The therapeutic effects of touch have been recognised for centuries. Massage is promoted alongside standard healthcare to support the management of a wide range of conditions.
Massage is enjoyable because it involves soothing touch and stimulates nerve endings in the skin, bringing feelings of well being and self awareness to the body. As a result it can help to reduce symptoms of pain and anxiety and help to manage work related stress.
A deep massage encourages the relaxation of tight muscles and tissues. Massage stimulates the circulation and our lymphatic system to remove aid waste removal in the body and support a healthy immune system. In addition, this may help joint mobility and relieve restrictions in the body.
Regular massage may play a vital role in injury management and prevention by keeping muscles and joints healthy and hydrated. We are learning more all the time about the fascia (a layer of tissue surrounding all our muscles and organs) and the importance of keeping our fascial system healthy and hydrated to allow it to function optimally.
Massage may help with the symptoms of these conditions along with others:
- Anxiety and depression
- Chronic pain
- Back pain and headaches
- Arthritis and joint conditions
- Fibromyalgia / ME / CFS
- Soft tissue sprains and injuries
- Eating disorders
- Digestive disorders
- Sciatica and nerve pain
- Pregnancy and post natal care
Note: massage does not replace standard medical care. If you are having medical treatment, please confirm with your Doctor if it is safe to receive massage before attending your appointment.
What can I expect from my appointment?
Your session will be tailored around your preferences. Before your massage, we will talk about your needs or any difficulties you may have and create a plan together. Everything is treated in confidence and all recorded information is held securely.
Are the sessions clothed or with oil?
You can choose the type of massage you prefer – clothed or with oil. If we are using oil, I will respect your privacy and give you time to remove as much clothing as you feel comfortable with and get settled. I only uncover the parts of the body being worked on and use blankets to cover you up.
What happens after a treatment?
You will be given a few minutes to refresh in privacy. It is then useful to compare how you felt before and after the session, sometimes including postural assessments and muscle testing. Self care advice will be given to help you maximise the benefits of your treatment at home. If you need help to manage an injury or chronic condition, we can discuss a series of treatments.
I have a specific medical condition, can I still have massage?
I have significant experience with varying medical conditions. The treatment is tailored to your individual limits. In some conditions, massage may not be advisable and you will need to check with your GP first.
Please contact me if you would like to book or have any questions.