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Nice to meet you.

About me

Welcome to my practice.

My name is André Duarte and I am an experienced complementary therapist offering holistic Swedish, aromatherapy, deep tissue and manual lymphatic drainage massage to my clients in Edinburgh City Centre. I trained at the world renowned CityLit in London and the Brighton School of Massage.

 

My background is in Psychology and I worked in the mental health field for over 10 years before deciding to integrate holistic therapies into my practice. I am passionate about what I do and have a deep interest in all aspects of health – physical, mental and emotional. My aim is to leave each client with a profound sense of wellbeing having experienced the healing power of touch.

I provide services tailored to each client’s needs whether you come for a single session or a series of treatments. My therapeutic clinic offers you a place to relax, feel good and to heal – a place where you can focus on your own needs, slow down and let go of the burdens of this busy world. I welcome clients from all backgrounds and can support you whether you have specific aches, pains or medical problems or whether you simply want to relax and de-stress.

I am a registered member of the Complementary Therapists Association (CThA), the Scottish  Massage Therapists Organisation (SMTO) and fully insured with Holistic Insurance Services.

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My way of working

My ethos is to offer highly personalised, person-centred and evidence based care for each client that also makes a minimal impact on our natural environment. My background in psychology supports me in providing non-judgmental, client focused services. The products I use in our work are chemical free, organic, non-GMO and environmentally friendly. By working in this way, I hope to contribute to a healthier, happier and more mindful world.

If you have more questions about my practice and the way I work, please visit the FAQ’s section of the website or get in touch with me directly.

Chemical Free | Organic | non-GMO | Environmentally Friendly

Covid-19

 

 

 

As a member of the Scottish Massage Therapists Association and the Complementary Therapists Association I have thorough measures in place to ensure best practice and that I am keeping both you and myself as safe as possible. These measures are regularly reviewed in line with legislation and guidance issued by the Scottish Government. 

 

 Rest assured your massage treatment will still feel as good as ever! 

 

Testimonials

"I instantly felt comfortable with André. His interest and friendliness was greatly appreciated, as was his sensitivity to my body issues.  The atmosphere was relaxing, warm, calming and exactly what you’d hope for when going for a massage. I just wish it lasted longer!"

— Monique Hale

Treatments

*All massage treatments can be adapted and tailored to ensure you get exactly what you need from a treatment at Olive Tree Holistic Therapies.

 

Relaxation massage

 

Are you always ‘switched-on’, have difficulty letting go and are constantly on high alert? This massage is designed to help you get to a calmer and more peaceful state of being. Using techniques drawn from Swedish physical therapist Henrik Ling, this massage will switch off your sympathetic nervous system and switch on your parasympathetic nervous system; in other words, it will have a sedative effect. The calm, slow and gliding massage strokes will improve circulation thus aiding the delivery of essential nutrients around your body. Serotonin and endorphins (which are feel good, anti-stress hormones) are released for optimum mental functioning and for decreasing anxiety and depression. This massage will also help relieve your muscles of fatigue, soreness and stiffness and improve your flexibility. To find out more about what to expect before, during and after the massage treatment please visit this page. More information can be found in the frequently asked questions page.​

 

Available times:

- 30 minutes (allow a 45 minute total appointment time), £30

- 60 minutes (allow a 75 minute total appointment time), £45

- 90 minutes (allow a 105 minute total appointment time), £65

Special package: 6x 60 minute massages for £225 when purchased together, includes one free massage

 

*You can choose to have a shower at the end of this treatment. Free towels, shower gel and shampoo are provided. 

 

Relax+ Aromatherapy massage 

 

When choosing this treatment, I will mix essential oils with a carrier oil with the purpose of unifying physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance your natural healing process. This is a deeply relaxing type of massage that will stimulate your sense of smell and - possibly - your memories! The strokes are adapted from traditional Swedish massage to promote and facilitate the absorption of the essential oils into the skin. I will formulate a massage blend just for you and select essential oils with sedative properties that facilitate and encourage relaxation. Want to know how essential oils are thought to work and if they are safe to use? Please visit this page. To find out more about what to expect before, during and after the massage treatment please click here.  ​

 

Available times:

- 30 minutes (allow a 45 minute total appointment time), £33

- 60 minutes (allow a 75 minute total appointment time), £48

- 90 minutes (allow a 105 minute total appointment time), £68

 

Special package: 6x 60 minute massages for £240 when purchased together, includes one free massage

*You can choose to have a shower at the end of this treatment. Free towels, shower gel and shampoo are provided. However, I recommend in the case of aromatherapy massage that you try not to shower for a few hours after the treatment to ensure the essential oils are absorbed by your skin as much as possible to maximise the benefits of each oil. 

