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Head & Neck Massage

There are more health benefits to a head and neck massage that you would initially expect. Sure, it can be a wonderful way to relax, but it can also give you more energy, relieve TMJ pain and remove toxins from your body via your lymphatic system. Working a head and neck massage into your routine can be a great way for men and women alike to relax, but it is also a great way to stimulate blood flow and live a more healthy lifestyle where we give ourselves a reasonable time to relax while taking care of our overall wellness.

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Head and Neck massage

Questions & Answers


What is a face and neck massage?

We like to think of this face and neck massage as a workout for your face. It’s a well known fact that we should exercise our body, why should our face be any different? This face and neck massage combines acupressure points with massaging face exercises so not only relax your mind and body via the five zones of surrender (jaw, temple, eyes, base of your head and around and between eyebrows), but it will also centre and rejuvenate with immediate feel good results.


What are the benefits of a face and neck massage?

Other than being amazing for stress relief in the head, neck & shoulder areas, and erasing visible tension, dullness and fatigue on your face you mean? The face and neck massage also engages your lymphatic and circulatory systems which in turn improve your body’s ability to detoxify. Don’t underestimate its power to release happy hormones either! You won’t stop smiling when you leave.


I have TMJ pain, will a face and neck massage help?

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome is when you get  a pain in your jaw joint where the lower jaw (mandible) connects to the skull (temporal bone) in front of your ear. TMJ pain can be caused by a number of medical problems but they all cause a tightness in the muscles around your jaw that deal with chewing. TMJ can lead to head and neck pain, facial and ear pain or just general headaches. Your jaw may also lock into position, or you hear a clicking/ popping when moving your mouth and jaw.

For this reason a head and neck massage at Essential Feeling can help TMJ and its effects, but please tell us you have this and that you would like your jaw to be massaged so that we can allocate the right amount of time to dealing with the TMJ problem during your facial massage.

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If you're unsure whether you have TMJ syndrome, here are some pointers:

*Pain in your face muscles and jaw joints which radiates up to your shoulders. This may mean that you need a longer period of time for your face neck massage so please be mindful

*Ear pain and ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and hearing loss.

*Your jaw joints produces a sound when you move it can also be another sign that you are suffering with TMJ. You face may also swell on this side.

*Constant series of searing headaches, dizziness which could be bad enough to lead to nausea or being sick.

*Muscle spasms including your jaw locking into position, particularly when you open your mouth wide.

*Have you suffered, or are you suffering from poor dental problems or emotional stress?

All of the above could all be caused by other issues other than TMJ but if you have a few it is a good sign that the pain you are feeling could be the result of TMJ. As always, we would suggest you seek the advice of your doctor, but you may also find that they recommend that you come in for a face massage as this relaxes the muscles in the mouth, face, jaw and neck. Massage can be a tool to improving your symptoms and relieving some TMJ pain. As we’ve said, the effects of TMJ can also run down to your shoulders and back, so to massage your face may not be enough, you may also need massage therapy on other areas such as a shoulder massage treatment.

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I have skin conditions, is the head and neck therapeutic massage still suitable?

We use a gentle oil and a specialist massage cream to massage your face and neck, but as with all these things, your body’s reaction is unique. If you have any queries, please speak to us before booking and we’ll be able to advise you, as well as putting this on your consultation form prior to coming for your session.



If you would like to book a facial massage treatment, then use the online booking form before. Upon completion of your booking, you will be directed to a confirmation page which includes a link to an online consultation form. Please complete this and be sure to let us know whether you are booking your head and neck massage for therapeutic reasons such as TMJ, or if it is a relaxing session, or if you would like us to use manual lymph drainage massage treatment techniques on your face and neck massage.


Time is of the essence

Before booking, please consider what you would like to achieve and book enough minutes to accommodate this. As a rough guide, if you’re looking for gentle relaxation, or for some facial issue to be looked at such as sinus issues etc then an hour is usually enough time.

If you are suffering with TMJ pain then we would recommend that you take this massage down into your shoulders and back. For this your treatments will need to be 1.5 hours. You can book online.

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Matthew Hassell
13:38 27 Oct 21
Superb sports massage and service. Would highly recommend to everyone. My mum gets massages done regularly here and... they’re always well priced and definitely do the job!read more
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Maria Martinez
18:03 26 Oct 21
Been visiting Essential Feeling for a few years now. Charlton helped to rehab my shoulder post rotater cuff surgery but... in general I have deep tissue massages. I always leave feeling light and brand new. Highly recommended.read more
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Daniel Berkoh-Gyamfi
09:14 26 Oct 21
I cancelled my appointment due to illness and I was expecting to receive a refund almost four weeks ago and no refund... issued. Don't waste time calling they don't answer their phone. I understand their services are good. However, very poor customer service...read more
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Ellis Evans
18:35 28 Aug 21
I came to see Karen after booking in for a double massage for myself and my partner (he's had massages before, I... haven't) and am amazed at how much of difference one session has made already. Karen and Charlton made us feel comfortable immediately and were both so friendly and warm. They were professional throughout and dealt with both our needs separately. We're both keen to visit again.Both obviously very skilled at what they do.Highly recommended.read more
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Adebimpe Bodunrin
17:27 16 Jul 21
Following my liposuction and tummy tuck surgery, I had lymphatic drainage and deep tissue massages at Essential... Feelings. Charlie was very professional, made me feel relaxed and knowledgeable about what I need to help with healing after surgery. He was very helpful, flexible and a good communicator. I would recommend them for anyone requiring post surgery massages and will go back for other types of massages. Thank you Charlie and team.read more
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Dana Caushi
19:09 12 Jul 21
I've had a few reflexology sessions with Karen so far this year, and a few sessions in my previous pregnancy. Also a... few massages. Both Karen and Charlton are very friendly and professional. Karen is very knowledgeable and give lots of helpful advice. The place is very cozy/clean and in current situation they are able to meet Covid restrictions. Even my husband went to get a massage. Highly recommended.read more
Emma Hancock
Emma Hancock
08:29 07 Jul 21
I have always wanted to try reflexology but usually opted for massage instead. However, now I've experienced two... reflexology sessions with Karen, I think I'm a convert! Both sessions have left me feeling calm, restored and well rested. I also had to change the time of my first session and Karen reponded really quickly and was happy to adjust it. I'm really happy with the service and am definitely going to be a new regular customer.read more
Manpreet Kaur
Manpreet Kaur
15:23 14 Jun 21
I’ve always been skeptical of massages and whether I’m receiving one that’s beneficial for my body as well as worth the... money. I have to say I wish I could give more than 5 stars because Essential Feeling is hands down one of the best massage treatments I have received as well as worth the money. Being currently pregnant too, I was worried that I would be in more pain after the massage however Charlton ensured that my deep tissue massage was tailored to my needs as well as helped with any stiffness and back pain I was experiencing. Karen was also super helpful during my reflexology massage, ensuring that I was relaxed and bought a lot of the swelling in my feet down. My mother also had a deep tissue massage from Charlton who again tailored it to her needs as she has a bad lower back as well as a lovely reflexology massage from Karen. Me and my mum felt that both massage therapists are very professional and solely cater to the needs of the client. They are both also very knowledgeable in the massages they deliver as well as any issues a person has individually with their body. Absolutely wonderful service and wonderful massages! Will definitely be making a return!read more
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