Use massage as a preventive measure – don’t wait until you are in pain or suffer an injury to book an appointment.
Massage has been stereotypically seen as a pampering or a luxury. However, as our lifestyles have become busier and work-related stress cases have risen – massage therapies are now widely popular as more people recognise the physical benefits.
Massage therapies are used to treat:
- Muscular tension
- Sports injuries
- Work related stress
- Headache or migraines
- Eating disorders
- Digestive dysfunction
- Pregnancy conditions
- Repetitive strain injury
There are many types of massage therapies available, and often it can be confusing to know which will best suit your needs. Below we list the most common massage therapies, and what they involve:
Remedial Massage – focuses on muscles that are damaged or impaired. By tracing the physical discomfort back to the cause, it treats the body as a whole. Massage is applied directly to the skin, usually with an oil or lubricant.
Chinese Massage – incorporated in traditional Chinese medicine, and is closely related to acupuncture and herbal medicine. The treatment is generally given on a couch or chair.
Hot stone Massage – focuses on deep relaxation. Hot stones are placed in acupuncture points, and massage is applied through oil to work on muscle tension.
Thai Massage – by using passive stretching and pressure on the hands and feet, this massage works on physical manipulation of the body and injuries. It is performed on a floor mat, and is both relaxing as well as energising.
Deep Tissue Massage – intense massage that focuses on manipulation of deep muscle tissue.
Swedish Massage – pressure is applied on the muscles and bones though friction, vibration and rubbing to coincide with blood flow returning to the heart. Both energising and relaxing.
Massage is a personal experience. However, by finding the therapy that will best suit your needs, you will be working towards healing and reinvigorating your body’s muscles and bones.