Massage is a general term, meaning to press or rub muscles, ligaments, tendons and skin. It can range from light stroking to deep pressure. There are many different types of massage so below are the most common:
Swedish Massage – A gentle form of therapy incorporating long, light strokes, kneading movements, deeper circular movements, tapping and cupping. It’s primary aim is relaxation.
Sports Massage – Is geared mainly, although not exclusively, to athletes. Although generally applied using the hands, other parts of the body may be used, such as forearms, elbows and even knees! It is designed to treat musculo-skeletal injuries and pain.
Trigger Point Therapy – is a form of remedial therapy. Deep pressure is applied to specific points on tender muscle tissue. It’s aim is to bring about reduction in muscle tension and pain relief.
Deep Tissue Massage – This technique utilises slower, more forceful strokes aimed at targeting the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. It’s aim is to help with muscle damage arising from injuries.
Massage is a treatment approach which is growing in demand and popularity. Studies of the benefits of massage show that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Treatment involves hands-on techniques, some of the benefits include:-
- Increased circulation
- Tension release
- Anxiety release
- Improved sleep
- Stress release
It also encourages relaxation throughout the whole body, but these are just some of the benefits of having regular massages. Beyond the benefits listed for specific conditions, some people enjoy regular massages because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection!
Most people can benefit from having massages, however it may not be appropriate for people suffering from:-
- Burns or healing wounds
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Bleeding disorders
- Some blood thinning medication
- Severe thrombocytopenia – a deficiency of platelets in the blood, causing bleeding into the tissues, bruising and slow blood clotting after injuries.
It is very important to make sure that the potential massage therapist is qualified. A professional, qualified therapist will never mind having questions asked such as:-
- What is your training and experience?
- Do you have a governing body that you are a member of?
- How many sessions do you think I will need?
All our massage therapists are members of the International Council of Holistic Therapists and are bound by their codes of conduct and professionalism.
If you would like more information on massage at Heale’s Clinics or would like to speak to one of our therapists please call on: Hitchin 01462 420077 or Luton 01582 579687 or alternatively e-mail us on: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
From the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire