Remedial massages help provide relief. The healing powers of touch are known to be universally effective not just in providing relief for physical pain and tension, but it can also aid mental and emotional well-being.
You can expect a visit with a Remedial Massage therapist to involve a short physical assessment followed by a discussion on your treatment plan, focused on resolving the source of your complaint. This would be followed by hands on treatment that will be gentle or strong, deep or shallow.
Oils will be applied directly to the skin during treatment to ensure the muscles being treated are deeply penetrated using techniques like trigger point therapy, myofascial release and positional release.
Sports Injury Management
This type of massage stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Some sports massage movements use “Trigger point therapy” to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion. There are 4 types of Sports massage:
- Pre-Event sports massage, a short stimulating massage
- Post-Event sports massage, given within an hour or two of the event to normalize the body’s tissues.
- Restorative sports massage, given during training to allow the athlete to train harder and with less chance of injury
- Rehabilitative sports massage , aimed at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to good health.
When should I get a Sports Massage?
This is a good choice if you have a specific problem – a tender knee from running, for instance. It is also a good idea to see a therapist who an assist you to identify and correct the movement pattern that might be causing your injury in the first place. They focus on the problem areas, like the knee, hamstring or frozen shoulder, rather than giving you a full body massage.
No matter what type of massage you choose, I, your therapist will discuss with you, your needs and expectations.
Sports Massage is a type of massage technique that focuses on treating soft tissue aches, pain and injuries that are associated with recreational activities. Massage can reduce muscle stiffness and improve relaxation by reducing heart rate and blood pressure. It involves applying mechanical pressure on soft tissue, and this has been linked with improved muscle flexibility, increased range of movement in joints and decreased muscle stiffness.
Most people report a feeling of pure relaxation, reduced anxiety, and improved mood as a result. You may find an edge in these psychological benefits . But as research continues to grow on the real physical benefits of massage, more and more athletes will be taking advantage of these “Feel-good” training methods.
A relaxation massage focuses on giving the client time to recover from the stresses of daily life. When you experience my relaxation massage, you can expect a treatment that involves:
- Long smooth gliding strokes that are rhythmic and flowing.
- Pressure that is deeply relaxing, but not painful.
- A treatment that is designed to soothe and relax you, NOT to relieve chronic pain or other underlying ailments.
As your therapist I create a therapeutic atmosphere, look for soothing music, warm towels, an excellent table and occasionally use of oils to enhance the effect of the massage.
Benefits of a Relaxation Massage
As with any kind of massage, the benefits of a relaxation massage can last for several days after the treatment. I can offer the following:
- Lowering the blood pressure — at least for awhile
- Improvements of peripheral circulation
- Improvements of gastrointestinal motility (bowel movements will become more regular)
- Reduction in muscle tension including relief of muscle tension headaches
- Improvements to any stress – related symptoms. This can include providing a gentle boost to the immune system if you undergo regular treatments
Always drink plenty of water after treatment to achieve the most benefit of your massage.