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 consultation form prior to your appointment . We will discuss your treatment needs before your session begins so please allow up to an extra 10 minutes or so on top of your first treatment time to allow for this. The 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.
Brighton clinical massage (or sometimes known as medical massage) is a general umbrella term for a number of bodywork techniques. These can include myofascial release, trigger point therapy, soft tissue release, sports, deep tissue techniques, and stretches.
Clinical massage is very effective in relieving pain in the body caused by injury, chronic postural problems, repetitive strains or other general body aches and pains. Due to our working environments and lifestyles today, we are often placed into positions for long periods of time with very little movement. Increased screen use can encourage a posture which the body finds hard to tolerate. Coupled with increased stress and pressure from our fast moving lifestyles, bodies tend to easily develop pain and restrictions within their soft tissue.
I tend to use a mixture of all of the above techniques during a treatment session, the end goal being to encourage any restrictions within the soft tissue to release their tension and create more space to move.
Brighton clinical massage can help to treat conditions such as:
- Tight neck muscles from a repetitive forward posture associated with computer work, bicycle riding or driving, and whiplash injuries
- Golfers/tennis elbow pain.
- Back pain
- Rotator cuff/shoulder muscle pain and frozen shoulders.
- Lower back, sciatic and hip pain.
- Sporting aches and pains including tight hamstrings, IT band, shin, knee and foot pain.
- Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) and Carpal Tunnel syndrome.
- Headaches and migraines
The purpose of clinical massage is to decrease chronic pain; to improve a person’s range of motion, to help recover from 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.
Examples of techniques used within a treatment:
Deep tissue massage uses slower, more focused strokes to target deeper layers of the muscle and connective tissue within the body. The primary goal of deep tissue massage is to encourage the muscle and fascia restrictions to release their tension and allow better fluid exchange into the area. This in turn reduces any chronic pain and promotes better movement.
Although pain and restricted movement may only be felt in a particular area of the body, restrictions may run through larger areas of the body. An analogy would be the painful area is like the tip of an iceberg, the rest of it could be hidden within.
Treatments will address the body as a whole to ensure a thorough and holistic approach to treating chronic pain.
It is a popular myth that deep tissue massage is a ‘hard’ massage, this is not true. A more focused treatment would be a more accurate way to describe it. It does not require more effort or strength to do, just strong focus and less speed, combined with the interest and fun of ‘problem solving’.
Sometimes a client describes any kind of strong sensation as ‘pain’. It is helpful to clarify what they are actually experiencing, it could be warmth, stretching or even emotions of some sort.
A popular myth is that there is ‘no pain, no gain’. This is untrue. If the treatment is very painful, then the massage is being done too fast. A slow deep tissue massage should not hurt. The line between discomfort and pain can be unclear. The deep tissue massage may feel slightly uncomfortable at times, which is when good communication between the client and therapist is crucial. I always ask the client to let me know if their levels of discomfort rise above 6 out of 10. This gives the client control of their treatment. If at any point something begins to feel actively painful, then I would slow down to ensure the soft tissue ‘melts’ sufficiently before moving over the tissue. The treatment should ultimately be a therapeutic and relaxing experience.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage can alleviate pain and bring about better flexibility and posture. The client is often left feeling refreshed, deeply relaxed and invigorated. It is also a great stress reducer.
Deep tissue massage is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains. It is also effective when it comes to injury rehabilitation. People often notice an improved range of motion soon after a deep tissue massage.
Deep tissue massage side effects
Sometimes a client may feel slightly achy for a while after a deep tissue massage treatment, but at the same time should notice a much improved range of mobility and a reduction or elimination of any original pain issues. This achy sensation will disperse within a few hours.
Deep tissue massage verses sports massage
If you have an injury or a specific area which you need addressed, then a sports massage would be a good choice. It does not have to be a sports related problem.
A deep tissue massage is a firm focused massage which can be more general to the body, whether it is for the full body or a smaller area of the body.
Brighton sports massage, also known as deep tissue massage, is designed to prevent and address injuries and conditions that are associated with exercise. It will relieve and reduce the tension and restrictions that can build up within the body’s muscles and soft tissue while exercising.
Sports massage can be carried out before, or after playing sport or exercising and uses techniques that are designed to increase endurance and performance. This will minimise the chances of injury and, if there is an injury, to reduce the recovery time.
