How Can Massage Benefit You?
Massage can help with acute pain and chronic pain. When the body becomes injured the receptors in the skin send a signal to the brain. The brain then forwards a signal to the nerves to create a sense of pain. This is part of a survival mechanism to make you aware of an injury or to get you to stop whatever is causing the pain.
Massage aims to reduce pain by interrupting the signals sent from the receptors to the brain and relieving any tightness within the muscles and restrictions within the tissues of the body.
Friction between the fingers and skin not only creates a warming effect which is relaxing and soothing but also interrupts the pain signals. This interruption means that the nerves do not receive the cue to create pain.
The feeling of tight muscles is very often caused by restrictions in tissue elasticity. Massage increases the muscle temperature as blood flow is improved. Increasing the temperature encourages them to loosen, stretch and increase in elasticity which reduces any tightness and pain.
Sport and Remedial Massage
Massage can help relieve many day to day problems that many of us experience; repetitive strain injury, sprains, muscular tension, postural dysfunction, compensation patterns and fatigue.
Some clients like to come for one - off treatments after an injury and some have regular treatments to help with chronic - long term conditions, postural corrections, prevent injury, improve flexibility, suppleness and range of movement.
Many clients with long term aches and pains find that more frequent visits help them to maintain comfortable mobility, meaning they can continue to enjoy doing what they love!.
Massage is excellent for improving sleep patterns and promoting relaxation particularly if you suffer with stress, anxiety and depression.
As a level 4 sports massage therapist I have experience with a broad range of injuries including;
Soft tissue injuries - muscular tears and strains
Back and neck pain
Tennis and golf elbow
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Ankle and knee sprains
Tendonitis - Achilles tendonitis
Exercise and Stretching Plans for Sports/ Deep Tissue sessions
The end of your massage session is not the end of your treatment.
You will be sent an exercise and stretching plan that is unique to you. This is created based on the assessment findings and what has been found during your massage session.
All plans include pictures/ videos and clear, concise instructions and timings with the option of logging in to the patient portal using a unique access code. This will give you the option of accessing a patient tracking diary which helps you to organise your routine around your day to day activities. You can also share how you are getting on with me and ask any questions.
" I have been using Kinetics Sports Massage services for several months now and have been totally impressed. Christine takes the time needed to understand my issues and requirements and delivers a first class massage service. Recently she helped fix a nagging ongoing glute issue which threatened my first cross duathlon weekend and trail marathon the following weekend. Without her support I am sure there is no way I would have made it to either let alone complete all three days of events. The service is worth every penny and should be an essential part of every weekend warriors armoury." Stuart
"Went to see Christine with a very long standing back pain and relatively new hip pain. I received a detailed consultation, well explained treatment plan and exercises to do between treatments. after about 5 treatments I am now basically without back or hip pain. Christine is very professional and knowledgeable. would definitely recommend" Mel
"After suffering a recent back hip injury I asked Christine for help she managed to improve my mobility nearly immediately. She is always punctual and really knows what she is doing . She gave me good clear instructions on what I can do to improve the rate of my recovery Would recommend to anyone" Richard
Massage For Relaxation
A relaxing massage is achieved by using the full hands of the therapist in a gentle manner over the skin, following the muscle contours (soft tissues) of the body. The whole of the body is normally massaged during this type of treatment. There should be no pain involved during relaxation massage, in fact it should be a very pleasurable experience. Gentle kneading, and long smooth stroking rhythmic movements produce many benefits to the clients overall health and wellbeing. It is a treatment designed to relax and soothe, not to relieve chronic pain or other underlying conditions.
Why is it relaxing?
Massage is relaxing due to the gentle nature of the therapists movements on the body’s soft tissues. It has a calming effect on the nervous system, reducing stress and pain and promotes a healing environment within the body.
Benefits of a relaxation massage:
Improved circulation: the gentle stroking and kneading movements over the skin can improve the flow of blood circulation peripherally, bringing fresh blood to the area providing better local nutrition and hastening the removal of toxins and waste matter.
This in turn will improve the recovery of soft tissue injuries locally and improve skin tone.
Reduced muscle tension: Muscle tension which could be due to a postural issue (sitting at a desk for long hours) can be reduced by a regular relaxation massage. Gentle but firm pressure to specific shoulder muscles for example will help disperse any tension build up/tightness in this area. Postural problems are cumulative and massage therapy is one of the best ways of ‘nipping it in the bud’ so to speak.
Muscular fatigue from over use during exercise can also be greatly reduced by having regular relaxation massages. The effects of the kneading and stroking movements to the muscle fibres help disperse/remove lactic acid build up reducing fatigue, discomfort and reducing recovery time.
Eases muscle pain: A trained massage therapist is able to isolate specific muscles or muscle groups to treat localised pain. As the different layers of musculature are stimulated and the body’s extremities are thoroughly treated, the body begins to open itself up more freely and relaxes. Circulation is improved, which improves localised inflammation as well as reduce fatigue, pain and improve energy levels.
Alleviates anxiety and depression: Anxiety and depression have become a twenty first century problem in the western world. It’s fair to say that these conditions are responsible for the vast majority of mental ill health in most people. By creating a calming atmosphere and with the healing benefits of skin to skin contact, as well as the practical analgesic effects of massage itself, this therapy can alleviate some of the symptoms of instances of anxiety and depression. A persons overall wellness can be improved.
Improves sleep: Relaxation massage relaxes the client and provides relief from stress and the feeling of calm, which can help a person fall asleep more quickly, sleep more deeply and be less disturbed during sleep. Massage therapy also relieves postural stress and localised pain so that a person will find it easier to sleep more comfortably.
Improved immunity: By reducing stress hormones and lowering blood pressure the body is better able to target its immune response to ward off disease or infection more efficiently.