Why have a massage?
Massage has many important health benefits. In fact, massage can help you maintain physical, mental and emotional well being, especially when it is part of your regular wellness routine. From easing muscle soreness after exercise to reducing stress, many studies have linked massage with real physical and psychological benefits.
What types of massage do we offer?
Deep tissue massage
Uses firm pressure and slow strokes to work through the deep and connective tissue that lay on top and around your muscles and the connective tissue surrounding them. It is not the same as having a regular massage with more pressure. A deep tissue massage therapist works the fascia layers to break up areas of scar tissue and break down muscle knots and adhesions, stretching muscles as they go.
It requires our practitioners to have a broader and more specialised medical knowledge of the application of massage techniques. The treatment manipulates the muscle (soft tissue) and helps dilate the blood vessels to help them work more efficiently by promoting circulation, all with the aim of preventing and improving sports injuries.
One of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. The therapist will use their hands, forearms or elbows to rub your muscles in long gliding movements pushing blood in the direction of your heart. An oil or lotion is used to help with movement. You can choose to have your full body or just an area, such as the back, neck and shoulders. The pressure can be as light or firm as you like.
An indulgence to enhance your senses and to relax every inch of your mind, body, and soul. A unique blend of essential oils is prepared in front of you to relax, ease and balance your body. This massage style could also help with specific conditions such as Migraines, digestion, circulatory problems.
Lymphatic drainage massage
A gentle massage that increases the flow of the lymphatic system reduces fluid and helps boost the function of the immune system. This type of massage is designed to help the body deal with everyday living but has also been known to help other distressing conditions such as ME, lymphoedema, glandular fever. It is also very good for stress and lack of energy, or just pure indulgence.
What benefits can you get from a deep tissue or sports massage?
- Removal of toxins stored following exercise or stress
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Pain reduction
- Help arthritis symptoms
- Aid muscle rehabilitation
- Break down scar tissue
- Improve tissue elasticity
- Opens micro-circulation
- An improved sense of wellbeing and self-worth
- Improved skin texture and appearance
- Dispersal of muscle knots
Which conditions and issues can massage help?
At Livelong our multidisciplinary team works closely together to ensure we can offer you the most relevant treatment for your condition or refer you to the correct expert. Massage can help many of the following issues, but we may also advise other treatments if we feel they would benefit you further.
- Back, neck or shoulder pain
- Tired, aching muscles
- Tension headaches
- Poor circulation
- Bad posture
- Trapped nerves
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Frozen shoulder
- Tennis elbow
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
- Postural problems
- Muscle and ligament strains
Will it hurt?
Deep tissue and sports massage can be very invigorating and tend to be used for treatment and rehabilitation, not just as a solely relaxing treatment. You may find there is some discomfort in specific body areas, as your practitioner works to relieve strain and tension from your deep tissues. Your practitioner will adapt to your tolerance level to ensure you get the most amount of benefit from your session.