Massage is a wide ranging treatment that can ease many symptoms. In its simplest form it is a great relaxant and an excellent complementary treatment. It can be used to combat pain, assist healing, assist circulation and relieve psychological stress. Particularly it's useful in the treatment of:
- Muscle tears/overstrains
- Sports injuries
- Postural problems
- Back pain
- Back pain in pregnancy
- Neck pain
There are several types of massage from a gentle and relaxing shiatsu massage to a thorough deep sports massage. Massage itself is a great tool for recovery and helping in muscle condition. Massage also improves the flow of blood and lymph fluid, helps to eliminate waste products from the body, relaxes the muscles and can help regulate hormone production and stimulate the immune system.
Shiatsu is a deep massage therapy where the client remains fully clothed. It's Japanese, based on principles similar to acupuncture. Shiatsu uses pressure, stretching and passive movement. Gentle, through to very deep pressure is applied, the body and limbs are stretched, and movement is used to mobilise joints and promote relaxation. Over time the body and mind learn to slow down and clients learn how to reach new levels of deep relaxation.
Shiatsu Practitioner: Yo Bucklow.
Sports massage is a modern form of massage, designed to assist in the recovery and healing particularly from muscular fatigue and wear & tear. It has been developed with sports and physical exercise in mind. Alongside the pleasant effects of relaxing stiff and tired muscles, a sports massage will assist by mobilising fluids, stretching muscle fibres and even assisting in clearing scar tissue from injuries. It is a more aggressive massage, often with deep kneading and stretching which is excellent for muscles and fibres.
Sports Massage Practitioners: Nigel Morgan.
Swedish massage a very relaxing massage, designed to increase circulation and blood flow. It uses long, flowing strokes, often in the direction of the heart. It uses oil to help soothe and ease the massage, and often goes hand in hand with an aromatherapy treatment. The two combined treatments work excellently together to relax and stimulate healing.
Swedish Massage Practitioners: Tina Bell.
Aromatherapy is an immensely relaxing complementary treatment. It uses organic oils and scents to help with many conditions, from insomnia to stress. Aromatherapy usually involves several ways of treating a patient, from inhalation to massage and ingestion. Aromatherapy oils are designed to stimulate different parts of the brain and an aromatherapy massage session is excellent and relaxing way to promote healing.
Aromatherapists: Tina Bell.
Reflexology, or zone therapy, is the practice of stimulating points on the feet, hands, or ears. Massage of the feet is the most common method of reflexology and this is an immensely relaxing treatment. It is said that areas on the feet, hands and ears correspond to areas of the body. By stimulating and massaging these areas, we aim to soothe the associated reflex area will also be soothed.
Modern reflexology is widespread in Asia, where it is often used as a day to day relaxation treatment. A good percentage of preventable modern illness is caused by stress and reflexology and foot massage is an ideal relaxation massage.
Reflexologist: Tina Bell.