What is massage?
Massage is a therapeutic technique that involves working and acting on the body with pressure – using specialist techniques to manipulate the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, connective tissues, tendons and joints – using hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms and feet. The purpose of massage is generally as a treatment for mental and physical stress or pain.
Massage therapy dates back thousands of years to ancient cultures that believed in it’s medical benefits. The first written records of massage therapy are found in China and Egypt.
In recent decades, massage therapy has proliferated to become increasingly popular in Western society. Nowadays, massage is widely used to combat the stresses and strains of everyday life, treat pain and physical injury, increase circulation and speed up the healing of injured muscles.
What are the benefits of massage?
Massage has been proven to lower stress levels by calming and relaxing the mind and body through the use of a range of complementary techniques, designed to leave you feel rejuvenated and refreshed.
Reduce muscle tension
Massage techniques are designed to penetrate deep into muscle fibres and connective tissue to slowly lengthen fibres and work out any stiffness or blockages, leaving you with increased flexibility and range of motion.
Manage back pain
Massage has been proven to benefit sufferers of back pain, in particular lower back pain, by helping muscles recover quicker than using just conventional treatments.
Massage helps to improve the quality of sleep by eliminating stored muscular tension, allowing the mind to relax and enjoy a deep, enriching night’s sleep. Many people report awaking with a clear, refreshed state of mind after a massage the previous evening.