There are different types of massage so it is important to decide on what you want from it before you book. There are relaxing massages which are much slower with lighter pressure. These are great if you are stressed and need some time for your self and need general relaxation. I can include some essential oils if you wish to make it a totally chilled out time. Sports Massage is generally for the sports person and usually includes some stretching this is quite a deep massage. Deep Tissue Massage is what it says on the tin. It includes some deep work on the muscles and trigger point work on the knots and tight muscles. This is great for anyone that is in pain or just someone who likes more pressure. Whilst we can use Aromatherapy oils in any massage, an actual Aromatherapy Massage is around lymph drainage. It is a lovely relaxing massage that will melt your stress away. Swedish Massage is the type that most people think about when the modality is mentioned.
Pregnancy Massage is a special massage which is performed with the client lying on her side. It is necessary to change sides half way through. It is a relaxing massage rather than one of the more vigorous massages at this special time.
Tui Na Massage is a highly effective treatment primarily used for musculo-skeletal pain. It is a holistic massage based on the principles of Chinese medicine, involving a wide variety of techniques to knead and work the muscles and tissues of the body, to promote blood flow, break up scar tissue and speed healing. Any pain or discomfort you experience is due to imbalances in the body’s tissues; this is what we are working with in Tui Na.
Another form of massage is Indian Head Massage, which is actually performed on the head, face, neck and upper arms and back. This can be performed fully clothed.
Massage involves working the soft tissue of the body, to ease day-to-day stresses and 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. Some of these – such as Indian head massage and remedial/sports massage - concentrate on specific areas of the body, or problem areas. Others might use different massage ‘tools’ to enhance the treatment, for example, heated stones, shells, or bamboo. With all massage treatments, the therapist will adapt the pressure and techniques used to suit the client’s individual needs and preferences.
What to expect
Before treatment, your therapist will provide a full consultation, asking you various questions about your health and lifestyle, to ensure treatment is right for you.
Treatments take place on a massage couch. If the treatment involves the therapist directly massaging your skin, a nourishing oil or cream-based product will generally be used to provide a free-flowing massage, and towels carefully placed to ensure your modesty and keep you warm and comfortable throughout the treatment.
Whatever type of massage you are having, your therapist will advise you of what to expect before the treatment begins.
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 or cope with specific physical, mental or emotional problems. Many aspiring and professional athletes have massage before and after training and competing, in order to stay in optimum condition and aid recovery.
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. In guidelines produced in 2009 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.
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