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Massage involves using different pressures, movements, techniques and strokes to relieve tension in the muscles and soft tissue in the body.
Massage has the capacity to help mental and emotional stress as well as the physical stresses that the muscles hold. The benefits of de-stressing the body are endless but primarily motivation for massage is in the reduction of physical muscular pain, and also to relax and slow down a stressed mind and nervous system.
Massage can help many acute issues such as muscular back pain, neck pain or whiplash, tension headaches, and sciatica. Regular massages are sometimes needed to ensure the full potential of healing, but can be used as one off visit when you feel you need to look after yourself and your stresses. Massage can also improve immune function by increasing the level of white blood cells in the body, which in turn can improve the immune response to viruses or bacterial infections.
Massage also can also enhance improved sleep in general but studies show that regular treatments can really help menopausal women with irregular sleep patterns. It is also beneficial for people suffering from Fibromyalgia.
Everyone can benefit from massage, young or old, however there are times when caution is advised. A full consultation will be given before a treatment to establish medical history, but also ensure a massage isn’t contraindicated ie: in early pregnancy or for a month post surgery.
I qualified at the London School of Massage in 2012.