Massage

What Massage is

Massage is an ancient form of healing therapy and is thought to have emerged from the Greek work ‘massein’ meaning ‘to knead’ or the Arabic word ‘mash’ meaning ‘to press softly’. Massage is the oldest form of physical medicine known to man and can be traced back to early Chinese medical manuscripts from around 400BC. Massage was advocated by Hippocrates ‘the Father of medicine’ and during Roman times there had been many records of the use of massage to relieve muscular and neural conditions. Very little was recorded about massage in Europe between the Roman times and the early Middle Ages, but by the 16th Century, medicine slowly started to re-learn what had been lost. In 1776 a Swedish professor, Peter Ling, created a scientific system of therapeutic massage known as Swedish massage. Today, massage therapy is one of the fastest growing forces in the field of health care.


How Massage Works

Massage is the simple manipulation of the soft tissues of the body and involves working the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage works as a mechanical action, created by moving the muscles and soft tissues of the body using pressure and stretching. The movement and heat created during a massage helps to loosen tense muscles and reduce stress stored in the body. Often we can suffer with tension knots in our back and shoulders. These ‘knots’ are caused by tension in the muscles, usually due to stress and posture. This tension leads to a build up of lactic acid, which is a waste product produced by our muscles, which under constant strain, overloads and leads to hard grizzly lumps. Massage helps to reduce muscle tension and increase oxygen flow to these areas, lowering overall stress and promoting relaxation over time.


The Benefits of Massage

• Promotes relaxation and reduces stress
• Enhances immunity by stimulating lymph flow
• Speeds up the removal of toxins and waste from the body
• Improves skin condition
• Increases joint flexibility
• Reduces emotional problems, such as depression and anxiety
• Promotes tissue regeneration to reduce scars and stretch marks
• Reduces spasm and cramps
• Releases endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers
• Relieves tension headaches and migraine
• Helps athletes prepare for and recover from strenuous workouts
• Creates a feeling of stability and grounding


Total Contraindications to Massage

The following conditions cannot be treated with massage:
• Fever
• Contagious or infectious disease
• Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
• Recent operations or acute injuries
• Skin Diseases
• During the first trimester of pregnancy


Medical Cautions to Massage

The following conditions can only be treated with massage once it has been approved prior to a treatment in writing by your GP:
• Cardiovascular conditions such as thrombosis, hypertension, angina, those fitted with pace makers or with heart conditions
• Pregnancy
• Oedema
• Diabetes
• Psoriasis or eczema
• High blood pressure
• Osteoporosis
• Trapped nerves
• Receiving medical treatment or have a condition that might be affected by treatment, such as HIV infection, MS, epilepsy or cancer


What a Massage Treatment Includes

A full massage treatment includes work on the legs, feet, arms, hands, abdomen, chest, back and head. The massage treatment can be tailored to suit the client’s needs, so that a particular area of the body can receive more work if needed. The therapist will usually use oil for the massage, though cream and talc can be used at the client’s request. The massage treatment begins with the client lying on their back. The client will be covered with towels and underwear can be kept on. The therapist will only expose the area being worked on at each time so the client is kept warm and comfortable. The therapist will first work on the front of the client’s legs and feet, using a variety of massage techniques to gently manipulate the soft tissues. The arms, shoulders and chest are massaged before the client is asked to turn over. The therapist will then massage the backs of the legs and use some gentle reflexology on the soles of the feet. To finish the client will receive a back, neck and head massage. Overall, the treatment is an ideal way to relax, unwind and care for tired, achy muscles.


Prices

Therapeutic Swedish Massage
£40 (one hour and 15 minutes)
Therapeutic Swedish Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage
£28 (45 minutes)
Holistic Body Massage
£40 (one hour and 15 minutes)
Holistic Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage
£28 (45 minutes)