Massage is one of the oldest known healing traditions. The Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians used massage techniques for its therapeutic properties to help treat a variety of ailments.
Massage therapy is the practice of kneading, applying pressure or manipulating muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments to break down adhesions and increase blood supply to the area bringing fresh nutrients and removing toxins that create tightness, pain and dysfunction in muscles. This helps to repair damaged tissues whilst increasing the mobility and function of the muscles and joints in turn improving the health and wellbeing of the individual.
Massage can stimulate the blood supply and lymph,
particularly in the injured areas, thus removing blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions resulting from injury. The goal of the therapist is to balance the length, tone and tension of muscles and tendons, which restore the correct position of the bones, increase blood flow and heal injuries.
What are the different types of massage available?
There are many different types of massage. At Sports ‘n’Spines we primarily concentrate on:
– or western massage is one of the most popular forms of massage and is designed to promote relaxation and improve blood circulation within the soft tissues of the body.
– which is the objective assessment, examination, treatment and rehabilitation of the signs, symptoms and causes of biomechanical dysfunction or injury. It uses specific massage, mobilisation and stretching techniques to restore normal health and function to the soft tissues.
– though not a specific technique it is the use of massage catered to the individuals stage of training and competition or injury. Sport massage is a blend of techniques that aim to help the individual recover in minimal time, enhance performance and achieve optimal physical output.
Our Sports ‘n’Spines massage therapists will work with you to identify your specific needs and tailor the treatment to you and your complaint.
What are the benefits of massage?
There are many benefits to massage therapy. The most immediate is the feeling of relaxation and calm due to the release of endorphins which produce a feeling of well-being.