Why have a massage?

June 30, 2017

Not just why? But, what type of massage?

 

There are many forms of massage and knowing which one you are looking for can seem to be quite a minefield. I hope that the following information on massages will help you to decide if you need a massage and which one(s) may be just what you are looking for.

 

If you're still not sure after reading this then please contact me for more information.

 

Invest in your health! Preventative medicine is the best healthcare available

 

Invest in your health! It is easier, and less expensive to keep you healthy than it is to fix you once you are broken. Massage therapies are effective when used as a preventative medicine – the best kind of healthcare there is. If you look after your body regularly then injuries are less likely, less severe, and needing shorter recovery time.

 

 

Any form of massage will help reduces stress, improve sleep and concentration and boosts your immune system so unless you already have a specific injury or problem, choose the massage therapy that most appeals to you.

 

Whether you have an injury, sore and aching muscles, movement restriction or just feel tense from stress, a massage will not only improve your physical health but help you relax and improve sleep.

 

Benefits of massage

There are many benefits which will benefit everyone who has a massage whether for relaxation, stress management or to improve injuries and pain. The benefits are generally applicable to all massage therapies.

  • Reduces stress and tension in the mind and body

  • Reduces pain through relaxation of muscles

  • Improves sleep

  • Improves flexibility, posture and balance

  • Recovery time after exercise and muscle strain is shortened

  • Increases oxygen in the blood and releases toxins from muscles

  • Stimulates blood circulation and increases lymphatic flow

  • Improves digestion and bowel movements

  • Boosts your immune system

  • Improves scarring from surgery and injury

  • Exfoliates and removes dead skin cells

  • Nourishes the skin improving its condition

  • Stimulates and soothes the nervous system

 

Types of massage

 

holistic / swedish / aromatherapy / thai foot / natural face lift / indian head /

deep tissue /trigger point / myofascial release / sports / remedial /

manual lymphatic drainage

 

Holistic / Swedish

 

Holistic and swedish massages are essentially the same type of massage.

 

Benefits: This can be a relaxation massage or for those who need a gentle touch. It can also be used if there are specific problem areas where a firmer touch would be used.

 

Suitable for: Anyone.

 

Appointment time: 60 minutes will cover the whole body including the face and scalp, feet and hands. 30 minutes would cover specific areas such as back/shoulders, head/face/neck, legs or stomach.

 

How often: A whole body massage is ideal as a regular monthly maintenance treatment for relaxation.  If you have injuries then initially regular weekly massages will improve the condition, gradually moving to monthly. Thereafter, a maintenance massage every month is ideal.

 

Other: Oils are used for this massage so please inform the therapist if you have any allegies before treatment starts. Pregnancy - only suitable in 2nd and 3rd trimester.

 

Link: Holistic Massage

 

 

Aromatherapy

 

 

This is an holistic/swedish massage but with the use of essential oils or pre-blended aromatherapy products.

 

Benefits: One or more aromatherapy oils can be blended to enhance the massage for relaxation, to reduce pain, help areas with inflammation or scarring etc. It is It is usually used as a relaxing massage but can be used for specific areas of pain/injury.

 

Suitable for: Anyone.

 

Appointment time: 60 minutes will cover the whole body including the face and scalp, feet and hands. 30 minutes would cover specific areas such as back/shoulders, head/face/neck, legs or stomach.

 

How often: A whole body massage is ideal as a regular monthly maintenance treatment for relaxation.  If you have injuries then initially regular weekly massages will improve the condition, gradually moving to monthly. Thereafter, a maintenance massage every month is ideal.

 

Other: Essential oils are used for this massage so please inform the therapist if you have any allegies before treatment starts. If you are pregnant some oils cannot be used due to their therapeutic properties. It is therefore safer to not use any oils in case of reaction.

 

 

Thai foot

 

A massage concentrating on the feet and lower legs. Can be a firm invigorating massage or more gentle.

 

Benefits: Ideal if you don't like to get undressed but would still like a relaxing massage. For problems with the feet and legs such as cramps, tired legs, neuropathy, plantar fasciitis.

 

Suitable for: Anyone.

 

Appointment time: 60 or 90 minutes for feet and legs. 30 minutes for feet only.

