Massage often is used in combination with other therapies and can assist successfully with the treatment of a variety of health concerns, including:
- anxiety and depression
- back, neck and shoulder pain
- soft tissue injuries and muscular cramps
- chronic pain
- headache and migraines
- high blood pressure
Massage can improve the mind and body connection, it can bring about greater body awareness assisting in better health and self-healing. Key health benefits of massage include:
- stress reduction and therapeutic relaxation
- reduced muscle tension, discomfort and pain through the calming of the peripheral nervous system
- improved circulation in the body, stimulation to the blood supply and the lymphatic system to eliminate and remove toxins
- increased joint mobility, and the aid in the recovery of soft tissue injuries
- stimulation of the immune and respiratory system as deep breathing is encouraged
All therapists work differently, and usually incorporate many different techniques and massage types as listed below.
Remedial or Therapeutic Massage
It uses various massage techniques to stretch and lengthen connective tissue and muscles, reduce pain and discomfort, bring wellness, relaxation and a greatly improved sense of mobility.
- Acupressure Points and Techniques: Acupressure trigger points can be used to release tension, increase the circulation of blood, and heighten the body's life force energy to aid self-healing.
- Deep Tissue (also known as Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy): The therapist works through the muscle applying increased pressure as superficial layers soften. Helpful achieve structural balance to the body.
- Myofascial Cupping: Gentle technique that aims to restore function, movement and flexibility to the soft tissue (fascia) that connects the body’s muscles, cartilage, ligaments and tendons. It uses separation principal of muscle and fascia as opposed to normal compression techniques.
- Myofascial Release: This massage is aimed at separating the muscles from the surrounding fascia encasing them. Often adhesion occurs between fascia and muscle, restricting movement and flexibility.
- Neuromuscular Therapy: Includes specific releases for individual muscles, working with the musculo-skeletal system and the nervous system, to bring balance and pain relief to the individual.
- Postural Massage: Aimed at correcting postural imbalances and poor alignment. Stretching and resistance techniques are used to help correct the body. To be effective clients need to continue exercises at home.
Using gentle techniques including long smooth gliding strokes that are rhythmic and flowing and pressure that is deeply relaxing, but not painful . It is a treatment that is designed to soothe and relax body and mind, not to relieve chronic pain.
- Aromatherapy Massage: A light pressure massage using fragrant essential oils to naturally enhance the benefits of massage. Oils are selected to compliment the treatment and clients aroma preference.
- Hot Stones Massage: Warming massage with the aid of smooth river rocks to assist in diffusing tension and stress, eases muscle stiffness for pain relief, and increases circulation and metabolism.
- Indian Head Massage (also known as Champissage): A massage of the head, face, neck, shoulders and upper arms to relieve tension, clearing energy trapped in the muscles and encouraging blood flow.
- Nurturing Touch: A combination of gentle Swedish Massage and chosen techniques from the Healing Touch Program which induces a sense of relaxed well-being. Clients remain fully clothed throughout the treatment.
- Swedish/Relaxation Massage: Full body massage to relax the muscles and reduce stress, increase circulation and improve vitality and wellbeing.
- Pregnancy Massage: A combination of Swedish and Remedial Massage techniques are used to assist with the tensions and discomfort experienced during pregnancy.