UPDATED EDIT 24/11/2021
We recommend that you don't rely on last minute or same day availability, because the chances are that we'll already be booked for the time you're asking about, or we've got our own personal plans on motion on the basis that we've got nobody booked in. We think ahead and schedule ahead, so it's rare for us to just drop everything and get into massage mode at very short notice.
We have also added a note further down on this page about some future services we are thinking about offering. Please scroll down to see.
Also... please note. We no longer use massage oils as they are notoriously awkward and difficult to wash out of fabrics properly. We now use massage lotion for general massage and a liquid massage wax for deep tissue massage. If you have been bothered about oil residue on your clothing in the past, then we are pleased to inform you that both of these items wash out of fabrics much more easily than massage oil.
Right now... as it stands at 10am on 24/11/21, the availability for the next couple of weeks looks like this:
Please note we are NOT available on the following dates: 27th Nov, 2nd Dec, 3rd Dec, 4th Dec, 6th Dec
Over the next few days we have available:
Friday 26th at 10:30am, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm
Sunday 28th anytime between 10:30am and 7pm
Monday 29th 4pm to 7pm
Tuesday 30th 2pm and 3pm
Wednesday 1st Dec 10:30am to 3:30pm
Sunday 5th Dec 3pm and 4pm
Tuesday 7th Dec 5pm and 7pm
Wednesday 8th Dec anytime between 10:30am and 7pm
LOOKING AHEAD... We are likely to take bookings up to 23rd December. We may also be available for a few appointments between Christmas and New Year if anyone fancies a relaxing post-Christmas massage. We'll be shut on New Years Day then back to normal from the 2nd Jan. Please see the note below about price changes.
PRICE CHANGES SHORTLY. We are starting to think about price changes shortly. These are likely to come into effect on 2nd Jan but that's not set in stone yet. A few prices are likely to remain the same, but most will change. Probably the most significant change will be for tantric massage, and we are also looking at how we provide this service. We are still at the "thinking about it" stage at the moment, but any changes will reflect both changes in practice and increased overheads, especially when it comes to energy, laundry and massage lotion.
COVID 19 AND THE PROSPECT OF FURTHER RESTRICTIONS. With pressure mounting on the government to re-introduce restrictions we thought we’d state our thoughts on the matter as it may directly affect our business and your ability to get to visit us.
Firstly, if you are thinking of visiting us in the next month or so, it might be worth booking sooner rather than later, because as we’ve seen in the past, things can change in the blink of an eye and suddenly we’re all stuffed!
Opinions on restrictions and lockdowns vary considerably, and we are each entitled to take our own view. Recently, the PM declared that an estimated 90 percent of the population now have covid anti-bodies, and whilst some folks are stubbornly refusing to be vaccinated, something like 85% of those eligible to be jabbed have been jabbed, so ot makes you wonder what is going on.
Previously, we complied entirely with government rules. But whilst MPs and healthcare professional didn’t lose a single penny, we suffered enormously. If “Plan B”, as it’s now being called, is to come into force, then it begs the question as to why such a colossal fuss was made over the importance and effectiveness of the vaccine?
We have both been double-jabbed, and are booked in for our booster before Christmas. Until such time as it becomes legally unviable for us to operate, then we will continue to see clients, both vaccinated and unvaccinated. Our usual standards of cleanliness will be maintained, and there will be hand sanitizer available for anyone who wishes to use it. If the government decides to issue “guidance”, then we will treat it as such... and continue to operate as normal unless it becomes illegal.
PERSONAL HYGEINE. Recently we have suffered an increase in the number of clients who are turning up in a state of poor personal hygeine, to the extent that we now feel it needs a specific note on this page. This is often because clients come straight from work, or mid-day during work time. From our point of view, the quickest way to kill off any sense of rapport, connection and eroticism is to turn up looking like a bag of rags or smelling of unpleasant odours. It's a total atmosphere killer, and almost always guarantees you'll not a get any further bookings. Val is up close and naked during tantric massage, and she's also meticulously clean (often showering several times a day). It is simply disrespectful to turn up in a poor state of hygeine and just expect Val to lump it and get on with it.