Deep tissue muscle release massage

 

Deep tissue massage is a technique that concentrates on the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, often used to treat musculoskeletal issues such as strains. The purpose of this technique is to lengthen, relax and release strain patterns within the muscles; it may also promote faster healing of muscles by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation. I will use a combination of slow strokes and deep pressure by using my fingers, knuckles, hands and forearms on tight places either following or going across the fibres of the muscles. Trigger points are also often used. As opposed to other massage techniques, deep tissue massage concentrates on the certain parts of the body that are strained; therefore, it is not unusual to have a session that concentrates fully on the lower back, neck or shoulder. To find out more about what to expect before, during and after a deep tissue muscle release massage visit this page. More information can be found in the frequently asked questions page.

Available times:

- 30 minutes (allow a 45 minute total appointment time), £30

- 60 minutes (allow a 75 minute total appointment time), £45

- 90 minutes (allow a 105 minute total appointment time), £65

Special package: 6x 60 minute massages for £225 when purchased together, includes one free massage

*You can choose to have a shower at the end of this treatment. Free towels, shower gel and shampoo are provided.

 

Heal faster lymphatic drainage

 

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a noninvasive and very gentle type of massage treatment which can reduce chronic or acute swelling (edema) after surgery (e.g. cosmetic surgery such as liposuction or cancer surgery). If you’re suffering with edema regardless of having had surgery then you will also enjoy this treatment. In the case of surgery, it gives your body the crucial support it needs for a full recovery. Research shows that MLD accelerates your healing process, decreases recovery time and combats infection by improving your circulation, increasing your metabolic rate and improving immunity. After surgery the body’s lymphatic system is temporarily overloaded by the cascade of events and brings on the body’s inflammatory response to trauma. MLD treatment is designed to optimise the lymphatic system by clearing lymphatic pathways and collection ducts, which is critical to allow transportation of fluid. It would also be worth considering MLD treatment pre-operation as it will boost your lymphatic system and positively influence healing, which can reduce the amount of post-surgical treatments required. To find out more about what to expect before, during and after the massage treatment please visit this page. More information can be found in the frequently asked questions page.

 

Available times:

- £35 per session which can be anything from 15-45 minutes

Special package: 6x sessions for £175 when purchased together, includes one free treatment

 

Energy boost massage 

 

This massage is designed to give you an energy boost and leave you feeling ready to face your day - or night! It adapts the massage strokes from classic Swedish massage and harnesses the properties of essential oils to leave you feel uplifted. Its pace is faster than in a relaxing massage and it’s also more vigorous making you feel woke and ready to go. To find out more about what to expect before, during and after the massage treatment please visit this page. More information can be found in the frequently asked questions page.

 

Available times:

- 30 minutes (allow a 45 minute total appointment time), £33

- 60 minutes (allow a 75 minute total appointment time), £48

- 90 minutes (allow a 105 minute total appointment time), £68

Special package: 6x 60 minute massages for £240 when purchased together, includes one free massage

 

*You can choose to have a shower at the end of this treatment. Free towels, shower gel and shampoo are provided. However, I recommend in the case of aromatherapy massage that you try not to shower for a few hours after the treatment to ensure the essential oils are absorbed by your skin as much as possible to maximise the benefits of each oil. 

 

‘Essential oils add on’: + £3

 

Essential oils harness a plant’s therapeutic properties which can be used to improve health and prevent disease. I will create an essential oil blend to be diluted with your massage oil with the view to help improve physical or psychological aspects of your health. For example, if you are having a deep tissue massage treatment for muscle pain, I can create a blend with sedative and muscle relaxing properties. Essential oils may help with several conditions such as anxiety and stress, insomnia, inflammation, digestive issues, hypertension, hypotension, arthritis, rheumatism and others. They can also be used to invigorate you, for example, by using energising oils such as lemon, grapefruit or sweet orange!

 

*This ‘add on’ does not apply to the Relax+ Aromatherapy massage or the Energy Boost massage as those treatments already include the use of essential oils. **Essential oils cannot be added to the Heal Faster manual lymphatic drainage treatment.

 

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