What is Massage?
Massage is a manipulation of skin and muscle (soft tissue) using the hands. Massage relaxes a specific area or whole person. Touch can be soothing and relaxing or stimulating & energizing depending on the techniques used and pressure applied.
How does it work?
The techniques relax tired and stiff muscles. Mental stress and tension are also eased during a massage treatment. The body is flooded with oxygenated blood and toxins are flushed out. The skin receives oxygen and nutrients as well as being exfoliated during a massage.
How can it help me?
Massage can help with ‘many’ conditions. But, in short, it assists your body to work more efficiently in order to keep you healthy and feel good.
- Muscular Pain
Muscular pain can be caused by poor posture (sitting hunched, sleeping awkwardly) and/or tension. This is most common in the upper back, neck and shoulder regions – although, depending on the cause, can also affect other areas of the body. Many sports people suffer with tight, knotted, stiff calves and quad muscles. Sports massage can help by breaking through the knots and tension causing a state of relaxation in the muscle; therefore allowing the person’s posture to return to normal. It also encourages blood flow (with the nutrients) and removes lactic acid build-up. We advise having a regular massage while following a sufficient warm-up, cool-down and stretching routine.
- Joint Pain
Joint pain can be caused by injury to the ligaments or tendons that surround the affected area. This type of pain can be a sign of imflammation, infection or arthritic condition. Massage can help to relieve pain as long as it is suitable for the stage the injury is at. It will help keep other muscles from stiffening up while over compensating for the injury. It also encourages movement of synovial fluid around the joint.
A sprain is considerably more painful than a strain and will often be impossible to exercise with. This is where muscles, tendons or ligaments have been stretched severely. Massage is used to manipulate the muscles and maintain a good blood flow to the affected area thereby stimulating the healing process; allowing you to take up your normal routine much quicker. The following applies:
- Rest the injury
- Ice to reduce swelling
- Compress to provide support
- Elevate to stop fluid build up around the injury site
A strain is when a muscle, tendon or ligament has been overloaded or over exercised. Massage will relax the tight muscles and drain any fluids and therefore reduce swelling. …it helps the tissue repair and restores function. Also, resting the injury is advisable and, if swollen, ice the affected area. It is helpful to apply a bandage for support and elevate.