Massage (touch) is the oldest known form of therapy and is ideal for dealing with the many strains and stresses of today’s busy lifestyles. Whether it’s massage to heal and soothe an injury, improve your muscle recovery, facilitate your exercise/training regime simply to enable you to feel rejuvenated after a regular back, head or shoulder massage, we have a range of therapeutic massage to meet your needs.
How does it work
Massage causes physiological changes in your body:
- Relaxation, which is an involuntary, yet predictable response of the nervous system to massage techniques and touch.
During the state of relaxation, your heart and breathing rate slow, your blood pressure goes down, your production of stress hormones decreases, and your muscles relax. The relaxation response also seems to increase the available level of serotonin, which is a chemical in the body that positively affects emotions and thoughts. Relaxation can decrease the physical effects of stress and anxiey, reduce the risks associated with stress, such as hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, insomnia, persistent fatigue, sexual dysfunction, and psychological issues, to name a few.
- Mechanical, which are physical effects that occur in the body when pressure is applied to the soft tissues.
Massage relaxes muscle tissue, which reduces painful contractions and spasms. Massage can also reduce nerve compression as the muscle tissue around them relaxes. Deep tissue massage or applying pressure to muscles, tendons, and ligaments can lead to both superficial and deep tissues finding a better alignment and balance. Our organs can also benefit from massage, as they share neurological pain pathways with muscles, bones, and nerves. Massage can therefore improve symptoms associated with the functioning of both the organ and the muscles.
Massage is believed to improve blood and lymph circulation, partly due to the physical manipulation of soft tissue and partly to the chemicals released as part of the relaxation response.
What will happen in the session?
You don’t, necessarily, need to specify a certain type of massage at the time you book an appointment. Each of the specialist massages that are available are based on the same fundamental principles of massage – even though each type may then incorporate different, additional massage techniques. During your appointment your therapist will ask you about your condition and will examine you. This assessment enables your therapist to choose which massage technique(s) to use to give you the best tailor-made treatment that makes you feel better.
You do not need to get undressed, especially if you are having a head massage, however if the part of your body that requires the massage remains clothed, this will limit the impact of the massage on the muscles and tendons. The massage can last for 60 mins or 90 mins, its up to you, although Indian Head massage generally lasts for approximately 45 mins.