Holistic Massage uses the classic massage techniques, also often referred to as Swedish massage. The massage will normally be a full body massage (excluding genitals) but can just be upper body or neck and shoulders depending on your preference and time available. The main aim of this treatment is to relax. calm and soothe, in addition to improving general function of the body, through gentle manipulation of the soft tissue. Pressure can vary from light to deep depending on your preference. In addition to the massage techniques a Holistic massage will also look at your lifestyle and advise on ways to improve your well-being as a whole. Some of the benefits of a Holistic Massage include, Improved circulation, reduced muscle tension, calming of the nervous system, and improved immunity.
Based on the traditional system of medicine known as Ayurveda an Indian Head massage can promote relaxation and balancing of the bodys energy systems. This treatment is performed seated, and can be done through clothing if preferred. Treatment is performed on the neck, shoulders, upper back, upper arms, face and scalp, and can be done with or without oils. Benefits of Indian Head Massage include:
Deep tissue massage uses many of the strokes used in Classic/Swedish Massage as well as some additional techniques, however the movements are performed much slower often with deeper pressure. Focusing on the deeper layers of muscle tissue and surrounding fascia (connective tissue), it is mainly used to release severe tension and/or pain and can help restore movement to an area, which may have been restricted due to trauma or stress. Treatments are normally on a specific area, and are not suitable for a full body massage. It should not be confused with a deep pressure massage, which is a Classic/Swedish massage using a heavier pressure. Following deep tissue treatment you may occasionally feel some muscle ache, or tenderness for 24-48 hours.
Sports massage is not primarily a relaxing massage, however can have a calming effect. Sports massage uses a number of different techniques to restore balance and function within the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues in the body, it is also an excellent injury prevention treatment. It can help release tension, restore full muscle length following trauma, and help rehabilitation following injury.
Sports massage should not be painful, however some release techniques can cause some discomfort during treatment. Many people refer to this discomfort as ‘good pain’ as they can feel the release happening. During sports massage treatments you and the therapist will often be communicating on what is happening and you will need to provide feedback on what you are feeling during the implementation of techniques.
Techniques used during a sports massage can include, Postural Assessment, Deep Tissue Massage, Soft Tissue Release (STR), Muscle Energy Techniques (MET), Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy (TP), Stretching, Neuromuscular techniques (NMT) in addition to classic massage strokes. To maximise the benefit of your treatment you may also be provided with aftercare advice and rehabilitation exercises.
Sports massage is not only for sports people. Many of my clients are office workers, long periods sitting at the computer can cause muscle fibres to tighten and stick together creating adhesions (knots). It can also be beneficial to those recovering from injuries, broken limbs in the past can cause imbalances in movement patterns, these don’t always correct themselves automatically following the healing of the injury.