What to Expect
During your first treatment your medical history will be briefly discussed and a postural assessment made. This involves being observed whilst performing a range of movements. Any restrictions in movement will be examined, to determine the underlying cause.
Once the cause of the symptoms has been identified, and the predisposing factors in your life discussed, treatment can begin. This is a holistic approach involving soft, deep or Swedish massage in which your feedback is required, to achieve the best results.
Deep Tissue and Sports Massage
Deep tissue massage has some of the same strokes used in Swedish massage but the movement is much deeper and slower and concentrates on specific areas of tension. The massage aims to alleviate aches, pains and injuries. It relaxes muscles, increases blood flow and circulation, decreases muscle spasms, reduces inflammation of joints and heart rate. improves range of movement & flexibility, breakdowns scar tissue & adhesions, improves postural awareness and assists injury prevention.
The techniques used include: effleurage to warm up the muscles on a much deeper level than the Swedish massage, petrissage to improve muscle blood circulation and promote deep muscle relaxation, muscle energy technique where the client uses gentle muscle contractions to relax and lengthen muscles back to normal range of motion, deep friction applied transversely to maintain mobility and prevent scars from forming.
Deep tissue and Sports massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:
Lower back pain
Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, upper back
Muscle tension or spasm
Swedish massage is a more relaxing and therapeutic type of treatment. It is beneficial in increasing oxygen levels in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, increasing circulation and flexibility while relaxing the whole body and decreasing tension. The techniques used include: effleurage (long and gliding strokes) to warm up the muscles and encourage venous and lymphatic return, petrissage (lifting and kneading the muscles) to stimulate blood flow and breakdown adipose tissue, friction (deep circular and transverse rubbing movements) to breakdown adhesions in a small and localised areas, tapotement (percussive movements: hacking, cupping, tapping) to increase local blood circulation and increase muscle tone, vibration (rocking, shaking movement to one limb or whole body) to facilitate a release of tension.
Pregnancy Massage can be of enormous benefit not only to the Mother but also to the unborn baby. Massage during pregnancy can be a wonderful experience for both the client and massage therapist. It emotionally and physiologically supports a woman during a time when her body is undergoing many changes and can help prepare her body for birth. A good massage can help a wide variety of ailments from headaches to swollen ankles.
There are tremendous benefits of pregnancy massage which includes Stimulation of the circulation – this will distribute essential nutrients and fluid to all the vital organs of the body. Lymphatic drainage which will eliminate toxins and helps reduce oedema, which can be a contributory factor in carpal tunnel and tarsal tunnel syndrome. Releases muscular tension of upper back and shoulders, lower back and hips easing the discomfort of sciatica, prolapsed discs and Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction. Helps to avoid varicose veins from developing. Massaging intercostals and pectorals will help the respiratory system and aid breathing during pregnancy and birth. Lowers blood pressure. Induces deep relaxation and reduces emotional stress. Massage increases the release of oxytocin – this is a pain reducing hormone providing vital relief of pain during labour and birth. Research also show that the baby can benefit greatly from the massage as ‘feel good’ endorphins are released by the mother during massage and are passed onto the baby.