It is believed that massage has been performed for some five thousand years. There is evidence that massage was used to prepare gladiators prior to competition. With increasing knowledge and skill, massage has developed into an incredible state of the art therapy.
Massage and the body responses it creates, has the capability to positively effect all of our body systems as well as our psychosocial state. It is a natural therapy involving no drugs.
As a health care profession, it utilises the power of touch, both gentle and firm. Positive results can be produced in a wide area of complaints and conditions, including:
- Circulation Problems
- Muscular soreness and fatigue
- Skin Conditions
- Massage for babies
- Joint Mobility
You do not have to feel ill to have a massage. Massage is used to promote a wellness in the body as a whole, inviting you to be more positive about yourself. Remember, maintaining your body at an optimum level of health is an achievable goal. Prevention of an illness is better than the time and effort taken to correct it.
The remedial massage practitioner uses a wide range of modern techniques and deep tissue massage to find the underlying cause of a musculoskeletal disorder, and guides the body into healing itself.
Massage reduces muscle tension and increases the blood flow and lymphatic flow both to and from the area being treated, reducing pain, swelling and inflammation.
Remedial massage helps to break down fibrous tissue, balances the muscles and restores joint elasticity and mobility. It is important to identify the cause of the symptoms to prevent the problem reoccurring.
It can benefit people who have back pain and shoulder problems; sprains, strains or other injury; both pre and post natal; have arthritic conditions; and headaches.
Swedish Massage uses a gentle to firm pressure (depending on the wishes of the client), using rhythmic strokes to promote a feeling of deep relaxation, allowing the body a chance to rest and rejuvenate.
As with all massage, it relieves stress and muscle tension, improves general circulation, relieves headaches, and supports digestive problems.
It can be beneficial for those people who suffer from stress related disorders such as migraines, nervous exhaustion; abdominal problems such as constipation, irritable bowel; and muscular fatigue and aches.
During the term of a pregnancy a woman's body can undergo vast and exciting changes. These changes can be physical or emotional. As the mother comes to terms with her new role this can be a challenging and emotional and time.
Pregnancy massage can assist in balancing the body structurally, physically and emotionally. It may use a variety of techniques, with light to firm pressure, depending on the stage of pregnancy and the needs of the mother. It can help with the common aches and pains associated with pregnancy, as well as improving drainage to reduce fluid retention. It may also help the mother connect with her baby.
On request, simple massage techniques can be taught to the partner to use throughout the pregnancy and labour.
It is important that an expectant mum does not loose sight of the fact she is still a woman and taking time out for herself can help her give more to her new family.
The fitter and healthier you are physically and emotionally the more balanced your birth experience can be, giving the best possible start to your new baby.