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Massage consists of techniques to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. It is used for the beneficial effects on the nervous, muscular systems and connective tissues and for enhancing the circulation of blood and lymph.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
Neuromuscular Therapy is based on balancing the nervous system with the muscular system and searches for the underlying causes of long standing pain. The treatment begins with a thorough case history generally followed by a postural analysis, muscle length testing and tissue palpation. The treatments aim to release muscle spasm and eliminate trigger points, which cause referred pain (see below). This can bring back flexibility and improve the strength of muscles. It is beneficial for the treatment of many painful dysfunctions including headache, OOS, chronic back, jaw and neck pain.
Myofascial Release (MFR)
MFR is a useful method of treating neck and back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and other chronic pain, by working on the connective tissue (fascia), which lies under the skin and surrounds all our muscles, organs and bones. Gentle pressure and stretch is applied to the skin over areas of tension and restriction, until a release is felt.
Trigger Point Therapy
Based on the extensive works of Dr Janet Travell and Dr David Simons, trigger point therapy involves a systematic de-activation of trigger points which are tight bands in the muscles, tendons or ligaments which refer pain to other areas. The treatment may be followed by stretches with ice, followed by heat and then movement. Trigger point work is often a part of Neuromuscular Therapy and is beneficial wherever chronic, aching pain is felt.
Relaxation massage is a gentle form of massage that uses slow, smooth, gliding strokes with the purpose of encouraging relaxation in the body. Relaxation massage is commonly used for stress management and as a method of maintaining a healthy sense of well-being. Relaxation massage techniques have their origins in Swedish Massage and the stroke names of “effleurage, petrissage, friction and tapotement” have become associated with the basic techniques as first illustrated by Per Hendrick Ling of Sweden.
Cupping therapy is a complementary therapy in which warm cups made of glass or plastic are placed on the skin to create suction. The purpose of this treatment is to promote blood flow, and thereby create a healing effect.
Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures.
Traditionally the cups were heated by flame in order to create a vacuum effect once they were placed on the skin. Modern versions of cupping use rubber pumps to create a vacuum inside the cup with medical grade silicone cups. These are pliable enough to be moved from place to place on the skin and often produce an effect similar to deep tissue massage.
Whereas traditional massage of pushes down on the body, a skilled cupping therapist is able to pull the tissue up and away from the injured area to obtain deep myofascial release. Cupping is often combined with deep tissue massage therapy to help release those niggling, hard to get at injuries.
After a cupping treatment, the site may be covered with an anti inflammatory ointment to assist with healing.
Migun Thermal Massage System
Migun uses a unique combination of helium gas bulbs and jade massage heads to create infrared rays that stimulate Acupressure points 7 centimetres deep in the soft tissues. The use of heat to stimulate blood flow (Moxibustion) and tissue response, also encourages overall muscle relaxation, relieves pain, and releases pollutants trapped in the musculature. Migun uses the body's own weight to achieve acupressure on specific 'pressure-points' and unblocked 'chi', restoring proper pathways and flushing out toxins that have built up during the imbalance.
Some of the reported physical benefits of massage:• Increases blood and lymph circulation; Increases supply of oxygen and nutrients to the body’s tissues; Assists the clearing of metabolic wastes; May help remove excess fluid/ swelling.
• Decreases muscle tension to enhance functioning of muscles and associated vessels.
• Reduces or removes tension- related muscle pain.
• Speeds recovery of muscles from exercise.
• Frees up connective tissue layers for increased mobility and circulation.
• Can reduce nerve irritation and pain.
• Improves lung functioning by relaxing overtight muscles associated with breathing.
• Can improve immune function and encourage energy flow in the body.