Massage Therapy

Massage therapy involves a trained therapist manipulating the body's soft tissues to improve health and wellbeing. 

What is massage therapy?

Massage involves rubbing and putting pressure on muscles, connective tissues, tendons and ligaments. It can reduce stress and anxiety, help with pain, relax the muscles and rehabilitate injuries.

Types of massage

Pregnancy: This is used to reduce stress, swelling, muscle and joint pain that sometimes appear during pregnancy. 

Remedial: This is used to treat damaged or painful muscles, tendons, ligaments or connective tissues. Massage aids the body's healing and helps to restore function. 

Sports: Developed to help athletes in training, sports massage increases flexibility and prevents injuries. It is also used after an injury or strain. 

Neuromuscular therapy: Problem areas are manipulated to treat chronic pain, tender muscles, circulation, trapped nerves, problems with posture or injuries caused by repetitive movements.

Deep tissue: Slow strokes are used to put pressure on muscles or tendons deep under the skin. This helps with specific trouble spots such as muscle injuries or back sprains.

Benefits of massage

Many people find massage immediately calming and relaxing. Massage reduces levels of cortisol (a stress inducing hormone) while increasing other hormones (including dopamine and serotonin) which have a positive effect on wellbeing.

Massage is not a replacement for assessment and care by a doctor. It is also important to let your doctor know if you are trying massage to reduce the symptoms of a health issue. Your doctor can help you determine which type of massage may be helpful.

Risks of massage

You should sometimes avoid massage. Massage might not be right for you if you have:

       blood clots,burns, bruises, an infectious skin condition (such as warts or cold sores), osteoporosis,nerve damage.

What does a massage treatment involve?

Before you go for a massage, make sure you drink plenty of water and don't eat too soon before the massage. Try to give yourself plenty of time to get to the appointment so it's easier for you to relax.

The massage therapist will talk to you about your health history and any problems you are experiencing. Make sure you tell them about any conditions you have or medicines you are taking. Your therapist will discuss how they are going to treat you.

They will leave the room while you undress - keeping your underwear on - and you will lie down on the massage table. The therapist will knock before they come back in. You will be covered with a drape or towel during the massage, and music or aromatherapy may be used to help you relax.

It is important to tell the therapist if you feel uncomfortable at any time during the massage. A professional massage therapist will never expose your breasts, genitals or other areas you ask to keep covered.



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