 

How often: If you have injuries/problems then regular weekly/bi-weekly massages will improve the condition, gradually moving to monthly. Thereafter, a maintenance massage every month is ideal.

 

Other: Oils are used for this massage so please inform the therapist if you have any allegies before treatment starts. A massage is not suitable if you have any infections such as athletes foot, veruccas or open sores. If you have cellulitis on your lower legs then only the feet will be massaged.

 

Link: Thai Foot Massage

 

 

Natural face lift massage

 

A massage concentrating on the face and scalp using a combination of techniques from Japanese Face Massage, Indian Head Massage, acupressure, lymphatic drainage and facial reflexology. These bring together a facial massage that acts as a natural face lift without the need for invasive surgery.

 

Benefits: Ideal if you don't like to get undressed but would still like a relaxing massage. Helps increase skin tone, improves circulation of blood and lymph to nourish and cleanse the skin. Also helps to reduce headaches, migraines, eye strain, sinusitis & jaw pain.

 

Suitable for: Anyone.

 

Appointment time: 30 or 60 minutes.

 

How often: If you have injuries/problems then regular weekly/bi-weekly massages will improve the condition, gradually moving to monthly. Thereafter, a maintenance massage every month is ideal.

 

Other: Oils are used for this massage so please inform the therapist if you have any allegies before treatment starts. Please be aware that if you arrive wearing makeup this will be removed before the massage using a cleanser suitable for your skin type (or please bring your own).

 

Link: Natural Face Lift Massage

 

 

Indian Head

 

A massage concentrating on the neck, face and scalp through the use of different techniques such as: massage, myofascial release, accupressure, lymphatic drainage and energy balancing.


Benefits: Ideal if you don't like to get undressed but would still like a relaxing massage. Helps release the stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders.  It is an excellent way of relieving stress, re-energising and balancing the whole body and brings a wonderful feeling of peace and relaxation.

 

Suitable for: Anyone.

 

Appointment time: 30 or 60 minutes.

 

How often: If you have injuries/problems then regular weekly/bi-weekly massages will improve the condition, gradually moving to monthly. Thereafter, a maintenance massage every month is ideal.

 

Other: Oils can be used in your hair and on the face; if you choose to have these please inform the therapist if you have any allergies before the treatment starts. Please be aware that if you arrive wearing makeup this will be removed before the massage using a cleanser suitable for your skin type (or please bring your own).

 

Link: Indian Head

 

 

Deep Tissue

 

A deep massage technique also used during remedial and sports massage. Can be used in conjunction with other therapies to provide an effective treatment.

 

Benefits: This technique enables the therapist to focus on and treat specific problems. The technique allows for deeper muscular work which is effective in treating a host of specific issues, the most prevalent being back and shoulder pain.

 

Suitable for: Those with sports injuries, accident traumas and post surgery. Not for those with low pain threshold.

 

Appointment time: A 60 minute treatment is ideal.

 

How often: If you have an injury then regular weekly treatments or initially more often are ideal to improve the injury. Once healing has started the treatments can be spaced further apart. Exercises to do at home are likely to be given and these are to help with the recovery of the injury. Thereafter regular monthly maintenance treatments.

 

Other: This massage can cause some tenderness and pain. This should not be unbearable. If the pain is too much then the therapist can reduce the pressure being used or use an alternative technique. Due to the nature of this technique you may feel sore, have some light pain or be stiff for a couple of days after the treatment whilst the soft tissue and muscles go through the healing process. Please sip plenty of water to help with this process.

 

Link: Deep TIssue Massage

 

 

Trigger point

 

Very similar to deep tissue massage but trigger point therapy only uses pressure in specific places to treat areas where there are "knots" or tenderness in the muscles. Can be used in conjunction with other therapies to provide an effective treatment.

 

Benefits: A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that can cause pain in other parts of the body. Trigger point therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.

 

Suitable for: Most people. Can be area specific. Suitable for those with chronic pain such as fibromyalgia.

 

Appointment time: A 60 minute treatment is ideal.

 

How often: If you have an injury then regular weekly treatments or initially more often are ideal to improve the injury. Once healing has started the treatments can be spaced further apart. Exercises to do at home are likely to be given and these are to help with the recovery of the injury. Thereafter regular monthly maintenance treatments.

