No.7 is a Complementary Health Practice based in Dulwich
“You're in safe hands with Tanga's impeccable knowledge of the body - every treatment is always very relaxing. I can't recommend her highly enough"” - Benedict B., Central London.
Specialisms in Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage (MLD - Vodder method), ScarWork Therapy and Zero Balancing. Complementary therapies promote healing and wellbeing. Treatments may help a range of conditions including:
- Lymphoedema (incl. Lipoedema) and related conditions characterized by swelling of the limbs, ankles, feet, and body
- Burns, bruising, swelling, acne, scar tissue (cosmetic and other surgery)
- Glandular fever, sinusitis, recurring infections, and M.E.
- Arthritis, neuropathy, frozen shoulder, sports injuries, and musculo-skeletal disorders
- Anxiety, panic attack and depression, high blood pressure, and insomnia
- Digestive disorders, constipation, PMS, bloating from allergy, cellulite
- Sub-fertility, hormonal imbalance, pregnancy, and post natal discomfort
- Allergies, asthma, headaches, and migrane
“My lymphatic drainage sessions are a whole package. - I feel that I'm not just having my leg treated, but my whole being...” - Anne R., SE London
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
“Finding out about Tanga and lymphatic massage has changed my life. I lived with swollen feet and ankles, but after regular sessions I am almost normal. I no longer rely on water tablets and can wear nice shoes and skirts. Tanga offers her treatments in a relaxed and therapeutic environment. I really look forward to my visits and can recommend this very special service to anyone who suffers with a lymphatic condition.” - Gill B., SE London.
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a gentle skin technique designed to improve the function of the lymphatic system.
This system plays a major role in the body's waste process. it also houses the lymph nodes, where white blood cells live and help the body to fight against infections.
Gentle rhythmic, circling movements on the skin stimulates the contraction of the lymph vessels, which speeds up the removal of waste products. White blood cell production is increased, and the autonomic nervous system is calmed, so that you experience a blissful state of relaxation.
An illness begins with a micro-oedema - a minute swelling that cannot be seen as pathogens or damage progress. Manual lymphatic drainage addresses micro-oedema in the soft tissues, boosting the body to health.
The gentle touch of MLD means that it is one of the few treatments that can be applied soon after injury to speed healing and may help control pain. It is a preferred treatment for people who may find stronger bodywork uncomfortable, e.g. people suffering from chronic fatigue (M.E.).
Manual Lymphatic Drainage was developed in the 1930's by the Danish physical therapists, Emil and Estrid Vodder. Today it is a valuable added skill for care professionals, including nurses.
MLD may help with:
- Burns, bruising, scarring from cosmetic and other surgery
- Sports injury and musculoskeletal disorders such as frozen shoulder
- Sinusitis, glandular fever, M.E., and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Lymphoedema, lipoedema, and related conditions
Lymphoedema treatment may include skin care and bandaging techniques, as well as lymphatic drainage. An intensive programme may be advised with monthly maintenance sessions to follow. For more information, see the Lymphoedema Support Network - lymphoedema.org
Below is a 5 minute video demonstrating self-lymphatic massage for your face and neck. You can use it for the reduction of sinus congestion, facial puffiness, & the symptoms of colds & allergies. Also use it to boost your complexion and immunity. A full treatment with all the repetitions takes 15-20 minutes.
N.B. For any medical conditions, open wounds, or recent trauma on the face - please consult your doctor or therapist.
Zero balancing is a unique touch therapy that realigns the body's energetic flow with its physical structure. It is applied through the clothes, using specific finger pressures and held stretches.
It focuses on groups of joints in the body through the weight bearing skeleton, improving their alignment and relationship to each other.
This invites the release of tension from deep within the body, improving natural movement patterns and fostering a profound sense of well being and stillness. The name Zero Balancing rose spontaneously from a recipients description of the experience she had just received.
Dr. Fritz Smith, a Canadian osteopath, physician and acupuncturist, developed the principles of Zero Balancing in 1975.
