Massage therapy, often referred to as bodywork, is the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissue areas of the body. This includes applying fixed or movable pressure to the body using, primarily hands, but also forearms and elbows.
Massage has a positive influence on your overall health and well-being. Some of the specific benefits of regular massage include:
Reduced chronic pain, muscle aches, spasms and headaches, enabling you to enjoy a better quality of life
Increased flexibility, preventing strains and injuries, allowing you to perform activities you enjoy
Increased endorphin production (the body's natural painkiller), helping you to relax and feel at ease
Increased circulation and movement, helping you feel healthier and improving your concentration
Increased endurance during physical activities, helping you to perform at your best
Boost of the immune system, reducing the chances of getting a cold or infection
Improved quality of sleep, so you can feel at your best for the day ahead
Lowered stress levels, so you can enjoy a balanced life
What to expect during your massage session
On your first visit to us, we will conduct a short consultation. This is to establish the reasons why you are getting a massage, current physical condition, medical history, lifestyle and stress levels. This will enable us to discuss and agree the best possible techniques and aims for the session.
After the consultation your therapist will ask you to remove your clothing to a comfortable level and will leave the room. A towel is provided for draping during the massage. Your therapist will uncover only the part of the body being massaged, insuring that your modesty is respected at all times and that you are kept warm.
The massage takes place on a comfortable, padded massage table. Your massage therapist may offer some advice that will improve the quality of your massage such as deep breathing, which will help if a particular painful or sensitive area is being massaged.
If you are allergic to some oils, make sure you tell your therapist.
Your therapist will massage either the full body or only specific areas, depending on your needs. A Swedish relaxation massage usually includes all the major areas of the body, while a massage for a specific injury, pain, or tightness will be focused on that or any linked areas. Do remember that we are guided by you, so please let us know if you'd like a specific problematic area to be massaged more or if the pressure isn't quite right.
At the end of the massage, your therapist will leave the room again so you can get dressed. Your therapist will provide aftercare advice, may recommend some stretches or exercises for you to practice at home and will discuss if future treatments would be beneficial.
After your massage
Your therapist will provide you with personalised aftercare advice to ensure you benefit the most from your treatments and to speed up your healing process.
It is quite common to feel some soreness after a massage, especially a sports or deep tissue massage. If you experience any areas with redness, swelling, or heat, apply an ice pack to the area for 15 to 20 minutes. This will assist the healing process.
Where possible try and follow your therapist's advice and recommendations. Stretching exercises and self-care help to provide relief and may prevent the problem reoccurring.