Massage – what is it?
Many people think of massage as a nice way to occasionally pamper themselves, but in reality, it is a powerful tool that will help you take care of your health and wellbeing.
Regular massage can have long-lasting health benefits.
It can help:
- Relieve stress
- Improve athletic performance
- Improve posture
- Boost immunity
At Alexandria Physio, our therapists provide a variety of massage techniques to cater to the specific needs of all; from the young to the elderly, the recreational to the elite athlete, the idle to the active, and for pregnancy and post pregnancy. Our therapists are equipped with the tools to consistently provide a high quality and professionally tailored massage therapy service.
Types of Massage – what type of massage is best for me?
There are several forms of massage, and it can be confusing to know what will work best for a particular ailment or condition.
Some massage concentrates more on relaxing the client whilst other techniques will work more deeply at repairing damaged muscle tissue, or relaxing tight muscles.
Here is a brief summary of some commonly used massage therapies:
Connective Tissue Massage – This technique is connected to the Myofascial Release Technique, and does not involve the use of oil or lotion. It can relieve chronic tension, improve posture and relieve painful symptoms of chronic diseases such as Arthritis, Tendonitis, TMJ and Sciatica.
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It is designed to reach the deep sections of thick muscles, specifically the individual muscle fibres, to release tension and spasm.
Pregnancy Massage – Therapists use a combination of Swedish and Remedial Massage techniques, to assist with the tension and pain experienced during pregnancy. These are often caused by the extra weight and shift in the centre of gravity. Massage reduces peripheral swelling, soothes the nervous system, helps to prevent insomnia, muscle cramps and back pain. Regular massage throughout the pregnancy is also said to shorten labour time and the return to optimal fitness after birth.
Remedial Massage works to heat muscles and tendons that are damaged, impaired or tight. It holistically treats the body and traces the discomfort back to the original cause. It uses specialised techniques to support and speed up the body’s own repair mechanisms. The massage is applied directly to the skin usually with an oil lubricant. Passive stretching techniques are also employed.
Sports Massage uses general massage and remedial massage techniques but applies them to sports specific needs. Sports Massage Therapy helps aid recovery and relieves muscle spasm through deep tissue massage, stretches, and a variety of muscular releases.
These can be short duration, high energy, medium pressure treatments to limber up, motivate and prepare a client immediately PRE-Event. They can be slow, relaxing, deep flushing massages POST-Event to assist the body’s Lymphatic system and help contracted muscles relax back to pre-exercise length. Or, they can be specific treatments adapted to competition or training conditions, to alleviate cramps, stretch tight hamstrings etc.
Swedish Massage is a system of long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration and shaking motions that apply pressure between muscles and bones, rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Swedish Massage feels good, is relaxing and invigorating.
To find out more about what we do at Alexandria Physio and how we can help you, please contact our friendly admin team and they can arrange for one of our massage therapists to answer all your questions.