Zero balancing is for everyone and is a pleasant alternative to massage. Athletes and dancers enjoy the expanded awareness and body release it creates. Other people find it a resource that brings them back to the present moment. Zero balancing may help:
- improve flexibility and posture
- de-stress, ease pain, detoxify
- heighten body awareness
- clear thoughts and old patterns
- release trauma, grief and shock
- strengthen immunity and boost your sense of self (your “aura”)
“After Tanga's 1st Zero Balancing session, I noticed I was walking much better, had reduced lower back pain and slept soundly at night. I now prefer her Zero Balancing sessions to a massage.” - Sarah L., Surrey
Face & Body
Tanga combines her therapeutic skills to create a session tailored to you. Top-to-toe treatments are the perfect urban mini-break. Taking regular time-out to relax and re-center yourself helps boost your immunity and resilience to your daily challenges.
FULL BODY MASSAGE
Therapeutic massage movements including deep tissue, pressure points and fascial work, to loosen and relax tight muscles, combat pain, and help relieve strains & sprains. Massage is an uplifting treatment. More benefits include:
- increased mobility, improved skin tone, improved digestion and metabolic function
- faster recovery from injury or fitness training, supports the body in chronic disease
- Boosts immunity, improves the effect of medication & other physical therapies/medical procedures
- reduction of anxiety & depression, increased sense of wellbeing
ZB1 (Zero Balancing and Lymphatic Drainage)
A zero balancing session, followed by manual lymphatic drainage:
Pressure point work and passive stretching invites deep stillness and a meditative state, encouraging optimal body alignment. Lymphatic drainage massage boosts immunity, reduces swelling or toxic buildup (cellulite, fluid retention, oedema) and decreases bruising and pain.
ZB2 (Zero Balancing with Feet)
A zero balancing session, followed by a foot massage sequence:
Pressure point work and passive stretching invites deep stillness and a meditative state, encouraging optimal body alignment. A luxurious foot massage sequence further boosts physical and energetic balance.
“Zero balancing with Tanga is a gentle, uplifting experience, somewhere between Reconnective Healing, Cranio-Sacral therapy, Metamorphic Technique, Acupressure and Shiatsu…that removes sheets of stress from my body.
Tanga - is a shimmery person, with a genuine sparkly magic in her eyes.” - Nick J., SW London.
LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE FACIAL
Regular attention to the face can help keep it looking more relaxed & youthful, with a clearer complexion. Treatment can also help chronic problems such as acne, dark circles and sinus congestion.
On The Face - a pressure massage unlocks tension, & encourages healthy muscle tone. A gel and mask improve circulation, and smooth skin texture. And a lymphatic massage sequence drains away puffiness and toxic build-up. Infra-red heat boosts cellular exchange of nutrients, further encouraging radiant skin.
On The Feet - while you relax with the mask on, a foot massage sequence deepens your experience, and may help with:
- Anxiety, panic attack and depression
- High blood pressure and insomnia
- Digestive disorders, constipation
- Hormonal imbalance, sub-fertility
- Headaches, migraine, allergy, asthma
“When I look in the mirror and see a more relaxed and younger looking face, it's Tanga that I thank” - Susan T., Central London.
“Sheer luxury, you are spoiling me” - Clare H., Central London.
Scar massage techniques help to heal scars. They minimise adhesions and encourage re-growth of nerves - thereby improving overall flexibility, & reducing pain and/or numbness. They can improve physical function that has been compromised by injury (even many years after the injury has occurred), and can also reduce the visible appearance of scars. Treatment can be stand alone focussing on scarred areas, or it can be inclusive of body massage sessions.
Scar massage includes treating scars following:
• cesarian section, mastectomy, cosmetic surgery, joint replacement, and many other types of surgery.
“Tanga helped heal my broken ankle after surgery. The results were both immediate and long lasting, & her manner was delightful and put me at ease.” - Beth G., Central London.
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