What is Massage ?


Massage therapy is understood to be one of the oldest methods of healing with references in medical texts from over 3000 years ago.  It refers to the application of techniques to the soft tissue and muscle of the body for the benefit of the client.  These benefits are experienced in the musculoskeletal, nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems of the body and can lead to your general well-being. 


Therapeutic massage

Therapeutic massage is used to promote relaxation and allows you the chance to take time out from your busy life.  It has the effect of  improving circulation, reducing stress and can help release tension in muscle.

Usually, therapeutic massage is a full body massage which takes around an hour to complete but this does not have to be the case and the massage can be tailored to suit your requirements.  It's your time to relax and you can choose to talk, ask questions or fall asleep.

Sports and remedial massage

If you have specific issues with any areas of the body then this form of massage  may be able to help to assist with them.    It is a goal-oriented massage using pressure and depth to address areas of pain and tension which may be causing restriction in movement or general stiffness.  It may also involve assisted stretching.  There is a degree of involvement from you during the session as there will be times when you will be required to initiate stretches or muscle movements.  Sports and remedial massage can be useful for those who are playing their sport at any level (from elite to weekend warrior) or, indeed, for those who are beginning to experience pain or discomfort due to working at a desk all day or driving for long periods of time.  There is also a misconception that sports and remedial massage has to be painful.  It does not have to be painful although there may be times when treatment causes discomfort.  However, the treatment will always be carried out within your pain limits and you are always in control.


Consultation

When arriving for your first appointment I will carry out a consultation with you.  This will include basic information such as name and address details and will involve some questions regarding your medical history.  For those receiving a sports or remedial massage  there will be postural and range of movement assessments. These are all designed so that the treatment you receive is the massage best suited to your requirements.  Following the treatment follow up advice may be given which could include stretching or other techniques which will help you to help your body.