the untrained hands of a friend or partner can soothe aches and pains, and diminish anxiety...
the effect of a therapeutic massage by a trained practitioner.
REMEDIAL MASSAGE therapists
are some of the best people to deal with myofascial and musculoskeletal pain syndromes. Why? Because they are trained in anatomy, physiology and pathology, and they spend many hours physically palpating and manipulating the muscles and soft tissue of the body.
Some remedial therapists and some types of massage are better at relieving chronic pain than others. While a feel-good Swedish massage is great, you can often get more permanent relief from a specialized massage technique geared toward relieving pain. A tight muscle impacts on vital things such as posture and can throw off your body’s balance. Before long, muscles that were not initially tight begin to tense as they compensate for other parts of the body. It becomes a chain reaction that can spread far from the initial problem spot.
I use HotStones in remedial massage to help release tight muscles more quickly and with much less pain!
Just a few of the problems that are treatable:
• fibrositis and arthritis; rotator cuff and frozen shoulder; sciatica; lumbar, hip, leg and foot pain; neck / jaw pain, and headaches; plantar fasciitis and shin splints; chronic muscle / tendon pain; carpal tunnel syndrome; muscular cramps; whiplash.
Some of the benefits
• shortening the recovery time after muscular strain;
• increased circulation without increased heart load;
• stretching of ligaments and tendons;
• skin stimulation and soothing the nervous system.
Prenatal remedial massage has been decreasing the time in labour by up to 6 hours for the majority of my clients. I can guide you through many of the problems associated with pregnancy and post-natal support, and teach Dad to massage and support you through labour, promoting relaxation, and pain and stress relief.
Most of my pregnant Mums present with one or more of the following problems:
• Morning sickness, trouble sleeping, sciatica, symphysis pubis pain, sacroiliac and hip joint pain, headache, carpal tunnel syndrome, cramps, tension, fatigue, oedema, gastro-intestinal upsets (heartburn/reflux), and fatigue for example.
Regular pregnancy massage
can help to:
• increase blood circulation, providing more oxygen and nutrients to both mother and foetus, thereby increasing immunity and removal of toxins;
• support the return of blood to the heart and increase blood flow to the uterus and placenta. With the enormous demands placed on the circulatory system during pregnancy, blood volume may increase up to 60%. As the uterus enlarges and presses deep into the pelvic bowl, venous return to the heart is hampered;
• stabilize hormonal levels, help relieve anxiety and relax the nervous system by releasing endorphins into the mother’s body;
• assist in maintaining good posture, adjusting to a changing alignment caused by the baby’s increasing weight. Massage increases muscle tone and flexibility, while also relieving aches and pains, leg cramps and muscle spasms in the pubic and sacroiliac area;
• enhance the pliability of skin and underlying tissues.
Emotional, informative and social support are incorporated in healing techniques as reflexology, aromatherapy, massage, relaxation and creative visualisation. When people become ill, their lives change a great deal, especially when they have a life-threatening disease.
Massage does not offer a diagnosis or a cure, but when performed skilfully, it can help alleviate pain and distress. It is very important to remember that massage is given to the person and not to the diagnosis. Therefore, each treatment is tailored to the needs of the person being treated.
of cancer massage is to:
• fortify the immune system and to complement whatever medical treatment is being received;
• promote relaxation, help relieve pain and to give respite;
• help relieve symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea, difficulty’ breathing, weakness and fatigue.
of using massage include:
• Empathic touch. Patients are spared from speaking if they choose not to. They can communicate with me without words through their responses.
• Massage not invasive; it is a quiet and relaxing, providing a period of rest which is free from interruptions or demands.
• The patient is in control and can make choices regarding the treatment.
• Patients can be taught self-care using a variety of techniques. I show you how and where to apply proper pressure to help alleviate pain and other symptoms.
Reflex therapy is given to the person, not the diagnosis. It is especially helpful in relieving pain, nausea and vomiting during cancer treatments with chemotherapy and radiation. It promotes healing, relaxation and gives respite alongside conventional medicine.
How can reflexology help me?
Reflexology treats the whole person, not just the symptoms. Documented case studies show it to be effective for many common ailments such as migraine, sinus, back/ neck pain, insomnia, hormonal imbalances, infertility, digestive disorders, arthritis, stress related symptoms. Painful, congested, sluggish or overactive states within the body can be balanced and normalised.
Few things are as distressing as chronic pain. Over months or years, it saps your energy and causes a whole range of musculoskeletal and other related health problems. Pain can become a vicious cycle with a life of its own, sometimes persisting even after the original cause is resolved.
I work with you — the whole body, mind and spirit, to address most of the pain cycle elements. Massage helps to restore normal movement by releasing trigger points, removing waste products and stretching shortened muscles. Also, because you feel better after a massage, you may find renewed energy and motivation for physical activity.
Reduces muscle tension
Muscles contract around any painful site to protect the area. If pain is resolved quickly, muscles relax. If pain persists, muscles can become habitually tight. sometimes pressing on nerves causing tingling, numbness, or more pain. Massage therapy helps by stretching tight muscles and by stimulating the nervous system to relax muscle tension.
Tight muscles reduce circulation, letting waste products accumulate, which can leave you feeling fatigued and sore; waste products can irritate nerves, causing pain to spread. Massage therapy releases contracted muscles and increases circulation. As massage relaxes the nervous system, blood vessels dilate to increase blood flow. Waste products are flushed away and replaced with oxygen and nutrients.
Areas with poor circulation often develop trigger points—highly irritable spots that refer pain, tingling, or other sensations to other places in the body. I use a variety of massage techniques that trigger points respond well to.
Stretches muscles and improves movement
Eventually, the body lays down connective tissue in any contracted area with poor circulation. While helpful for healing injuries, this natural reaction can ‘glue’ muscles and their connective tissue (myofascial) coverings into a shortened state. The stretching and kneading of massage therapy softens and lengthens connective tissue.
Don’t wait until you feel like a train wreck before you do something about it.
Regular maintenance makes the treatment more effective for you and easier on both of us.
Diplomas in Remedial Massage Therapies and Reflexology, including Deep Tissue massage, Lymphatic Drainage. SCENAR Therapy. Oncology massage. Reiki 2.