Captain’s Den

Welcome to Captain’s Den

Holistic Therapy at Captain’s Den is a home based business nestled in the canal town of Stone, Staffordshire. Captain’s Den offers Aromatherapy and Advanced Therapy Massage techniques, including Myofascial Release and *NEW* Cupping in a comfortable, relaxing environment.

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Jan, the sole practice therapist of Captain’s Den and is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and on a register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Why choose a Massage?

Massage involves working the soft tissue of the body, to ease day-to-day stresses, muscular tension and promote relaxation. It helps to increase delivery of blood and oxygen to the treated areas and can also be used in support of other therapies to assist in the rehabilitation of muscular injuries.

There are many different types of massage. At Holistic Therapy at Captain’s Den your massage will concentrate on specific areas of the body, or problem areas which the advanced massage techniques will do. You can choose whether to receive a massage with Aromatherapy oils or Sports Therapy Wax. For each massage treatment, Jan will adapt the pressure and techniques to suit you. Your individual needs and preferences are always considered. Your treatment will be bespoke. Discuss which treatment will be best for you at your initial consultation.

What to expect

Before treatment can commence, Jan will provide a full consultation, asking you various questions about your health and lifestyle, to ensure treatment is right for you. A Patch test will be carried out, especially if you are requiring an aromatherapy massage (48hours pre treatment required), so initially, two separate appointments may be required. As Holistic Therapy at Captain’s Den is home based, each appointment is uniquely booked. (There is no reception area). Your time will include consultation, assessment, treatment and self care advise, so allow extra time. (Pending client being on time for their appointment).


Treatments usually take place on a massage coach, although some conditions may require you to receive your treatment sitting in a chair. If your treatment involves an aromatherapy massage, Jan will blend essential and carrier oils and apply directly to your skin to provide a free-flowing massage. (No pre blend oils are ever used). Towels are carefully placed to ensure your modesty and keep you comfortable throughout the treatment. Advanced techniques may use a specific liquid wax for gliding over fascia (connective tissue) and easing tension. Whatever type of massage you are having, Jan, your therapist, will advise you of what to expect before the treatment begins.

What do I wear?

Before your appointment it is advisable to shower or bath so you feel comfortable during your treatment. This is especially prevalent if you are receiving aromatherapy oils, as they will reach their optimum benefit the longer they stay on your skin and are absorbed.

You may wish to wear loose, elasticated clothing, although there is no preference. Depending on the treatment you book, will reflect what you need to wear. Professionalism is maintained at all times and privacy upheld.

What are the benefits of massage?

Massage is used by people for a variety of reasons. Some use it to simply relax and unwind, while others have regular massage to help them manage specific physical, mental or emotional concerns. Many aspiring and professional athletes have massage before and after training and competing, in order to stay in optimum condition and aid recovery.

If you are approaching Holistic Therapy at Captain’s Den for the first treatment, regular sessions may be required. The aim fo your visits for advanced therapy massage is to assess your concerns, deliver measurable treatment and using an evidence map with your bodies ability to move, advise and support you with self care instructions. Jan’s aim is to support you at your appointments and manage less regular sessions, leading to completion or maintenance bookings.

There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that massage can be effective in helping to treat certain chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia and low back pain. 2012; Cochrane Clinical Answers linked by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).  manual therapies – including massage – are recommended for the early management of persistent, non-specific low back pain. Further information and reference click here

Bookings can be taken by appointment only.

By choosing a massage therapist who is an FHT member, you can be confident that they are professionally trained, qualified and insured. They will also be listed on our Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register, as massage is considered a form of complementary healthcare.

Contact Jan for further details.

Jan is a qualified and a member of FHT.
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Performance Review Standards

The FHT Code of Conduct and Professional Practice; Revised July 2018

Holistic therapies should not be used in place of conventional medical care. Here at Captain’s Den – we advise, always consult your GP or a health professional for medical attention and advice prior to any holistic treatment.

All information given is strictly confidential.

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