Massage - not just about pampering!

Massage at Hampton Wick Health

Massage Therapist, Jo Wardle explains the benefits of massage..

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. 
Lets be honest, massage is great for relaxation and feeling pampered or indulged, but there are much wider benefits from this form of therapy. 

Studies show that massage can be an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
It has also been found to help the following conditions:

  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Insomnia

  • Headaches

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Sports Injuries

  • Soft Tissue Strains

  • Digestive Problems

  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome

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Massage at Hampton Wick Health


Massage reduces muscle soreness after exercise

  • Increasing the flow of fresh blood to our cells is so important for healing damaged organs and muscle tissue. There’s increasing evidence that massage therapy can be extraordinarily effective at stimulating healthy blood flow.

Massage can boost your immune system

  • One of the truly miraculous benefits of massage is that it can help eliminate excess cortisol from your body. Cortisol is the key stress hormone secreted by your adrenal glands.

  • Maintaining high levels of stress, and thus increased systemic cortisol, is incredibly bad for your health. It significantly weakens your immune system. It can also leave you prone to tight muscles, headache, high blood pressure, anxiety, poor sleep, increased appetite, poor memory, and even weight gain.

Massage helps reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression

  • Massage has been shown to increase happiness hormones like oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine by more than 30%.

  • It may be nice to get that five-minute shoulder rub from your main squeeze, the science suggests you’ll get a way bigger emotional lift from a professional massage.


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.


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  • 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.

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