Massage

TYPES OF MASSAGE

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage is a gentle deeply relaxing and rhythmic massage that helps to reduce water retention filter excess fluid from the lymph nodes and boost your immune system. The practitioner uses a range of specialized and gently pumping techniques to move the skin in the direction of the lymph flow. This gentle movement stimulates the lymphatic vessels which carries substances vital to the defences of the body and removes waste products. The benefits of Lymphatic Drainage can be considerable and relevant in today's environment. Stress and deficient immune systems can make people susceptible to disease and infections. The lymphatic system plays a vital role in the body by regulating the immune system. When the lymphatic system is blocked lymphatic fluid can build up and stagnate; thus causing the system to become toxic.

Swedish Massage

This is the most common form of massage and can be quite deep and like all therapies is very much client-led. The specific strokes and manipulations of Swedish Massage have definite therapeutic benefits. The aim of this type of massage is to speed the venous return of un-oxygenated blood and toxins from the extremities. Swedish Massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid uric acid and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Sessions normally finish off with a series of stimulating movements. This massage can be invigorating and shows great results. Good for relaxation tension relief backache and stiff or aching muscles - a great tonic for all the systems in the body.

Thai Massage

Thai Massage is a spiritual and medical practice originated by the Buddhist monks from India and Thailand over 2 500 years ago. The body is gently rocked into easy comfortable positions that stimulate the internal organs. Thai massage combines acupressure foot reflexology and yoga aasanas (poses). This unique massage works on the peripheral system of the body easing and gently stretching tendons and increasing range of motion. Key elements include rhythmic compression rocking and deep stretching. It is practised clothed in four positions: front side sitting and back.

Sports Massage

Sports Massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before during and after athletic events. It helps prepare the athlete for peak performance increases blood circulation and lymph flow; drains away fatigue relieves swelling reduces muscle tension promotes flexibility and minimises injuries. Sports massage can also prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement whether a person is an athlete or a once a week jogger. There are many different types of sports massage available depending on the athlete and the sport involved e.g. pre and post event massage restorative and rehabilitative massage. Generally the therapist focuses on the problem area e.g. a frozen shoulder or pulled hamstring rather than giving a full body massage.

Hot Stones Massage

Heated smooth stones are placed on certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy centres in the body. The massage therapist may also hold stones and apply gentle pressure with them. The warmth is comforting. Hot stone massage is good for people who have muscle tension but prefer lighter massage.

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