Key Effects and Benefits:
- Increased circulation and lymphatic flow.
- Improvement in range of movement/mobility of the joints.
- Increased flexibility and tone in the muscles and soft tissue.
- Relief from chronic and acute pain.
- Reduced swelling in the joints (arthritis) and the tissue (oedema).
- Improved rate of recovery from injury, sport or otherwise.
- Assists in the breakdown of adhesions, knots and scar tissue.
- Deactivation of trigger points (tender spots which refer pain to other areas and cause anything from headaches to “piriformis syndrome”.
- Relaxation, stress reduction.
What is it and how does it work?
- This form of massage is based on the Swedish style but uses more advanced techniques which are designed to target particular problem areas/imbalances/postural issues. It utilises deep tissue techniques, neuromuscular techniques, trigger point work, deep friction, acupressure, PNF, MET, soft tissue release, and other remedial and sports massage techniques.
- Relaxation techniques, nutritional advice, exercise and stretching are also used where needed, so it has a more “holistic” approach to the healing process.
- This form of massage would be indicated where there are specific issues which need to be addressed ~ injuries, pain, mobility problems etc, rather than an all-body massage which, whilst making you feel very relaxed, does not always necessarily have a lasting impact on sore, tight muscles and imbalances.
- This form of treatment can often require a more active and involved role by the client, which most clients love and appreciate. Side lying, prone and supine positions are used alongside active and passive stretching. Clients may be asked to gauge the sensitivity of tender spots or referred pain patterns so it can be established when there are positive changes.
- Although a client might have painful areas which need to be worked on, this treatment should not induce pain. Work should be guided by the individual client, since pain thresholds will vary greatly. Feedback about how the client is feeling is therefore essential.