Massage is the systematic manipulation of the body’s soft tissues for therapeutic purposes, promoting health and well being. Massage has become a well used technique in dealing with the stresses and tensions of modern living.
Remedial massage is a technique used to treat muscular injuries, aches and pains. It combines manipulation of soft tissues with in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology to attempt to relieve pain and regain normality to the muscle structure.
Key benefits include:
During your first visit a brief consultation will be conducted to establish some personal details and a case history. You will also be asked questions about your work, social and sporting environments. This information will help to build a clearer picture of your structural history and the more information given at this stage, the better.
All information will, of course, be treated in the strictest confidence.
Once it has been established that there are no contra indications to the treatment, your masage can begin. Your modesty will be considered throughout and only the area being treated will be exposed at any one time.
Response to massage varies depending on many different factors, from how old the complaint is to how much you are prepared to do for yourself.
As a result, it is very difficult to know how many treatments are needed. On average, one treatment every week for four weeks is recommended. We can then determine whether further treatment is required.
It is generally believed that the word massage derives from the Arabic ‘mass or Mas’h’ meaning to press softly. As an art, massage is as old as the human race – to hold or rub an injured part is an instinctive reaction to pain or discomfort.
Today, massage is a multidimensional skill encompassing a wide variety of techniques. Many of these have their roots in the system developed by Swedish physiologist Per Henrik Ling (1776 – 1839), who created the first recorded scientific system of massage movements and techniques. This consisted of five basic moves: effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), friction, tapotement (percussion), and vibration.
Massage has evolved throughout the ages to become a much more recognised approach to dealing with the stresses and tensions of modern living. It has moved away from the image it once had of being just a pampering activity you might find in a spa, to become a mainstream approach to structural healthcare.