Swedish Massage 

 

What is massage?

Massage is one of the oldest therapies known to man, and has been used for centuries to combat fatigue, illness and injury. It has been used throughout history by all cultures, and in ancient civilizations of Egypt, Japan and Persia, they discovered massage had theraputic effects when oils and perfumes were used on the body.  The Greek "father of medicine" Hippocrates believed that daily massage and aromatic baths should be taken for the maintenance of  health, and Roman Claudias Galen wrote in one of his books that "massage eliminates the waste products of nutrition and the poisons of fatigue. It was not until the 18th century that Swedish gymnast Per Henrick Ling developed the therapeutic massage which we identify toady. The practise of massage developed further into the medical proffession and reputable massage institutions were formed in Austris, Germany and France which then became widespread throughout Europe and America.  

Swedish massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the bodys muscles, ligaments and tendons. Moving these muscles and tendons using pressure and stretching movements eliminates them of acids and deposits, and creates a mechanical action which breaks up fibrous tissues and loosens stiff joints. Many people want an approach to healthcare that is not just based on drugs and technology. Massage is used to relax the body and mind and relieve the stresses and strains of everyday life. Many modern health problems we suffer can be directly linked back to high stress levels. Touch is an amazing sensation and stimulates the brain to produce endorphines, the bodys natural mood elevators and pain suppressors, giving feelings of relaxation comfort and well-being. But massage is more than just a feel good treatment, it enhances our immune function and lowers the level of our stress hormone.

Swedish massage can provide the following:

  • Helps induce a "feel good factor" promoting relaxation, reducing stress and anxiety
  • Relief from muscular tension
  • Improved muscle tone, skin tone, circulation and elasticity
  • Improved Lymphatic Drainage, eliminating toxins and improving oxygen flow
  • Boosts immune system
  • Relieves tired and stiff joints
  • Increases energy levels by invigorating the body’s natural systems
  • Aids better sleep and reduces insomnia
  • Warms the muscles and helps release lactic acid (the substance that makes you ache after exercise)

Swedish massage has proven effective in the treatment of: muscle aches and pains, headaches and migraines, depression, emotional conditions, poor circulation, low immune system, IBS and digestive disorders, anxiety and stress and insomnia, poor skin texture, the list is endless. 

 

Your Swedish Massage
You can book a Swedish massage for 30 minutes up to 75 minutes depending on whether you require half or full body. After the therapist has given you a brief consultation you will be given time to undress privately, leaving on your undergarments and lie down on the massage table, where you may cover yourself with the large towels provided. The therapist will only uncover the part you that is to be massaged. All of our rooms are private, warm and relaxing so you should always feel comfortable.
Relaxing music will be played during your massage, as it can help you to unwind. It is quite common for people to fall asleep as the magical spell of soft music and tension easing massage takes effect. You can literally feel the stress and tension being released from your muscles. After your treatment you will be given time to dress in private and then given aftercare advice. Swedish massage has a detoxifying effect on the body and you can encourage this by drinking plenty of water, eating light meals and avoiding caffeine, nicotine and alcohol for the next 24 hours. Also try to avoid any strenuous exercise for 24 hours following treatment and try to rest and allow your body to heal from within.

Who can enjoy Swedish Massage?

As with all hands-on holistic therapies, Swedish massage may not be suitable for everyone and certain medical conditions may prevent the use of this treatment, or may require your GP’s consent. A full consultation will be carried out before your first treatment which enables us to ensure that Swedish massage is right for you.

Most people can safely have a massage, with the exception of the following: signs of fever, drug or alcohol abuse, Cancer (unless in the terminal stages with medical consent), hyper-sensitive skin, any contagious diseases, severe widespread psoriasis, eczema or dermatitis, or any untreated severe medical problems.

It is vital that a letter of medical consent is gained for the following: pregnancy, cardiovascular conditions, if already recieving treatment from a G.P. or another complimentary practitioner, medical oedema, Osteoporosis, Arthritus/Rheumatism, Nervous/psycotic conditions, Epilepsy, Recent operations, Diabetes, Asthma, Bells Palsy, trapped/ pinched/ inflamed nerve, post natal, severe swelling, severe pain, recent sports injuries.

Some conditions can be localised and the area simply avoided, please let us know before the treatment if you have any of the following: skin diseases, undiagnosed lumps/bumps, cuts, bruises, abrasions, varicose veins, scars less than 6 months old (or 2 years for major operation scars), sunburn, areas of undiagnosed pain, localised swelling. Also please tell us if you have a nut allergy as Almond oil is generally used but can be substituted for grapeseed oil.

Please feel free to call or email us if you would like to check your suitability or if you have any further questions before your treatment.