Based in the French Alps, Irina Tenbrink is a qualified masseuse offering classical, sportif ,  Ayurverdic and Balinese massages in the salon or at your residence.

By relieving tightness, and stress, restoring mental balance and reactivating the body’s reserves, a professional massage can be both beneficial physically and mentally.

Depending on the type and intensity of the massage, a message can also be used as preparation before sport in order to relax and ‘warm up’ the muscles before doing any sporting activity, and thus reducing the risk of injury. A massage after sport will not only relax the muscles but will also help the body release any built up lactic acid, and reduce the chances of muscles seizing up the following day.

As an experienced masseuse Irina will be able to offer you advice and help you choose the best type of massage for your needs. Massages usually take 60 or 90 minutes depending on the type of massage required.  

Working in the French Alps, Irina Tenbrink provides massage services for various techniques: from classical to Ayurvedic and Balinese, both in the salon and in the house.

Professional massage is one of the components of human health. It allows you to activate the reserves of the body, relieve tightness, get rid of stress, restore mental balance.

Depending on the type and intensity of the massage, it can be used as a preparation before sports training and as a relaxing tool. Indispensable massage during sports, it allows you to "warm up" the body, relieve tension and fatigue, "calm" the muscles. Massage after skiing in the Alps will allow you to get pleasure and maximum benefit from the rest.

In this case, after consulting with an experienced massage therapist, you can choose the best type of procedure for yourself. The duration of the session is 60 minutes or more. Before the session, the masseur will give you recommendations on the procedure and inform you about the contraindications.

Sports massage

sports massage uses a variety of pressure (often deeper, more intense and focused than in conventional massage) to speed up an athlete's recovery time and help prevent injury.

Many athletes believe that a complete training programme should include not just the exercise itself, but also regular massage.

Because each sport uses the muscle groups in different ways, a qualified sports massage therapist will have a sound knowledge of the muscular and skeletal systems, and tailor the treatment for each individual athlete. Sports massage is often supplemented by other massage therapy styles, including Swedish massage, deep tissue, trigger point (myotherapy), shiatsu, acupressure, compression, cross-fibre and lymphatic massage.

What is sports massage good for?

A sports massage has many benefits for an athlete, or anyone doing regular exercise. It can:

  • relax your muscles
  • fight fatigue
  • relieve any swelling you have around your joints
  • boost circulation and the immune system so that the body heals more quickly
  • improve your flexibility and body strength
  • reduce your heart rate and blood pressure
  • increase your circulation and lymph flow
  • make it easier for you to recover more quickly after you've done strenuous exercise
  • make it less likely you'll get more injuries by getting rid of the tension in the muscles

Sports massage can also read the body to see if there are any areas where the soft tissue or muscle is weaker, and help strengthen it to prevent it from breaking down.

Some people even believe that sports massage can provide that extra 'edge' to competitive athletes, getting the body into shape faster and reducing recovery time after heavy workouts.

Although sports massage is aimed at people who regularly push their bodies through strenuous exercise, it can benefit the everyday-Kay too. If you're running around with small children all the time, or you have a physically demanding job, a regular sports massage may help you. Sports massage is often prescribed by doctors to treat back or muscle-strain or as part of a rehabilitation programme for people who've had an injury.


Classic massage

Touch is a very important part of human contact. It helps us feel connected and loved by those around us.

Massage uses touch through rubbing or kneading of parts of the body to aid circulation, relax the muscles, or provide sensual stimulation.

Massage is one of the oldest, simplest forms of therapy.
The basic goal of massage therapy is to help the body heal itself and to increase health and well-being.

·         There are many health benefits to receiving massage therapy on a regular basis:

·         Relieves stress

·         Encourages relaxation

·         Improves circulation

·         Improves posture

·         Lowers blood pressure

·         Helps manage pain

·         Relaxes muscles

·         Improves flexibility

·         Improves breathing

·         Relieves tension headaches

·         Strengthens immune system

·         Decreases depression

A good massage is an exhilarating experience.
An effective means for increasing and retaining work capacity for a long time. Helps fight fatigue, creates a feeling of relaxation and well-being. Promotes the metabolic processes, improves blood circulation, has a stimulating effect on the whole nervous system, increases tone in slack muscles and relaxes tense muscles.


Swidish massage

in Sweden, "Swedish massage" is simply known as "classic massage". And that is exactly what it is -- a classic treatment which represents the western standard for massage.  The five main techniques used in Swedish massage -- stroking and gliding; kneading; rubbing; tapping or pounding; vibration -- are probably what spring to mind when you think about a "typical" massage.

What is Swedish massage good for?

The various Swedish massage techniques are designed to improve your circulation, soothe your muscles and make you feel more relaxed.

Swedish massage uses softer strokes on the bonier and more delicate parts of the body, and stronger strokes where there is thicker muscle coverage. This adjustment of pressure makes it an ideal massage for relaxation.

Besides the calming benefits, Swedish massage is thought to be good for:

·         easing muscular strain by flushing out toxins

·         improving circulation by increasing oxygen flow in the blood

·         helping to keep ligaments and tendons supple

·         reducing emotional and physical stress.

Before you go, check with the spa about what you should wear: the spa may provide disposable underwear. If the thought of removing all your clothes makes you blush, don't worry: your therapist will be an artist of professional draping techniques. The oils and lotions used in massage can stain fabrics, so it's a good idea to opt for something old if you're wearing your own clothes.

