All massage treatments are designed to suit the needs and requirements of you, an individual. Each person is unique and the treatment reflects this.
If it is your first appointment, you will have received a short consultation by phone or online first to discuss your treatment needs. Each massage has the unhurried hands-on time advertised, no shortcuts or rushing you out of the door!
Choose on the day whether you would like a treatment to purely relax, have time and space to unwind, or maybe you need some deep tissue clinical massage methods to address areas of pain or restricted movement.
A combination of advanced massage techniques are often used. Deep tissue massage, along with myofascial release and trigger point therapy is a nice combination to address a wide variety of issues, combined with stretching and any postural advice where appropriate. The right combination of massage techniques will aim to lengthen and derestrict any affected muscles and thus increase the range of movement and flexibility.
Advice for homecare and self treatment is always offered, including stretches for the affected muscles, exercises for muscle strengthening, self-treating massage techniques and postural advice to avoid future pain. This will all greatly help the recovery time, teach you to ease any pain you have yourself and increase your flexibility.
It is a very effective blend in relieving pain in the body caused by injury, chronic postural problems and repetitive strains or other body aches and pain. It can treat conditions such as low back pain, whiplash, neck and upper shoulder pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, repetitive strains, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and tendonitis.
The purpose of clinical massage is to decrease chronic pain; improve a person’s range of motion; help to recover from sports injuries and rehabilitate from surgery.
Massage treatments will usually involve some passive stretching techniques. The client will lie still and the affected area will be gently stretched.
I recommend to clients that between sessions they try and do some stretching themselves at home. This greatly prolongs the benefits of a massage treatment and enables the client to help themselves long term. Stretching is a great and easy way of reducing inflammation and relaxing muscles, increasing flexibility and reducing injury risks. No equipment is needed, just the floor, a wall or a doorway, a few minutes of your time and I provide an illustrated sheet of diagrams so it is easy for you to remember how to do your stretches. If you are able to get into a routine of stretches on a regular basis, you will notice a substantial improvement in your ability to remain pain free.
Deep tissue massage uses slower, targeted strokes to reach the deeper layers of the muscle and connective tissue to help with muscle damage from injuries. It is extremely helpful in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia.
Deep tissue massage is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains. It is also effective when it comes to injury rehabilitation. Some of the same strokes used are as classic massage therapy such as Swedish massage, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain. People often notice an improved range of motion soon after a deep tissue massage.
Sports massage is designed to prevent and relieve injuries and conditions that are associated with exercise. It can often be quite strenuous and is meant to relieve and reduce the tension that can build up within the body’s soft tissues while exercising. It can be carried out before, or after playing sport or exercising and uses techniques that are designed to increase endurance and performance, to minimise the chances of injury and, if there is an injury, to reduce the recovery time. Sports massage techniques include stretching and soft tissue release work on muscles, fascia and nerves.
Contrary to its name, sports massage is not only for sports people or people that exercise heavily. It is of benefit to anyone that spends long hours at a desk and for anyone with chronic pain, injury or range-of-motion issues. Stretching exercises are given to clients to do between sessions as a way of helping yourself to keep pain free.
Soft tissue release is a technique often used in sports massage.
Fibres within the muscles ideally should lie neatly against each other. However sometimes these fibres can become damaged or tangled, which cause the muscle to pull in a shortened state on the area it attaches to, usually a bone. This results in a restriction of movement and pain.
Soft tissue release involves putting pressure on an affected muscle to create a temporary false attachment point, then moving that muscle into a pain-free stretch to untangle the muscle fibres. This will increase the client’s range of movement and help manage injuries and relieve pain.
A trigger point is a small area of stiffness in a muscle, creating a firm knot or tiny bump from the constricted muscle fibres causing chronic ache and muscular pain. These tiny knots develop when a muscle gets over-worked or injured and result in a feeling of pain, often some distance away from the site of the trigger point. For example, the source of some low back pain could come from trigger points on the lower leg.
Trigger point therapy uses a mixture of stretching and deep tissue techniques applied to the site of the trigger point to loosen up the tight fibres and alleviate pain. Initially when pressure is applied to the trigger point, the client may feel some pain or discomfort, however this should quickly fade away and the client is left with noticeable relief from their original pain. Trigger point therapy is usually used alongside and works well with other therapies, such as myofascial release.