 

Other: This massage can cause some tenderness and pain. This should not be unbearable. If the pain is too much then the therapist can reduce the pressure being used or use an alternative technique. As this therapy works on muscles which are affecting other parts of the body - pain or stiffness may occur in a different part of the body until all affected areas have been treated. Please sip plenty of water to help with this process.

 

Link: Remedial Massage

 

 

Myofascial Release

 

Myofascial Release (MFR) is a tissue massage incorporating stretching and elongating of the connective tissues such as fascia. It is a powerful method of releasing tension from problem areas such as the neck, the diaphragm, lower back and pelvis. Myofascial Release is a safe, effective, involving gentle sustained pressure and stretching into the myofascial connective tissue. This helps to eliminate pain and restore motion.

 

Benefits: It is a powerful method of releasing tension from problem areas such as the neck, the diaphragm, lower back and pelvis. Myofascial Release is a safe, effective, involving gentle sustained pressure and stretching into the myofascial connective tissue. This helps to eliminate pain and restore motion

 

Suitable for: Most people. Can be area specific. Suitable for those with chronic pain such as fibromyalgia, MS; chronic fatigue, general aches and pains.

 

Appointment time: A 60 minute treatment is ideal.

 

How often: If you have an injury then regular weekly treatments or initially more often are ideal to improve the injury. Once healing has started the treatments can be spaced further apart. Exercises to do at home are likely to be given and these are to help with the recovery of the injury. Thereafter regular monthly maintenance treatments.

 

Other: As this soft tissue massage will relax and remove tension from muscles, some soreness may be felt over the next day due to toxins in the areas been eliminated. Please sip plenty of water to help with this process.

 

Link: Myofascial Release

 

 

Sports / Remedial

 

Remedial and sports massage are interchangeable and provide the same range of techniques to enable recovery from pain and restriction by treating the whole body in order to treat the root cause and referred pain. They use various techniques such as deep tissue, trigger point therapy, holistic massage, myofascial release, stretching.

 

Benefits: To aid recovery from injury and to prevent injuries from occuring by working on muscles, joints, tendons. Using a combination of techniques using firm and deep muscular work in order to provide relief from pain and restriction.

 

Suitable for: Those with sports injuries, accident traumas, chronic pain and restriction and post surgery problems.

 

Appointment time: A 60 minute treatment is ideal.

 

How often: If you have an injury then regular weekly treatments or initially more often are ideal to improve the injury. Once healing has started the treatments can be spaced further apart. Exercises to do at home are likely to be given and these are to help with the recovery of the injury. Thereafter regular monthly maintenance treatments.

 

Other: This massage can cause some tenderness and pain. This should not be unbearable. If the pain is too much then the therapist can reduce the pressure being used or use an alternative technique. Due to the nature of this technique you may feel sore, have some light pain or be stiff for a couple of days after the treatment whilst the soft tissue and muscles go through the healing process. Please sip plenty of water to help with this process.

 

Link: Remedial Massage

 

 

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

 

This is a very specific, light touch technique to help improve the lymphatic system and there help remove toxins effectively from the body. Especially used for lymphoedema, oedema and swelling. (It's not really a massage but everyone knows it that way)

 

Benefits: Especially useful for individuals who suffer regularly from colds, flu, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, MS, Parkinsons. It is also recommended for people who lead sedentary lifestyles, or those who want to reduce lymphoedema, oedema, puffiness or swelling. Boosts the immune system.

 

Suitable for: Most people. There are some conditions which will deem a treatment unsuitable, but other therapies may be suitable.

 

Appointment time: A 60 or 90 minute treatment is ideal.

 

How often: Initially weekly or more often depending upon the condition being treated. Then gradually spaced further apart depending upon results. If you have had liposuction then it is generally recommended by the surgeons that you have 3 treatments for the first 2 weeks, 2 treatments for the next 2 weeks then once a week for another 4 - 6 weeks. Exercises will be given to keep the effectiveness of the treatment going at home.

 

Other: You may have some tingling throughout the body during and after the treatment, this is just the lymphatic system moving. Headaches may also occur. The best way to reduce these effect is to: Do the exercises which will be given to help keep the lymphatic system moving and sip plenty of water all day every day to help with this process.

 

Link: Manual Lymphatic Drainage

 

 

 

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