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Relaxing Massage


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Soft tissue release

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What is Massage

Massage is a "hands-on" treatment in which a therapist manipulates muscles and other soft tissues of the body to improve health and well-being. Varieties of massage range from gentle stroking and kneading of muscles and other soft tissues to deeper manual techniques. Massage has been practiced as a healing therapy for centuries in nearly every culture around the world. It helps relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and evoke feelings of calmness. Although massage affects the body as a whole, it particularly influences the activity of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems

What are the types of massage practiced at absolute-fitness?

Indian Head: An Holistic therapy treatment designed to releave tension and relax the body which incorperates light rythmic strokes which aids circulation and eases emotional tension.

Lymphatic massage: Light, rhythmic strokes are used to improve the flow of lymph (colorless fluid that helps fight infection and disease) throughout the body. One of the most popular forms of lymphatic massage, manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), focuses on draining excess lymph. MLD is commonly used after surgery (such as a mastectomy for breast cancer) to reduce swelling.

Swedish massage: A variety of strokes and pressure techniques are used to enhance the flow of blood to the heart, remove waste products from the tissues, stretch ligaments and tendons, and ease physical and emotional tension

Deep Tissue/ Sports Massage: Deep massage usually involve the therapist using slower strokes and deep finger pressure on the specifically contracted muscle areas of your body. Deep massages usually make the best use of pressure and science by pressing across the grain of the muscles rather than with the grain of the muscles. This is proven to help the client with the tight and painful areas of their bodies, and is exactly what defines the deep massage over and above other methods of relaxation or body soothing techniques. Deep massage can even sometimes help to break up and eliminate scar tissue in clients whose scars are relatively minimal and relatively painless to the touch. This type of massage is a specific area of massage therapy that has been developed to help improve sports performance, and is now an accepted and integral part of the considered scientific approach to sports training, which will include the following technque being used.

Trigger point techniques: Pressure is applied to "trigger points" (tender areas where the muscles have been damaged) to alleviate muscle spasms and pain and allowing the muscle to relax.

Soft Tissue Release : This technique works by allowing knotted muscle that have become less plyable to be stretched out and thus releasing itself through active contractions and assisted STR.

It is best to be aware that deep massage is not a simple method of relieving deep seated aches and pains. Adhesions (knots) in muscles are built up over time, and therefore take time to counteract effectively. A regular program of massage combined with relaxation techniques, advanced advice on ways of moving and posture are a good combination that is advised for solving the problem on a more long term scale.

There is a possibility that deep massages can cause the client slight discomfort either during or after the procedure, but this is advised as being entirely normal. In fact, just like going to the gym, the slight feelings of discomfort can actually be embraced as a sign of healing and can make the client feel empowered and stronger within themselves overall

Remedial/Soft Tissue Injury Management Massage: The standard dictionary definition of the word remedial may offer such phrases as "providing a remedy"; "to relieve or cure"; "to correct or put right" therefore remedial massage is a form of massage therapy which will relieve, improve or cure a selection of problems. This type of massage focuses on a problematic area of the skeletomuscular system and aims to improve the functional movement and balance of the inflicted area so if you are experiencing Neck, upper or lower back problems, hip, knee, shoulder or elbow pain we may be able to help.
As massage stimulates the circulation, it promotes the healing process and, providing it is safe to do so, will always have some theraputic benefits. The good physiological effects often acheived through massage can have a positive effect on recovery and can sometimes lead to quite remarkable results.

Before you go

Please be aware, that you will be required to undress to underwear which will be done in private. You may also be observed for assessment purposes for issues with muscle imbalance or injuries. Whilst being massaged you will be covered over with towels, If the thought of removing all your clothes except underwear makes you blush, you will need to bring loose, comfortable clothing. Be aware that the oils and lotions used in massage can stain fabrics, so it's a good idea to opt for something old.

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