As with all treatments, inform your massagist  of any medical conditions you may have and tell them if you are -- or just think you might be -- pregnant.

Besides the calming benefits, Swedish massage is thought to be good for:

·         easing muscular strain by flushing out toxins

·         improving circulation by increasing oxygen flow in the blood

·         helping to keep ligaments and tendons supple

·         reducing emotional and physical stress.

What to expect from a Swedish massage

Your massage will probably last around 60 or 90 minutes. Your therapist will give you time to undress privately and lie down on the massage table, which is usually padded for extra comfort, where you may cover yourself with towels. You don't have to be completely exposed at any point; your therapist will uncover one little bit of you at a time depending on the area she is focusing on. If you're worried about anything, don't hesitate to say so.

Your therapist might assess your complexion at the start of your treatment and choose essential oils or lotions to suit your skin type. She will massage these into your body with a series of strokes and techniques specific to the part of your body and what you want to achieve; for example, this might be long, gliding strokes across your back to help you relax, or kneading or rubbing your shoulders to unwind any knots. The treatment takes into account the delicate or tender areas of your body, so it should be comfortable and soothing.

Ayurvedic massage

Ayurvedic Massage is based on ancient Indian principles of Ayurveda and pressure points, designed to heal the body and create a balance between mind, body, and spirit. The word is a Sanskrit compound: ayu, meaning “life,” and veda, meaning “knowledge.” Sometimes translated as “science of life,” Ayurveda lays out a complete mind-body prescription for healthy living that includes a dietetic regimen and a body of herbal healing techniques. Many of the dietary guidelines—say, for example, eating freshly prepared organic foods and varying the diet by including six different tastes—dovetail with modern nutritional thinking.

Ayurvedic massage is a customized treatment, incorporating essential oils, typically herbal-infused, with time-honored and non-traditional strokes and kneading that suit each individual’s needs.


Balinese massagew

alinese massage is a full-body, deep-tissue, holistic treatment. Balinese massage uses a combination of gentle stretches, acupressure, reflexology, and aromatherapy to stimulate the flow of blood, oxygen and "qi" (energy) around your body, and bring a sense of wellbeing, calm and deep relaxation. Balinese massage uses a variety of techniques including skin rolling, kneading and stroking, and pressure-point stimulation, combined with the aromas of essential oils.

Balinese massage is a good treatment to choose if you want to experience a variety of massage techniques, need some help to relax, or if you're feeling a bit low. A relaxation massage with attitude, this treatment will help you feel calm, but it will boost your circulation and target knotted tissue to address physical issues as well.

Expect the therapist to use quite deep pressure during the massage, in order to work on deep, knotted tissue and muscle damage. Your therapist will also use long, gentle strokes and kneading to relieve tension and improve circulation in the muscles closer to the surface of the skin. Sessions usually last about an hour.

You will feel all kinds of wonderful after a Balinese massage: relaxed, refreshed, re-energised. You will probably smell fantastic after all those essential oils, too. If you have the chance to lie down afterwards, take it. Soak in the wonderful feelings of relaxation and realignment for as long as you can.

Balinese massage techniques work to soothe damaged tissue, and relieve strained muscles and joint pain. The boost to your circulation will help reduce stress and rebalance your body, and the aromatic oils can also boost your mood. As this massage targets deeper layers of muscle, and boosts circulation, Balinese massage is useful for sports injuries.

As with all spa treatments, you should tell your therapist if you have any medical conditions, are taking medication or think you might be pregnant.

Relaxing massage


Most massage treatments will relax you, among other things. With a relaxation massage, relaxing you is the only aim. For this reason, it is one of the most complete and indulgent massages you can have.

 a relaxation massage is usually a full-body treatment involving soft music, soft lighting and aromatherapy oils. You will have a long, luxurious massage which will use all kinds of techniques including long strokes, gentle kneading and rolling of skin and muscle, and perhaps some rhythmic rocking from side to side. It is a passive treatment. This is the massage to choose if you just want to chill out, and be pampered and spoiled.

What is relaxation massage good for?

The clue to this is in the title.

A good relaxation massage relieves stress and tension in your muscles and will leave you oozing with a sense of wellbeing. It achieves this because of the general benefits of massage: it improves your circulation, so your organs and skin get more oxygen; it moves fluid through your lymphatic system. A relaxation massage encourages your body to digest its food, and get rid of its toxins. It will help you to sleep better. A massage will also help un-knot any muscles, soothe aches and sprains and encourage the skin to heal minor abrasions.

It is a natural instinct to rub or cuddle someone to give them comfort; a relaxation massage takes that instinct and runs with it, or rather 'meanders' with it.


Anti-cellulite massage

Anti-Cellulite massage stimulates the deep layers of the skin and the muscle, encouraging the flow of oxygenated blood to the area, which provides the nutrients necessary to improve the condition of your skin, as well as helping the lymphatic system to remove any toxins and excess fluid. The right massage technique will also break down the fat cells that build up under the skin, which stretch and pull on the skins connective tissue, causing the dimpled effect of your cellulite. Physically breaking up these deposits, and promoting better circulation in the area to help remove them, is one of the main reasons why a good anti cellulite massage can be so effective.