Over the years massage has developed as a healing therapy and evolved into the many different modalities that exist today. Each style using a variety of methods and varying pressures, but with the same desired effect; pain relief, increased mobility, relaxation, recovery from trauma and much more: all brought about by bringing the systems of the body into balance.
As a massage therapist I am qualified in several different styles of massage, I like to incorporate aspects of each of them into a massage session, depending upon my clients individual needs.
Following are some of the techniques that I include in my practice.
Generally, most people’s first experience with massage, whether they are clients or practitioners is with Swedish massage. It is probably the most common form of massage, using a combination of long gliding strokes, kneading, friction and vibration with the aim of easing stress, tension and general soreness in the muscles. It improves blood flow which increases the amount of oxygen and nutrients carried to the cells and removes toxins and waste products via the lymphatic system.
Regular Swedish massage can have a positive effect on many conditions, it is excellent for people who experience headaches/migraines, stress, tension and fatigue, insomnia or digestive problems. As it relaxes the nervous system it can greatly improve the effects of anxiety and depression.
It is a perfect therapy for athletes in training, as it helps to remove lactic acid build up in the muscles. It helps with yoga and Pilates, as it relaxes and stretches the muscle fibres and it is the perfect partner for anyone in a weight loss programme.
Overall it will leave you feeling relaxed and invigorated with an increased feeling of wellbeing.
Remedial massage uses many of the same techniques as Swedish massage but focuses more on specific problems, it can also include trigger point therapy and myofascial release which are relatively new techniques. The pressure used can vary from medium to quite firm.
It is an excellent therapy for people suffering from chronic pain as a result of a previous injury or a work related repetitive strain injury. Remedial massage can greatly speed up the recovery process and improve mobility and range of motion.
Deep Tissue Massage
Many clients I treat ask for deep tissue massage quoting the old adage “no pain, no gain”. Although this may be true to some degree, having experienced a deep tissue massage myself from an inexperienced massage therapist some years ago I discovered first hand that it is a technique that should only be used when absolutely necessary.
When performed appropriately, deep tissue massage can produce some amazing results. Many of us have scar tissue and adhesions in the deeper layers of muscles from past traumas. These can manifest as postural problems, causing referred patterns of pain and dysfunction.
Deep tissue work breaks up these adhesions allowing the individual muscle fibres to move freely, thus improving posture and range of motion.