Remedial Massage – £45 (1hr)
Remedial massage is a skilled physical treatment of the soft tissue, e.g. muscles, to help release tension, ease muscular aches and pains and increase the range of mobility of the joints.
Specific movements also help break down subcutaneous scar tissue and adhesions. Massage has a beneficial effect on the muscles, circulation, lymphatic and nervous system on a physical level but is also helpful in a supportive role on a psychological level; the hands-on element of massage makes it one of the most effective treatments of stress-related conditions.
Remedial massage is part of a movement towards healthcare with a holistic approach. This movement includes a self-care philosophy of keeping the body well through exercise, nutrition, relaxation and reduction of stress. It is now common knowledge that stress is one of the primary causes of illness and because one of the principal results of massage is relaxation, people seek it to assist them with stress management.
Massage is also frequently used as a preliminary treatment before manipulation because tense and contracted muscles can interfere with effective manipulation.
Effects and benefits of massage include:
- Improved circulation, both in the area being massaged and generally
- By stimulating the lymphatic system, it speeds up the elimination of waste products, helping to relieve pain and reduce inflammation and swelling
- Massage helps to stimulate the production of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers and also stimulates the production of sensory impulses which then blocks the transmission of pain messages
- Increased tissue permeability, improved removal of waste products of muscle activity and better absorption of highly oxygenated fluids that are rich in nutrients
- Helps breakdown scar tissue and adhesions of the soft tissue, assisting the return of normal muscle tension and increasing the range of movement thereby improving posture
- Improvement in tissue elasticity and muscle tone