Deep tissue massage is a very effective and profoundly relaxing treatment. Slow effleurage (long strokes) and petrissage (kneading) are used to break down tensions in several layers of muscle, and in the connective tissue that surrounds them. The muscles are smoothed out and you will leave feeling freer and more supple, as well as soothed in yourself.
Sports & Remedial massage is not aimed solely for the sportsperson. It is a deep tissue massage treatment tailored to each individual whether or not you lead an active or sedentary lifestyle.
It starts with a case taking & posture analysis, to see where areas of tension & imbalances lie in the body. Past injuries whether old or recent & repetitive strain, either from sports, activities, or from sitting at a desk or driving a car can lead to chronic muscle tension.
The aim is to locate these areas of tension & through a variety of massage techniques, breakdown the scar tissue & adhesions or “knots” to allow the body greater movement & flexibility. This in turn restores muscles back to their prime fitness & function & aids the elimination of toxins from the body. By the release of old tensions this helps to ease the painful areas & the body feels renewed & more relaxed.
Where the body has suffered an injury, either a broken/fractured bone or injury to a ligament or tendon, sports & remedial massage is here to help. Secondary tension often develops as other muscles have to work harder to support the injured area & this can lead to even more problems unless it is treated. A thorough examination of the injured area & special tests will enable me to see where & how to proceed. This is an important part of restoring the body back into top physical shape. After care advice including stretches & exercises may be given to help speed up the rehabilitation process.
Sports Massage can be used to treat all minor sports and everyday injuries, before exercise to aid performance and afterwards to ease muscle fatigue and injuries. Treatment may include a course of exercises selected to improve injury or postural problems.
Therapeutic Massage is widely used to relax tired, tense, aching muscles and joints and has a calming and relaxing effect. Although this treatment is often chosen to induce relaxation, it is also widely recommended for the alleviation of minor injuries and psychological benefits.
Remedial massage uses deep tissue massage and more specific techniques to address and prevent problem areas in the muscles and soft tissues. The treatment includes long, smooth strokes as well as methods such as neuromuscular technique on key trigger points. It is beneficial not only for existing areas of pain, but also to identify imbalances in other areas and help prevent these becoming problematic.
Tui Na (pronounced 'twee-nah') is a therapeutic Chinese massage, and is one of the three main components of Traditional Chinese Medicine; acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine being the other two. Tui Na means 'Push' and 'Grasp', and is a vigorous and deeply relaxing massage. Tui na is a treatment that uses Chinese taoist and martial arts principles in an effort to bring the principles of Tradi tional Chinese Medicine into balance. It’s applied to your clothed body whilst you sit on a chair or lie on a couch. The practitioner may use many different techniques including brushing, kneading, rolling and pressing to stimulate acupressure points. These techniques are specifically designed to release stagnation in different parts of body, improve the flow of blood, lymph and the body's energy (Qi). They also effectively loosen tension in muscles and improve joint mobility.
Similar to Indian head massage, Tui Na can be used as a technique to manipulate soft tissues in the shoulders and scalp. The therapist uses a range of different massage pressures and rhythms to stimulate the head and neck area releasing tension and stagnation.
As with acupuncture, tui na can be used as a complete healthcare system.
Swedish can be relaxing or stimulating and has both physical and psychological benefits. Per Henrick Ling, an 18th century Swedish physiologist, was responsible
for formalising a system of massage based on the techniques he had learned in China, as well as in Egypt Greece and Rome. It is said that he cured himself of
rheumatism. Today, Swedish Body Massage is widely used and respected and forms the basis of many other types of massage, using the movements of effleurage,
petrissage, tapotement, (percussion) and frictions. The massage strokes relate to the circulation and lymphatic systems, and organs of the body, encouraging
their efficiency and so to speed healing.
Luke Haines Tui Na, Acupuncture, Reflexology,
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