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What is Therapeutic Massage? 

Massage

 

After making initial contact with the body feeling where tension sits, I use slow deep strokes to target the inner layers of muscles and connective tissues. This helps to break up scar tissue that forms due to the bodies natural wear and tear. I work using drapes only exposing the parts of the body I am working on, or I can work through clothing whichever is more comfortable for my clients. 

When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain can limit movement and cause inflammation. Treatment  can help reduce tension and remove adhesions helping to speed up the bodies natural healing process.

Therapeutic massage can be used to reduce stress, decrease pain and increase feeling of calm and relaxation. The relaxation response is the state in which the heart rate slows and blood pressure goes down. The production of stress hormones also decrease as feel good hormones are released. Feel good hormones such as endorphins, serotonin and dopamine positively affect emotions and promote calm and relaxation.

Therapeutic massage offers both physical and psychological benefits.

Therapeutic massage can help relieve chronic aches and pain. It can help with: 

Lower back pain, tension in the neck, shoulders and head area, sore shoulders, sore upper back, tight muscles in arms and legs, DOMS, headaches, and can improve sleep.

 

Treatment can take place on a traditional massage couch or on a cosy mat on the floor. I use a combination of advanced  massage techniques to produce a therapeutic effect.

 

Mat treatments, being on the floor allows for deeper soft tissue work, as I can use my body weight to increase pressure.. Techniques include: deep tissue, compression, assisted stretching, fascia release, soft tissue release, Tai massage and trigger point work.

 

"It was so great to experience the way Sally worked on my back, going deep and intuitively loosening any knots and leaving me completely relaxed and almost pain free. I have a long standing issue with my neck and the pains shooting down my arms and the massage has definitely helped me to sleep better. Sally is also very warm but lets you enjoy your massage without much chatting and plays lovely soothing music. I will be back!"

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