What does massage involve?
Massage has many wonderful benefits for your health and mental wellbeing. Massage involves applying a medium such as cream or oil and manipulating the skin’s tissues and underlying structures.
There are many types of massage, for example:
- Swedish massage which uses a variety of effleurage, petrissage, tapotement and vibration movements.
- Deep tissue massage which is a firmer massage and works into the deep muscle tissue using elbows and lots of pressure.
- Hot Stone massage which uses a combination of cold marine stones and hot basalt stones on certain meridians of the body.
- Aromatherapy massage – a consultation is performed and a bespoke blend of essential oils is blended to suit the client’s physical and mental wellbeing, lots of drainage movements are performed and pressure point massage techniques.
Before any massage treatment it is important to complete a full medical consultation and set your objectives clearly with your therapist.
Benefits of massage
Massage physically increases the heart and circulatory system, taking away carbon dioxide and bringing fresh oxygen to the targeted area. It helps with the nervous system by soothing or stimulating nerve endings and assists the digestive system by helping with peristalsis and increasing metabolism. Massage also boosts the immune system and can improve the appearance of the skin, especially cellulite conditions. It improves lymphatic circulation and is therefore beneficial for those feeling sluggish and puffy, it can also help as part of a weight loss programme.
In terms of mental benefits, the power of touch has been shown to be healing, helping with anxiety and aiding a good night’s sleep, with massage offering relaxation and stress relief.