Therapeutic Massage Therapy
Remedial | Deep Tissue | Relaxation Massage
Massage is the systematic and scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. Therapeutic massage benefits are well documented in scientific research and is recognised as playing an important role in the maintenance of optimal health and prevention of ill-health/disease.
Massage makes contact with the largest organ in the body, the skin.
Research has proven that by applying pressure and stretching the skin, this stimulates most other organs, vessels, glands and tissues. This leads to beneficial effects on heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, breathing and the immune system. The purpose of massage therapy is to restore, maintain or enhance the balance between our body's systems.
Remedial massage is the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management. A remedial massage therapist must have knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to determine where to treat patients. They may include in the massage treatment advanced massage techniques e.g. Clinical Neuromuscular Therapy / Trigger Point therapy. They also perform muscle range of motion test (ROM) length, strength and orthopaedic tests to achieve the best possible treatment outcome.
Deep Tissue massage
Similar to Swedish massage but by using deeper pressure releases chronic muscle tension focusing on deeper muscle tissue, tendons and fascia. Although clients express concern over whether the pressure is deep enough to get into tight muscles there is much more to an effective massage than just deep pressure. A variation of techniques to include deep transverse friction, cross fibre, compression & deep longitudinal strokes that break up adhesions between muscle fibres eliminating scar tissue, increase blood flow to the muscle tissue and increase transport of natural opiates that alleviate pain.
Relaxation massage | Swedish Massage
This is a more gentle, soothing and rhythmical massage that is very healing on the body. The elongated strokes not only relax tense muscles but increase lymphatic flow and reduce levels of stress hormones that can be damaging for our bodies if they are constantly being produced.
By having maintenance relaxation massages we are allowing our bodies to rest, digest and recharge our energy levels so that we may cope with 'stressors' in our increasingly busy lives.
Please don't hesitate to contact the clinic to discuss a treatment plan to get the best results with a regular programme of maintenance massage that works with your lifestyle and budget.
Note: It is important to advise the therapist of any allergies, medical conditions and current medications and whether you are pregnant. There are certain massage techniques and body areas that need to be avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy.
If you are feeling unwell with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or have an acute head or chest cold then all types of massage are not advised until the acute phase has passed - it will only make you feel worse and there is a risk of infecting other clients and the therapist.