Originating in the 1700s, the Swedish massage is considered to be one of the first types of massage to be developed. Over the years it has evolved into a popular therapy, known for its five core techniques. These are: ● Effleurage – Long gliding strokes. ● Petrissage – Lifting and kneading the muscles. ● Friction: Firm – Deep circular rubbing movements. ● Tapotement – Brisk tapping or percussive movements. ● Vibration – Rapidly shaking or vibrating specific muscles The aim of Swedish massage is to increase the body’s absorption of oxygen, which helps the body to rejuvenate. It also contributes to the detoxification process, which speeds up the rate at which cells eliminate waste. This process involves flushing lactic acid, uric acid, and other waste from the tissues. Swedish massage helps stimulate the skin and nervous system, and exercises the ligaments and tendons to keep them supple. The entire process is very relaxing and is championed for its ability to reduce both emotional and physical stress.
Deep Tissue Massage
This therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
Physical activity can lead to the build-up of stress and tension in the body’s tissues. Sports massage is designed to help prevent and treat injuries that can occur as a result of overexertion or poor training exercises. Deep and intense techniques are used to restore mobility to an injured muscle tissue. Stretching, compression, toning and trigger point response techniques similar to acupressure may be used. Those who seek out sports massage will find it can assist them through all stages of training. It can also provide recovery and prevention before and after competitions. Sports massage can also benefit individuals who don’t play sport. It is particularly helpful for those who are experiencing muscle pain and tension as a result of stress. The therapy is thought to improve circulation, boost lymphatic flow and help flush out metabolic waste.
Remedial massage is effective for preventing and treating muscle injuries and pain. It involves using deep tissue techniques to remove blockages and damaged cells. This helps to reduce recovery time and encourage healing. It can also be used to remove scar tissue from old injuries, which reduces the chances of a repeat injury. It is most commonly used to treat back pain as it increases blood supply to soft tissue.
Abdominal Chi Massage (Chi Nei Tsang)
CNT is a centuries-old variety of healing touch therapy from China. It focuses on deep, gentle abdominal massage in order to “train” the internal abdominal organs to work more efficiently, which in turn is said to improve physical and emotional health.
Cranial release technique has come a long way to be accepted, but practitioners have found that the skull does indeed move and that CRT can help manage stress and stress-related conditions. The technique works to “unlock” locked cranial bones to restore balance and reduce stress and pain on the body.
Tui Na treats chronic pain, especially that caused by muscle-skeletal conditions and injuries. Neck, shoulder and back pain and immobility, sciatica and ‘tennis elbow’ all respond very well. It is, however, impossible to treat a specific condition with Tui Na without improving the overall Chi status of the body. This means that headaches, migraines, IBS, constipation, PMS and a whole range of emotional problems can also be treated.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation, and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ of the life force known as ‘qi’, pronounced ‘chi’. Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces. Qi is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These meridians and energy flows are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body. Inserting needles into these points with appropriate combinations is said to bring the energy flow back into proper balance.
Musculoskeletal - Repatterning Therapy
This therapy is applied to the deeper, denser parts of the body, such as the skeletal framework (bone) and the dense fibrous tissues (fascia) associated with the internal core structures. Musculoskeletal problems and pain may arise as a consequence of poor posture or movement pattern which could be related to neurological conditions or just the particular daily demands we place on our bodies such as sitting at a computer for 7 hours a day.
Tao-Yin (Pronounced Dow-Yin) Corrective Body Therapy
Tao Yin is appropriate for all people, regardless of their fitness, age or body type. As well as having close links with traditional yoga, with its stretching, breathing and movement exercises, Tao Yin is also connected to Tai Chi. It is thought of as a relatively simple system and increases the energy circulating in the body, increases physical flexibility, and ease and depth of breathing. Unlike most treatments this is a very light and subtle therapy with very profound results, while practiced with the client still fully dressed. The Tao Yin philosophy is to provide corrective therapy for a broad range of every day ailments and sporting injuries, to name but a few. I have been relieving pain and increasing the wellbeing of my clients for over 15 years now. The roots of all my therapies are from the Far East where corrective, holistic therapies have been revered as alternative methods of medicine for thousands of years. The results I have witnessed are nothing short of incredible – I have seen clients relieved of severe pain; recovery from sporting injuries in half the usual time; clients being fully revitalized having suffered from chronic fatigue. I encourage you to look past conventional medicine and trust in the ancient practices that have been on the earth far longer than modern medical practices, which, unfortunately, don’t always provide the remedy we need.
I offer a combination of the following therapies
Abdominal Chi Massage
Massage therapy involves the rubbing and kneading of soft tissues and muscles in the body to promote healing and enhance a person’s health and well-being. It is thought the term ‘massage’ originates from the Greek word, ‘Massein’ meaning ‘to knead’. It is also linked to the Arabic word, ‘mash’ which means to ‘press softly’. Both aptly describe the treatment. There are more than 250 variations of massage and bodywork therapies used today. Despite the differences between each modality, all of them involve touch and manipulation techniques to move muscles and body tissue. The aim is to relieve stress, tension, pain, and a whole host of other ailments.