Massage therapy dates back thousands of years and can benefit a person physically and also on a deeper level. Massage is wonderful for treating obvious physical complaints such as tension, soreness, headaches and restricted movement, and is also very helpful in stress management and for general wellbeing.
As a massage therapist, Sophia use my in-depth knowledge of the body and mind-body interconnectivity, to develop individualised treatments using a combination of remedial and relaxation massage techniques.
The term “massage therapy” includes many techniques to work on muscles and other soft tissues.
These techniques may include any of the following:
Swedish massage – relaxation techniques
Deep tissue massage – releasing chronic muscle tension
Myofascial release – aims to loosen and lengthen constricted fascia and relax contracted muscles
Trigger point therapy – releasing points which are painful with pressure and associated with pain in other areas of the body
Assisted stretching – lengthening, releasing and increasing mobility of certain muscle groups
Usually a treatment will include a combination of these and depends on your needs and physical condition.
Massage therapy can be very beneficial in treating acute and chronic pain (especially lower back pain and pain associated with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia), for headache relief, in rehabilitating and increasing range of movement in muscles, for improving sleep, for increasing relaxation, as stress and anxiety management, as well as for maintaining general health and wellbeing. It is a surprise to many to find out that stress can manifest physically within the body causing tight constricted muscles, and further dysfunction, limited movement and/or headaches.
For this reason, a massage treatment will usually also include a home care plan to help you develop new habits and ways of caring for yourself to reduce pain and discomfort within the body, and live well.