Massage is a manual therapy in which muscles and other soft tissues (tendons, ligaments and fascia) of the body are manipulated to improve health and wellbeing. There are many varieties of massage ranging from more gentle to deeper manual techniques. Although massage affects the body as a whole, it particularly influences the activity of the musculoskeletal, nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.
Sometimes we are very aware of why we are suffering tension or aches in the body, however, previous injuries, illnesses or poor posture can result in physical stress and strains developing over a period of time resulting in misalignment causing dis-ease and pain. In addition, mental stress and anxiety also have a significant impact on the quality and function of the soft tissues.
Through observation, palpation and manual techniques; dysfunction and holding patterns can be identified and treated to help rebalance and unwind the body. An overall sense of wellbeing may also be enhanced by stimulating the release of endorphins (natural pain-killers and mood elevators).
Massage Therapy is also beneficial as a regular maintenance treatment to support the structural integrity and general health of the body. It complements and supports other treatments such as osteopathy and physiotherapy.
Your treatment will be as individual as you are and will incorporate a variety of the most suitable techniques to help improve or alleviate your presenting condition and specific needs. See Practitioner details for more information on conditions which may benefit from Massage Therapy.
Types of treatments offered include:
Remedial Massage Therapy
Corrective based massage to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal issues arising from causes such as postural dysfunction, repetitive movements, injury, surgery or medical conditions. Advanced techniques are used to help restore the soft tissues to an optimal state thus improving alignment and ease of movement.
Sports Massage Therapy
A treatment for anyone who exercises; dealing with injury prevention and management by monitoring the condition of soft tissues. A variety of techniques are used to treat areas of tension, fibrosis and scar tissue thus promoting recovery, flexibility and quality of performance.
Therapeutic Massage Therapy
Deep tissue massage which helps to promote relaxation by reducing stress, anxiety and tension and thus helps restore a person to a state of balanced health and wellbeing. Relaxation and breathing techniques may also be included.
Pregnancy and Post-Natal Massage Therapy
Massage treatments to assist with the changes in the body from the second trimester onwards and after childbirth to assist with relieving tension and discomfort and promoting greater physical, mental and emotional ease.