Although pain is nearly always part of the tattooing process, at BluePunk we believe it's best for both clients and artists if we can do everything possible to reduce that pain and increase the overall comfort of our clients.
That's why we are super excited to announce that we have partnered with Rela Noita, a wonderfully witchy Holistic Massage Therapist, who will be offering professional massage services at the studio. Having a primary focus on the ultimate client-centred care and particularly welcoming individuals from marginalised communities makes Rela Noita a perfect fit for the BluePunk studio!
Massage helps to relieve pain and support body/mind calm by activating the Parasympathetic Nervous System ("rest and digest"), which counters the Sympathetic Nervous System response ("fight, flight, or freeze"), creating more plasticity in our response to internal and external stimuli (like a tattoo!). From a biochemical perspective, massage has also been shown to temporarily increase oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine levels in the body, reducing cortisol (a necessary but often over-activated stress hormone) and promoting an overall feeling of wellbeing.
Pre-tattoo relaxation massage
From first timers to tattoo veterans, nearly everyone gets anxious or nervous before their tattoo appointment. Imagine if you could spend 30 - 90 minutes before your tattoo appointment having a wonderful, relaxing massage, leaving you feeling perfectly chilled and prepared for the tattoo session?
Research shows that massage which relaxes you prior to being in a stressful/painful situation (e.g. childbirth) can make the pain much more manageable. Why not book a pre-tattoo massage to make your time with us an enjoyable and relaxing experience as possible?
Longer tattoo sessions, having a low pain tolerance or certain health conditions can make even just booking a tattoo very intimidating. Until now, clients have always tried to self-manage any worry and pain with distraction techniques, painkillers or lots of breaks. These things can all work to an extent; but what about massage? A massage during your tattoo session can increase oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine levels in the body, reduce cortisol and promote an overall feeling of wellbeing, helping you to get through a session with ease!
Both of these options can be added on when booking your tattoo, and BluePunk clients receive a special price. You are welcome to ask us any questions, with no pressure on booking. Rela Noita also offers many other types of treatments, which you can see and book here.