The term massage therapy includes many different types of treatment, including:
– Swedish Massage
– Deep Tissue Massage
– Holistic Massage
– Hot Stone Massage
– Aromatherapy Massage
– Prenatal massage
Before the massage, the therapist will go through general lifestyle aspects in order to gain a good understanding of what areas to focus on. For example; stress, sleep, digestion, inflammation, mood management. During the massage, the massage therapist will apply strong or gentle pressure to the muscles and joints of the body to offer pain relief and ease tension.
The Massage Therapist applies pressure to parts of the body by kneading, stroking, tapping and pressing; they may concentrate on the muscles, the soft tissues, or on the acupuncture points.
Massage is used to improve the flow of blood and lymph (fluid in lymph glands, part of immune system), to reduce muscular tension or flaccidity, to affect the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and to enhance tissue healing.
Massage Therapy offers a variety of benefits, including:
– Pain relief
– Injury rehabilitation
– Stress reduction
– Increased relaxation and immune function
– General wellbeing and mental health
– Improved physical fitness
Massage therapy is recommended for everyone, but also if:
– You are feeling anxious
– You have trouble sleeping
– You are sedentary during the day
– You’ve recently started training
– You’re experiencing any sort of pain (lower back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, etc.)
Determine the type of massage you’d like and discuss your needs with your practitioner; all massage treatments will be individual for the client.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for certain benefits. These aromas are all plant based derivatives from herbs, tree extracts, and flowers, to complement the massage treatment. The overall purpose of aromatherapy is meant to improve your physical and mental well-being. A personal blend will be made up right there in the room with the client, tailored to suit their individual requirements and preferences. This treatment can last anywhere between 1 hour (minimum) and 90 minutes (ideal).
A deep tissue massage uses higher levels of pressure than Swedish or typical relaxation massages in order to penetrate deep into the muscles and soft tissues. This allows areas that are not usually manipulated to relax, and as a result relieve chronic pain.
Holistic Massage derives from traditional Swedish Massage, using similar techniques to deep tissue massage, except the pressure may be less. This really depends on the needs of the client and what they prefer. Holistic means ‘whole’ and so upon meeting the client, and in consultation, the practitioner will ask questions and be considerate of many factors including lifestyle, exercise, work, diet, sleep and so on, in order to gain a good understanding.
A pregnancy massage – also known as pre-natal massage – is a more gentle and soothing massage that has been customised for expectant mothers. Pregnancy massage can be used as a treatment to reduce muscle tension built up during pregnancy, relieve sore backs and hips, help reduce stress and improve overall well-being, during this special time of physical and emotional change.
A more gentle and soothing form of treatment, often chosen for people who want to fully relax during a massage. Usually a Swedish massage will last for 60–90 minutes.