What to expect during treatment?
The first treatment includes a case history, postural assessments and a harmonic assessment/treatment, then the treatment of problem area. One single treatment is sometimes all that is needed to ease pain and dis-ease and dis-comfort, but if a longer changing effect is desired treatment should be on a regular basis to situation is resolved. Treatments are directed by you to ensure that the correct approach is given. The treatments offered below are a guideline to the types of treatment you can receive all are the same price.
Body work date back to the dawn of humanity and many different styles of body manipulation have developed. All with the aim to release dis-ease and chronic patterns of tension in the body; from musculoskeletal to emotional problem. The body operates as a total integrated system so just treatment of the site of pain in most cases is not sufficient. The immediate and long-term benefits of massage are numerous and depend on the individual.
Assessment & Consultation
During a treatment there are a lot of variable so some techniques are used some are not we may spend time using one or two of these approach to balancing the body and releasing of pain and dis-comfort and putting you back on the path of renewed heath and wellbeing. However all treatments begin with a Myofascial Release approach this is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables detections fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia and supporting techniques.
we can combine any of the therapy below or you can book an appointment for the most effective one.
Harmonic massage has been developed from harmonic osteopathy in combination with standard techniques of Swedish, deep tissue massage. This offers you an overall way of achieving and maintaining relaxed and balanced muscles and smooth and symmetrical movement patterns. It is probably the most effective non pharmaceutical way of relieving muscular aches and tension patterns.It is ideal to be used after harmonic has reduced or removed your pain, or when there is no pain, to reduce muscular stiffness and ache. It taps into the nervous system to give a deeper sense of unclenching and relaxing of the muscles than standard massage. It teaches the neurological control of the muscle to relearn how to relax. This gives a more lasting result. The combination of rhythmic oscillations and physical massage techniques help to re balance the alignment of the body.
Often people get diagnosed with a pulled muscle in their back and are instructed to treat it with rest, ice and massage. While these techniques feel good, the pain often returns because the muscle spasm is in response to a restricted joint. Manual/physical therapy is a combination of manipulation/mobilization which involves loosening up the restricted joint and increasing its range of motion by providing slow velocity (i.e. speed) and increasing amplitude (i.e. distance of movement) movement directly into the barrier of a joint, moving the actual bone surfaces on each other in ways patients cannot move the joint themselves. These mobilizations should be painless unless the aims is to approach the musculoskeletal barrier and gently move within that area to expand flexibility or restore joint function.
Deep Tissue Massage
Many people appreciate the deep treatment as they can really feel those knots being ‘ironed out’. You will become aware of how tense your body is, you will learn how your body reacts and tenses up under stress and by taking early action, how to reduce physical pain, stress levels and learn to relax. Soft tissue massage involves direct physical action on the muscle and other soft tissues of your body. Soft tissue techniques massage targets your muscles, tendons, ligaments, or other connective tissue such as fascia. Massage is the best known example of a soft tissue technique. A soft tissue massage includes a whole range of massage depths, pressures and durations. With years of experiance our therapist are professional who understand what techniques to use at the right time for your body. Ask for a soft tissue massage with the aim to alleviate aches, pains and injuries that are attributed to your body’s soft tissues.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This approach has a essential “time element” factor... it has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate. Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)
Many chronic pain conditions are caused by myofascial trigger points. A trigger point is a hyper irritable spot located in a taught band of skeletal muscle. When the muscle is in a state of traumatic dysfunction (poor posture, injury or inflammation) the hyper irritable trigger point will produce a local pain and also pain in a referred pattern of Myofascial Pain and Discomfort. Patients may have regional, persistent pain resulting in a decreased range of motion in the affected muscles. Palpation of the trigger point will elicit pain directly over the affected area and/or cause radiation of pain toward a zone of reference sometimes creating a local muscular twitch response. Trigger points are also commong causes of headaches, jaw pain, sciatica, sinusitis and low back pain.
