MASSAGE THERAPY

Holistic or Remedial Massage

Holistic or Remedial Massage is a well-known form of bodywork; one of the primary aims of the Holistic Massage technique is to induce relaxation to the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long rhythmic strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. As with other forms of massage, Holistic massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.

Holistic massage is the cornerstone for other types of bodywork therapies, including sports massage, deep tissue massage and aromatherapy massage.

A Holistic massage can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on the therapist’s personal style and desired therapeutic outcome. If you require deeper work and can tolerate more pressure to gain relief from chronic muscle pain, then there is the option of a deep tissue massage, which is an advanced form of Holistic massage.

In all Holistic massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with base or carrier oil and performs various massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle “knots” or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Holistic massage promotes relaxation, among other health benefits. The base oil or carrier oil is necessary to dilute and disperse essential oils, as the majority of essential oils can not be applied directly to skin. For an appointment, go to the “Book Now” page, and choose a convenient time.

Deep Tissue Massage 

The main focus of Deep Tissue Massage is to help alleviate the physical stress within specific muscle groups around the clients’ skeletal body and to enhance performance. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, 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 casual jogger. Deep Tissue Massage causes the pores in tissue membranes to open up, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourage the muscles to recover quicker.

Deep Tissue Massage works towards the maintenance that muscles need and improves performance by reducing the risk of injury for athletes during their training or sports events. Generally, the client is recumbent on a table allowing the therapist to apply the stretching techniques and deep stroke. The treatment time can vary between 15 – 90mins duration depending on the outcome of the consultation. The focus of treatment areas would depend on the clients requirement (e.g. acute or chronic injury, relief of inflammation or swelling from injury, restoration of tight muscles).

A Deep Tissue Massage is more invigorating than for instance, Holistic massage. The goal of Deep Tissue Massage is to prepare, treat, and maintain the athlete. It is not just geared toward athletes, but anyone who is physically active may benefit from this. Sports massage is broken down into 3 main groups:

Pre-Event Massage

Pre-Event – quick, energetic techniques are used to enhance an athlete’s warm-up. Sport massage will increase muscle stimulation, circulation, flexibility, and range of motion. This reduces muscle pain, soreness, and mental tension and prepares the athlete for their performance.

Post Event Massage

Post-Event – a more calming technique is used to aid muscles in returning to their natural state. This can also calm the athlete down from the adrenaline of performing. Circulation is increased to aid in elimination of toxins to prevent muscle soreness, fatigue, and spasms. Recovery after competition involves not only tissue normalization and repair, but also general relaxation and mental calming. A recovery session might be 15 minutes to 11/2 hours in length.

Maintenance Massage

Maintenance – this uses different techniques to aid an athlete throughout their training. Myofacial release, neuromuscular therapy, trigger-point therapy, assisted stretching all help keep an athlete in prime shape. Some techniques are used to promote injury rehabilitation, and reduce scar tissue, from previous injuries or trauma, which can negatively affect muscle, tendons, and ligaments leading to inflexibility of tissues, which become prone to re-injury and pain. For an appointment, go to the “Book Now” page, and choose a convenient time.