Remedial Massage focuses on specific areas of the body that require rehabilitation and endeavours to address the cause of the problem, rather than the symptoms. A remedial massage session begins with a review of your health conditions as well as observing posture and testing range of movement (ROM) in joints and muscles. The treatment is then tailored to your specific condition. Remedial massage is performed with a goal in mind, meaning that treatment can take place over several sessions, constantly being assessed and amended as necessary to allow the best possible chance of recovery. This may also mean referring you to other healthcare professionals whose expertise can help in your recovery process.
Techniques used in Remedial Massage usually consist of Deep Tissue massage, which focuses on setting a rhythm, using flowing strokes to relax and warm up the muscles in order to then apply deeper, sustained pressure to specific points (Trigger Points - TP) in the muscles. By warming up and "softening" the surface tissues of the body, Trigger Point therapy can then be applied without having to employ too much intensity. This combination of relaxation and TP techniques enhances the therapeutic benefits of the massage, reduces tension throughout the body and can aid in recovery from exercise and injuries. Other techniques such as cupping and assisted stretching/joint loosening may also be used.
Relaxation massage encourages you to unwind, physically and mentally, creating a feeling of well-being and promoting clear thinking. A treatment session allows the client quality time to relax and restore from the stresses of daily life. Relaxation massage provides many benefits, such as reducing muscle tension and tightness, improving circulation, relieving headaches and stress. It can also assist in boosting the immune system and improving sleep.
What you can expect from a relaxation massage:
Rhythmic and flowing long, smooth, gliding strokes
A firm, but relaxing pressure that is never painful
A treatment that will relax and soothe you, but that is not specifially designed to relieve chronic pain or other underlying conditions
Oedema/Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Lymphatic drainage massage is a form of gentle massage that encourages the movement of lymphatic fluid around the body.
Lymphatic fluid helps remove waste and toxins from the bodily tissues. Some health conditions can interrupt the normal flow of lymph, causing fluid to build up in a particular area of the body, often in the arms or legs, where swelling can occur. This condition is called lymphoedema. Lymphoedema can develop as a result of infections, cancer treatments that involve the removal of lymph nodes, and any condition that damages the lymphatic system. Lymphatic drainage massage can benefit those who suffer with lymphoedema, fibromyalgia and other conditions, by reducing swelling and improving circulation throughout the lymphatic system.
**I am trained to perform Oedema Massage on the legs only. You will need to have the ok from your GP for me to perform this massage if you suffer with lymphoedema.
Basic Pregnancy Massage
For women in their 2nd or 3rd trimester. Enjoy a soothing and relaxing massage to ease your pregnancy aches and pains and give you a better night's sleep. Can either be performed lying on your left side on the massage table, or seated on a chair, leaning forward while supported with pillows.
Traditional Thai Massage
Thai massage (nuat thai) is a system of acupressure massage and assisted stretching developed in Thailand, and influenced by the traditional medicine systems of India, China, and Southeast Asia. It is often called Thai Yoga Massage due to the asana-like stretches the therapist performs on the client. This form of bodywork is best performed on the floor to allow the therapist to use her body weight to safely apply pressure, and the client wears comfortable clothes that allow for movement.
"The true practice of the art of healing in ancient Thai massage (nuad phaen boran) is the compassionate intent of the healer. The Buddhist spiritual practices associated with Thai massage cultivate humility, awareness, and concentration in the healer designed to bring the practitioner to a deeper level of awareness of herself and the client. This compassionate state of being is termed "metta", which usually translates as 'loving kindness'." - Wikipedia