Bodywork and massage therapy reduce pain, stiffness and muscle fatigue. They improve circulation and are fantastic stress management tools. Massage therapy reduces stress, relieves pain and provides emotional release.
Massage Therapy can be defined as the application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body. It is generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue whilst improving circulation as well as promoting relaxation and well-being.
Rooted In Ancient History
The history of Massage Therapy can be traced back over 5,000 years varying in many different types and applications. Chinese, Persian, and Egyptian cultures have all recorded its use for a variety of purposes, including the improvement of circulatory and joint movement issues.
Touch is essential for stimulating our nervous system and promoting healthy physical development. It is also critical for our mental and social development. Touch is an instinctive, natural language that we all speak and understand.
One of the advantages of massage therapy is that it is formalised touch. In other words you have permission to touch someone within established and defined boundaries for therapeutic benefit.
- Do you suffer from stress? Massage reduces stress and increases energy levels. It is extremely helpful in relieving the conditions and symptoms associated with stress such as anxiety, insomnia, asthma and irritable bowel.
- Do you suffer from restless legs? Massage releases contracted muscles which in turn releases the pressure on the nerves in the legs that causes the pins and needles feeling and tingling experienced by sufferers of restless legs.
- Do you suffer from joint pain? Massage improves circulation around joints and stimulates the production of a natural lubrication within them, relieving pain from conditions such as osteoarthritis. Do you suffer from poor posture? Massage releases restrictions in muscles, joints, and the surrounding fascia so your body is then free to return to a more natural and healthy posture. It can also relieve the contracted muscles and pain caused by curvature of the spine or scoliosis.
- How does massage work to relax muscles? The hands and forearms are used to rhythmically knead, rub, and stroke, effluerage muscles, circulation is stimulated. Blood flow delivers oxygen and nutrients and is key to helping muscles eliminate waste products such as lactic acid that may collect in muscles from spasms causing pain. Following trauma, muscles may act as mini-splints to protect and limit motion, similar to a cast on a broken arm. A typical example is a person who uses a computer for a prolonged time period without taking a break to stretch the neck. The result is a stiff neck, aching or even pain. Taking periodic breaks to rub, mini-massage and stretch the neck will promote circulation to the muscles.
Massage is a wonderful stress relief therapy for just about everyone. The benefits go far beyond stress relief, though. A massage with moderate pressure for as little 15 minutes can offer relief from stress, anger, anxiety and depression.
Allowing stress to drive us to our breaking point is never fun, but why should it be allowed to get that far? We go to the salon to maintain our hair, have our heaters serviced annually and take our cars in to the mechanic for a service. We should be just as vigilant about our own self-care practices.
Massage therapy can decrease the body’s stress levels, flush toxins and waste products from our muscles and give a boost to our feel-good hormones.
However, it isn’t just excellent for your physical health, the benefits extend to mental and emotional health too. Our body is essentially an archive of our lives, it takes the toll of each day we face and thus, every day we have experienced in the past. It counts every negative thought, the shame of the past, a fight with a loved one and the emotional baggage that we carry.
All of that becomes stored in our nervous system and muscles. We tell ourselves it’s no big deal and that we should just let it go, but our bodies are still keeping score of all of that cumulative stress. Its weighing us down, whether we realise it or not.
Just had my first treatment, Indian Head Massage – wonderful. By far the best massage I have had. Afterwards I slept like a baby. Joanne certainly has the magic touch! I visited for migraine and sinus problems – seeing an improvement already. Booked a course and can’t wait for my next treatment. Thank you.–Tracy Harrison
I’m a regular at The Full Spectrum Centre Limited and visit Joanne once a week/fortnight and have been doing for over a year now! Would definitely recommend, any of the hot stone treatments or top to toe massage are well worth having! The reflexology is also great (and even better when combined with the hot stones in my opinion)–Mark Kelsall
Joanne is a fantastic therapist and her massages are simply the best. She has helped me to remove the word tension headache from my vocabulary, eased my sore muscles and also helped to generally destress me. I would not have believed that a massage could help with hayfever symptoms but today it did. Big shout out for Joanne and The Full Spectrum Centre Limited.–Kathy Bouch
I am a singer who spends lots of long hours in front of a microphone. I also have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis which doesn’t help when I do have to stand those long hours. My session with Joanne was a fantastic experience. I could feel the muscles in my back loosening up one by one. I went away feeling no pain when normally I would be in absolute tears with pain in my back and legs. Thank you Joanne, you did a wonderful job and I will be coming back every 4 weeks for more treatment!–Sherry Fry
Massage therapy provides psychological, emotional, and physical benefits
There are numerous types of massage therapy, including Acupressure, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Swedish Massage, Indian head Massage and Tui Na. They all offer varying benefits and are used to treat different conditions or issues.
The physical benefits from massage can treat symptoms from pain relief, circulation issues, posture misalignment, fibromyalgia, injuries, muscle tension, arthritis, chronic pain management, back pain, and more. However, massage goes beyond physical benefits as it can help you achieve maximum mental well-being.
Massage Therapy was ranked the 2nd most popular complementary therapy demanded by clients in a survey conducted by Professional Association the FHT!
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- Lymphatic Drainage Massage
- Lymphatic drainage massage stimulates the lymphatic glands to kick start the removal of waste material, effectively cleaning the body, fighting off congestion and swelling. It stimulates the lymph nodes to provide immediate blockage relief. A lymphatic drainage massage also helps to get the lymph flowing, unclogging pores and minimising puffy looking skin.
- Massage Therapy
- The aim of massage therapy is to release the stress and tension that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints and improve the lymphatic and immune systems. This treatment brings about a feeling of deep relaxation and well-being.
- Thai Foot Massage
- Thai Foot Massage is to both relax and invigorate using massage, stretching and acupressure to stimulate reflex points on the legs and feet. This treatment brings about a feeling of both deep relaxation and invigoration, balances the body and promotes well-being.
- Indian Head Massage
- The aim of Indian Head Massage is to release the stress and tension that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the upper back, shoulders, neck, face and scalp and improve the lymphatic and immune systems. This treatment brings about a feeling of deep relaxation and well-being.
- Pregnancy Massage
- The aim of Pregnancy Massage is to address the issues that occur as the body undergoes many changes during pregnancy including fatigue, stress, tension and strain, whilst boosting energy levels, encouraging relaxation, improving mood and aiding sleep. It can be used safely during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters to support mums to be, promoting vitality and overall health and well-being.
- Myofascial Release
- Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions associated with conditions such as common back pain, priformis syndrome, migraines, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder and carpal tunnel syndrome. The aim is to eliminate pain and restore motion.
- Facial Masks & Massage
- The aim of facial masks and massage is to ease stress and tension in the facial muscles, smooth away lines and wrinkles, reduce the effects of aging, increase elasticity and bring about a feeling of deep relaxation and well-being.
- Sciatica Pain Relief Massage
- This treatment is aimed at clients who are suffering from sciatica or sciatica related conditions. Tailored to suit clients needs – aimed to alleviate and/or manage pain, prevent future sciatic problems, includes advised stretches and physical exercises.