ALTERATIONS TO SERVICES. Following a period of reflection and discussion, we have decided to reduce and streamline our services. 4 handed massage (both tantric and swedish naturist) will no longer be available to new clients. Existing clients who have had this before might still be able to book it. Contact us to enquire.
1-2-1 naturist massage for male clients with Bri will be with withdrawn altogether. But 1-2-1 naturist/tantric massage with Bri for females and 1-2-1 naturist/tantric massage for males with Val will still continue.
New couples who book in for massage can now only do so on the basis that they receive their massages in separate rooms. Same room massage for couples has been withdrawn. (But... Couples who have visited us before can continue to have same room massage). There are several practical reasons for this, and we realise that being massaged together in the same room is part of the erotic experience for some couples. However, we have also discovered that it significantly reduces the individual partners ability to receive tantric touch in exactly the way they want, because they are conscious about how this may be perceived by their partner. This can inhibit some clients who would otherwise engage and indulge more spontaneously and without fear of judgement. It also allows each individual 1-2-1 sessions to evolve in its own unique direction, rather than conforming to whatever is going on for their partner.
COUPLES HAVE-A-GO-YOURSELVES DAY.
This is listed under our Day Courses tab on the website. We’ve recently done a few of these days for couples and it occurred to us that it’s worth mentioning as it's a great day for everyone and it often gets overlooked. It’s a chance to have a go at performing massage for your private personal use with a partner or with friends. The basis of the day is informal instruction on the basics of Swedish massage, but can be modified to include other aspects of massage such as naturist or tantric massage. When we say “couple” in regard to this course, we mean any two people who know each other and want to book in together, in the knowledge that they’ll be practicing on each other and on us too. So it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be in a relationship with the person you are attending with, and it also includes same sex couples too. We can only accommodate one couple at a time so you can rest assured of privacy and our undivided attention. Click HERE or message us for more details and availability.
IDEAS ABOUT FUTURE SERVICES
Here, we'll outline some ideas that have been floating around in our minds, and which we may be bringing to the fore over the next six months. Some of these ideas are relatively recent, whilst others have been a work-in-progress literally for years!
It would be really helpful for us to get feedback about what clients may want and what they’re interested in, so we can prioritize where our energies and direction may lay.
We would also be interested in hearing from anyone who might like to participate in being a test pilot by trying something out (either free or at a reduced rate) whilst we are figuring out how best to deliver these services.
Watch this space for further announcements.
In no particular order....
ROOM RENTAL – There are plenty of occasions when our therapy room is not being used by ourselves. We may be prepared to let local therapists use it for services that do not conflict with our own, such as reiki, hypnotherapy, crystal healing etc. It could also be used for personal use, such as yoga, art, mindfulness, meditation. Many of our clients comment on how peaceful the room is, and they just love the calming atmosphere.
SOMATIC CONNECTION THERAPY (or Cuddle Therapy) – This is perhaps the one we have thought about the longest, without taking any further steps. “Somatic” just means to do with the body, and bodily experience. Commonly, it is called cuddle therapy, and does exactly as the name suggests. It may be suitable for clients who want to experience being held and touched in a nurturing way, but without the degree of eroticism that is almost inevitable during skin on skin touch during tantric massage. Cuddle therapists claim to offer “platonic” touch and cuddling, but having seen it in practice it has always been debatable in our view whether cuddling with someone for an hour is always going to be 100% platonic! There are almost certainly going to be odd occasions when feelings of arousal arise, and it would be naïve to presume otherwise. So we have delayed in the past whilst we think about how to present this service with integrity, but also without being pretentious. In short, the session would last about an hour and it is the client who determines how they wish to be held or cuddled. This might also include stroking the body and stroking the hair. The therapist may make suggestions but the idea is the therapist asks the client “how would you like to be held?” This therapy would be aimed at those seeking a comforting sense of physical nurturing and connection but without the erotic angle of tantric massage. Both therapist and client are clothed. Initially, this service would be offered by Bri only.
