All massage treatments are designed to suit the needs and requirements of you, an individual. Each person is unique and the treatment reflects this.
If it is your first appointment a short consultation is included, so please allow an extra 15 minutes on top of your treatment time. Each massage has the unhurried hands-on time advertised, no shortcuts or rushing you out of the door!
Choose on the day whether you would like a treatment to purely relax, have time and space to unwind, or maybe you need some deep tissue clinical massage methods to address areas of pain or restricted movement.
A combination of advanced massage techniques are often used. Deep tissue massage, along with myofascial release and trigger point therapy is a nice combination to address a wide variety of issues, also stretching and hydrotherapy where appropriate. The right combination of massage techniques will aim to lengthen the affected muscles and thus increase the range of movement and flexibility.
Advice for homecare and self treatment is always offered, including stretches for the affected muscles, exercises for muscle strengthening, self-treating massage techniques and postural advice to avoid future pain. This will all greatly help the recovery time, teach you to ease any pain you have yourself and increase your flexibility.
Deep tissue massage uses slower, more forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of the muscle and connective tissue to help with muscle damage from injuries. It is extremely helpful in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia.
Some discomfort may occur as work happens on areas where the soft tissue is holding tight. After the massage, you may feel some stiffness or soreness, but it should subside within a day or so.
Deep tissue massage is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains. It is also effective when it comes to injury rehabilitation. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy such as Swedish massage, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain . People often notice an improved range of motion soon after a deep tissue massage.
CLINICAL MEDICAL MASSAGE
It is very effective in relieving pain in the body caused by injury, chronic postural problems and repetitive strains or other body aches and pain.
This type of massage can help patients to relieve chronic pain, recover from sports injuries and rehabilitate from surgery.
Sports massage is designed to prevent and relieve injuries and conditions that are associated with exercise. It can often be quite strenuous and is meant to relieve and reduce the tension that can build up within the body’s soft tissues while exercising. It can be carried out before, or after playing sport or exercising and uses techniques that are designed to increase endurance and performance, to minimise the chances of injury and, if there is an injury, to reduce the recovery time.
Contrary to its name, sports massage is not only for sports people or people that exercise heavily. It is of benefit to anyone that spends long hours at a desk and for anyone with chronic pain, injury or range-of-motion issues.
TRIGGER POINT MASSAGE
A trigger point is a small area of stiffness in a muscle, creating a firm knot or tiny bump from the constricted muscle fibers causing chronic ache and muscular pain. These tiny knots develop when a muscle gets over-worked or injured and result in pain felt, often some distance away from the trigger point.
Fascia plays a crucial role in the support of our bodies. It surrounds and attaches to everything inside of us and so provides stability within us by creating a constant pull. If our body is represented as a tent, our bones can be thought of as tent poles, which are unable to support anything without the constant pull of the guy ropes (or fascia) to keep the needed tension to allow the tent (or body) to remain upright. In the normal healthy state the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It can stretch and move without restriction.
After physical trauma however, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted and a source of tension to the rest of the body. Trauma, such as a fall, sporting injury, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture over time and repetitive stress injuries affects it and hence the way our body moves.
The use of myofascial release techniques in massage tend to be very slow and work gently into areas of restriction, allowing the fascia to relax and the restrictions to ease. The results are profound and generally long lasting.
The Temporo-mandibular Joint connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull, enabling you to open your mouth and move the jaw from side to side. Such positioning and movement is controlled by the muscles attached to and surrounding the joint. In between the bones is a small shock absorbing disk to keep movement smooth and cushion the joint.
TMJ disorders can cause pain in the area of the joint and associated muscles and/or problems using the jaw. Both or just one of the joints may be affected. TMJ disorders can go from something as simple as a clicking jaw to affecting a person’s ability to speak, eat, chew and swallow. They can experience headaches, clicking and popping sounds, earache or being unable to open the jaw properly.
TMJ can be caused from many reasons, such as dental work, wearing a brace, chewing gum or whiplash.
The treatment involves both external deep tissue massage techniques to the face, neck and shoulders, and also internal to the mouth trigger point work.
MASSAGE FOR PREGNANCY
Pregnancy massage is specifically adapted to the needs of mums-to-be. Massage is highly beneficial for both pre and post natal care. It reduces stress, enables relaxation, reduces oedema, lowers blood pressure, increases flexibility, helps insomnia and reduces the strains and pains of carrying this extra weight on the body. Massage helps your body to adapt to the physical stresses of pregnancy using suitable techniques and positions for each stage.
Massage also releases the “feel good” hormones such as oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin, whilst decreasing the release of stress hormones leaving you both relaxed and stress-free.
TO DISCUSS YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR BOOK AN APPOINTMENT, PLEASE CALL LUCY ON BRIGHTON 01273 696858 OR 07870 137724
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