Massage is one of the ancient healing arts which has profound benefits for the human body:
- Increases blood and lymph flow, detoxifying and reducing swelling, reducing pain, even chronic pain (*1)
- Relieves stress & headaches, promotes relaxation, improves mood
- Promotes healing to injured tissues
- Reduces inflammation e.g. from injury or chronic conditions
- Tones and firms skin by stimulating blood vessels; natural anti-ageing
- Reduces blood pressure
- Encourages weight loss by promoting mobilisation of fat from liver stores
- Stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system helping to balance the body and reduce pain
These benefits last well beyond the treatment so continue to restore your body to balance in between visits. I firmly believe regular massage is essential to the maintenance of health and wellbeing, as prevention is far better than cure. I offer different types of massage depending on what your needs are. I recommend it as a primary treatment as the connection with your body is one of the most healing modalities I know of. I use only natural essential oils with no toxic chemicals.
Clinical (therapeutic) Massage
This is an advanced form of massage that not only relaxes but actively addresses pain and dysfunction. It is more in depth than traditional Swedish massage, using a fusion of Eastern and Western techniques like Trigger point therapy, Myofascial release and Acupressure to restore energy flow as well as muscular function. If you already have pain or dysfunction I recommend 2 – 6 treatments for best results. After an initial assessment you will be given a treatment plan which may include exercises to do to help your recovery.
Myofascial work for Chronic Pain
The fascia is a network of connective tissue which surrounds every bone, muscle, tendon and joint in the body. It is like an internal ‘bodystocking’ and its purpose is to hold the tissues in place and provide support. However, during trauma or illness the fascia can become damaged (like having a pulled stitch) which distorts the fascia causing pain and dysfunction at some distance from the site of the problem. Hence it may often be missed. Myofascial work uses subtle movements of the therapists hands (and usually in combination with active movements by the client) to resolve the tension and thus restore function. Cranial-sacral work is an example of this, as is stretching and release work. I now refer on to my colleague Carol Greenwood for this work.
Currently we have an epidemic of chronic pain with up to 1 in every 3 people suffering some form. Dr John Sarno in his work ‘The Mind Body Prescription’ talks about some chronic physical pain being the result of unresolved emotions, particularly lower back and knee pain. The subconscious mind alters the levels of oxygen to the muscles and creates pain as a distraction from emotional pain.
An Australian doctor, Dr James Alexander has furthered this work and has suggested both the mechanisms and psychological treatment options (EFT and EMDR or bilateral stimulation) which I also offer as an adjunctive therapy from a different clinic. Treatments will often combine physical therapy with myofascial release and somato-emotional/ psychological therapy.
Bear in mind this is still not accepted as mainstream medical opinion – yet. But we are at the beginning of a paradigm shift in medicine from symptom-based treatments to a more holistic model which takes account of both mind and body, and seeks to treat both.
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1 The Mindbody prescription by Dr John Sarno