What types of Massage are there?
There are a number of different types of massage:
Aromatherapy. This treatment is a massage using blended pure essential oils from plants, flowers, fruits and trees. Oils are blended to suit individual requirements and are gently massaged into the skin. Aromatherapy is a relaxing treatment, which may benefit stress, insomnia and muscular aches and pains.
Hot Stone. A hot stone massage uses heated stones to massage the body. The hardness of the stones allows the therapist to address specific problems with more detailed work or deeper pressure. The stones vary in size and are usually heated in water. Hot stones can also be used for facial massage.
Swedish Body. Sometimes called Remedial or Therapeutic massage this massage developed in Sweden, involves gentle effleurage strokes to warm up the body at the beginning of a treatment and to warm down at the end; Petrissage which involves squeezing and kneading the muscles; Superficial skin strokes; and Percussion movements which stimulate the body.
Generally plain base oil or talcum powder is applied to aid the flow of massage as opposed to essential oils used in Aromatherapy massage. However some masseurs choose to use a ready mixed blend of aromatherapy oils to enhance the feeling of well-being.
The amount of pressure used varies greatly depending upon the condition being treated. It can be used to relax and de-stress or to relieve pain and stiffness. It is often used in conjunction with other therapies such as Chiropractic or Physiotherapy.
Sports Therapy. Evolved from Swedish massage this is a deeper treatment for specific injuries. Similar to Physiotherapy this treatment may involve exercise or the use of intrasound and other machines. The massage involves firm movement and strokes to work deeper into the muscles and tissues. Read more here
Deep Tissue. A massage technique focuses on the deeper layer of muscle tissue. It is useful to aid the release of chronic muscle tension. The technique involves a combination of slower strokes, gentle stretches and direct deep pressure or friction's across the grain of the muscle. It may be useful helping to break down and eliminate scar tissue. Read more here
What can Massage treat?
Massage is suitable for all muscle conditions such as groin strain, back pain, stiff neck and shoulders, reoccurring leg cramp and restless legs. It also helps alleviate conditions such as blocked sinus’s, migraines and headaches It is used to treat stress and give general relaxation. Aromatherapy treats a wide variety of conditions as each oil has beneficial effects on different ailments.
Going for a Massage treatment
Treatments can last from one hour to two and a half hours depending on the wishes of the client. The usual treatment for an injury lasts an hour whereas the de-stressing massage can last much longer if you wish.
Whatever the reason for your treatment you will be encouraged to relax. The aim is to sooth the problem not to cause pain or distress.
How many treatments will I need?
Although you can book a single appointment, if you are having treatment for an injury you will possibly need more, depending on the problem. Your therapists will discuss this with you at the first appointment.
Massage for children
Massage is easily adapted to the individual need and can be used on anyone from nine years to ninety nine years!
What will it all cost?
Prices vary...(see individual therapist)