Massage is a therapeutic application of touch that is also a supportive, relaxing treatment that encourages the mind to slow down.
Among its many recognised benefits, Massage may:
- Aid lymphatic drainage
- Assist in the release of toxins
- Aid in the reduction of physical and emotional stress
- Benefit the body and mind
- Help with the relaxation of taut muscles
Daily life impacts on our body in many ways. Massage can create instant improvement in the quality of sleep and concentration, improve circulation and waste removal and encourage deeper, more relaxed breathing, and is an accessible treatment for all ages.
What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.
Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.
How Does Deep Tissue Massage Work?
When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Unlike classic massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as:
- Chronic pain
- Limited mobility
- Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
- Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Postural problems
- Ostearthritis pain
- Fibromyalgia Muscle tension or spasm
Sports Massage benefits all sports and exercise participants whether it be pre- or post- event or as part of a training programme. It manipulates and rehabilitates the soft tissues of the body, thereby enhancing performance ability. Injuries to muscles and joints are targeted resulting in re-aligned, supple muscle fibres, greater flexibility and improved range of movement. Quicker recovery after exercise will be experienced and injury prevention increased by keeping the muscles toned and in good condition.
Sports massage can also benefit non-sporting conditions such as tension in the back, neck and shoulders; aches and pains resulting from occupational and postural strain as well as post travel.
Hot Stone Massage dates back over 3000 years when it was used in ancient India and China, as well as being used by North American Indians.
It is the use of heated, volcanic basalt stones which are incorporated into a slow, rhythmical massage routine.
Hot Stone Massage is a ritual which provides deep relaxation, balance and healing.
The stones provide a broad, even pressure and, combined with the heat, encourages tense muscles to soften, easing physical stress. The heat nurtures the soul and melts away emotional stress allowing the mind and body to heal. This de-stressing gives energy back to the body and invigorates.
This is a deep detox massage and it is strongly advised that you do not drink alcohol or otherwise overindulge for 24 h after treatment.
Today, aromatherapy is one of the most popular of all complementary therapies, offering a wide range of highly effective treatments to both the acute and chronic stages of illness and disease. At the same time, regular use of aromatherapy treatments and home-use products can help to strengthen the immune system, thereby establishing a preventative approach to overall health.
One of the reasons that aromatherapy has been so hugely successful is because it uses a holistic approach, whereby the aromatherapist takes into account a persons medical history, emotional condition, general health and lifestyle before planning a course of treatment. The whole person is treated – not just the symptoms of an illness – and this is in direct opposition to the modern trend of just treating the presented condition.
It has long been known that stress accounts for a staggering amount of illness in modern society, and aromatherapy offers one of the finest ways of combating the ravages of stress without having to resort to drugs which can be habit forming and damaging to your health. This is yet another reason that aromatherapists believe taking an holistic approach with aromatherapy promotes positive physical and mental balance.