From a relaxing treat to treating chronic pain there are many advantages of massage
There are many different types of massage but most involve applying pressure to the body through hands, fingers, elbows, forearms and sometimes feet or knees to manipulate muscles, tendons and ligaments. A variety of massage techniques can be used to relax, ease stress, loosen stiffness or help towards easing an injury.
Depending on the nature of the massage, clients can be treated while lying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair, or lying on a mat on the floor.
At PHP, our practitioners can offer several different types of massage. The practitioner you see may depend on the type of massage you require. If you are unsure which type of massage you need then please contact our reception who will be able to advise you.
Pain or injury relief massages
A combination of techniques are used specifically on areas that have been injured during sport, such as lower back, neck and knees to relax the muscles and allow blood flow to the area to aid with healing.
All of our Physiotherapists are trained in massage techniques that are aimed at the treatment of muscles, tendons and ligaments after an injury. Physiotherapy massage is very much a part of an overall treatment and is combined with other techniques and exercises to aid recovery.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
While some of the strokes may feel the same as those used in Swedish massage therapy, deep tissue massage is unique in the sense that it is used to dissipate scar tissue and physically break down muscle “knots” or adhesions – bands of painful, rigid tissue – that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, a limited range of motion and inflammation.Some light bruising is also a possible side effect of deep tissue massage.
Scar Tissue Release Technique
The scar tissue release technique is a unique treatment using hands on movements to normalise scarring which gives permanent results. It is an effective method of reducing the symptoms associated with recent or long-term scars. This can be used for a number of different scars including:
- Post surgical scars,
- Traumatic injury
- Muscle injury
- Spinal scars
- Hysterectomy scars
- Caesarian scars
- Head wound scars
- Mastectomy scars
- Amputation scars
- Underlying scar tissue from laparoscopic surgery
The practitioner lightly manipulates the scar tissue to help separate the tissue strands to free any trapped nerve endings, re-supply blood circulation and improve lymph drainage. This technique can be used on old or new scars but the client must wait until all healing has been completed on both the skin’s surfaces and underneath before the technique can be performed. This high quality technique requires a level of training which is undertaken by healthcare professionals.
Therapeutic and relaxing massages
Swedish Massage is a series of techniques, used to work different muscle groups within the body. It can be a deep, invigorating and stimulating treatment or a more gentle and relaxing massage, depending on your problems. It can relieve muscular tension, aches and pains, it can also improve movement around joints and help muscles recover after exercise. It is a great stress reliever.
Therapeutic soft tissue massage
A Therapeutic soft tissue massage incorporates the methods of the Swedish massage but is intended to be relaxing and ease away tightness in muscles and leave you feeling relaxed and stress free.
Hot Stones Massage
Ayurveda Yoga Massage
Traditional Thai massage
Thai Hot Herbal Compress (can be incorporated as part of Ayurveda Yoga Massage or Thai Massage)
Pregnancy massage is a hands-on massage during or after pregnancy (prenatal or postnatal massage). You will be treated on a massage plinth lying position or alternatively in a sitting position to suit the clients needs. Pillows will be used throughout your treatment to add support and comfort where necessary.
Pregnancy is a special time, however, as your body changes, it can cause many aches and pains, especially in the latter stages. Massage can be a natural way of easing these ailments. As your baby grows, your posture changes and backache in the lower and upper back is common. Other common symptoms are swelling in the ankles and hands) Massage can be very helpful in boosting Lymphatic Drainage during pregnancy This gentle massage technique helps to encourage the flow and release of excess fluid held within the tissues just below the skin, this is why many women will find it very beneficial during the later stages of their pregnancy.
Massage can help greatly by loosening any tight muscles and help relieve tension in the back and other parts of the body giving expectant mums to be a sense of wellbeing.
Benefits of pregnancy massage:
- Can help with posture balance
- Helps to reduce swelling
- Can help with muscular tension
- It helps to boost lymphatic drainage
- Reduces stress, tension and anxiety
- Helps to encourage deeper breathing and enhances internal respiration
- Lifts the mood
- Helps to reduce pain and discomforts in pregnancy,this can then help to prepare expectant mums physically emotionally and mentally for the birth.
- By stimulating circulation will raise blood count and produces more haemoglobin helping to relieve tiredness
- Helps to reduce symphysis pubis dysfunction
- Help reduce pelvic girdle pain
- Reduces migraine and headaches
- Can help to reduces stretch marks
- Helps reduce blood pressure
When to avoid pregnancy massage
Women can be massaged at any point in there pregnancy in the second or third trimester. At PHP Ltd. we will not offer pregnancy massage in the first trimester or 12 weeks of pregnancy due to the increased risk if miscarriage.
There is no scientifically agreed guidelines but be sure to be cleared from your doctor before you try our massage service if you are feeling
- Nausea, vomiting or morning sickness
- If you have high risk of miscarriage
- If you have a high risk pregnancy such as placental abruption or labour.
- Heavy vaginal discharge or bloody or watery
- High blood pressure
- High temperature or fever Abdominal pain or cramping
- Unusual or identified pain
- Contagious illness