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Sports Massage is a special form of massage that is typically used before, during and after sports events, however it can also be used to treat persistent troublesome areas. It tends to be deeper than a relaxing massage and more intense. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu.
It helps alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. It can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, ardent keep-fitter or a once a week jogger. I work effectively with the client to bring out optimum performance and to provide injury-free training and minimise post event injuries.
This treatment is not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious (occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries).
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Deep tissue massage is a form of massage therapy that focuses on accessing the deeper layers of muscles, tendons and ligaments in the body. Sometimes also referred to as myofascial release, it is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury. It can be particularly helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, muscular cramps, lower back tightness, and sore or “frozen” shoulders.
When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.
Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist uses massage oil and often uses direct pressure to reach the deeper musculature. Deep tissue massage will improve your flexibility and pain free range of motion; ease any aches or pains you might be experiencing and/or loosen off deep seated stress and tensions.
Deep tissue massage can help to relieve:
* Chronic pain
* Limited mobility
* Recovery from injuries (e.g. falls, sports injury)
* Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
* Postural problems
* Muscle tension or spasm
* After a workout or bodybuilding
Swedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage in the West. If it’s your first time or you don’t get massage very often, Swedish massage is the perfect choice for you.
The Health Benefits of Swedish massage:
* Calms the nervous system and promotes a sense of relaxation and well-being.
* Reduces tension and anxiety.
* Improves blood circulation, which delivers oxygen and nutrients to the cells.
* Stimulates the lymphatic system, which carries away the body’s waste products.
* Prevents and relieves muscle cramps and spasms.
* Helps to reduce inflammation of joints, to free adhesions and break down scar tissue – this will help to restore the freedom of movement to stiff joints.
* Helps skin conditions such as dry or oily skin, acne or eczema.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy that works on the feet or hands enabling the body to heal itself. This gentle therapy relaxes the mind and body, and brings relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, often counteracting a lifetime of misuse.
Reflexology is suitable for all ages. After having completed a course of reflexology treatments for a specific condition, many people find it beneficial to continue to have occasional treatments to maintain health and well-being.
The theory is that following illness, stress, injury or disease, the body is in a state of “imbalance”, and that vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. Studies show that the nerve endings in the feet are directly connected to the inner organs of the body. By working on the reflex points of the feet, a reflexologist can stimulate, through the nerve pathways, an organ or body part that is tense, congested or damaged as a result of accident, injury or illness .This improves circulation and lymph flow, cleanses the body of impurities and revitalises energy, which will encourage the body to naturally restore its own healthy balance.
The treatment can be pleasurable and extremely relaxing to receive, as well as invigorating and energising.
The benefits of reflexology include:
* Pain reduction
* Amelioration of symptoms for health concerns
* Rejuvenation of tired feet
* Improvement in blood flow
* Good impact on physiological measures (e. g. blood pressure and cholesterol)
* Beneficial for post-operative recovery and pain reduction
* Adjunct to mental health care (e. g. depression, anxiety, Post traumatic stress disorder)
* Complement to cancer care (pain, nausea, vomiting, anxiety)
* Strengthening the immune system
* Easier birthing / delivery / post-partum recovery
Reflexology is a complement to standard medical care. It should not be a replacement to medical help.
Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with the addition of one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs. The essential oils used in aromatherapy are plant volatile oils from the flowers, leaves, stems, buds, branches, or roots that have been extracted using steam distillation, water and stem distillation or cold-pressing.
Essential oils can affect almost every organ system in the body. Each essential oil has a unique pharmacological effect, such as anti-bacterial, antiviral, diuretic, vasodilator, tranquilizing, and adrenal stimulating.
When an essential oil is inhaled, the molecules enter the nasal cavity and stimulate the limbic system in the brain. This is a region that influences emotions and memories and is directly linked to the adrenals, pituitary gland, the hypothalamus; the parts of the body that regulate heart rate, blood pressure, stress, memory, hormone balance, and breathing. This makes the effects of essential oils immediate in bringing about emotional and physiological balance.
Aromatherapy massage can be used for a variety of health conditions, such as:
* Colds, flu, sinusitis
* Bruises, burns, insect bites
* Poor digestion
* Muscle and joint pain
* Skin conditions (Acne, Dermatitis, etc.)
ON SITE MASSAGE
On-site massage is an effective way of offering the benefits of massage in the workplace and other public areas. It can help to relieve stress and muscle tension and to renew energy levels in a short (10 to 30 minutes) session. The client remains fully clothed and no oils are used. It is an extremely popular therapy as it can be carried out in almost any setting from offices to the gym or even outdoors, at all types of events. Virtually no preparation time and little space is required making it simple and cost effective.
Many employers have been convinced of the benefits of massage as a part of their stress management. Employers and employees see the benefits from promoting health in the workplace as it reduces sickness absences, improve productivity and help creating a safer working environment.
On-site massage has the same beneficial effects as other massage:
* Increases the blood and lymph circulation which strengthens the immune system
* Relieves muscle soreness and tension
* Helps alleviate stress
* Improves flexibility and increases range of movement, reducing risk of injury
* Reduces migraine headaches
* Relaxes and invigorates stimulating creative thinking and clarity
Most people hold tension in their neck and shoulders and massaging these areas can greatly assist with pain and aches associated with stress. It can include arm and hand massage – particularly if the client’s job leaves him prone to Repetitive Strain Injuries. The aim is to re-balance, refill and de-stress. The massage involves acupressure points and work on the meridians and it can help to re-balance the body and unblock areas of stagnant energy.
Reiki is a Japanese form of energy work that cleanses and balances the energy system in the body. Reiki’s natural healing energy works not just the physical but also mental and emotional level. It promotes the body’s regenerative self-healing ability and helps in all areas of life. In Japanese, the word ‘Reiki’ means ‘Universal Energy’. Eastern medicine has always recognised and worked with this energy, which flows through all living things.
Reiki is a deep fully relaxing and blissful treatment that not only heals but cleanses and purifies. It relieves stress and re-energises the whole body, improving the state of mind and restores your vital life force energy.
Reiki is an efficient treatment for:
* Pain relief (headache, stomach ache, post injuries pain, PMS)
* Anxiety, depression, stress
* Sleeping disorder
* Reducing side effects of regular medical treatments
Reiki always helps and in some cases people have experienced complete healings which have been confirmed by medical tests before and after the Reiki treatments. However, while some people have experienced miracles, they cannot be guaranteed. Stress reduction with improvement in the physical and psychological condition is what most people experience and everyone feels refreshed with a more positive, balanced outlook at the end of the treatment.
It is important to realize that in working with chronic illness, extreme or repeated traumas, anxiety disorders, on-going sessions over a period of time may be necessary.
Developed in the 1930s, lymphatic drainage is a delicate form of massage that stimulates the body’s lymphatic system, improving the metabolism, helping the body to eliminate waste and toxins, transporting nutrients to cells and providing a boost to the immune system.
Lymphatic drainage massage is especially useful for individuals who seem to suffer regularly from common illnesses like colds and flu. It is also recommended for people who lead sedentary lifestyles, or those who want to reduce puffiness or swelling. It has a positive effect on cellulite, dysfunctional respiratory systems and people with low energy and it is an important part of lymph oedema treatment.
The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system.
The lymphatic system is a vital bodily defence against infection and disease. Lymphatic drainage massage is one of the best things you can do to help your body help itself.