Massage involves the hands on manipulation of soft tissues. This may be gentle or firm and will depend upon the target tissue, it’s irritability and what we may be trying to achieve.
The target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, connective tissue such as fascia, as well as lymphatic vessels, Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows or forearm.
Typically massage is used for pain relief, reducing muscle tone, increased blood flow, removal of swelling, loosening of scar tissue and desensitisation of scar tissue.
Theories behind the effects of massage include blocking nociception or pain signals, activating the parasympathetic nervous system which may stimulate the release of endorphins and serotonin, preventing fibrosis or scar tissue, increasing the flow of blood and lymph, and improving sleep.
The effects however are yet to be supported by well designed clinical studies, but have significant anecdotal support. Contraindications to massage include infection, deep vein thrombosis, bleeding disorders, taking blood thinners such as Warfarin, damaged blood vessels, weakened bones from cancer, osteoporosis, fractures, and fever.
We have private consultation rooms that are comfortable and warmed or cool for your comfort