It is a great help for anyone training for a sporting activity or running marathons.
Contrary to its name, sports massage is not only for sports people or people who 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.
Benefits of sports massage:
- helps injury rehabilitation
- muscle relaxation
- performance before and after sports
- assists training recovery
- reduces any restrictions and areas of discomfort
- increases joint range of motion
- increases flexibility
- improves blood circulation
- reduces fatigue
- improves energy
Trigger point therapy -What is it?
Trigger point massage therapy in Brighton is a bodywork technique that involves the using pressure to specific points in the muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body.
A trigger point is a small area of stiffness in a muscle, creating a firm knot or tiny bump from the constricted muscle fibres. This can cause chronic ache and muscular pain, as well as restricted movement in the area. These tiny knots develop when a muscle gets over-worked or injured. This area becomes exhausted from being in a permanent state of contraction. Blood becomes unable to pass through effectively due to the restrictions. This will limit the amount of oxygen and nutriments to the affected area, exhausting the muscle fibres even further.
The resulting pain, often some distance away from the site of the trigger point, can be diminished by treating the trigger point. For example, the source of some low back pain could come from trigger points on the lower leg.
Trigger point massage 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 discomfort, however, this should quickly fade away and the client is left with noticeable relief from their original pain. This treatment is usually used alongside and works well with other techniques, such as myofascial release.
Brighton myofascial release massage is a bodywork technique which is slow and works gently into areas of restriction, allowing the fascia to ‘release’, to become more pliable, and ‘melt’ layer upon layer, This method allows the therapist to work at a very deep level within the body to address problem areas. The results are profound and generally long lasting.
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.
What is fascia?
Fascia plays a crucial role in the support of our bodies. It surrounds and attaches to everything inside of us, it gives us our shape. It provides stability within us by creating a constant tension, able to absorb force. Everything within our body is held in suspension within the fascia matrix. 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 continuous 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. These poles/bones are unable to support anything without the constant pull of the guy ropes (or fascia). This provides the tension to allow the tent (or body) to remain upright.
In a normal healthy state the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It can stretch and move without restriction. After 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.
Brighton myofascial release massage is a great method for treating any chronic pain conditions and for restoring alignment and mobility.
A Brighton 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. Are there any imbalances or restrictions which may be affecting your mobility and range of movement? If you have an injury to one ankle, for example, it may be affecting how you walk and consequently lead to tightness and strain further up your body in the pelvis and spine. Or perhaps your shoes do not fit well, affecting how you walk, this can show up as a problem in your jaw!
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 you 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 you 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 in Brighton is specifically adapted to the needs of mums-to-be. Massage is highly beneficial for both pre and post natal care. Careful positioning and the use of wedges/cushions will keep you as comfortable as possible during your treatment. The added weight of your baby can take it’s toll on your body, and a helping hand in the form of a pregnancy massage can really aid you during this time.
Benefits of massage during pregnancy:
- It reduces stress hormones
- enables relaxation
- reduces oedema
- lowers blood pressure
- increases flexibility
- helps insomnia
- 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.
Pregnancy massage is a wonderful complementary aid to ensuring your optimal comfort throughout pregnancy, preparing you for the next stage with your child.
Careful massage treatments after you have had your child can really aid the body in it’s recovery. The reduction of stress hormones as a result of a massage can help to ensure you are in the best possible place to enjoy your baby.
Oncology massage in Brighton is a slow ‘lighter touch’ massage, adapted to individual needs. It has been found to be highly beneficial for people who have or have had a cancer diagnosis, whether currently in treatment or not. A massage is adapted to accommodate the person who may have a compromised immune system and various side effects from treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgeries.
Massage treatments can help with
- reducing anxiety
- calms the mind and helps to improve the quality of sleep which can so often be disrupted at this time
- it helps relieve muscle soreness and improves a person’s range of movements
- increases relaxation by encouraging deeper respiration
- helps improve the condition of the skin which can become dehydrated with medical treatments
- It can greatly complement conventional medical treatments in someone’s journey through cancer.
The length of treatment can vary greatly, depending on how a person is feeling on the day, from a few minutes to an hour. The treatment itself can take the form of treating the whole body, or just the face and head, hands or feet, depending on the person’s needs.
I am a certified oncology massage therapist with experience in working with people living with cancer. I massage at the Macmillan Horizon Centre in Brighton as well as in my treatment room in Central Brighton.
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