massage-therapyI have diplomas in Swedish and Body Massage. Swedish massage is a medium pressure massage which reduces muscle tension and is a relaxing, calming experience. It is firmer than an aromatherapy massage but less specific than sports or remedial massage.

If there are any areas of tension, pain or limited movement I will give particular attention to these during the course of the massage. I have experience of working on and relieving acute and chronic shoulder tension, neck pain and tension, tension headaches, lower back pain, hip pain and sciatic pain. I use a firm, focused touch which I will adjust as I feel change happening in the muscles. Tight muscles can feel sore when they are being massaged, but I will always ask you if the level of pressure feels good. I sometimes combine massage with Zero Balancing in situations where this would be beneficial.

At the beginning of the session I will take a short medical history and find out about your current health and what you would like from the treatment.

Following a massage you will feel relaxed and occasionally slightly sore. It’s a good idea to drink plenty of water afterwards, as this will help get rid of any toxins which have been released from your system. Salt baths can also help.

After a massage, people often feel more comfortable and relaxed within themselves, are aware of holding less tension, feel they can move more freely, and have more energy and vitality.

Having a regular massage is a way of maintaining good health, preventing a build up of stress and tension.

Benefits of Massage

Massage helps to release tension, can ease muscular pain and assists in the recovery from injury or illness. Regular massages can help you to maintain or improve your health and general wellbeing.

Massage can be used to:

  • Relieve muscular pain and tension
  • Improve the range of motion of joints and increase overall flexibility
  • Boost immunity
  • Improve circulation
  • Exercise weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
  • Improve skin condition
  • Prepare for and recover from exercise
  • Lessen depression and anxiety
  • Help tissues regenerate, reduce scar tissue and stretch marks

Stress

In our busy lives we are often subjected to increasing levels of stress, which affects our muscles and our posture. A build up of muscular tension can affect our mood, energy levels and concentration, causing us to feel lacking in vitality. In the long term, stress that is not managed can have an adverse effect on the functioning of the body, perhaps leading to depression or illness.

Massage is a great way to help manage stress by preventing and relieving excessive muscular tension in the body. Benefits can include:

  • Decreased anxiety
  • Enhanced sleep quality
  • Greater energy
  • Improved concentration
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Greater mental clarity and perspective