The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. These one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.
lymphatic drainage is a delicate form of massage that stimulates the body’s lymphatic system, improving the metabolism, helping the body to eliminate waste and toxins and providing a boost to the immune system. The lymphatic system is responsible for helping fluid and waste leave the body and for regulating the immune system. When the lymphatic system becomes blocked, fluid builds up and stagnates, causing the entire system to become toxic, making us feel sluggish and more susceptible to viral or contagious diseases. By stimulating this system through massage, it works more efficiently, which in turn boosts the immune system, clears blockages, eliminates toxins, transports nutrients to cells and increases the metabolism.
This technique focuses on correcting abnormal neuromuscular reflexes that cause structural and postural problems, resulting in painful 'tenderpoints'. The therapist finds the patient's position of comfort by asking the patient at what point the tenderness diminishes. The patient is held in this position of comfort for about 90 seconds, during which time asymptomatic strain is induced through mild stretching, and then slowly brought out of this position, allowing the body to reset its muscles to a normal level of tension. This normal tension in the muscles sets the stage for healing. This technique is gentle enough to be useful for back problems that are too acute or too delicate to treat with other procedures. Strain-counterstrain is tolerated quite well, especially in the acute stage, because it positions the patient opposite of the restricted barrier and towards the position of greatest comfort.
Muscle Energy Techniques
Muscle energy techniques (METs) are designed to mobilize restricted joints and lengthen shortened muscles. This procedure is defined as utilizing a voluntary contraction of the patient's muscles against a distinctly controlled counterforce applied from the practitioner from a precise position and in a specific direction. Following a 3-5 second contraction, the operator takes the joint to its new barrier where the patient again performs a muscle contraction. This may be repeated two or more times. This technique is considered an active procedure as opposed to a passive procedure where the operator does all the work (such as joint mobilizations). Muscle energy techniques are generally tolerated well by the patient and do not stress the joint.
Sport Injury Therapy
Sports Massage is a deep tissue treatment and although it can be relaxing it isn’t a whale music and smelly candles experience. But a Sports Massage is super effective at relieving pain from injury, improving recovery from exercise and competition, relaxing knots in your back and tight, tired and stressed muscles and improving the condition of muscles, tendons and ligaments. So this is aimed at the sport person who uses the gym equipment's, machine or resistance training, sport specific training, running, so on whether competitive or recreational. But you don’t have to be a sportsperson to feel the benefits!.... Muscular tension, stress and fatigue can affect all of us, whether we are competitive or recreational athletes, DIY fanatics, gardeners, busy housewives, or stressed executives. Active or sedentary – you should find massage relaxing and therapeutic.
Spinal Correction Therapy
This treatment is designed to concentrate on tension built up in the muscles of the back, neck and shoulders, so the benefits can be achieved in a shorter period of time. These areas are prone to tension accumulation due to how a person walks, sits, and even sleeps, so during these treatment we will only focus on the spine. Using pressure points and stretches to target the source of the pain you will notice the difference fromt the first treatment. Pain in these areas can be anything from an occasional ache to a debilitating and constant discomfort that affects a person’s work and home life. If your experiencing tense shoulders, kinky & irritable neck, headaches, lower back pain, hip pain.... Using firm pressure, soothing strokes and stretches to the back, neck and shoulders area can help reduce tension get rid of aches and pains.
Neck Aligment Therapy
ideal for those who are experiencing headaches, neck pain, eye ache, jaw pain, nausea, head pain... these head massage is aimed at stimulating the powerful healing effect created from the cerebrospinal fluid and with the much needed gentle hand pressure, we can manipulate the fasica, connective tissues and especially the joints of the cranium or skull, known as sutures. This combined with musculoskeletal techniques along the neck we will correct all those tension which are causing your head pain.
Foot Massage Therapy
Foot massage can be a deeply relaxing and extremely therapeutic modality for those suffering from plantar fasciitis, ankle injuries or even those everyday injuries from work or play. Relieve of toe pain, ankle pain, plantar fasciitis and common forms of arthritis, can lead to a decrease in stress and anxiety in the entire body. In addition, a variety of stretches can be beneficial which are given at the end of treatment. With pain and sensitivity in the foot, heel and calf areas, be sure to communicate any discomfort during your massage treatment. It is also a good idea to rest after receiving these types of massage.