What happens during a treatment?
The massage will be carried out using an appropriate oil to allow the muscles to be worked without causing friction to the skin. To begin with long flowing strokes (effleurage) are used to help relax the muscles and calm the nervous system. As the body becomes more relaxed, pressure is gradually increased to relieve muscle tension.
The massage may be focused on one area such as the legs or the whole body when a full body massage is being carried out.
Massage therapy shouldn’t hurt, although you may experience some discomfort if pressure is applied to tender areas, or where your body is very tense.
The effects and benefits of massage therapy
Massage is a very relaxing therapy that may help reduce stress and improve wellbeing. It can reduce tension in the muscles and boosts the circulation of the blood and lymph in the body. It can have a rejuvenating effect and may be able to help the body to rebalance itself promoting the body’s natural healing ability. Massage may also improve the functioning of the digestive system as well as improving skin tone through the increase in blood circulation and desquamation.
Massage may have the following effects:● Relaxation ● Stress relief ● Pain relief ● Reduction in muscle tension ● Loosens stiff joints ● Stimulates circulation of blood and lymph ● Helps improve sleep ● Soothes the body and mind, promoting a sense of wellbeing ● Eases soreness in muscles ● Help with stress related digestive problems ● Improvement in range of motion ● Relieves cramps and muscle spasms
What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy involves the use of specific techniques that manipulate the soft tissues of the body helping to improve the circulation of lymph in the body through direct stimulation of the muscles. The lymphatic system moves fluids containing nutrients and wastes throughout the body.
Massage is also great at relieving tension and relaxing the muscles helping you feel calm and deeply relaxed. It may also help promote better sleep.
Who can have massage therapy?
Massage is generally suitable for everyone and the treatment is adapted to suit the individual. There are some conditions that prevent a massage being carried out such as recent haemorrhage, Deep Vein Thrombosis, acute infectious diseases eg, chicken pox, shingles etc. Before we begin your treatment we will have a consultation with you to ensure that massage therapy can safely be carried out.