With the variety of massage treatments readily available these days it may sometimes be difficult for someone, deciding for the first time, which Massage Treatment would be best suited.
Of course the best solution is to speak with the massage therapist as she will be able to advise you which massage is best suited to treat a particular ailment or problem.
You can call Lauren on 07791 140385.
However, to give you a brief overview of the different Massage Treatments available and an insight into the benefits each Massage Treatment offers plus an indication of which is best suited to specific ailments or conditions, I have compiled this introduction.
What Is Swedish Massage?
Swedish Massage is one of the most popular treatments undertaken. Swedish Massage uses massage techniques specifically to relax your muscles. The four common strokes of Swedish Massage are:
- Effleurage: a smooth, gliding stroke used to relax soft tissue.
- Petrissage: the squeezing, rolling, or kneading that follows effleurage.
- Friction: deep, circular movements that cause layers of tissue to rub against each other, helping to increase blood flow and break down scar tissue.
- Tapotement: a short, alternating tap done with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand.
It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. A Swedish Massage can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on what we feel you need and what you would like to achieve. This is also combined with movement of the joints.
What Can Swedish Massage Help With?
It can help with a many problems, from aches, pains and stiffness to poor flexibility and circulation. It’s also a great way of bringing stress levels down, it can be relaxing and energising, which will improve general health and it can also help with recovery from injury.
As well as the calming benefits, Swedish Massage is good for:
- Easing muscular strain by flushing out toxins.
- Improving circulation by increasing oxygen flow in the blood.
- Helping to keep ligaments and tendons supple.
- Stimulating the nervous system.
- Reducing emotional and physical stress.
What Is Aromatherapy Massage?
Aromatherpy Massage uses essential oils used which have a special effect on the body and systems. It is a healing treatment to improve and maintain health. A relaxing massage which is gentle and soothing.
After the consultation, one or more essential oils are selected based on what you need and are mixed in with the massage oil or lotion.
The subtle aroma of the essential oils fill the air around you during the massage.
When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system.
Essential oils are also believed to be absorbed through the skin.
Each essential oil has different healing properties. For example, some calm while others energize.
Here are some widely used essential oils and their properties:
- Calming – Chamomile, Lavender, Geranium
- Uplifting – Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Rose, Neroli
- Energizing – Rosemary
- Cleansing – Rosemary
- Decongesting – Eucalyptus, Pine, Tea Tree
What Can Aromatherapy Massage Help With?
Aromatherapy Massage is particularly suited to conditions involving stress or improving emotionally-related conditions. Stress and stress-related conditions can be improved and managed using Aromatherapy Massage such as:
- Digestive Disorders
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Back pain
It is believed that Aromatherapy Massage can have a positive affect on new Mothers, reducing the baby blues and anxiety whilst increasing vigour and energy.
Benefits Of Aromatherapy Massage:-
- Can introduce a state of relaxation and rejuvenation.
- Relaxes tight and tense muscles.
- Aids natural quality sleep.
- Encourages the interchange of tissue fluids.
- Stimulates blood and lymph circulation.
- Reduces tension.
- Relieves pain, both specific and general.
Deep Tissue Massage
What Is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep Tissue Massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. Some of the same strokes are used in Swedish Massage but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.
Deep Tissue Massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, we will use direct deep pressure or friction applied across the muscles.
What Can Deep Tissue Massage Help With?
It is great for chronically tense area’s such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Many conditions which can benefit from Deep Tissue Massage develop from modern lifestyles which require us to do too much which can cause us pain, such as sitting at computers, in soft chairs, driving etc. Sports injuries can also be treated.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage:-
Deep Tissue Massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as:
- Chronic Pain
- Limited Mobility
- Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
- Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Postural problems
- Ostearthritis pain
- Muscle tension or spasm
What Is Sports Massage?
Sports Massage tends to be deeper and more intense. It is based on the various tecniques of Swedish Massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response techniques. Deep Tissue Sports Massage can help to decongest and improve the condition of the muscle which will alleviate the symptom, this will then help performance and to help provide injury-free training and minimise post event injuries.
The purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, sports massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement.
What Can Sports Massage Help With?
Before, during or after physical exertion a Sports Massage can help to promote flexibility, treat muscle strains, aid healing and prevent injuries.
It is a very important programme to add to the training regime of an individual who takes their particular sport seriously, Sports Massage will help you by ensuring your muscles are in peak condition to allow you to perform to your best ability.
However, this treatment is not just for the sports person, anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious (occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries).
So there up have it! If any of these treatments sound like something you could benefit from or you would like further information to decide on the best treatment for you, or if a condition you are suffering from has not been mentioned and you would like to know if Massage Treatment can help, call Lauren on 07791 140385.