Massage


What is Massage?

Massage is the manipulation of the body’s soft tissues and can be used for a variety of reasons:-

  • providing comfort in response to pain,
  • relax the body when it is tense or stressed,
  • prevent injuries from happening,

Below is a list of conditions that massage can benefit:

Condition

How massage helps

Headaches including: cluster, muscular, sinus. Relieving tension and congestion.
Insomnia Increasing relaxation
Reduces Stress & Anxiety Decreases activation of the nervous system and promotes the relaxation response.
Muscle Fatigue & Soreness (including areas affected by fibromyalgia, fascial restrictions and some joint problems) Boosts lymph which cleanses the tissue and draws oxygen and nutrients via the blood to the affected area
Respiratory Problems Drainage if encouraged which eases the problem
Nerve entrapment conditions such as:
Carpal Tunnel
Sciatica
Shoulders
These problems are often relieved by work done to relieve the myofascial component in the area.

How is it done?

After years of practice I still have a treatment plan after our consultation.  I now no longer plan how I am going to do the treatment, as it is more important to touch your body and find out what it needs through the massage.  All my senses are used such as what I can see, how your body/tissue feels and what other parts of your body may be affected.  Clients often say “it only hurts on the right” and I always reassure them that I need to know how the left feels as a comparision.  It often turns out that there is an old problem/injury going on there and the right side of the body as had to do extra work for so long it is now complaining.

The classic strokes used in Swedish massage such as effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement and vibration as well as the variations that have emerged such as nerve strokes and trigger point work are all used by the practitioner.

Occasionally deep pressure may be needed to release a tense or contracted muscle.  Pressure is always applied gradually until the desired effect is achieved.  Discomfort may be experienced but pain should never go beyond your threshold.

During a Treatment?

Massage is done on skin using a balm or oil so I ask you (the client) to undress appropriately for the massage, (underwear is kept on).  While one area of the body is being worked on for example the leg, the rest of the body is kept warm and covered with towels.  When that area is finished, it is re-covered and then I move on to the next area.

After the massage, I give you time to get dressed again, have a drink of water and have a chat with you about how it felt and how you feel after it.  This is to help you feel grounded again as well as to ascertain what changes have occurred.

I always encourage you to drink some extra water after a massage and in the hours that follow.  This is because one of the fluids in the body called the lymph has been stimulated.  The lymph is the cleaning fluid and to ensure that it can eliminate anything it finds it is good to have some extra fluid in the body.

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