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How does massage help?
It is used for treatment, prevention, maintenance, relaxation and pampering.
It brings many benefits, some examples are:-
Speeds up the removal of toxins
Improves lymphatic drainage
Improves range of movement
Improves muscle tone and muscle strength
Reduces stress and anxiety
Improves the appearance of skin
Boosts the immune system.... and so much more
What are the main different types of massage?
What is the difference?
A relaxation massage is just that – generally Swedish, holistic massage with more gentle strokes, helping to ease your muscles and mind – most therapists will ask you how much pressure you prefer. It’s ideal for those that like to de stress at the end of a hardworking week or a stressful time. A pain free way to unwind.
A therapeutic massage is often used ‘as therapy’ and although the actual massage may be relaxing in nature, the end goal is not pure relaxation. Often therapeutic massage has been recommended by a medical professional and is combined with a wider course of treatment – maybe physio or recommended for a wide range of complications. It can also be used on its own and is recommended not just for treatment, but for prevention and ongoing maintenance, therefore regular sessions are recommended. Ideal for a range of symptoms both physical and emotional.
A remedial massage is ideal for particular muscle tension, long-term or chronic pain. An assessment will be made to determine what areas of the body require specific attention and are causing your pain. The treatment may involve a range of deep tissue work, stretching, compression, trigger point release etc. It may involve some discomfort at times and active response from the client. It is aimed at bringing relief from your symptoms. Any pain of discomfort from the treatment quickly subsides and tremendous relief can be achieved.
How long does a usual massage session last?
It really depends - but a massage session usually consist of 30 minutes, 60 minutes, (sometimes more)
How often do I need a massage?
It varies from person to person and the purpose of your massage. If you have specific health needs, such as long term/chronic pain or having the massage for therapeutic or remedial purposes then frequent is recommended. Ideally weekly, but less frequent intervals such as fortnightly, monthly all help (a course of sessions may be required). If it’s is purely for relaxation, then whenever the mood takes you.
I have never had a massage before. Do I have to be naked?
No. Generally you remove sufficient clothing for the purpose of the massage – e.g. neck, back and shoulders, would only require you to remove clothing from the top half of your body. Full body, requires you to remove clothing (underwear is kept on) but ladies are advised to remove their bra or to have it unclipped during treatment if for comfort you prefer to keep it on. You are then draped in towels and only the part of the body that is receiving attention is uncovered at a time. Once that area has been treated, then the towels are replaced. Your dignity is respected at all times.
What is Myofascial Release Therapy?
MFR is a hands on technique for rehabilitating and restoring health to our fascia, with the aim to rebalance the body. Helpful for bringing relief for a wide range of issues:-
Poor posture (inc. leg length discrepencies, pelvic and jaw imbalance, hip rotations)
All of the above can have an unhealthy effect on fascia by causing restrictions, imbalance and pain. MFR is beneficial for emotional and physical stress.
What is fascia?
Fascia is a seamless web of connective tissue underneath the skin. It covers and connects all muscles, organs and bones. So you can imagine how any disfunction in fascia can lead to a host of problems and how vital it is to restore balance to fascia.
I am pregnant, can I have a massage?
Yes of course. Massage is a perfect way to help you cope with the challenging demands put on your body as it goes through the various changes, in particular the extra stress and weight from your growing baby. Helping to relieve aches and pains, reduce stress and also help you feel supported, more connected with your baby and to help prepare you for labour and delivery. (May require GP consent or be contraindicated for complicated pregnancy).
I am receiving treatment for cancer, or have just finished treatment for cancer. Can I have a massage?
Yes, with written consent from your GP or consultant responsible for your treatment.
I would like to try Reiki, what is it and what does it involve?
Reiki is one of the oldest forms of healing. The meaning of the name is ‘universal life energy’. ‘Rei’ – universal aspect of energy and ‘ki’- which means the life force flowing in all living things. Throughout our lives and daily activities we use up a ‘ki’. Prolonged consumption of this energy force without ‘topping up’ can lead to illness, both physical and emotional. Reiki is a natural healing method which enables you to absorb and recharge this ‘ki’ and rebalances the energy in your body. The laying on of hands by the Reiki giver allows a direct flow of the reiki into the body of the receiver wherever it is needed. The Reiki giver is used as a channel to simply conduct the universal life energy so you are not receiving their own ‘ki’ or passing on yours to the giver. It is received fully clothed, laying down or sitting and is extremely restorative and relaxing.
What does Reiki do?
Reiki helps healing of all kinds. The effects are as individual as the receiver, but after treatment you may feel mentally more alert and experience deeper intuition and insight into particular issues you are facing. Reiki always acts in the manner in which the person receiving needs! It is also said to be a positive influence on spiritual growth, and it is not connected to any particular religion or religious teachings. Reiki is beneficial for emotional and physical issues. It is also beneficial if you just want to receive a relaxing healing session. It is safe for all with no contraindications.
How does Hopi Ear Candling work? Does it hurt?
Hopi Ear Candling (Thermal Auricular Therapy) works by the insertion of a ‘candle’ in the ear. The candle is often made of organic cotton, beeswax and sometimes with the addition of essential oils. It is gently inserted in the ear and once lit, works on a chimney (suction) effect, with the movement of the flame helping to massage the inner ear canal. The aim of the treatment, although very relaxing in its own right, is to help draw out and break down toxins, which often lead to pain and discomfort such as headaches, sinusitis, blocked ears etc. It is painless, and relaxing, with customers often commenting on the meditative effect from the sound of the burning candle as it burns down its various stages.
Will I have old wax dripping out of my ears after?
No! You will not see large lumps of wax coming out of your ears. The effects of the treatment is to aid and/or speed up the body’s natural ability to break down the wax and absorb it through the body and excrete it through the bodies own natural excretion process. It helps to clear out the canals and cavities in the skull.
Massage is not recommended for certain people:
•infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds - massage cannot be performed over these areas
•immediately after surgery - if in doubt get consent from your GP
•immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
•prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage
•pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. There is usually no reason for a healthy and uncomplicated progressing pregnant woman to be refused a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are trained in pregnancy massage.
•massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.
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