Touch is a basic instinct. If we hurt ourselves, we rub it better! Massage goes one stage further. It specifically works on areas of stress, tension, pain and discomfort as well as relaxing and calming you.
I have been practising for many years, specialising in 'deep tissue' Medical Massage. I also offer Abdominal Sacral, Swedish, Pregnancy, Indian Head and for that self-indulgent treat - Hot Stone Massage.
Although I have various massage techniques, they all involve using touch in a sensitive and respectful way. If you don't like something, you only need to say and I'll change my approach.
Your emotional and mental state is taken into account, as well as your physical condition. Sometimes you cannot separate the physical from the emotional and massage can help to rebalance and harmonise all aspects of your life.
Massage is non-invasive and can be used safely alongside conventional medicine. It has little, if any, side effects (other than making you feel calm, relaxed, and less anxious. Plus, it can help reduce any pain you may be experiencing!).
Your first Medical massage appointment will always include a range of movement assessment. This will allow me to quickly ascertain if there is any muscular imbalance that needs addressing. I will then carry out a treatment focusing on the areas that were highlighted. Special attention will be paid to areas of tension and problems such as myofascial trigger points (MTP). Techniques such as STR (soft tissue release) frictions, Muscle energy technique (MET) and Gua Sha or Cupping will be employed to help deal with the problematic muscles. Stretches will often be suggested at the end of the session in order to help your recovery. Myofascial trigger points (MTP) are frequently overlooked and can be a cause of unexplained muscle pain and aching. Most people have a problem with an MTP at some point. If untreated they can become chronic, the pain can increase and it can become more costly and eventually more time consuming to treat.