It is an instinctive medicine - if you have a headache or tummy ache you automatically, instinctively rub it and feel better for it. It is ideal for stress relief, relaxation and as a remedial treatment for physical and emotional problems. It is known for its relaxing qualities, its ability to reduce stress, tension and anxiety and produce a feeling of overall well being when the body releases chemicals known as endorphins - the feel good hormones. Swedish Massage is the most commonly known type of massage, it manipulates the soft body tissues by the use of a firm but gentle pressure to improve the circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, improves flexibility and creates relaxation. Circulation is improved and the immune system is strengthened. The main purpose of Swedish Massage is to increase the blood flow to all tissues, taking with it oxygen and nutrient rich cells, and flushing out any acid and metabolic waste, thereby shortening recovery times from muscular strains and keeping muscles flexible. Techniques used stretch ligaments, tendons and muscle fibres keeping them supple and pliable allowing improved range of motion, reduce scar tissue and stimulate and soothe the nervous system.
Some conditions such as muscular aches, sprains and strains are treatable and fixable, whilst other conditions such as arthritis are treatable and manageable, but not curable. Massage helps to alleviate the pain that such conditions create, such as helping to stimulate the production of synovial fluid around stiff, arthritic knees.
Sports and Remedial treatments are used to identify and alleviate mechanical problem areas, whereas a Relaxation Massage is aimed at just that - totally relaxing the patient to wear away the stresses and strains of daily life.
Whatever your needs my aim will be to tailor a treatment to suit you, including any ultrasound, taping and infrared treatments together with after care advice in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.
Why not treat someone to a Sports or Remedial Massage?Please enquire for more information.
The Human Body is a mechanical work of art. By design it is capable of a ridiculous amount of movement patterns, all at different degrees of intensity, from slow and steady to explosive and short.
Most people spend way to much time rolling their IT Band at the neglect of the other and more beneficial areas of their legs, hips, and shoulders.
When I think about posture, the first thing that comes to mind are the words I’ve heard, and still hear, in childhood and adulthood: "stand up straight and pull your shoulders back."
Weekly massage treatments helped novice runners complete a 10k race compared to a group of runners of similar standard who did not have massage. All the massage subjects finished whereas half of the non-massage group failed to finish.
"Effectiveness of regular proactive massage therapy for novice recreational runners." Dawson KA & Dawson L et al, Physical Therapy in Sports 2011;12(4) 182-187
Massage treatments produced increases in cervical range of movements in all directions. We know it but this study proves the claim scientifically.
"Physiological and clinical changes after therapeutic massage of the neck and shoulder." Ellen J, Sefton M. Manual Therapy (5): 487-494