Deep Tissue Massage

A type of massage therapy, deep tissue massage involves applying firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).

What to expect :

  • Deep, gliding pressure along the length of the muscle fibers using the elbow, forearm, knuckles, and thumbs.
  • Pressure applied across the grain of a muscle to release adhesions and realign tissue fibers.
  • Massage therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during a deep tissue massage. You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on tense areas.
  • After the massage, you may feel some stiffness or soreness, but it should subside within a day or so.

Remedial Massage

The aim of remedial massage is to create a favorable environment for the body so that the patient can return to normal health after an injury or imbalance . It is characterised by the premise that the treatment should reasonably reverse the effects of physical injuries or imbalance the patients are enduring. If a patient has experienced moderate to heavy injury leading to structural pain and/or loss of function, then a diagnosis for re-correction may be necessary to eliminate (if not lessen) pain, and eventually help restore the body’s normal function.

What then, in particular, is remedial massage? Remedial massage is the methodological assessment and treatment of the body’s muscles, tendons, ligaments and other connective tissues in order to aid in the rehabilitation and the management of pain or injury on any of the body parts.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. Soft tissue is connective tissue that has not hardened into bone and cartilage; it includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (a form of connective tissue that lines and ensheathes the other soft tissues).

Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. The application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury. 3 treatments are recommended – pre , during and post workout / event.

Please inquire about packages of 3 at reception.

Lymph Drainage

Lymphatic drainage massage can have a beneficial effect on your general health. Because lymph is key to keeping your immune system working properly, improving the flow and drainage of lymph around the body is good for you in lots of ways.

Lymphatic drainage can:

  • Reduce the chance of you suffering from minor colds and viruses; it helps your body fight off infection, and speeds up healing and recovery from illness
  • Help reduce water retention; for instance, because the lymph system has no pump, if you sit for a long time without moving, the lymph can’t flow easily — this is why you may experience swollen feet or fingers
  • Boost weight loss, as improving the lymphatic system will improve your metabolic rate, which helps you burn calories more efficiently.

Manual lymphatic drainage is also used in the treatment of lymphoedema.

Lymphatic drainage massage can improve your skin texture by:

  • Reducing swelling, puffiness and blotches
  • Giving you clean, healthy pores
  • Speeding up healing in scar tissue, so it may, for example, improve the appearance of stretch marks
  • Helping to reduce cellulite; the massage increases blood flow and circulation to the affected areas, which helps the body break down the toxins which cause dimply skin.

General Benefit
Overview

Massage therapy is a type of treatment in which a trained and certified medical professional manipulates the soft tissues of your body — muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and skin — using varying degrees of pressure and movement.
Massage is generally considered part of complementary and integrative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.

Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. At SSMC , massage therapy may be recommended to help people cope with the pain and stress of cancer, heart disease, stomach problems, fibromyalgia or other conditions.

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