Sports Massage - needed if you have soreness or an injury be it from work, playing sport, postural issues, an accident or perhaps a sore neck from sleeping awkwardly The practitioner will use a host of techniques to effect a positive change in the tissues such as: muscle energy techniques, positional release, trigger point work, post isometric relaxation, deep tissue work and myofascial release to name but a few.
Maintenance Massage - also called a preventative massage and is not just for runners and other athletes as most people in all walks of life can find this to be of benefit. This is a regular often once per month massage which either addresses known imbalances or dysfunctions in the tissues or acts as a check up and try to catch problems before they become an issue. If there are dysfunctions found the therapist can then tackle them with their toolbox of treatment techniques.
Relaxing Massage - Often a whole body massage that is a little gentler than other treatments. Mostly made up of the basic strokes of effleurage & petrissage, kneading and gentle stretching.
Dry cupping- how does it work? A glass or plastic cup is placed on the skin and a vacuum is made within the cup. This pulls the skin up into the cup and draws more blood up to the surface of the skin. The skin area becomes increasingly saturated with blood and the underlying fascia and tissues are stretched leading to relaxation of tissues and muscle. Cups can be left in place for a few minutes but can also be slid slowly across and area several times to treat a larger area. Stationary cupping will often leave a red circular mark on the skin which will fade after a few days, this is not a bruise and the area is not painful.
Rehabilitation - getting a massage treatment is only half the story. It is not unusual to end up on the massage table as a result of an injury, postural dysfunction, overuse or underuse issue. To make the treatment more permanent you need to tackle the underlying cause and then prescribe appropriate exercises to help remedy the imbalance .
This is done by the therapist using their palpation skills, applying specific physio tests & testing range of movement. The feedback from this allows the therapist to design an appropriate stretching and strengthening exercise program for the client to follow.