The ‘myo’ in this word means muscle, the ‘fascia’ is the name given to the connective tissue within the body, and ‘release’ is to ease or let go.
Fascia plays a crucial role in the support of our bodies. It surrounds and attaches to everything inside of us and so provides stability within us by creating a constant pull. Everything within our body is held in suspension within the matrix of the fascia. In an ideal state, nothing within it touches, there is space between cells, bones, vessels, nerves and organs for moving freely. Recent research has proven that most of the pain we feel is coming from the fascia within our bodies. Because it is a three-dimensional web throughout the body, any change within it is amplified to the surrounding areas and deeper tissues.
If our body is represented as a tent, our bones can be thought of as tent poles, which are unable to support anything without the constant pull of the guy ropes (or fascia) to keep the needed tension to allow the tent (or body) to remain upright. In the normal healthy state the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It can stretch and move without restriction.
After physical trauma however, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted and a source of tension to the rest of the body. Trauma, such as a fall, sporting injury, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture over time and repetitive strain injuries affect it and hence the way our body moves.
The use of myofascial release techniques in massage tend to be very slow and work gently into areas of restriction, allowing the fascia to release and ‘melt’ layer upon layer, easing any restrictions. The results are much more profound and generally long lasting than just working with muscles or bones.
This is a great method for treating any chronic pain conditions and for restoring alignment and mobility.
The Temporo-mandibular Joint connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull, enabling you to open your mouth and move the jaw from side to side. Such positioning and movement is controlled by the muscles attached to and surrounding the joint. In between the bones is a small shock absorbing disk to keep movement smooth and cushion the joint.
TMJ disorders can cause pain in the area of the joint and associated muscles and/or problems using the jaw. Both or just one of the joints may be affected. TMJ disorders can go from something as simple as a clicking jaw to affecting a person’s ability to speak, eat, chew and swallow. They can experience headaches, clicking and popping sounds, earache or being unable to open the jaw properly.
TMJ can be caused from many reasons, such as dental work, wearing a brace, chewing gum or whiplash. The treatment involves both external deep tissue massage techniques to the face, neck and shoulders, and also gentle internal craniosacral techniques to the mouth.
A postural assessment is a good starting point in treating a client who is in some discomfort or pain. It is useful to assess how the muscles and bones are working together, where there may be some imbalances and tightness which may be affecting someone’s mobility and range of movement. If someone has an injury to one ankle for example, it may be affecting how they walk and consequently leading to tightness and strain further up the body in the pelvis and spine.
When the body is aligned well, it moves and distributes weight evenly. This enables it to function at its best and is less likely to incur injuries.
During an assessment the client will need to stand and walk in a relaxed manner to enable an assessment of the legs, pelvis and spine. It is best if the client can be dressed in sports shorts or underwear. By assessing the movement and posture, any problem areas which need massage treatments can be focused upon. Postural advice, stretching and exercises are also given. The treatment plan is bespoke to the client and will vary depending on the results of the assessment.
Anyone can benefit from a postural assessment. It is easy to build up bad postural habits from a wide range of everyday activities. Often from sitting at a desk all day and peering into a computer screen; holding children; travelling regularly on the seats of public transport; wearing bad footwear; in a hurry and adopting a ‘forward head posture’. Over time it is easy for these habits to start taking a strain on the body and creating pain as a result.
Those people who have ongoing pain or are under-performing will benefit from having a postural assessment. Just being aware of how you move and hold yourself is half the battle, knowing what to do about it is the other half.
Pregnancy massage is specifically adapted to the needs of mums-to-be. Massage is highly beneficial for both pre and post natal care. It reduces stress, enables relaxation, reduces oedema, lowers blood pressure, increases flexibility, helps insomnia and reduces the strains and pains of carrying this extra weight on the body. Massage helps your body to adapt to the physical stresses of pregnancy using suitable techniques and positions for each stage. Massage also releases the “feel good” hormones such as oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin, whilst decreasing the release of stress hormones leaving you both relaxed and stress-free.
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