CLIENT-LED MASSAGE – In a sense, all massages are client-led in that the client asks for what type of massage they want and we deliver it. But this would differ in that the client themselves decides how the session progresses and how they want to be touched, where they want to be touched and how long is spent being touched in any particular area.
For example, in conventional full body massage we have a routine that goes in a certain order and each body-part has a certain amount of time spent on it. In client-led massage it is the client who leads. So they could say something like, “I’d like you to begin with my back”, “Can you massage my legs for longer than you usually do?”, “Can you massage my face and feet more?”, “Can you hold my hand?”, “Can you go very lightly on my arms so it feels almost ticklish?”
Client-led massage can be one way for clients to explore and practice asking for precise ways in which they want to receive touch. This can be useful for clients who are accustomed to prioritizing how to accommodate others instead of tuning in to their own needs and desires; especially for women who have become conditioned to following and doing whatever the man wants in the bedroom, without any regard for how she would like to receive touch. An exercise in client-led massage can be tremendously liberating and empowering for those who are new to this. The idea of “having a say” in how you want to be touched is actually a completely new concept for some people, and in this regard we see this type of massage as therapeutic for some types of client. A certain well-known couples therapists added this type of massage to her services and she was astondounded to discover that many women had been conditioned to think that their role when it came to touch and eroticism was only to "please their man" with no thought to how they themselves wanted to be touched. Many of them literally had no experience of asking for what they wanted, and didn't even feel they were allowed to ask! Initially, during a trial period, this would be provided by Bri for women only, because some men will inevitably misuse this service to ask for a whole hour spent on their groin!
BODY WAXING – Of all the services mentioned on this page, this is the one that is most likely to come about. Probably just before or just after Christmas. As an update to this (23/10/2021), one of the possible course dates is 15th December in Liverpool. Attendees are required to bring someone to practice on. Areas covered are legs, underarm, bikini line, lip and chin. If there are any females out there who would like to volunteer as a waxing model then I'd be glad to hear from you a.s.a.p.
MINDFULNESS – Val is toying with the idea of running either a weekly or monthly mindfulness session in the massage cabin. As the cabin is small, there could only be three attendees plus Val. Sessions may be seated or lying down. This idea is still in it’s infancy, but if Val gets feedback that people are interested she may accelerate her plans.
COUPLES INTIMACY COUNSELLING AND PRACTICAL SESSION – this is one of those ideas that I have mapped out in my mind but am struggling to describe in text. The counselling part would be delivered by Bri, but the practical part may be delivered by just Bri on his own or in partnership with Val. I (Bri) see couples in both my capacity as a counsellor and my capacity as a massage therapist. But combining the two has it’s challenges, mostly because most professional membership bodies that represent the counselling profession take a very dim (and in my opinion, downright narrow-minded) view about crossing what they regard as therapeutic boundaries. Nevertheless, I have come across plenty of therapists who have managed to combine the two in some form of sex therapy/intimacy coaching. This service would be entirely bespoke, with quotes and formatting to be decided upon a case by case basis. There would be a counselling session followed by practical interaction/massage in the therapy room. This service would be aimed at couples who have reached an impasse or are struggling to get on the same wavelength in their sex life, or who struggle to reach orgasm, or who want to inject some energy and vitality into their bedroom fun. It’s not aimed at couples who are okay in this department but just fancy some antics with the therapist! It’s for couples who want to improve intimacy, or who have a conundrum to solve or who want to explore aspects of sexuality that they feel are difficult to talk about just between themselves. ALSO, RELATED TO THIS... One of the things we’re currently thinking about, is the idea of providing a series, or short course on “Introduction to Tantra”, or “Introduction to Sensual Touch”, or “Introduction to Sensual Self-awareness”. The title is up-in-the-air at the moment. It would primarily be geared towards couples and females, although men could book in too. The reason we say aimed at couples and females, is that there seems to no shortage of uninhibited males who are quite at ease with sensual touch. But there seems to be a greater percentage of females than males, who are subjected to very fixed and limited ideas about sensual touch. In our experience, females are more likely to conform to restrictive social conditioning, more likely to be influenced by what their mates might think, and more likely to give heed to all the negative messages that sanctimonious elements of society inflict upon us. They are also more likely to be slaves to notion that their job as a partner is only to pay attention to the man’s physical needs, rather than give equal consideration to their own needs. We have also come across women who have been in long-term relationships, or even several short-term relationships, but they’ve rarely or never experienced orgasm for themselves during their sexual encounters. (Though some have become surprisingly good a faking it). They’ve also never given any thought to how they want to be touched, or what feels good for them. This may astound some of you, but it’s true. It’s not uncommon to hear of women having their first orgasm in middle age, or after they came out of a stale long-term relationship and got with a guy who knew his way around a lady’s genitalia. Some women (and I’ve heard them interviewed) only really found sexual pleasure when they finally realised they were “allowed” to. And that it wasn’t the end of the world to actually let your hair down and just enjoy yourself.
