Massage can help relieve aches and pains associated with stress, tension, anxiety, arthritis, back problems and muscular problems. It has been practiced for thousands of years using many different styles. These all involve pressing, rubbing, or manipulating muscles and other soft tissues with hands and fingers. Sometimes even forearms and elbows are used.Massage Therapy includes the assessment and treatment of the soft tissues and joints of the body, using soft tissue manipulation, joint mobilisation, remedial exercises and self-care programs as determined by the therapist.
The most common type of massage is Swedish massage therapy. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish massage therapy can be both relaxing and energising, and it may even help after an injury.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff “trouble spots” in your body. The therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage can be quite therapeutic – relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back sprain.
Developed to help with muscle systems used for a particular sport, sports massage uses a variety of approaches to help athletes in training – before, during, or after sports events. It can be used to promote flexibility and help prevent injuries. It may also help muscle strains, aiding healing after a sports injury.
Trigger point release
This form of massage addresses trigger points (tender muscles points), circulation, nerve compression, postural issues, and biomechanical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries.