Massage has been one of the longest standing forms of medical treatment for thousands of years. It briefly fell out of favour following breakthroughs in science, but rose back into popularity in the late 1900’s as a form of complementary medicine. The revival of massage therapy comes as no surprise, with its benefits being felt across the entire body and mind.
Using manual hands-on movements and manipulation of the soft tissues and muscles in the body, massage therapy works to promote healing and enhance a person’s overall well-being.
All treatment is carried out during the session, although you may be advised to ice/stretch certain areas at home. All patients will also be advised to avoid caffeine and alcohol, and increase their fluid intake following their appointment.
Deep tissue massage aims to effect change in the deeper layers of the muscles and connective tissues. It involves the use of slow strokes coupled with firm and sometimes sustained pressure. Deep tissue massage is great for releasing tension and easing aches and pains.
Swedish massage aims to bring about change in the muscles and connective tissues, whilst also promoting relaxation. Different techniques are used during this treatment to help reduce tension and stress in both the body and mind.
Massage during pregnancy is incredibly beneficial. A variety of techniques can be used to help ease pain and stiffness, improve mobility and also help relax the expectant mother. Treatments will be individual to each mother-to-be's needs. They will be provided in a side-lying position with comfort being paramount. Before each treatment a full consultation will be completed. During this you’ll be able to pinpoint which areas you’d like treated and what type of massage you’d like. We would always advise that you speak to your doctor/midwife before you book your appointment.
At your first appointment, prior to beginning any hands-on treatment, a full consultation will be completed. This will involve talking a little bit about your medical history and a discussion of what you’d like to gain from your treatment.
Anything you’re comfortable in. Your therapist will advise you if you need to remove any items of clothing during your appointment. Modesty will however be maintained at all times.
Massage, particularly deep tissue, can be uncomfortable at times but if something doesn’t feel right let your therapist know immediately. It may be that there needs to be a positional or pressure change. Deep pressure is incredibly effective for releasing muscle tension, but it should always be a pressure that you are comfortable with.
Please just let us know if there is an area of your body which you would like us to avoid. We are more than happy to adapt your treatment. As we hopefully build a trusting client/therapist relationship, we’d hope that this would become less of a concern, as massage is incredibly beneficial for all areas of the body!
Depending on your treatment, you may experience some of the following after your treatment: increased thirst, aches and pains, more frequent trips to the toilet, fatigue, bruising, redness, changes to sleep pattern and a heightened emotional state. Not everyone will experience these side-effects but if you do, they shouldn’t last very long. If you have any concerns just ask.
Following on from your treatment we can make some recommendations based on your needs and what it is you’re wanting to achieve from massage therapy. It is however entirely up to you whether you just want a one-off treatment, multiple treatments in order to tackle a particular issue, or regular treatment. Regular massage is of course beneficial for a number of reasons, but we understand that this is not always feasible.
Massage during pregnancy is safe and can be incredibly beneficial. You can begin massage therapy from 12 weeks onwards. If you have previously miscarried, you can book in from 16 weeks. We would always advise that you discuss massage therapy with your doctor/midwife before booking in.