhetorical question is what can you do to change your life so that it has less stress in it? The answer of course is to stop the thing or things that are causing them stress. Unfortunately, this is usually their job or some other part of their life which cannot change unless they are willing to make a substantial leap into the unknown which most people aren’t.


So what can you do about chronic stress? There are many simple things you can do from meditation and gentle breathing to doing regular exercise like Pilates. You should also think about what is causing the stress and maybe think about what you can do to change it in the longer term. Sometimes this needs serious consideration.

However, a really simple and incredibly effective method of combating stress is to have a relaxing and regenerative massage. Simplistically, stress makes your muscles tighten and a massage helps release the tension and tightness. Regular massage helps combat the buildup of this tension and tightness and then with some of the other small changes you can really make a big difference to how you deal with stress and how it affects you and your body.

Imagine having a body that is stress and tension free. I am not going to promise that you will get rid of all your tension and stress but with you should be able to improve your situation immeasurably.

What do you get when you come for your massage?

We provide a sanctuary of tranquility where you are able to switch off from the world, even if it is only for an hour or two. We will give you the time to relax, regenerate and start afresh, de-cluttering the mind and refreshing the body. Often, hot stones are used as they are a very gentle way of relieving tension and stress in the body without getting a pummeling. The massage bed is gently heated to further encourage relaxation and help soften the muscles. The lights are dimmed and peaceful music is played to take you to a place that is total nirvana.

The best time to book a wellbeing massage is in the evening so that you can go straight home to bed and have a wonderful deep sleep. I even have some clients come in the pyjamas so they don’t have to change when they get home.

If you like the sound of this why not book one now?


Your Massage Sessions

Sessions are interchangeable with Pilates sessions held at the Zing Wellness Studio so you can mix and match as appropriate.

NOTE:  Due to the Corona virus all massage services are currently suspended.


80 Luton Road, Harpenden, AL5 2UT

Telephone: 07865 645 708

Buy a gift voucher for either a single massage or 1-2-1 Pilates classes or a block of 2, 3, 5 or 10 .

Cost: £60-500


Book 1 x 60 minute massage or 1-2-1 Pilates class at Zing Wellness Studio.


Cost: £60


Book 2 x 60 minute massages or 1-2-1 Pilates classes at Zing Wellness Studio and save £5. Valid for a year.

Cost: £115

Book 3 x 60 minute massages or 1-2-1 Pilates classes at Zing Wellness Studio and save £10. Valid for a year.

Cost: £170

Book 5 x 60 minute massages or 1-2-1 Pilates classes at Zing Wellness Studio and save £25. Valid for a year.

Cost: £275

Book 10 x 60 minute massages or 1-2-1 Pilates classes at Zing Wellness Studio and save £100. Valid for a year.

Cost: £500


Is wellbeing massage still deep? 
This massage is all about relaxing and rejuvenating. Although some deep tissue therapy is included if you would like it, it is not necessary.

Is the massage a set routine or are you able to vary it if there is something specific I would like? All my massages are tailor made for each individual client and I am happy to focus on specific areas if that is what you would prefer.

 Our Expertise

I am a level 4 diploma deep tissue and sports massage therapist with Premier Global and I have specialist pre and postnatal massage training with Burrell Education, leading Women’s Wellness, Fitness & Therapy Educator. 

I have treated many clients for a wide range of conditions from a broken arm to frozen shoulder, from calf tightness to restricted breathing but the underlying concept of my massages is to help you relax, which then enables you to become the healthier, happier and more relaxed version of yourself.



 Reduce stress

 Cleanse the body by removing toxins from the lymphatic system

 Gentle realignment of the body

I am happy to recommend James to anyone looking for a massage. I have had half a dozen massages so far and will be booking more soon. Great for relieving day-to-day stresses and helping to keep my muscles relaxed as I try to increase the amount I exercise. Thank you!
Tricia King

Had wonderful therapy from James today. my muscles were too tight before and stiffness all over my back. feeling so relaxed now. thanks James Rake. highly recommend…
Sukhdev Raj

I recently had a wellness massage with James – since having had our second child , i really wanted to have some time to relax. The massage was brilliant, invigorating as well as relaxing. James took the time to go through any issues I had before we started and then we had a quick chat after about any after care. Brilliant, professional and friendly service right in the heart of Harpenden. Thoroughly recommend 

Emma Victoria Sexton