Massage is used for a variety of reasons. For some, it provides relaxation, for others to help manage or cope with chronic pain, rehabilitation of scar tissue, physical, mental or emotional issues. It involves working the soft tissue of the body, to ease day-to-day stresses and muscular tension, and promote relaxation. It helps to increase the delivery of blood and oxygen to the treated areas and can also be used to assist in the rehabilitation of muscular injuries.
There is a growing body of evidence to suggest massage can be effective in helping to treat certain chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia and low back pain. In guidelines produced in 2009 by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), manual therapies - including massage – are recommended for the early management of persistent, non-specific low back pain.
A massage treatment involves a full consultation, asking the client various questions about their health and lifestyle, to ensure treatment is right for them. Based on this consultation I may use a variety of different massage techniques dependent upon their treatment needs. These may include advanced techniques such as Myofascial techniques, trigger point therapy, and deep tissue techniques.