Clinical massage therapy is a safe and non-invasive form of treatment that can be used on all parts of the body to help improve many conditions and enhance your quality of life. It is also highly effective in the prevention of injury from sporting activities as well as Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI).
At your initial consultation I will orthopedically assess you to discover areas of stress and pain and to establish any imbalances or abnormalities. This assessment is based on posture, muscles and motion and lasts approximately one hour.
Advanced Clinical Massage Techniques
Clinical massage therapy consists of a variety of techniques including Cranial Sacral Therapy, Harmonics, Hydrotherapy, Myofascial Release, Soft Tissue Release, Stretching and Trigger Point Therapy. These techniques are combined together to give you a comprehensive treatment (usually between 1 and 6 sessions) based on my initial assessment and your individual requirements, health conditions and challenges.
Clinical massage therapy can be particularly effective in treating the following conditions:
• Back Pain
• Leg, knee or foot pain
• Neck and shoulder pain
• Pain from injuries or surgery
• Stress-related pain
• Migraines or headaches
• Chest pain
• Repetitive strain injuries
• Postural problems
(or do you want to list the diagnosed conditions that you have in the ‘Conditions’
The Craniosacral system functions between the head to the base of the spine and is made up of the brain and spinal cord and the soft tissues that surround them. This technique helps to calm acute and chronic pain.
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a subtle, non-invasive advanced clinical massage technique, that can enable the body’s natural ability to rebalance itself by detecting and correcting imbalances in the craniosacral system.
Due to these areas being connected with the other parts of the body via the nervous system, it is believed that gentle manipulation can facilitate to release tension, easing physical aches and pains, subsequently improving acute and chronic conditions, reducing emotional stress and overall improving health, wellbeing and vitality.
Harmonics is a technique developed by osteopaths
Research has demonstrated that passive motion (ie relaxing and letting someone else move you causing pendulum type movements) acts as a catalyst for stimulating the body’s own internal repair process in both acute pain injuries and chronic pain conditions.
Harmonics, or rebounding, is a subtle and rhythmic movement technique that is believed to trigger the body’s soft tissue repair mechanism. We tend to use harmonics in combination with other bodywork techniques.
Clients find that harmonics can be particularly effective with dancers, whose bodies are already sensitive to natural rhythms.
Myofascia is the layer of connective soft tissue which covers and connects all areas and parts of the body.
Myofascial Release is a profoundly effective way of releasing the layer of connective soft tissue when it gets restricted or damaged. These problems can be caused not just by physical but also emotional trauma, as well as RSI and overuse of the area.
The fascia can become stuck and dehydrated which leads to myofascial pain. Myofascial release is an extremely effective technique, releasing restrictions and enabling flexibility and rehydration to muscles, tendons and joints.
Myofascial release is also extremely beneficial to release scar tissue either after injury or being operated upon, helping to improve recovery time.
SOFT TISSUE RELEASE (STR)
This is different from other advanced clinical massage methods in that the muscle or tendon is pressed on at the same time the muscle is stretched.
Soft Tissue Release is profoundly more effective at releasing stubborn, restricted, “stuck places” in muscles and tendons. If you have an injury involving the tearing of your muscles or other tissues, that injury is going to get repaired with scar tissue (unavoidably). Scar Tissue is NOT muscle or tendon – it’s a patch of gluey stuff (collagen) and even after it’s formed – healing is still miles away from being finished.
It’s essential to understand that the healing process tends to be sloppy and excessive, like when they patch a pothole in the road… Is it ever smooth and level? There’s always a bump left, isn’t there?
An injury to your muscles and tendons can literally cause them to get stuck – glued together within their layers and to each other, because of this imperfect, “cram-the-pothole-way” that Scar Tissue forms.
Soft Tissue Release is a fast way to help free your muscles and tendons from all that restrictive Scar Tissue stickiness and make the road smooth for you again.
Stretching is a vital part of restoring, relaxing and strengthening muscles after they have been worked on using other techniques, overall to restore the body mechanics.
Although stretching is different to massage, it is perhaps one of the most vital parts of an advanced clinical massage treatment.
Stretching techniques help to maintain releases that take place during treatment. Stretches will be incorporated into all remedial treatments, and self-stretching releases will be shown to the client so they can do them between treatments.
Different stretching techniques are used depending on the stage of treatment. Passive Stretching, PNF Stretching (where the client participates), and active iscolated stretching (where the client fully participates with the practitioner help), will strengthen any area of the body and help to give the muscles energy
TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
Trigger points lie within muscle and are hyperirritable or rigid areas that cause a predictable pattern of pain, sometimes traveling to other areas of the body.
For example, trigger points in the calf muscles could relate to pain in the lower back, or trigger points in the neck and shoulder could relate to pain in the hand and wrist.
With trigger point therapy we look at what pain the client is presenting and focus on releasing the trigger points that relate to it with static pressure.
This advanced clinical massage technique, together with myofascial releases and eases tightness in the fascia and connective soft tissue, which restores the area to balance. Hot Stone Therapy is also helpful in preparing muscles to release trigger points.