Massage is a key, ‘personal care’ element to your program. If you choose to have it as a stand alone service or integrated into your fitness program, our practitioners will ensure you achieve the best results by working together.
Managing or returning from Injury?
Our Sports Massage & Swedish Massage Services Can Help You.
How Massage Therapy Works
Why does Massage Therapy work? It’s all in the technique:
Effleurage: A style of massage developed in Sweden using light or firm strokes, involving circular movements of the palms or fingertips.
Myofascial release: A form of soft tissue manipulation around the body’s ‘Fascia’ (connective tissue).
Deep tissue: A type of massage aimed at aligning deep muscle tissue, using slow and concentrated pressure.
Trigger point techniques: A form of massage targeting specific ‘problematic’ muscle tissues to reduce tension and pain. This helps to ‘rewire’ the nervous system for more efficient nerve signalling and
muscle tissue response.
Through these techniques, we are able to manually manipulate tight and ‘slow-to-respond’ soft tissue to increase mobility and lengthen the tissue fibres. Combining this with the heat generated in massage, the tissue relaxes and the filaments move more efficiently together, subsequently decreasing pain and muscle tightness. Massage can reduce inflammation and pain to improve posture and correct habitual lifestyle related movement patterns.
For athletes a quality program keeps you in training and able to perform at your best, a regular maintained program of therapy can be discussed with your sports massage practitioner.
Techniques We Use:
Swedish massage is designed to improve circulation, soothe muscles and improve relaxation. It uses five main techniques; stroking and gliding, kneading, rubbing, tapping or pounding, and vibration. Swedish massage is what you probably consider a ‘typical’ massage.
This form of massage helps to stimulate the skin and nervous system, and exercises the ligaments and tendons to keep them supple. The process can be incredibly relaxing, and is championed for its ability to reduce both emotional, and physical stress.
Deep tissue massage
Deep tissue massage uses slow, firm strokes and pressure to help ease and release tension deep in your muscles. Commonly used to treat chronic aches and pains and tension in the neck, back and shoulders, deep tissue massage is an intense but effective treatment.
Remedial massage can be effective in preventing and treating muscle injuries and pain. Commonly used to treat back pain, remedial massage uses deep tissue techniques to help remove blockages and damaged cells in the body. This helps to reduce recovery time after injury, and encourage healing.
Sports massage is designed to help prevent and treat injuries that can occur as a result of exercise. Sports massage therapists will use a range of deep, intense techniques to restore mobility to an injured muscle. Trigger point response techniques may be used.
Many find sports massage to support them through all stages of training, from injury recovery to prevention of further injury, before and after exercise. Though this treatment isn’t only for athletes, anyone who partakes in regular physical activity can benefit from a sports massage.
A consistent and regular massage program, just like with your nutrition and with your training, will produce better results the more committed to the process you are.
We recommend 1-2 sessions a month for maintenance to keep you pain free and in better physical condition; supporting both immune system response and emotional wellbeing.