We are, of course, generalising. We’ve also met some pretty curious and liberated women! So please don’t think we mean every woman or every man. We are talking about our experience and what we hear from others too.
What we are thinking of is maybe three, two hour sessions, held on consecutive weekends, for those couples/singles who want to try sensual massage but are apprehensive or nervous, and would prefer a slower, more gradual introduction to this kind of experience. This would involve going right back to basics, so the first session would mostly involve basic considerations about sensual touch, considering our needs, what turns us on and what turns is off, the importance of communication and consent, the difference between “consenting” and “wanting”. And also something called The Three Minute Game, learning to ask for what you want, learning to ask “Can I...?” and “Will you...?”. Finding confidence to state your position by learning to say “No thanks”, “Yes please”, “I would like...”, and “Would you like...?”
Subsequent sessions would develop according to your own pace, needs and responses.
The three sessions would be a sort of combination between counselling, coaching and sensory massage practicals.
If you are interested in this, please get in touch.
PS Bri is not only a massage therapist, but also qualified to degree level in counselling. He has also attended two post-grad couples counselling courses.
INDIVIDUAL clients who wish to wish to explore such matters are also welcome to enquire.
FINALLY... Watch out for a new "Links" page added under the "More" tab. It's not ready yet but when it is it'll be full of interesting and relavant links to other websites and Youtube clips on stuff to do with counselling, mental wellbeing, relationships, sexuality and massage. Hopefully on the website by the end of October.
Please do yourself, and us, a favour.... by booking a time when you can actually make it! That might sound obvious but too many clients are booking and then cancelling because they book in work time, instead of their day off. Here's the thing.... your manager doesn't know and couldn't give a monkeys that you're trying to sneak in a massage in work time, so they manage your working day to suit themselves and the company you work for! Why bother trying to be covert and going under the radar when you can visit us... stress free... on your day off?
MAKING PAYMENT. The following methods of payment are acceptable. Cash on the day, card payment on the day, Paypal transfer in advance. If choosing to pay by paypal we can give you the recipient paypal address on request, because its not our usual email address. Our preferred methods of payment are card or paypal, but we still welcome payment by cash for those who prefer this.
WITHELD PHONE NUMBERS. Due to the time-wasting and immature nature of most of the calls we receive from witheld numbers, we will no longer be answering them! So if you are a genuine enquirer but your call displays at our end as"witheld number" or "unknown number" then it will not be answered. Some clients who call from work phones may be unaware that their call is displaying "unknown number" at our end so it's worth being aware of this. We have no interest whatsoever in dealing with clients who are totally secretive and act out in the shadows. And we are not a chat line for your entertainment as you play with yourself. We seek to establish open, honest and meaningful connections with our clients and we tend to find nothing but time wasted and trouble from the type of client who witholds their number.