Soothe those Aches and Pains!
“The aim of remedial massage is to find and treat the cause of the disorder, not only the symptoms”
Remedial massage treats the body holistically, tracing the discomfort as far as possible back to the original cause and incorporates specialised techniques to locate and aid in the repair of damaged muscles, tendons and joints. Its application can be gentle or strong, deep or shallow, depending on the condition and the individual’s needs.
When applied appropriately, massage has the ability to restore your body physically, mentally and spiritually.
Benefits of Remedial Massage
- STIMULATION of the blood supply allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed
- CALMING of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort
- Aids in the REPAIR of tissues
- EASING of stiffness and tension
- RELAXING of muscles to improve joint mobility
Massage and Sport
Massage plays a part in every form of sport or exercise. It can increase endurance, control fatigue and help people feel better when used as part of a regular injury management regime.
Massage can also speed muscle recovery rates as it eliminates irritation caused by metabolic waste, left behind in the muscle after strenuous bouts of exercise. By helping reduce fatigue and aid recovery, massage enables more productive training with longer, more effective workouts. The ultimate spin-offs are better performance with fewer injuries.
Massage and Injuries
Massage also helps recovery from soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains. Everybody experiences some form of stress through work, family, the environment and society. Mental tensions, frustrations and insecurity cause the most damage. Hormones released by stress actually shrink the vessels, inhibiting circulation.
A stressed mind and body means the heart works harder. Breathing becomes rapid and shallow and digestion slows. Nearly every body process is degraded. Studies show stress can cause migraines, hypertension (high blood pressure), depression, some peptic ulcers, etc. In fact, researchers have estimated 80% of disease is stress related. Soothing and relaxing massage therapy can counteract the effects of stress.
What Injuries can Massage Treat?
- Headaches & migraines
- Frozen shoulder
- Sore shoulder and neck
- Back pain & sciatica
- Tennis and golfers elbow
- Sprains, strains and tears
- Over-use injuries
- Shin splints
Although a single massage will be enjoyable and beneficial, the effects of massage are cumulative and a course of massage treatments in conjunction with stretching, strengthening exercises and breaking bad habits (prolonged sitting at a desk, lifting incorrectly etc) will bring the most benefits.