Massage Therapy

 

This treatment is simply massage tailored to your needs, wether for pain, injury or relaxation. It’s an integrative approach using techniques from many western massage modalities including Myofascial Release, Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue Massage. During treatment we use a massage table with a head cradle so that you’re comfortable lying face-down. During the winter months this massage table is even heated which is an added treat. The duration of this treatment can last from thirty minutes to an hour and a half. It’s particularly good for those stubborn niggles that won’t go away. Once we’ve established relevant information regarding your mobility, lifestyle and posture, I leave the room so you can undress. You’ll usually be asked to strip down to your underwear and to lie down on a massage table covered up by a sheet.

Myofascial Release is a system of bodywork that can evaluate fascia with specialised techniques from craniosacral therapy, osteopathy, structural integration and physical therapy. Myofascial Release is a manual physical therapy that treats pain, tension and dysfunction. Myo means ‘muscle’ and ‘fascia’ is the connective tissue network. Fascia is a three dimensional network that extends without interruption from the top of the head to the tips of the toes. Fascia, like muscle, has the ability to contract and relax but, unlike muscle, fascial restrictions creep insidiously throughout the entire network affecting the function of the whole structure, eventually creating the pain that we call symptoms. These symptoms include muscular strains, trigger points and joint dysfunction.

Swedish Massage is regarded as the most common form of massage. Focusing on the musculo-skeletal system using recognised movements to manipulate the soft tissue of the body, it can help reduce muscle spasm and relieve pain. As well as affecting each of the physiological systems of the body, Swedish Massage also has the psychological effect of either invigoration or relaxation. Swedish massage is the most popular massage. It’s a classic that will give you all the relaxation you need. The five types of strokes that make up this classic massage are effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, friction and vibration. The pressure can be as light or as firm as you like and it’s perfect for unknotting every muscle in your body to make you feel as light as a feather.

Deep tissue is a type of massage therapy that is used to treat chronic tension and injuries from overuse. Whilst some of the strokes are the same as in Swedish Massage, the pace tends to be slower and pressure is applied more strongly, concentrated on problem areas. Practitioners may use their forearms, elbows, fingertips and knuckles as well as their hands in order to break-up accumulated tension. If you’re suffering from painful trigger points that cannot be solved by a classic Swedish massage then the deep tissue massage techniques may be the answer. During a deep tissue massage, the pressure is stronger and concentrated on the problematic area which might lead to a little bit of discomfort.

 

 

 

30min ~ £30, 60min ~ £50, 90min ~ £70.

Most psychologists treat the mind as disembodied, a phenomenon with little or no connection to the physical body. Conversely physicians treat the body with no regard to the mind or emotions. But the body and mind are not separate, and we cannot treat one without the other.

Candace Pert