Work out / exercise aches and pains? Pulled / strained muscles? Want to help achieve and maintain maximum performance? These are good reasons to have a sports massage
A sports massage is a form of deep tissue massage, a systemic manipulation of the soft tissues – muscles, tendons and facia – of the body using many different movements and techniques.
These movements are used to help the patients / clients / sports persons’ body achieve maximum performance and physical conditioning with reduced chance of injury, reduced pain and quicker recovery.
You can have pre – getting you ready for an event, and post event sports massage – rehab routine getting you back to or maintaining your training / exercise.
The Benefits of Sports Massage:
- Increase / boost performance
- Increase joint Range of Movement (ROM)
- Increase flexibility
- Increased sense of wellbeing – by way of releasing endorphins
- Increases / boosts circulation – blood flow, nutrients, lymphatic drainage
- Reduces muscle tension
- Reduces neurological excitability
- Reduces muscle spasms
- Reduces muscle soreness
- Induces better sleep by way of increasing relaxation and reducing stress and anxiety
- Benefits injury rehabilitation
- Overall reduction of pain and improving mood
Muscular problems / injuries can radiate pain to other parts of the body, for example into the hips, knees, back, neck, shoulders and causing headaches and migraines.
Remedial massage aims to treat damaged, tense, knotted or immobile muscles. A lot of issues / problems involving bones, muscles and tendons can be treated or cured with remedial massage. It is used to help aid repair to damaged areas and speed up the body’s healing process.
Remedial massage reduces stress, anxiety and depression by reducing the levels of adrenaline, cortisol and other stress hormones and increasing the levels of endorphins, serotonin and dopamine – the ‘feel good’ hormones that encourage relaxation, calm, contentment and happiness; improving mental state, clarity and alertness.
The Benefits of Remedial Massage:
- Improves posture and joint flexibility
- Boosts immunity and improves sleep by increasing lymphatic drainage and decreasing the stress hormones
- Increases relaxation and encourages calm
- Improves skin tone by improving blood / nutrient circulation, cell regeneration, increased sebum production – improves moisture and the suppleness of the skin.
- Increases joint range of movement (ROM) / mobility
- Reduces muscle tension and pain
- Assists in treating a wide variety of health conditions such as: insomnia, headaches / migraines, depression and anxiety, back pain, arthritis, hypertension (high blood pressure), chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, constipation, and a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders.
The overall purpose of aromatherapy massage is to improve mental and physical wellbeing by using massage techniques in conjunction with essential oils (highly concentrated plant oils). During an aromatherapy massage the essential oils are inhaled or absorbed by the skin promoting beneficial changes in your mind and body by affecting the limbic system – a region of the brain involved in emotion.
Essential oils have different properties; some calm and relax and others can make you feel more energised. This can be tailored to the clients / patients desired effect.
The Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage:
- Inducing relaxation
- Relieving stress
- Improving symptoms of anxiety and depression by way of lowering the production of the stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) and increasing the production of the feel good hormones (serotonin and dopamine)
- Improving insomnia
- Reduces blood pressure
- Increasing circulation
- Reducing muscle tension
- Increasing lymphatic drainage – boosting the immune system
- Eliminating emotional tension
- Helping with digestive problems by way of relieving stress
- Relieving headaches and migraines
- Aids reducing blood pressure
- Improving pain in all areas of the body
Facial and Scalp Massage
As well as full or part body massages that are described above we also offer facial and scalp massages which may be added to a full body massage or can be had on their own as an individual treatment. In our personal opinion (which is just that, our opinion) There is nothing more relaxing and to give a sense of calm than a face and scalp massage added to a back massage – bliss
If you’ve never had one – give it a try ……
The Benefits of Facial Massage:
- Increased blood flow to the skin – increasing oxygenation, increased collagen production, increased lymphatic drainage; this has a ANTI AGING effect, improves the skins texture, improves skin sagging, improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduces the appearance of under eye bags and dark circles
- Increases the absorption of facial products and improve dry skin
- Reduces sinus pressure
- Can help improve the appearance of acne
- Reduce tension in the TMJ (Temporomandibular / Jaw joint)
- Relieve overall tension, enhancing relaxation and skin health
- Manage scar tissue – increases the blood flow, loosens up tight tissues and flattens ‘bumps’
- Reduces headaches and migraines
- Aids removal of toxins by increasing lymphatic drainage
- Can help to treat Bell’s Palsy, a dysfunction of the 7th cranial nerve. Facial massage can help to increase muscle tone, prevent wastage of facial muscles and can help to speed up recovery in those with temporary Bell’s palsy
The Benefits of Scalp Massage:
- Improved mood, increased relaxation and sense of wellbeing by increasing the release of serotonin and dopamine and lowering the stress hormone cortisol
- Migraine and headache relief by reducing muscle tension and increasing blood circulation
- Reduce anxiety, stress and over all tension
- Stimulates lymphatic drainage – removal of toxins
- Promotes new hair growth and improves the appearance of existing hair
- Decrease in blood pressure – Research in 2016 found that 15 and 25 minute scalp massages could lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.