Massage involves working the soft tissue of the body, to ease day-to-day stresses and muscular tension, and promote relaxation. It helps to increase delivery of blood and oxygen to the treated areas and can also be used in support of other therapies to assist in the rehabilitation of muscular injuries.
What to expect when having a massage
Before treatment, your therapist will provide a full consultation, asking you various questions about your health and lifestyle, to ensure treatment is right for you. Most full body massage treatments take approximately an hour to two, depending on what needs to be worked on, though a “back, neck and shoulder” massage generally will not take more than an hour.
Treatments usually take place on a massage table. The treatment involves the therapist directly massaging your skin, a nourishing oil or cream-based product will generally be used to provide a free-flowing massage, and towels carefully placed to ensure your modesty and to keep you warm and comfortable throughout the treatment.
Essential oils can be used if required.
What are the benefits of Massage?
Massage is used by people for a variety of reasons. Some use it to simply relax and unwind, while others have regular massages to help them manage or cope with specific physical, mental or emotional problems. Many athletes have a massage before and after training and competing, to stay in optimum condition and aid recovery.
Is there any scientific or medical support for the benefits of massage?
There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that massage can be effective in helping to treat certain chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia and low back pain. This guideline produced in November 2016 by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), manual therapies (including massage) are recommended for the early management of persistent, non-specific low back pain.