Massage Therapy #01

Massage Therapy

For centuries massage has been used by many cultures for its therapeutic benefits. It involves the application of pressure and manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage pressure is varied and is dependent on personal preference. Each treatment is adapted accordingly, with more work focused on the areas that need it.

Massage affects the physical, physiological and psychological aspects of the human body thus having a positive effect on a person’s overall health and well being. There are many benefits to receiving massage therapy:

  • Relieves muscular aches and pains
  • Improves skin tone and elasticity
  • Improves circulation, assisting the body with removing waste/congestion
  • Relaxes, which can reduce stress, fatigue, anxiety and mental strain
  • Stimulates to improve energy, vitality and concentration

    The Therapy Works provide the following massage therapies:

    Swedish/Therapeutic Massage

    This type of massage uses a rhythmic movement and forms the basis of all massage therapies. It can be used for relaxation or deep tissue work and benefits a wide range of conditions such as:

  • Stress, anxiety and fatigue
  • Muscle pain, strains, knots, cramps and spasms
  • Reduced joint movement
  • Circulatory problems
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Constipation

    Ayurvedic Hot Oil Foot and Leg Massage
    Also known as padabhyanga, this highly relaxing yet revitalising treatment is a wonderful delight for tired feet and legs. Using hot oil with various massage techniques including use of a Kasa bowl (a small bronze bowl), the key foot and lower leg Ayurvedic energy points, marmas, are worked. In traditional Ayurvedic medicine padabhyanga is used as a preventative and balancing treatment and can benefit a variety of conditions:

  • Poor circulation
  • Varicose veins
  • Fluid retention and soreness
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Sleep disorders
  • Fatigue and lethargy
  • General foot and lower leg aches and pains
  • Supports detox and cleansing

    Pregnancy Massage
    Using a combination of techniques such as Swedish massage, lymphatic drainage and Indian Head, massage during pregnancy offers a deeply relaxing experience. Each treatment is adapted to individual need and stage of pregnancy, with treatments available during first, second and third trimesters. Usually lying on your side or in a semi-reclined position, you will be well supported with cushions. Pregnancy massage can benefit many of the changes that occur during pregnancy as well as preparation for childbirth, such as:

  • Promotes relaxation and reduces stress
  • Relief to tired, aching and restless legs
  • Assists with the reduction of swelling
  • Improves circulation and blood flow
  • Alleviates a variety of muscular aches and pains
  • Promotes balance within the body systems
  • Alleviates wrist/hand aches and pains
  • Promotes communication between mother and baby
  • Provides a nurturing and supportive environment

    A full consultation will be completed prior to each treatment. Depending on individual circumstances and agreement, communication may be made with the main care giver i.e. GP, Midwife or Consultant, prior to commencing pregnancy massage. Please contact Lindsey for further information or to discuss any concerns you may have.

    Aromatherapy Massage
    Using essential oils, this type of massage is highly effective. Individuals are exposed to the unique properties of the oils by way of aroma, inhalation and penetration of the skin - with the added benefit of massage. It combines the use of Swedish massage with lymphatic drainage and acupressure techniques and can benefit a variety of conditions such as:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Skin conditions
  • Muscular aches and pains
  • Digestive disorders
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Sleep disorders

    Please also refer to the Clinical Aromatherapy page for further information relating to the therapeutic properties of essential oils.

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