What is therapeutic massage?

Therapeutic massage (also known as remedial massage) can help manage chronic muscular pain and postural dysfunction and help treat a range of conditions including RSI/OOS, headaches, soft tissue injuries and fibromyalgia.  A combination of techniques are used to reduce muscle tension, aiming to lengthen and stretch connective tissue, break down adhesions in muscle fibres and increase circulation to encourage healing.  These techniques include deep strokes, trigger point therapy, friction strokes and myofasical release.  A session may include stretching and mobilisation techniques as well as home care advice.

What can therapeutic massage do?

  • Provide pain management for chronic muscular pain
  • Relieve tension in muscles
  • Improve mobility and range of movement
  • Increase postural awareness
  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Increase breathing function
  • Calm the nervous system and restore wellbeing

What happens during a treatment?

The initial session will include a client history and discussion to ensure the treatment is best suited to your needs.  While a specific area might be the focus of the session, the therapist will take a holistic approach looking at posture, muscle imbalance and lifestyle factors.

A range of techniques will be used to address areas of tension and tightness.  The therapist will check in with you during the session to ensure pressure and depth is ok for you.  It is important to give feedback about how the treatment feels and if you are experiencing discomfort at any time.  Relaxation strokes will be combined into the massage with more focussed work to ensure an overall sense of wellbeing.

What to expect after a session?

Relief of pain, tension and a sense of relaxation.  Some people feel energised after a massage while others may feel tired.  You may also feel achy, sore or experience headaches after a session.  This is the normal cleansing response to flushing waste products from muscles that have been tense.  However, if you have any concerns please contact the therapist or if medical conditions persist contact your health practitioner.

It is important to drink lots of water after a session and to take it easy – it is recommended not to do strenuous exercise or activity and take time to relax and give muscles time to restore and rejuvenate.

More information

Please contact us for more information, we’re really happy to answer any questions you may have before booking an appointment.

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Benefits of relaxation massage

Relaxation massage has many wide-ranging benefits that affect both our bodies and our minds. I work with the intention to help bring mind, body and spirit into alignment. I believe that massage helps people to feel more in touch with themselves and enhances their overall well-being.

Physical and psychological benefits of massage:

  • Can bring mind, body and spirit into alignment 
  • Helps relieve stress and promotes deep relaxation 
  • Decreases muscle tension and stiffness 
  • Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion 
  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing 
  • Improves blood circulation and lymph flow 
  • Reduces blood pressure 
  • Satisfies needs for caring, nurturing touch 
  • Fosters a feeling of well-being 
  • Reduces levels of anxiety
  • Enhances the health and nourishment of skin 
  • Improves posture 
  • Strengthens the immune system 
  • Fosters peace of mind 
  • Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness 
  • Helps relieve mental stress 
  • Increases awareness of mind-body connection