Benefits of Massage Therapy

Benefits of massage therapy include a reduction in stress and stress hormone levels

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Types of Massage

You don’t need to be into sport to benefit from a sports massage. Prolonged sitting and repetitive nature of many everyday tasks can lead to repetitive strains, overuse injuries and postural problems. This can result in pain, reduced range of movement and poor function.

A Sports massage uses a combination of massage and stretching techniques to release areas of tension within the muscle, lengthen shortened muscles, improve flexibility and mobilise joints; reducing symptomatic pain and improving function.

  • Relief from aches and pains, knots and sore muscles
  • Improve flexibility through stretching and relaxing tight over exerted muscles
  • Improved posture
  • Treatment and rehabilitation of muscle, tendon and ligament injuries
  • Speed up recovery time
  • Prevention of injuries through regular monitoring

Rehabilitation Massage

Will address conditions such as shoulder and neck pain, medial tibial stress syndrome, back pain and plantar fasciitis. A combination of techniques such as soft tissue release, trigger point therapy and muscle energy techniques are used to alleviate pain, improve range of movement, address muscle imbalances returning you to functional fitness. To prevent your injuries from becoming a reoccurring problem I like my clients to take a proactive approach to recovery which may include stretching and/or strengthening exercises, advice on posture and self massage.

Maintenance Massage

If you are training for an event, massage will reduce the time taken to recover between sessions allowing you to train harder. Regular massages will help to prevent overuse injuries as areas of tension can be identified and addressed before they develop and cause a problem. Maintenance massage will also ensure a good range of movement is maintained allowing you to maintain good form in your chosen sport and reducing your chance of injury.

Holistic Massage

Holistic massage involves tailoring treatments to the individual client specifically targeting their needs and the client as a whole. Taking into account their emotional and spiritual well being as well as their physical body.

In my experience, I have used this approach when working with young adults to help them through difficult stages of their life that often cause extreme anxiety and stress such as puberty, marriage break up, exams and self esteem issues.

Massage is a wonderful stress-buster for children. All too often we assume stress is an ‘adult’ condition, but if you think about it, even young infants and children are prone to stress e.g.

  • A young child starting school who is unfamiliar with the area
  • Children in the class will experience stress
  • Family illness or financial problems
  • Even holidays can produce emotional strain.

In studies of the benefits of massage therapy, a reduction in stress and stress hormone levels has been shown. There is a relationship between stress and the immune system. If stress hormones are chronically elevated, the stress hormone cortisol will destroy the healthy immune cells that fight viruses and tumours and keep the immune system healthy. If you can reverse that, you not only reduce stress but also reduce stress hormones, allowing the immune system to bounce back and do its job, which is to heal the body and keep it healthy.

Benefits of Holistic massage

  • Promotes relaxation
  • Improves circulation
  • Relieves tired stiff joints
  • Improves skin elasticity
  • Boosts immunity
  • Help reduce swelling
  • Relieves symptoms of stress
  • Encourages a feeling of well being

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