MassageA Variety of different styles
Massage can help to relieve:
- Muscular tension.
- Muscular stiffness and pain after exercise, and muscle strains (after initial rest).
- Muscular cramps especially in the limbs.
- Stress related conditions such as insomnia, tension headaches and non-specific aches and pains.
- Sluggish digestion and chronic constipation.
- Post operative adhesions, after time has been allowed for the wound to heal.
- Well healed scars and adhesions.
- Adhesions forming after soft tissue injury.
- Menstrual pains.
- Chronic neuralgia.
- Neck and back pain.
What Is Remedial Massage Therapy?
Remedial massage is one of the best ways to treat many of our most common modern-day ailments. Problems such as stress, lack of energy, repetitive strain injury, sleeplessness, fatigue, PMT, headache, back ache, tummy ache and, in fact, any aches or pains anywhere in the body, feel better after the right massage routine.
Remedial massage is the manipulation of the body’s soft tissue structures (muscles, connective tissue, etc) in order to release those structures so the whole body can operate more freely, in the short term this helps to relieve aches and pains etc. In the long term this gives you a buffer zone which will help you recover more quickly from stressful situations, illnesses, injuries, etc.
Massage is a natural tranquilizer, stroking the body slows the heartbeat, lowers the blood pressure and is the fastest most effective way to relax. But massage is also invigorating, it improves the functioning of many of the body’s systems, promotes healing and tones the muscles leaving you with a feeling of renewed energy.
Effects of massage:
The Circulation and Lymphatic System
By dilating the blood vessels massage increases the circulation of blood throughout the body. This means that an adequate supply of oxygen and nutrients can be supplied to all areas of the body helping it to be healthy and to function properly.
The lymphatic system drains and eliminates the waste products that accumulate from the natural functioning of the body. But unlike the blood circulation this system is pumped round by the action of the muscles which squeeze the lymph vessels. Massage can help to drain the vessels more efficiently and encourage more effective filtering and elimination of the waste products, thus it aids in strengthening the immune system.
Massage helps to mobilise the digestive system and therefore the process of assimilation and elimination are improved. The digestive system is quick to respond to stress and the reduction in tension and anxiety which comes from regular massage helps to calm and regulate the digestive system.
When a muscle is tight blood cannot flow as easily through it, depriving the muscle of the nutrients that it needs to repair itself. Regular massage reduces the tension in the muscles and aids the healing process.
The Nervous System
The nervous system is soothed by slow, rhythmic massage which can help insomnia and stress related conditions. Brisk massage can stimulate the nervous system and can help lethargy or fatigue from excess work or sporting activities.
Massage increases the blood flow to the skin and this in turn nourishes the collagen fibers and the sweat and sebaceous glands. This helps the skin maintain its elasticity and keeps it moisturized.
Peter Collison graduated from a four year course in Chinese Philosophy, Acupuncture and Massage from the International College of The International College of Oriental Medicine & Acupuncture – Clinic and BAcC – The British Acupuncture Council. Peter believes that massage is a valuable skill in the world of holistic health and uses massage in conjunction with acupuncture and as a wonderful therapy on its own.