Physiotherapy

Massage Treatments

Pamela - massage therapistMassage can aid recovery from injury, relieve tired and achy muscles, improve muscle flexibility and develop better posture.

Massage techniques are known officially as effleurage (long strokes) and petrissage (kneading). It will manipulate your tissue, warm it up and make it more pliable but also bring lovely, fresh, oxygenated blood to the muscles by increasing its flow. Some massage techniques will also work to stretch the fascia (a fine sheath that covers the entire muscular system) which if tight, can cause all sorts of unpleasant aches and pains.

All massage services are provided by massage therapists and not chartered physiotherapists. The massage therapists are fully qualified remedial and sports massage therapists.

We now recognise that many clients like to return regularly for a massage, so we have a loyalty card scheme where by you will receive a free 30 min massage after  massage appointments.  

Treatments on offer: (click for more details)

1. Swedish massage

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Swedish massage – The gentle manipulation of the body’s soft tissues, to stimulate circulation and relieve muscle spasm. Swedish massage consists of various movements which form the basis for all massage work. It can be used superficially to produce an all over relaxing effect or it can be used to affect the deeper tissues. It is a very effective form of massage, and can help with reducing pain and swelling, reducing anxiety and help with relaxation, improves sleep, and generally boost the immune system.

2. Sports massage

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Sports massage – Involves the manipulation of the body's deep tissue to reduce muscle tension, increase muscle flexibility, and generally improve recovery. Can help relieve conditions such as back and neck pain, sciatica, repetitive strain injury, and frozen shoulder. Great for reducing and then preventing the pain of sports injuries, experienced by most athletes at some point in their career.

3. Deep tissue massage

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Deep tissue massage targets the deep tissue structures of the fascia and muscles. It's main function is to release muscular tension and chronic knots (adhesions). It is also used to break up and eliminate scar tissue from previous injuries as well as helping to clear the muscles of toxins allowing them to "breathe" all resulting in less pain and much more relaxed muscles. The strokes used in deep tissue massage are similar to Swedish massage, however, the pressure is much firmer.

4. Hot Stones massage.

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A hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy. It’s used to help you relax and ease tense muscles and damaged soft tissues throughout your body.

During a hot stone massage, smooth, flat, heated stones are placed on specific parts of your body. The stones are usually made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock that retains heat. According to the University of New Hampshire Health Services, hot massage stones are heated to between 130 and 145 degrees.

The stones may be placed:

  • along your spine
  • on your stomach
  • on your chest
  • on your face
  • on your palms
  • on your feet and toes

Massage therapists may hold heated stones as they massage your body using Swedish massage techniques such as:

  • long strokes
  • circular movements
  • vibration
  • tapping
  • kneading

Sometimes, cold stones are also used during a hot stone massage. Cold stones may be used after hot stones to calm any engorged blood vessels and to soothe the skin.

Who may benefit from a hot stone massage?

Anyone who is experiencing muscle tension and pain, insomnia, or stress may benefit from a hot stone massage. If you have a chronic condition that causes pain, talk to your doctor to see if a hot stone massage is a good option for you.

Risks and warnings

When performed by a trained therapist, a hot stone massage is generally safe. There are some circumstances where it should be avoided. Consult your doctor before getting a massage if you have:

  • a bleeding disorder or take blood thinners
  • burns on your skin
  • open wounds
  • a history of blood clots
  • had surgery in the last 6 weeks
  • a fracture or severe osteoporosis
  • a low platelet count> (thrombocytopenia)
  • diabetes

A prenatal massage may help relieve stress and ease uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms. Still, most massage therapists won’t use hot stones on pregnant women. If you’re pregnant, you should only get a massage with your doctor’s approval, and under the hands of a trained prenatal massage therapist.

To prevent burns, there should always be a barrier, such as a towel or sheet, between hot massage stones and your skin.

The bottom line

Studies show that a hot stone massage may be a helpful way to reduce stress and anxiety, promote relaxation, and ease pain and muscle tension. It may be helpful for a variety of conditions and circumstances.

More study is needed to find out exactly why massage therapy has such a powerful impact. It may have a lot to do with human touch. For many people, touch offers a sense of connection and security.

To make sure you have a positive hot stone massage experience, only use a massage therapist trained to work with hot stones. You may feel sore during your massage or the day after. This may be due to deep tissue manipulation and pressure. You shouldn’t feel pain. If you are uncomfortable or experience pain during your massage, let your massage therapist know right away.

Pregnancy Massage

Now on offer- more info to be uploaded to website in near future.

Pre/Post-event massage

Pre event massage is massage used to prepare the muscles for sport. This is done just before the client is about to start their activity. It stimulates the muscles and helps to get the fibres and nerves firing. By doing this it helps to reduce the risk of injury and improve performance.

Post event massage is done when the athlete has just finished their activity. It is very relaxing and helps to ease tired muscles. The long sweeping strokes and compressions helps to clear the muscles of lactic acid build up and encourage the healing to begin It helps to speed up recovery time and again helps to prevent injury.

Costs:

Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue Massage

  • 30 mins: £28
  • 45 mins: £32 (first visit)
  • 1hr: £40

* Please note, less than 24hr notice of cancellation or failure to turn up for an appointment will incur a £20 cancellation fee.

Gift Vouchers Available

We have a variety of gift vouchers available. Save 20% on massages by buying a peak performance sports massage package or a relaxing well being pamper package. Or simply buy a gift voucher for any type of massage treatments.

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