As a massage therapist since 1993, with over 27 years of experience I work with both the muscular and skeletal system, in order to get both to work in harmony with your body's needs and enhance your wellbeing.
I work with both the muscular and skeletal systems, in order to get both to work in harmony together. I do this by manipulating soft tissue more commonly known as deep tissue massage or remedial massage
Remedial massage is used to target specific areas of muscle tightness and fatigue. The techniques used in Remedial Massage penetrate the deeper layers of muscle tissue, where areas of tightness and scar tissue can be released. The intensity of treatments allows chronic muscular conditions such as lower back pain and stiff neck and shoulders to be greatly relieved.
Remedial massage can assist in ensuring the body is able to function at its optimum level, free of what can be debilitating muscular pain caused by day-to-day activities.
Sports massage incorporates deep tissue work and muscle stretching to enhance athletic performance and helps to prevent new or reoccurring injuries. Massage improves circulation, which speeds up the removal of waste products that can cause muscular soreness. It brings oxygen and nutrients to the muscles to aid in repair and regeneration.
The objective of Sports Massage is to assist in returning the athlete to their sport in the best possible condition, in the shortest possible time. Whether the injury is recent or a long standing problem, massage can help in rehabilitation to reduce the time for maximum recovery.
Deep/Soft Tissue Massage provides a sound foundation for good health by aiming to realign body segments whilst releasing chronic tension and muscular stress. It is a very different style of bodywork when compared with the more recognizable Remedial massage. Deep/Soft Tissue massage rejuvenates and reshapes the connective tissue that surrounds the skeletal system whilst Remedial massage concentrates on relieving the stresses within the muscles.
The process of the Deep/Soft Tissue Massage aims to restructure the muscular system by re-positioning muscles, tendons and ligaments that may have become bunched and shortened. By realigning the body, habitual patterns of tension and stress accumulated by today's lifestyle may be released. In addition to improved posture, other benefits include pain relief, increased energy and an improved sense of relaxation and wellbeing.
I refer to 'soft tissue' because there is nothing in the body that is actually called deep tissue, whereas soft tissue, in its correct anatomical term, is what needs to be released to help the skeletal system function correctly.
Swedish massage is a technique that is the basis of all Western forms of massage treatment. It can help maintain muscles in an optimum state of nutrition, flexibility and vitality whilst relieving muscle tightness and stiffness that may restrict full movement. The techniques used in Swedish massage are designed to have a relaxing effect. It is a rhythmic and fairly superficial style and while the muscles are not worked too vigorously, great benefits to the body can still be felt. Swedish massage can relieve fatigue, reduce tension, calm the nervous system and promote relaxation to give you a sense of renewed energy.
Stimulated circulation of both blood and lymph may be achieved through Swedish massage. The increased blood circulation to the skin and muscles delivers vital nutrients, helping the skin and muscles to maintain optimum health.
In the teachings of Chinese massage (tui na), that I’ve studied, what was always referred to was the ‘Dragon energy’ which is a dual energy that runs through our bodies, the quick and easy explanation of this would be our lymphatic system and our central nervous system that run from our chest area to feed the whole of the body right through to our peripheries (finger & toes) in these teachings it’s also believed that the body is masculine and feminine all over so if there is conflict between the two simply gently-ish move them apart and recreate a pathway for the Dragon energy to flow.