Massage is generally considered a complimentary or alternative medicine. It is however increasingly being offered alongside standard medicine to treat a wide range of conditions.
Studies show that massage can be an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
It has also been found to be helpful for the following conditions:
Soft Tissue Strains
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
What to expect during a massage
You don't need any special preparation for a massage.
Your therapist will take a medical history and any symptoms you have.
Your therapist will ask what you are hoping to get out of the massage and explain techniques he or she will be using.
In a typical massage you will undress only to the point you feel comfortable with, you will be covered with a towel throughout.
Your therapist will use oil, lotion or wax, but will check if you have any allergies.
You should feel calm and relaxed throughout but if you're in any discomfort, feel at ease to let the therapist know so they can adjust the pressure of the treatment.
Occasionally the therapist may find an area or knot that needs deeper pressure, but they will warn you and encourage you to breathe through the stroke.
Massage is not only to indulge and pamper. It can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well being, whether you have a specific health issue or are looking for a stress reliever.
We at HWH are happy to discuss your needs at any time.
Sports / Deep Tissue Massage
The prime purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, ardent keep-fitter or a once a week jogger.
This treatment is not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious (occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries).
Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu. The skilled therapist brings together this blend of techniques, knowledge and advice during treatment, to work effectively with the client to bring about optimum performance and to provide injury-free training and minimise post event injuries.
Benefits & Effects
There are three areas where sports massage is used to benefit athletes.
A regular massage treatment programme where by the therapist is concentrating on particular muscle groups can help the athlete maintain or improve range of motion and muscle flexibility.
Pre-event treatment is used as an addition to the athlete’s warm-up to enhance circulation and reduce excess muscle and mental tension prior to competition. It is tailored to the needs of the athlete and his/her event and can be relaxing or stimulating as appropriate. Post-event massage, on the other hand, is geared towards reducing the muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur with rigorous exercise. Various sports massage techniques enhance the body’s own recovery process improving the athlete’s ability to return to training and competition, and reducing the risk of injury.
Muscles can cramp, tear, bruise, and ache sports massage can speed healing and reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process.
Soft tissue techniques employed by sports massage therapists are effective in the management of both acute and chronic injuries.
Trigger point techniques reduce the spasm and pain that occur both in the injured and "compensation" muscles.
Cross-fibre friction techniques can help with healing by improved formation of strong and flexible repair tissue, which is vital in maintaining full pain-free range of motion during rehabilitation.
In all cases, such massage techniques are employed in collaboration with other appropriate medical care.
The holistic approach to massage therapy can effect an individual’s whole being – physical, mental and emotional.
Holistic massage benefits the mind and body. Massage relaxes taut muscles, aids lymphatic drainage, releases toxins and benefits the whole body in many other positive ways. Physical and emotional stress can be reduced through therapeutic touch and a myriad of other restrictive problems can also be alleviated.
Benefits & Effects
physical improvements such as relaxing tight muscles, improvements to circulation, nervous function and joint mobility; this can ease many short and long term ailments, such as back pain, arthritis and insomnia.
reducing stress, one of the main causes of disease in Western society. As well as addressing stress factors, holistic massage can facilitate the switch between sympathetic and autonomic nervous systems, hence allowing both body and mind valuable recuperation time.
emotionally, massage can provide the caring non-intrusive touch clients have often longed for; this can soothe the busy mind, reduce stress and enhance self esteem.
at a deeper level still, massage can release the personal history stored in body tissues; this can lead to powerful changes in our energy and provide a vital and chemical ingredient in each persons process of growth.
Of course the key here is to work with each client and the agenda they bring. Some simply wish to have their tight shoulders relaxed, whilst others might use massage for much deeper personal growth.
Warm Bamboo Massage
Warm Bamboo massage is a technique that incorporates bamboo stalks of varying lengths and diameters which are heated and applied to the body using aromatherapy waxes and strong pressure, to provide a great deep-tissue massage. This powerful treatment uses Pyro-electricity (heat activated) and Piezo-electricity (pressure activated) which when combined create an energetic charge known to contribute to the dramatic healing effects of a Warm Bamboo Massage.
Benefits & Effects
Faster more effective recovery than a standard sports/swedish massage, with less pain!
Less treatments required for results
Warmth provides instant feeling of relief
Melts away stubborn knots, aches and tension
Increases joint and muscle flexibility
Improves sports performance, endurance and revitalises tired legs.
Boosts energy and vitality
Aids cellulite break down, tones and sculpts the body
What do the qualification levels mean?
Sports Massage qualifications range from a level 3 to 5 with 5 being the highest vocational sports massage qualification in the UK. Level 3 and 4 therapists are trained on massage for injury prevention and as part of preparing people for activities. A level 5 therapist is trained to provide management, manipulation and rehabilitation of injuries.
Level 3- A level 3 therapist will have learnt the basics with a focus on preparing the body for sport, maintenance, and recovering from an event.
Level 4- A level 4 therapist has received more in depth training and understands the role posture plays, common syndromes, muscular imbalances, and treating common sports conditions.
Level 5 - A level 5 therapist builds on this training learning a wider range of sports conditions, understanding the role and impact of gait mechanics, the peripheral nervous system and a wider range of orthopaedic tests and assessment methods. They learn more about treatment planning and rehabilitation.